In This Issue
Meet TWIB Board Member
SC Works Success Story
Changing Your Course: Finding Success in Alternative Places
SC Works Trident Completes Business Services Certification
Interview Tip
Do a little homework. Research the company and the position if possible, as well, the people you will meet with at the interview. Be ready to support past career accomplishments with specific information targeted toward the companies needs.
SC Works Online News
Mr. Charles Stuckey utilized SC Works Online while visiting the SC Works Charleston Resource Center to apply for jobs. Mr. Stuckey applied for a position with Security Managment and with the help of staff at SC Works Charleston, was offered a position as a full-time security guard earning $9.00 per hour.   
Customer Feedback 
I wanted to comment on the staff at the front desk. I've been here on numerous occassions to do job searches and I've always found the women at the front desk to be very helpful and some of the most pleasant people possible! They should be commended.
~Roy E. Monroe~

In the Community...

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 season, please email Families Helping Families.
Goodwill Grant provides computer upgrades
Through a grant provided to Goodwill from Microsoft and shared with SC Works Trident, all computers in our SC Works centers have been upgraded to Windows 7 and Office 2010. A special thank you to Robert Smith and his staff at Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina for this partnership!
SC Works Dorchester News
SC Works Dorchester continued putting South Carolinians back to work by facilitating the re-employment of 127 individuals in June. The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program contributed to this success by placing individuals in the manufacturing, administration, and retail/sales sectors. In addition, two individuals were placed with area employers through WIA's On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. The OJT placements are full-time positions with area manufacturers and a retail/service company.
Meet TWIB Board Member Frank Oakley...
Staff recently sat down with TWIB Member Frank Oakley 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 was contacted when I accepted the position of Charleston County DSS Director in 2008.
Q: What do you find most challenging about serving on the TWIB?
A: Staying informed and up to date on all issues pertaining to the TWIB is a very challenging endeavor.
Q: What do you wish other people knew about the TWIB?
A: I wish the community knew more about the hard working individuals who are committed to good paying/sustainable jobs for our workforce.
Q: What would you say are some of your strongest beliefs about the TWIB?
A: To provide positive, adequate training and education to help citizens obtain employment or re-employment.
Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I grew up in Charleston, attended Garrett High School, and Francis Marion College.
Q: What else can you tell me about the TWIB?
A: I really enjoy my time on the TWIB and the interaction with the board and community stakeholders.
Meet SC Works Workforce Development Director Jamie Wood
Jamie Wood joined the COG staff as the Workforce Development Director in June. Jamie grew up and attended high school in Spartanburg SC. He graduated from The Citadel in 1994 and earned his Masters Degree in Human Resource Development from Clemson in 1998. Jamie was a HR Manager for 14 years before entering into Workforce Development in 2009.
Jamie and his wife Angie have two children: Maddie (12 years old), and Hayden (7 years old) and they reside in Summerville. Jamie and his family volunteer at their church and participate in community projects.

Jamie enjoys working with people to help them provide a better future for themselves. "Helping a youth gain a High School Diploma that they may have given up on getting, or helping an adult get a better job that can be life changing for them, that is rewarding to play a smart part in their success". said Jamie.

Please join the COG in welcoming Jamie to the team!
SC Works Success Story
Kimberly James came to SC Works to enroll in the WIA program in November 2011. She had been looking for work since July 2011 with no luck, and hoped that she would be able to pursue a new career path with the WIA program. Kimberly was in the middle of looking at different types of training options, when she was contacted by a company who was looking for an office manager. SC Works staff supplied her resume to the employer and they were impressed with her skills. Upon interviewing Kimberly, SolBright Renewable Energy decided that she would be the perfect fit. SolBright is a solar energy company located in downtown Charleston. Kimberly started her first day as office manager on July 27th, and says the credits SC Works for her success.  


Success Story: Raven Mack
Changing Your Course: Finding Success in Alternative Places
By Amanda Wagner, PYC Career Coach

As a young mother, managing finances can be hard. Before enrolling in Palmetto Youth Connections, Raven Mack felt like her goal of training in the medical field was out of reach. Her financial aid for college wasn't enough to cover her tuition and school supplies, so she had to find an alternative way to reach her goal.

"As a young mother, people expected me to fail. I did everything in my power to prove them wrong and make something of myself," said Raven.

Raven enrolled in Palmetto Youth Connections and completed the CNA program at Trident Technical College. The certification program prepared Raven for her job at an assisted living facility in Summerville. "The best part of the CNA program is the clinical training," said Raven. "Working with patients and learning through real life situations exposed me to so many different situations and really got me ready for this career field," she said.  Raven explains that the support she received from her Career Coach at Palmetto Youth Connections was just as valuable as the training at Trident Technical College for her CNA certification.


"My Career Coach was there for me for every question I had and she kept in contact with me to make sure I was on the right track," said Raven. "She helped me with my résumé and helped me find a job. In the end, having her believe in me gave me a lot of confidence and motivation to succeed," Raven continued.


Before Raven started searching for a job, she took advantage of the Career Smart class offered by Palmetto Youth Connections. She learned employability skills that prepared her to enter the workforce. "Practicing interview questions in Career Smart was really important. I practiced those same questions before my first interview and I felt much more prepared than I ever had before," said Raven. In the end, the services offered thru Palmetto Youth Connections helped Raven reach her goal of working in the medical field. She hopes to work as a CNA and save her money so she can go to college in the future to become a physical therapist.


Raven offered some final advice to her peers who have children. "Do the best you can each day and don't give up on your dreams. It may be hard but life will get better if you put in a lot of effort and stay focused.  Don't use the excuse of being a young mother as a crutch. Use it as motivation to succeed for yourself and for your child," she said. 


SC Works Trident Complete Business Services Certification


In 2010, the SC State Workforce Investment Board and the workforce system approved a One-Stop Certification process, creating statewide standards for Job Seeker Services, Employer Services and One-Stop Management. These standards are the foundation to the transformation of the workforce system.  The SC Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) contracted with The Hayes Approach, from Greenville, SC to implement statewide, the nationally-recognized Business and Employer Services curriculum from the Dynamic Works Institute. The training occurred over the course of one year and included on-going assessment of participant's skill attainment. This training provided each workforce area with the tools required for the Employer Services Standards.


Training was provided to members of the SC Works Trident Business Services team. This team is comprised of employees of SC Works Trident, SCDEW, tri-county economic development departments, SC Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Social Services, Palmetto Youth Connections, and regional educational initiatives.


On June 22, 2012, The Hayes Approach hosted an awards ceremony in Columbia to recognize those individuals state-wide who successfully completed this training and are now considered a Dynamic Works Certified Professional in Business and Employer Services. Congratulations to all of those Business Services team members who are now certified!!  


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