DCSD hires Shannon Flowers as Business Engagement Coordinator

DCSD hires Shannon Flowers as Business Engagement Coordinator
Posted on 10/25/2021
Key to Career Program LogoDARLINGTON, S.C. – The Darlington County School District (DCSD) announced its hire of Shannon Flowers as its new business engagement coordinator this week. The Darlington County Board of Education approved the hire during its October meeting at the district administration's recommendation.

As DCSD's business engagement coordinator, Flowers will serve as a liaison between the business community and the DCSD students and staff. She will lead the district's Key to Career program. This position works to develop relationships and partnerships with local employers to empower DCSD students with workforce development strategies, including internships and youth apprenticeships. Flowers will also work alongside the district's career specialists to coordinate districtwide employment skills curriculum as well as employment skills workshops and portfolio construction.

"Ms. Flowers' student-first philosophy will serve her well in the role of Business Engagement Coordinator," said Dr. Tim Newman, DCSD superintendent. "Her extensive experiences with community stakeholders and senior-level administration were a big draw to the selection committee. We look forward to the continued growth of our Key to Career program under Ms. Flower's leadership."

Flowers, who spent the past 14 years working at Coker University in various capacities, brings a wealth of strategic experience in the field of guiding students toward successful careers. Most recently serving as registrar at the university, she also has firsthand experience with placing students into internships in the community, a fundamental mission of DCSD's business engagement coordinator. Flowers also served as assistant director of admissions, financial aid counselor, adjunct professor of Criminology and Sociology, and adjunct professor of Criminal Justice.

Flowers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminology from Coker University as well as a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She is an Apple Certified Teacher, a Flipgrid Certified Digital Educator, and holds Quality Matters certification. She received Coker's Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year award as well as the Ronald S. Johnson Staff Person of the Year recognition in 2018.