SC Works Celebrates Success!

Sharna attended WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) orientation with a long term goal in mind.She wanted to further her education and had completed all her pre requisite courses at Spartanburg Community College but had exhausted all her financial aid. She came to the SC Works Cherokee Office in search of financial assistance to complete an Associate Degree under the Surgical Tech Program. While she was employed part time, she realized that in order to obtain self-sufficient wages in a high demand career field she would need long-term occupational training. After enrolling into the program she began again at Spartanburg Community College and was eligible for tuition cost, books and transportation funds through WIOA.

Sharna graduated from the Surgical Tech Program in August of 2020 through Spartanburg Community College. She successfully passed the Surgical Tech Board Examination and became a Surgical Technologist.  She quickly secured a position as a Surgical Technologist with the Heart Team at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center the same month. She is extremely thankful for the training, child care assistance and mileage support she received while attending her classes through WIOA. Congratulations Sharna!

Like so many people last year, Joshua had fallen victim to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. By early mid 2020, he found himself unemployed and wanting more than just a short-term fix. He heard about WIOA and believed that truck driver training would provide him a new start in a field that would have great long-term potential.

He attended a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Informational Session in the Summer of 2020 and was enrolled in the WIOA program.  He had previously taken WIN testing and was able to provide documentation of doing so. Joshua quickly selected his training provider, and he was able to complete all program requirements along with the Scholarship Packet within a month.  In the Fall of 2020 Joshua began his training at the Truck Driver Institute in Richburg, SC. Upon graduation, Joshua was offered full time employment in his new field..

Joshua is excited to now be working as a truck driver, a career that will provide him long-term stability and success. Throughout the process, he demonstrated a can-do attitude and great positivity. We, in the Greenville office, are excited that Joshua took this opportunity through WIOA to create this successful career path! We know that he has many years of success ahead of him!

Lamar came to the Greer Relief Office to find out more information about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). He wished to attend Class A CDL training but had several potential obstacles preventing him from achieving this goal on his own. He had already completed the WIN Career Readiness Assessment and had achieved a silver credential.  He felt a Class A CDL would provide him with a career and an income that would benefit not only him but also his family. 

Lamar met with a Talent Develoment Specialist (TDS) and was enrolled into the WIOA program. He and the TDS created an Individual Employment Plan (IEP) that outlined the steps he needed to complete to achieve his training and employment goals. Together they also reviewed SCPath and some of the training providers to determine the best path for success for him. Lamar successfully completed the assessment goals and after reviewing the CDL training providers on SCPath, he decided to attend SBL Driving Academy. He started CDL training at SBL Driving Academy in the Spring of 2020.

Lamar successfully completed his Class A CDL training on in April and earned his Class A Commercial Driver’s License.  He was presented with multiple job offers and began new employment as a Truck Driver later that month. He has stated that he is happy with his career and grateful for the opportunity through WIOA. Congratulations Lamar!

Jesus attended an online WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) Informational Session in the Summer of 2020. At that time he was currently a student at Norris Mechanical and wanted to complete his Welding Certification. However due to the current job market at the time was in need of financial assistance. His ultimate goal was to secure a steady income in the Welding industry.

He was enrolled in the WIOA program shortly after the session and began to work towards his career goals. Upon enrollment in the WIOA program, Jesus worked closely with the Talent Development Specialist (TDS) to identify barriers, prioritize needs and strategize a way to move forward. He completed the WIN Assessment, completed 3 Academy Courses and a Scholarship Application. Jesus was enrolled for the Welding 102 program at Norris Mechanical by the Fall of 2020.  He was eligible and approved for tuition cost, books and transportation funds, which assisted him with school attendance.

Jesus graduated from Norris Mechanical and obtained his Welding Certification later that year. He showed a constant sense of responsibility, commitment and a desire to improve during his participation in the program. Shortly after graduating he accepted a full time position as a Welder. He is extremely thankful and reports that he would not have been able to obtain his Welding Certification without the support and assistance of WIOA.

Angela worked as a Project Manager for 7 years at a company based out of Upstate, SC where they primarily worked within the marketing, tradeshow and events industry. In the Spring of 2020 she received notice of her position was being eliminated due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Angela realized that without a PMP certification, it would be difficult to obtain comparable employment within her field so she decided to invest time into furthering her education and training.

Shortly after, Angela was enrolled in WIOA Program and received one-on-one career counseling. She was eager to begin completing the requirements of the program in order to begin her training. She completed an Interest Profile, 3 Academy courses, the WIN assessment, and an Intensive Resume Session within a timely manner. After reviewing the interest profile and assessments, potential success was in the near future. She began her training at PSI Project Management in the Summer of 2020 and graduated with the PMP Certification that Fall. Angela subsequently received a job offer in her field and began employment. 

Angela had the following to say regarding her experience with WIOA: “Jocelyn, I want to thank you as well as Meika for facilitating my acceptance into the Training and Education program, encouraging me, supporting me and then celebrating with me once I earned my Project Management Professional certification. I am grateful for the funding to cover the costs associated with the class and the exam.”

 

Business Solutions Team Success! 

 

Successful open-air Job fair hosted for businesses in 14 counties by four local SC Works locations in partnership with
the Fountain Inn Farmers Market

Four workforce areas (Greenville, Upper Savannah, Upstate and Worklink) joined forces to manage the event,
representing 14 counties. The Fountain Inn/SC Works Job Fair took place on 10/15/20 from 2PM-5PM at the Fountain
Inn Farmer’s Market. This event was planned in the open-air market. The SC Works Career Coach; a mobile SC Works
center that specializes in serving rural areas with limited access to internet, disaster response and onsite company
rapid response events, was also onsite. Those who utilized the Career Coach were able to apply for SC Works services,
complete online applications, print additional resumes, and more. 23 local companies and 202 job seekers
participated in the event. The companies are recruiting to fill numerous openings. Available opportunities are posted
online via www.scworks.org