In This Issue
Story of Success
CNC Boot Camp Success
SC Works Berkeley
SC Works Charleston
SC Works Dorchester
Success Story: Jessica Phillips
Customer Feedback
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Story of Success
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Our success story for this month is Stanley Nelson. Mr. Nelson was unemployed when he entered the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program back in October 2012. Mr. Nelson had successfully completed Phase I of the Boeing training prior to his entering the WIA Program, but could not move forward because he did not have a high school diploma. Even with his strong background in Manufacturing and Warehouse work he was unable to obtain employment and it became apparent that not having his GED had become a barrier to securing full-time regular employment. Once Mr. Nelson entered into the WIA program in October 2012, he enrolled in the GED program with Charleston County Adult Education.

 

Mr. Nelson had not been in school for almost 30 years and though it seemed like an overwhelming task he knew it was his best chance to securing full-time regular employment. After a few months Mr. Nelson was starting to lose focus, he was not attending his classes on a regular basis, and he felt frustrated by not reaching his goal as soon as he had wanted.  In the fall of 2013 Mr. Nelson reassessed his goal and with the encouragement from his GED instructor Ms. Morgan, the Center Manager and his Workforce Specialist, he took on a completely different attitude towards his quest to earn his GED. Mr. Nelson began attending classes on a daily basis and has successfully completed his coursework. He has since taken the test and earned his GED credentials. 

 

With his GED in hand he has begun working towards his next goal of securing full-time employment, and possibly entering a training program to make him more marketable to future employers. Mr. Nelson is an example that patience and the ability to endure over time is what is needed to overcome the challenges or hardships that we may confront on the path towards our goals.

CNC Boot Camp Success 
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SC Works Trident has created a successful model to assist graduates of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs and employers looking to hire by inviting employers to WIA graduation events. Breakfast is provided for all attendees and immediately following the short graduation ceremony employers are given a private interview room where each of the graduates can be interviewed one-on-one. Resumes and WorkKeys scores are provided beforehand so employers get to know a little more about the potential new hire they are interviewing.

 

This system has worked so well that many employers come to nearly every graduation to screen and talk to each group of graduates. One of those employers is VTL Precision, who has hired a total of 7 graduates so far from the CNC Boot Camp program. From the most recent graduation on December 18th, VTL has extended job offers to three graduates under the OJT program. The OJT or On-the-Job Training program allows WIA training funds to reimburse an employer up to 75% of a new hire's wages while in training.

 

 For more information on WIA graduation interview opportunities or OJT, please contact Kim Self at

(843) 725-0306. 

Happiness in the New Year

As humans we are constantly striving to be happy, but sometimes in our efforts we don't quite reach the happiness for which we are looking. We work longer hours, or multiple jobs, to afford the things we think will make us happy. We stress about the little things that might or might not ruin the happiness we do have. In the New Year I believe we should find a happy balance between work, home and life to help relax us and find a real happiness.

 

Below you will find a link to a fun infographic that studies the science of happiness and what it is. Take a moment, click on the link and find your happy place.

 

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 SC Works Berkeley

 

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce's Labor Market Information Team has compiled updated unemployment information through November of last year. As a whole the unemployment rate for Berkeley County and the Trident Region is continually trending downward. Unemployment in Berkeley County, at last calculation, is currently at 5.9%. This is down from the previous month at 6.5%.  The Trident Region is averaging 5.6% across the Tri-county area and trending better than the United States average, 7.0% and the state average which is 7.1%.

The SC Works Berkeley has helped to positively impact the unemployment rate through their reemployment efforts. During the first two weeks of January, SC Works Berkeley provided nearly 4,000 different job seeker services. Staff provided 60+ services to area businesses while simultaneously supporting an additional 51 new job seekers. Berkeley's Employment Services team added 7 new job orders to the SC Works Online Services website representing a total of 17 new positions in the area. These new job listings account for a variety of positions ranging from clerical/office workers, security guards, Certified Nurse Aids, to Production Supervisors. The business listing with the most openings was Glee Consulting Group, LLC out of Goose Creek with 10 open Customer Service Professional (CSP) positions.

