June 2012

Meet TWIB Member Andrew Maute....


Staff recently sat down with TWIB Member Andrew Maute and the following is an excerpt from that interview:


Q: Tell me how you first got involved with the Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB)?


A:  I became involved through the direct linkage between my organization's registered apprenticeship program and the federally funded workforce development system. Working with the Department of Labor Bureau of Apprenticeship Director, we set upon the task of introducing registered apprenticeship as an addition to post secondary job training alternatives in South Carolina. That naturally introduced me to workforce partners on the board.


Q: What do you find most challenging about serving on the TWIB?


A: For me, it has been reading and understanding the technical documents we are presented. Coming from a career in the building trades, I have been taught to read blueprints, fabricate and weld but advanced business documents were not taught in my apprenticeship. The new Dashboard documents are a big help and improvement.


Q: If you could change one thing about the TWIB, what would it be?


A: I wish that the local board and system could pursue their mission without the constant uncertainty caused by budgetary and political bickering.


Q: Tell me about some of the people you've met while serving on the TWIB?


A: I have met a group of diverse, dedicated and constantly changing workforce professionals. From folks working in the field to corporate level folks who steer their human resource activities, I have enhanced my professional workforce knowledge through and with them. I want to thank them for that. Ultimately, that synergy helps us serve the customers better in the long-term.


Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?


A: I have a "green thumb". I get my relaxation by growing, planting and digging in the garden and yard. 



Q: What do you think will change about the TWIB over the next five years?


A: The local board will continue to see new faces and foster new and innovative partnerships to stretch limited dollars.



Q: What else can you tell me about the TWIB?



A: There are all sorts of job-seeking and career enhancement opportunities made available to the local community that many people are not aware of.   




Q: As a Board Member, what sorts of trends do you see?


A: I sense that there will be increasingly continued efforts to align and train job seekers to careers in core clusters that are in-line with economic trends in the state. I also think that renewed efforts will be made to justify funding with increasingly shrinking funding streams. 



SC Works Dorchester Hosts Veterans Services Fair


SC Works Dorchester conducted a Veteran Services Fair in May. Attendees represented various veteran services organizations including the VA Mobile Vet Unit, SC DEW's Disabled Veterans Outreach Program and Local Veteran Employment program, Dorchester County Veterans Affairs Office, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, and others. Elite Resources, a Mt. Pleasant based staffing firm, was also on site to speak with veterans regarding career opportunities throughout the Trident region. The successful event was well attended by area veterans and provided valuable information regarding veterans services, programs and partners.


SC Works Success Story


Debra Chaney entered into the WIA program in June 2011. Ms. Chaney had been previously working in the IT field. She felt her skills were outdated and she came to the WIA program to help her find her passion. As we worked together, she became drawn to the healthcare field as she enjoys helping people. She decided upon the medical assistant program and even before the program began she had taken it upon herself to begin volunteering at an elderly care facility operating as a Volunteer Activities Coordinator.

Ms. Chaney was a stellar student while in class and became the class valedictorian. She graduated from the Registered Medical Assistant Program in March 2012. She recently sat and passed the certification exam receiving a total score of 98 out of a total possible score of 99. She is presently working for Mt. Pleasant Internal Medicine as a Medical Assistant earning $14.50 per hour. Ms. Chaney was a model customer. She has great drive and initiative. It was a pleasure to work with her and we know that she is well on her way to a great career in the medical profession.


Youth Sleuth Presents: Persistence Conquers All

By Amanda Wagner, PYC Career Coach 


The American founding father, Benjamin Franklin, once said "energy and persistence conquer all things." In the halls of SC Works Charleston, many of us see Cynthia Taylor as the epitome of both energy and persistence. Cynthia has overcome many obstacles and persevered through difficult circumstances to pass her GED test on her fourth attempt and move on with her goals. As a teenager in foster care, Cynthia had to move around a lot. She always did well in school but she was teased and bullied by her classmates which made each day difficult for her.

"I was bullied a lot in school which caused me to be depressed. Even though I was good in school I didn't want to be there anymore. After moving to another school I realized that the situation was just too much for me so I quit altogether," said Cynthia.

