Adult Education Centers in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties provides opportunities for community members to participate in activities while engaging their minds in learning. Whether you are interested in seeking a high school credential, earning a WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate, learning computer skills, improving your reading, writing, vocabulary, and math skills, or learning specific workplace skills for employment or employment upgrade, Adult Education can assist you.

Berkeley County Adult Education -  (843) 899-8703
Charleston County Adult Education - (843) 746-6500
Dorchester County Adult Education - (843) 873-7372

Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Discount Bus Pass - Available Monday-Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm at the SC Works Charleston Center.

Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to: Temporary assistance for needy families or food stamps (must bring proof or referral); Medical Recipient (Must present a current Medicaid Card); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Receiving unemployment insurance (must show proof); Disabled; low income (must show most recent pay stub); homeless (must show letter from shelter).

CARTA Fares: Current Rates: $1.75 - Discounted Rates: $1.00 - Disable Rates: .50 cents

South Carolina Army National Guard identifies individuals who possess an interest and qualify for enlisted or reenlistment into the Armed Forces, specifically the National Guard. We work with job seekers in the registration process, job seeking and job referral, resume preparation/critique, and career and job placement counseling. The National Guard designs and Delivers Workshops and presentations at public meetings and events.

For more information, contact Maria Elena Roland
at (843) 725-0308.

The goal of Experience Works Senior Community Service Program (SCSEP) is to provide participants with the training and experience they need to improve their lives, obtain permanent employment and meet the needs of a demand-driven workforce. Based on their skills, interests and goals, participants are assigned to qualified nonprofit organizations or government agencies on a part-time basis where they are trained and receive work experience by performing their community service training assignment. While participants receive training, supervision and experience directly from their host agencies, their training wages are paid by Experience Works.
An individual is eligible to be an Experience Works SCSEP participant if he or she meets the following criteria: Age 55+, County Resident, Household Income, Unemployed and Eligible to work in the U.S.

For more information or to apply, please call (843) 574-1862 or 866-976-5939.

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the US Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. To be eligible for Job Corps, you must: Be age 16-24 (upper age limit waived if disability is involved); Be a resident of the United States; Meet federally set income guidelines; Be able to benefit from and complete training; Be drug and alcohol free upon entry and remain drug and alcohol free while enrolled in Job Corps; Abstain from any acts of violence.
Training Opportunities include: automotive tracks, computer, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, welding, nursing, clerical, secretarial, food service and many more. High school diploma or GED programs are also available.

For more information, please contact
Madeline Brown at (843) 574-1874.

Palmetto Youth Connections is a community partnership focusing on serving out-of-school youth ages 16-21 throughout South Carolina. Their focus is to develop community-wide partnerships and collaborations among state agencies, local municipalities, local workforce investment boards, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, School Districts, Adult Education programs and others that serve youth.

Mission: To improve the quality, competitiveness, and productivity of the nation's future workforce by removing barriers and developing the skill sets of our young adults.

Palmetto Youth Connections has offices in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties.
Click here for locations and contact information.

A college education is now more affordable than ever with lottery-funded tuition assistance. To be eligible for lottery funding, you must apply and be admitted to Trident Technical College in a certificate, diploma or associates degree program; quality for in state tuition rates and be a legal South Carolina resident for a minimum of one year; complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); and maintain at least six credit hours each semester.
Please contact Geraldine Dantzler at (843) 574-1871.

The South Carolina Department of Employment & Workforce serves as a labor exchange - jobs for people and people for jobs - as well provides unemployment insurance. All services provided by the agency are at no cost to the employer or applicant. Applicants are referred to jobs according to employer's specific instructions with regard to skills, education, and/or experience. Typing tests are offered at the SC Works centers as well as Career Readiness Workshops.

Please call Chuck Alexander at (843) 574-1894 for more information.

Telamon Corporation is a private non-profit organization funded by the Department of Labor under Title 1, Section 167 of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Telamon's mission is to improve the lives of migrant and seasonal farm workers and rural populations with specific needs who have done farm work within the past 24 months on a seasonal basis, and meet the poverty guidelines. Telamon offers a variety of Employment and Training opportunities.

Contact Maribel Santiago at (843) 574-1872.

A person must have a physical, emotional or mental impairment that hinders him or her from working to be eligible for services at South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation. He or she must also require and be able to benefit from vocational rehabilitation services that would lead to gainful employment. SCVRD services are available to all eligible SC residents with disabilities except the blind, which are served by another agency. After eligibility is established, the client participates in an assessment to determine the vocational rehab services needed. The assessment may include career planning to help determine the client's potential for employment, the kinds of jobs he or she is best suited for, and the services required to help that person achieve successful employment.

For more information, please contact Tia Lytes at (843) 574-1883.

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary Aid and Services Available Upon Request to Individuals with Disabilities.