 SC Works Charleston

 

The unemployment rate in Charleston County has continued to drop and is currently 5.3% which is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state of South Carolina. The staff will continue to help bring the unemployment rate down through their continued efforts in providing reemployment services.

SC Works Charleston staff has provided 15,499 different services to our job seeker customers during the first two weeks of January.  Staff provided an additional 105 employer services and continues to work with employers to help fill positions through job fairs and application screenings. The job fairs held at the SC Works Charleston Center helped those employers who were seeking employees in the areas of materials handler, transportation, and logistics.

From December through mid-January, the staff has created 296 new job orders within the SC Works Online Services which has resulted in 86 direct hires.  Staff has also been assisting the workers who are being dislocated at the Piggly Wiggly Charleston Distribution Center. Assistance provided includes helping those dislocated to get registered into the SC Works Online Services system, help in creating a resume, and help in enrollment for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program. The SC Works Charleston staff is looking forward to the beginning of a New Year and is excited to continue meeting the needs of the employers and job seekers within the Charleston area.

 SC Works Dorchester

 

SC Works Dorchester experienced an increase of 40% reemployment from November to December of last year. This increase allowed staff to close 2013 with 2,087 individuals re-employed; the largest total in more than three years.  With an active and robust local economy, the staff and partners at SC Works Dorchester helped to drive down the unemployment rate to 5.7%. SC Works Dorchester staff also played a pivotal role in assisting workers being dislocated from Piggly Wiggly's Summerville Distribution Center. Staff provided onsite assistance to help enroll individuals into the Workforce Investment Act program (an intensive re-employment and job training program), as well as, assisting in the creation of unemployment insurance and job seeking accounts. These actions will smooth the way for their transition, and help accelerate their reentry into employment.

Success Story: Jessica Phillips
By: Amanda Wagner  
  
Jessica Phillips started Palmetto Youth Connections in May 2013 with no work experience but was hoping to find employment. With two young children at home, Jessica had all the motivation she needed to get started on her goals right away. She met with Career Coach, Jeff Hinman, at SC Works Berkeley to discuss the training opportunities available to her through Palmetto Youth Connections (PYC), a the WIA program targeting the youth population.

  

"I knew I was interested in business related training. I had taken some business classes at Trident Technical College before I had my second child. My Career Coach also had me take an online assessment which showed my top career interest was business. This information helped me decide to choose the National Retail Federation (NRF) training," said Jessica.

  

Jessica's first step on her pathway towards success was to participate in Career Smart, a three day work readiness training program developed by PYC. This workshop focuses on employability skills like resume writing, interviewing skills, developing safe work habits and creating a secure and professional online resume through social media. Jessica passed all the requirements in Career Smart and achieved a Silver Level WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate before she started her NRF training.


Jessica participated in the National Professional Certification course in Customer Service that is sponsored by the NRF. Through the training program, Jessica learned that customer service is a top priority in the retail field. She practiced her new skills through a Work Experience opportunity with Marshalls in North Charleston.

 

"When I started my work experience, I learned that it's important to listen to customers and deliver great customer service but you also have to balance your other job duties," said Jessica. "My work ethic and my customer service skills have made my managers very happy with my work performance," she continued.

Career Coach, Jeff Hinman, was also impressed with Jessica from the start. "Ms. Phillips is a determined, young professional.  Everything that was asked of her she completed successfully. It was a pleasure to assist her in achieving her goals."

 

At the conclusion of her Work Experience, Jessica was offered employment with Marshall's. During her first official month of employment, Jessica was selected as the "Employee of the Month" for November. She continues to enjoy her job and hopes to gain more business experience in the future.

 

"Palmetto Youth Connections has a lot to offer young adults. My Career Coach was great to bounce ideas off of and he supported me through my training goals. I would encourage anyone to join the program," said Jessica. When her children get older, Jessica hopes to go back to college to pursue a business degree.

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