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ReadySC

(Formerly Center for Accelerated Technology Training or CATT)

For more than 50 years, readySC™, an integral part of the SC Technical College System, has provided one of the state’s most powerful economic development incentives. readySC™ focuses on the recruiting and initial training needs of new and expanding organizations in South Carolina. The program leverages the system across the state to provide recruiting, assessment, training development, management and implementation services. These services are state-funded and at no cost to qualifying companies. In order to qualify, an organization must be creating new jobs in South Carolina with competitive wages and benefits. Assisting over 100 companies statewide on an annual basis, readySC™ is often the key element that allows companies to start up rapidly and succeed in today’s competitive global environment. 

Contact:
Morgan Harrell, Project Manager
readySC
P.O. Box 118067 RP-M
Charleston, SC 29423
(803) 553-9439 (cell)
harrellm@sctechsystem.edu
www.readySC.org

SC Works (FORMERLY TRIDENT ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER)

Developed by area industry leaders on the Trident Workforce Investment Board, the Trident One-Stop Career Center provides a setting where training programs can be customized to the needs of employers, job profiling services can be purchased at a reasonable price, and job screening and interviewing space can be accessed. The center also provides career counseling, job search skills and training for job seekers. Below is a list of job training programs offered by the Trident One-Stop Career Center in North Charleston. For more information, visit www.tosc.org.

WorkKeys

A skills-assessment system measuring real-world skills and abilities critical to job success. The program measures abilities in communication (business writing, listening, reading for information and writing), problem solving (applied mathematics, applied technology, locating information and observation) and interpersonal skills (teamwork). WorkKeys helps organizations analyze the skills needed for specific jobs and describe those skills to educators, students and job applicants.

Incumbent Worker Training

Helps employers upgrade the skills of their existing workforce. The Trident Workforce Investment Board’s Economic Development Committee funds and administers the program.

Manufacturing Certification Training Program

Run by the Lowcountry Manufacturers Council, Trident Technical College and the Trident One-Stop Career Center, this program is designed to recruit, test, select and train a better-qualified pool of potential entry-level production employees for local manufacturers. The 30-hour certification program includes instruction in applied mathematics, team skills, measuring techniques, computer basics, safety and environmental procedures, and light and heavy industrial and manufacturing technologies.

Contact:
Paul Connerty, Director
Trident One-Stop Career Center
1930 Hanahan Road, Suite 200
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 574-1815 (office)
(843) 574-1816 (fax)
paulc@toscc.org

Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College (TTC), with an enrollment of over 17,000 credit students, is now the second largest provider of undergraduate education in the state. The college is accredited to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. In addition, TTC provides hundreds of professional and skill-based courses, with total registrations for continuing education over 32,000 in 2012.  For more information, visit www.tridenttech.edu.

Contact:
Trident Technical College Information Line (843) 574-6262
or
Regina S. Lane, MT (ASCP)
Operations Manager for Continuing Education & Economic Development
Trident Technical College
(843) 574-6304 (office)
(843) 574-6470 (fax)
Regina.Lane@tridenttech.edu                                                                                                   

Lowcountry Garduate Center (LGC)

Created through a partnership of the College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina, the Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) was developed to expand the opportunities for graduate education in the Lowcountry. Clemson University and the University of South Carolina have joined the local institutions in providing a growing number of graduate programs at the LGC.

Recognizing that increased graduate educational opportunities are a key element in the economic growth and development of the Lowcountry, the LGC works cooperatively to establish programs that meet the community's needs and enable working professionals to grow their career.

The LGC is located within the College of Charleston North Campus in North Charleston, near the Charleston International Airport. For more information on the College of Charleston North Campus, visit http://north.cofc.edu/.

Contact:
Lowcountry Graduate Center
5300 International Boulevard
Building B, Suite 100
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 953-GRAD (office)
(843) 953-7454 (fax)

Apprenticeship Carolina

Apprenticeship Carolina™, a division of the SC Technical College System, works to ensure all employers in South Carolina have access to the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs. At no cost to the employer, apprenticeship consultants are available to guide companies through the registered apprenticeship development process from initial information to full recognition in the national Registered Apprenticeship System.

Apprenticeship Credit - Eligible businesses can receive a South Carolina tax credit of $1,000 for each registered apprentice employed for at least seven months during each year of an apprentice's program, for up to four years of such a program.

Contact:
Brandon Spence, Apprenticeship Consultant
111 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-5341 (office)
(843) 404-0954 (fax)

Harvest Festival and Block Party

October 25 on East Montague from 4pm until after dark, the Harvest Festival and Block Party features live musical performances, art and craft booths, costume contests and children's activities.

           

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