Youth Employment Programs
WIOA Youth Program
The WIOA Youth Program is designed to educate, train and support young adults, ages 16 – 24, for a career in one of our region’s leading career pathways. Qualifying young adults will gain the academic skills and training needed to succeed on the job, in college or in the military. Services include:
- Job Readiness Workshops
- GED or High School Diploma Assistance
- Paid Work Experience
- National Career Certifications
- Supportive Services
Note: The WIOA Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY Relay Service dial 711.
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.
Vocational Rehabilitation helps young adults with disabilities and barriers to employment build self-esteem; develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills; and prepare for employment success and life as adults. This includes individuals who may be:
- Out of school
- Low income
- English language learners
- Juvenile offenders
- Current or former foster care recipients
- Pregnant or parenting
- and many hidden disabilities
VR also provides pre-employment training for students with disabilities, including:
- Job exploration counseling
- Work-based learning experiences
- Counseling on post-secondary education
- Workplace readiness training
- Instruction in self-advocacy
Adult & Dislocated Worker Employment Programs
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support to succeed in the labor market. As well as to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. It is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years.
WIOA is a federal program administered in South Carolina through the Department of Employment and Workforce and through 12 Workforce Development Areas throughout the state. A statewide board appointed by the Governor and comprised of business owners, state government officials, educators, and private citizens guide policy for all WIOA-funded programs. WIOA programs help businesses meet their need for skilled workers and provide individuals with access to training that helps them prepare for work.
The Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) administers the WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program to prepare eligible customers through a network of employment, training, and educational resources that help bridge the skill gap and qualify job seekers for careers with the Trident Region’s top employers. Services include comprehensive career assessment, career planning, tuition assistance for approved training programs and on-the-job training.
Trident WIOA (WIOA) services are designed and governed by the Trident Workforce Development Board (TWDB), which is representative of the three counties, government agencies, education, and local businesses. The TWDB maintains a business majority and is chaired by business representatives. The WIOA is a strong and vital economic development tool that benefits local businesses and job seekers on all levels.
Note: The WIOA Program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TTY Relay Service dial 711.
Migrant & Seasonal Farm Worker Program
Through this program, farm worker applicants receive counseling, testing, training and job referral services.
Veterans Employment & Training Services
SC Works representatives are available to help transition veterans into the workforce. Local Veteran Outreach Specialists (LVER) and Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialists (DVOP) are trained to provide intensive employment services to all veterans, including job search workshops, labor market information, direct job referrals, information about special veteran programs, and career and employment counseling.
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
The office of Adult Education strives to assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education; become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; and assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children.
The Vocational Rehabilitation program helps individuals with disabilities find employment. Services offered include rehabilitation, counseling, diagnostic and evaluation services, physical restoration, artificial appliances, training and placement.
Senior Community Service Employment
Goodwill helps low-income seniors with multiple barriers to employment, get the training they need to find good jobs in their local communities.
The South Carolina Technical and Comprehensive Education System
The SC Technical and Comprehensive Education System and its 16 technical colleges comprise the state’s largest post-high school educational system. Its colleges offer certificates, degrees and training programs in business, health and industrial and engineering technology. The technical colleges also offer many short-term, day and evening programs that update the skills of employed people and those seeking jobs. Many technical college courses transfer to colleges and universities.
Trade Assistance Adjustment Program
The US Department of Labor provides assistance to workers who have been affected by increased imports, shifts of production or a service that has moved to another county. The federally funded Trade Assistance Adjustment (TAA) program offers a complete package of benefits and support designed to help dislocated workers obtain the skills and resources needed to compete for jobs in today’s economy.
Department of Social Services: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
The mission of the SC Department of Social Services (DSS) is to efficiently and effectively serve the citizens of South Carolina by ensuring the safety of children and adults who cannot protect themselves and assisting families to achieve stability through child support, child care, financial and other temporary benefits while transitioning into employment.
Palmetto Community Services Action Partnership (PCAP)
The Community Services Block Grant provides an array of funding for local community initiatives, including assistance for program-eligible households in areas such as education, employment, emergencies, housing, nutrition, and health care.
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a nationwide program created to financially help eligible workers, who are unemployed through no fault of their own, while they actively search for new work.
Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA)
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) provides area residents and visitors public transportation within parts of Charleston and Dorchester counties in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina, including the cities of Charleston, North Charleston and the surrounding communities of Mount Pleasant, Summerville, James Island, Sullivan’s Island, and the Isle of Palms. CARTA presently contracts with Transdev for staffing and managing the bus drivers in addition to maintaining and scheduling the buses.
South Carolina Commission for the Blind
The South Carolina Commission for the Blind helps blind and visually impaired residents of our state gain independence and take advantage of opportunities for financial advancement.
Trident Technical College: Educational Opportunity Programs
Trident Technical College’s Educational Opportunity Programs consist of several federal grant programs. These grant programs, known as TRIO programs, are educational outreach programs targeted to serve and assist students enrolled in non-traditional careers, low-income, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to college programs. The programs are designed to assist students in overcoming barriers to higher education and provide participants with ongoing support in counseling, academic guidance, tutoring and assistance with applying for financial aid.