Ten technical colleges and Clemson University will be sharing a $20 million U.S. Department of Labor grant meant to help unemployed South Carolinians find new jobs. The grant will go towards developing a comprehensive program to train unemployed South Carolinians for jobs in emerging industries.
Retraining centers will be developed at each participating schools in order to develop skills that are in demand for particular industries in their respective communities. Dr. Charles Gould is president of Florence-Darlington Tech, which is the lead institution for the overall program. Gould says several industries from around the state are involved. The schools will also provide career assessment and training.
Gould says Clemson University is involved as an integral part of course development for the project. Assistance to unemployed workers will also include resume workshops, assistance in science and math, and preparation to take the high-school equivalency examination. Gould says the course work will be available online. Lab work and hands-on training will be available at participating schools.
Gould says the technical colleges will work with federal, state and private entities to identify people who can benefit from the program to put them back on the road to rejoining the ranks of the employed. He says the cooperative efforts of the ten technical colleges and Clemson University was instrumental in the securing of the grant that will create a program that is aimed at putting people back to work in South Carolina.
Along with Clemson University and Florence-Darlington Tech, the other participating institutions are Aiken Tech, Central Carolina Tech, Denmark Tech, Horry-Georgetown Tech, Northeastern Tech, Orangeburg-Calhoun Tech, Piedmont Tech and Williamsburg Tech.