Sixth District Congressman and House Majority Whip James Clyburn is joining with Trident Technical College officials Wednesday to announce a significant job training grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Trident Tech President Mary Thornley says the college has received from the Department of Labor the Trident Health Careers Project.
“It’s $2.6 million over three years. The way I like to talk about it is I like to call it the ‘Ladder of Hope.’ It has to do with health care careers, and if you are a student, this Ladder of Hope means that we get you started at one rung of the ladder, or maybe you are already at one rung of the ladder, and we help you move up that ladder,” says Thornley.
Thornley explains what the money will be used for: “To help us hire the people to make possible for students to enter this ladder if you are willing to go up it. The most pressing immediate local needs for medical workers in our area are nursing and medical assisting, and those are the two areas we are tackling,” says Thornley.
Without this grant, Thornley says students would not be able to have access to as much resources as they would with the money.
“Some students find a way to do that on their own. But, the nurturing, the tutoring, the counseling, the remediation, the extra help, the extra encouragement with the 16 percent enrollment increase, we don’t have the faculty or staff around to go the extra five miles if you will,” says Thornley.
Thornley says what the grant means to Trident: “For us it enables us to help Lowcountry folks get back in the job market at some level, and to help get some up to that ladder that I’m referring to, the ‘Ladder of Hope,’ ” says Thornley.