AFL’s Community Outreach Program Supports Dream !t Do !t® South Carolina

AFL’s Community Advisory Board presented a $5,000 grant to Dream !t Do !t South Carolina (DIDI SC) to commemorate Governor Nikki Haley’s visit to AFL and in celebration of its recent expansion and investment in Spartanburg. AFL is giving back to the manufacturing community by supporting DIDI SC, an organization that supports advanced manufacturing careers. The grant specifically funds “Education and Economic Development 101” where educators learn more about how the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curricula apply in industry.

“As a successful manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, we are grateful for the opportunities our community has provided us over the past 28 years. AFL manufactures technologically advanced fiber optic products for multiple markets and the opportunities that lie before us are abundant. We continuously seek qualified applicants with advanced skills and talent. Supporting Dream !t Do !t SC is one way we can give back to help all manufacturers in the state who have the same need we do—associates who possess these technical skills and have a passion to be a part of a manufacturing career,” said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL.

Cherie Pressley, Director, Upstate Regional Education Center, and Stuart Smith, Board Chair, Upstate Regional Education Center, accepted the check on behalf of the South Carolina Business Center for Excellence in Education Foundation, of which Dream !t Do !t SC resides.

“We greatly appreciate AFL supporting teachers going into industry over the summer and learning how the STEM curricula are used in business,” said Cherie Pressley. “In turn, they will be better equipped to help students apply their knowledge and understand their career options.”

For additional information on AFL and its Community Outreach Program, visit

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit 

About Dream !t Do !t South Carolina
Dream !t Do !t South Carolina is a collaborative effort among technical colleges to promote the growing importance of advanced manufacturing careers. The organization engages with industry leaders and educators to help students, parents, teachers and counselors better understand today’s sophisticated manufacturing industry. DIDI SC seeks to educate more students in advanced manufacturing-related programs in South Carolina’s high schools, two-year colleges and universities and employ more graduates of advanced manufacturing programs in South Carolina businesses. For more information, visit

Corie Culp
Community Relations Manager