On the Rise & On the Map
IT & OFFICE
Emerging from a grassroots InsurTech movement to a top destination for millennials and tech talent, the Central SC Region is a dynamic hub for IT and office growth. From cyber security to software developments in FinTech to our technicians and engineers who are advancing automation, Central SC is propelling thriving companies like Capgemini, Colonial Life, Duck Creek and Blue Cross Blue Shield to new heights.WATCH: CAPGEMINI
PROPELLING THE NEXT GENERATION
Hardwired for growing talent, the University of South Carolina is looking to the future with top ranked, unique programs like the Honors College and international business MBA teaching sought-after skills and creating the next generation of thought leaders. With more than 65,000 enrolled in higher education, our young, educated and driven workforce is pushing boundaries and creating a progressive culture making our region a top 5 domestic market for up-and-coming tech talent. An affordable city filled with amenities that satisfy Gen X to Gen Z, Columbia attracts and retains a powerful pipeline of talent ensuring success.
Top 5 market for up-and-coming tech talent
29K+ employed in finance and insurance and information industries in the region, 11% above the national average
call center employees in the Columbia MSA
#1 international business undergraduate and MBA programs in the United States
Produces 20% moresoftware & computer science degrees relative to national average
Top 5 city for millennial migration
65K+ enrolled in higher education
#1 public Honors College
13,000+ post-secondary degrees awarded annually
Made in Central SC
Employers That Call Central SC Home
Resources and Support
We have the resources and support that provide a dynamic environment where entrepreneurs, startups and established companies succeed and prosper.
Software development fellowship officially registered with the U.S. Department of Labor in 2022. Build Carolina administers the program which includes recruiting, vetting and matching apprenticeship candidates with companies and mentors.
Non-profit working to engage, equip and connect future IT talent through K-12 programs, professional certifications and development, and events
its.Cola is dedicated to promoting Columbia’s wealth of opportunities within the insurance technology sector. Its mission is to cultivate an environment where talent, innovation, collaboration, and a shared vision empower a world-class industry.
Midlands Technical College
Driven by employers' needs, MTC works to educate students for in-demand Information Technology careers, as well as aid growing industries with facility space and partnerships.
A collaboration powered by the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, SC Codes is a platform connecting South Carolinians to the education and resources they need to unlock careers in technology.
Accelerates growth & innovation by providing a unified voice for the statewide technology community.
SCDEW-CompTIA IWT Scholarship
South Carolina employers can apply for their employees to receive a scholarship to enroll in either a 12-week A+ program or 8-week Security+ program offered through CompTIA that includes mentored learning certification preparation package, valued at over $5,000.