SC Works Celebrates Success!

Torkeisha came to the SC Works Cherokee Office in search of a fulfilling full time job. Her previous work experience involved driving a fork lift as a contract employee in the area. She wanted to have a consistent income and obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) certification. She knew she would need CDL training in order to have a successful career as a truck driver and inquired about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Torkeisha was enrolled in the WIOA program in January of 2019. Upon enrollment in the WIOA program, she worked closely with the Talent Development Specialist (TDS) to identify any potential obstacles, prioritize needs and develop a way to move forward. Torkeisha completed the WIN testing and obtained a silver score, completed 3 ResCare Academy Courses and her Scholarship Application. She was enrolled for the CDL program in June at the Truck Driver Institute.

Torkeisha successfully completed CDL training at Truck Driver Institute (TDI) in August and obtained a CDL certification. She showed a constant sense of responsibility, commitment and a desire to improve during her participation in the WIOA program. Within a few weeks she was received an offer of employment and is now working full time as a dump truck driver with ADEBCO, INC. working first shift! Congratulations Torkeisha!

Roneka came to the SC Works Office in Greenville seeking to further her education in the healthcare field. While she had previously obtained a medical certification, it was not enough to sustain financially viable employment in our market. Roneka spoke with SC Works staff members about the potential training offered through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and was scheduled for the next information session.

Roneka was enrolled into the program in December 2017 and developed her Individual Employment Plan with the guidance of a Talent Development Specialist. She examined the Labor Market for the healthcare field and decided to pursue obtaining a credential as a Certified Medical Assistant. She completed all requirements for the program and was enrolled at Greenville Technical College in January 2018.

With her tuition and training related materials paid for by the WIOA, Roneka graduated from the Medical Assistant Program in April 2019. Within a few short weeks, she received an offer of employment from the Seneca Rehab and Wellness Facility making almost double her prior income! Congratulations Roneka!

Bryan came to the SC Works Office with Greer Relief to inquire about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act training assistance. Bryan said he wished to obtain a CDL license but could you use some assistance to pay for the training. He was seeking short-term training where he would be able to quickly secure a high wage job that allowed him to support himself and his family.

Bryan was assigned a Talent Development Specialist that provided him with one-on-one counseling.  The TDS and client met in June 2019 where he was then enrolled into the WIOA program.  Bryan and the TDS reviewed all training options listed on An Individual Employment Plan was created and reviewed with Bryan. After carefully reviewing all CDL training options, client chose to attend CDL training at TDI. Client successfully completed all assessment requirements and was quickly approved by TDI for training. 

Bryan started CDL training at TDI in July of 2019 and completed training 1 month later. He earned his CDL Class A license and was employed in just a few days! Bryan stated he is very happy with his new career as a truck driver and the increase in employment and wage opportunities! Congratulations Bryan!

Haley came to the SC Works Spartanburg office and attended a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act orientation session in June of 2018. She had previously been enrolled at Spartanburg Community College in the Pharmacy Technician Program but after a short time life events occurred and she had to withdraw from training temporarily. In July 2018 Haley decided to return to school to complete what she had started. Haley was under the impression that she would be covered by the GI Bill for Fall 2018 but when she was not she requested assistance from the WIOA program.

In July of 2018, Haley met with a Talent Development Specialist (TDS) and was enrolled in the WIOA Program. She completed all requirements for the WIOA program in a timely manner and began her training in August of 2018. Haley knew she wanted to complete her training within a year so she increased her class load in order to get back into the workforce quickly. Haley was determined eligible for and received transportation assistance and supportive services during her enrollment in the WIOA program.

Haley successfully completed training with Spartanburg Community College Pharmacy Technician Program in May of 2019. She became a Certified Pharmacy Technician in August of 2019.  Shortly after completing training, she received a job offer from a local company, with self-sufficient wages and full benefits! Congratulations Haley!

Jonathan came to the SC Works Office in Spartanburg in search of career guidance. Despite possessing an Associate of Science degree, he had been unable to secure a full time occupation paying a self-sufficient wage. Johnathan was interested in working for Michelin, but after interviewing with the company found that the only reason he was not offered a job was a lack of relevant work experience. Upon learning this, SC Works center staff informed Johnathan about a potential On the Job Training opportunity through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

In September of 2018, Johnathan attended a WIOA Informational session and was subsequently enrolled into the program. Johnathan completed all requirements in a timely fashion and the next month began his On the Job Training with Michelin. This allowed him to work at Michelin while gaining the required experience needed to become a permanent employee.

Earlier this year, Johnathan completed his training and was offered a full time permanent position with Michelin! While taking advantage of this training, Johnathan was able to learn new skills and still earn a paycheck at the same time. Congratulations Johnathan!

In the Spring of 2019, Donnie visited the SC Works Office in Union, SC with the intention of improving his current work situation. In order to provide for his family in the way he wanted to, he knew that additional education/training would be needed to assist with the process of changing fields. Donnie spoke with center staff to discuss available training opportunities through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Donnie’s next step was to meet with the Talent Development Specialist (TDS) at SC Works Union on 4/15/2019 to receive an orientation on the program. Upon completion he was enrolled and an Individual Employment Plan was developed hand in hand with the TDS. Having previously taken and completed the WorkKeys assessment test with a Gold Level, Donnie was ready to select his training pathway to new employment. Donnie expressed an interest in obtaining a Class A CDL License based on his skills and the job market for the occupation. By 4/18/2019, he had completed the appropriate Scholarship application and 3 online courses through ResCare Academy regarding truck driving safety. On 4/25/2019, Donnie was approved to attend the Truck Driver Institute (TDI) to obtain his license.

1 month later, with his tuition paid for and additional financial supportive services available from the WIOA, Donnie graduated from TDI and began his search for a new career. Within a week Donnie was offered a position with GES Recycling in Union as a Truck Driver! Congratulations on the fresh start Donnie!

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