Although Cynthia dropped out of high school, she never gave up on her education. Before coming to Palmetto Youth Connections, Cynthia made her first attempt at the GED at West Ashley High School's evening GED program. Personal issues kept her from completing her goal, but it wasn't long before she decided to try GED classes again. This time, she came to Palmetto Youth Connections and Charleston Adult Education at SC Works Charleston. "I decided I was going to give the GED another try," said Cynthia. "I didn't know anyone but that didn't matter. I knew I wanted it," she said.

Cynthia praises the Adult Ed instructors and her Career Coach, Marett Bishop, for believing in her as she worked on her skills to prepare for the GED. "I couldn't have done it without Ms. Bishop and everyone else who believed in me. I gave up on myself at times but these people never gave up on me. I don't know if I could have gotten my GED without them," said Cynthia.

Cynthia passed her GED and achieved a silver WorkKeys certificate while in Palmetto Youth Connections. She also received a certificate in customer service from the National Retail Federation and completed a career readiness workshop. Ms. Bishop is excited to see Cynthia move forward with her goals.

"Cynthia is one of the most determined and persistent participants I have had the pleasure of working with," said Ms. Bishop. "While there were times that she wanted to give up, she was able to overcome her doubts and reach her goals. I couldn't be more proud of her current accomplishments and believe she has a bright future ahead of her." Cynthia currently volunteers at MUSC and plans to start CNA training in July.


On-The-Job Training Contract Assists WIA Customers and Local Businesses


Charles Dean is a veteran who came to SC Works initially in October 2011. He has a wealth of experience in the apartment community maintenance field, and was finding it tough to find work after he was laid off. He enrolled in the WIA program in March 2012.  He has been continuing his extensive work search since then with the help of his Workforce Specialist. When a Maintenance Technician position became available for Waffle House, he applied and interviewed. Because of his experience, he was hired as a full-time Maintenance Technician for all of the Waffle Houses in the Charleston area. He was hired under an OJT contract to learn how to service the maintenance needs of the restaurant industry. He started his new position with Waffle House on June 18th. He contributes his success to SC Works, saying, "All of the staff I have worked with at SC Works have been wonderful. I received assistance with looking for employment online, job leads, and resume writing help from my Workforce Specialist. It was difficult looking for work in this economy, but SC Works has helped me get where I am today."


In This Issue
Welcome Home Event held at the Yorktown
SC Works Trident Success Story
Young Sleuth Presents: Building a Pyramid to a Successful Future
On-the-Job Trainign Contract Assists WIA Customers and Local Businesses
Resume Tips

It's important to include all your contact information on your resume so employers can easily get in touch with you. Include your full name, street address, city, state, and zip, home phone number, cell phone number and email address.

SC works Online News

SC Works Online Success
SC Works Online is a free and easy way to recruit new employees. Recently, Centurum contacted SC Works Trident's staff in search of a Network Engineer/Field Engineer. As a result, Centurum hired Teresa Gethers as their new staff member. Ms. Gethers started her new position in June making $20 per hour and will travel to Iraq and Afghanistan after her training is complete! If you are looking to recruit new employees, please contact Kim Self at (843) 725-0306 or kims@tridentscworks.org.
Customer Feedback  


Every morning as I walk through the doors of SC Works Charleston, you beautiful ladies' kindness always places a smile on my face, which makes me feel confident about what I'm trying to accomplish while I'm here.


~Ronnett Nelson

In the Community...


SC Works Trident and Trident Technical College came together on May 25th to host a job fair at Trident Technical College's St. Paul's Parish site location in Ravenel. Twelve local employers were in attendance, including the City of Charleston, Piggly Wiggly, Snelling Staffing, and DialAmerica. Doors opened at 10am, and over 150 jobseekers attended the 3-hour job fair. 


Families Helping Families


Families Helping Families provided holiday gifts, seasonal supplies, and food to more than 3,000 families in need in December 2011. The effort required the participation of more than 40 agencies and organizations, media partners, hundreds of warehouse workers and more than 2,600 businesses and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the project for the 2012 holiday season, please email aaddison@palmettoproject.org


SC Works Berkeley News


SC Works Berkeley had several successes with Dislocated Workers this month. A Dislocated Worker from Roseburg, Mr. Lewis, started an OJT contract with Scout Boats as a Rigging Assembler. He has several years of manufacturing experience and is very excited about being able to get back to work in this environment. In addition, Dislocated Worker, Dianne Winningham, has returned to work as an Administrative Assistant for a prestigious law firm iin Summerville. She has several years of secretarial and administrative experience and is excited about this new opportunity.

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