Employer Resources

Consider this your go-to resource for all things workforce related! Whether its recruiting new employees, finding transportation solutions for your team members, or extending training opportunities, we have a community partner ready to help. Charleston hospitality industry, let’s get to work!

WORKFORCE PARTNERS


PALMETTO GOODWILL

Palmetto Goodwill’s programs and services are funded through the sale of generously donated household goods and clothing in their 30 retail stores across lower South Carolina. More than 90 cents of every dollar Goodwill generates helps provide support, education and job training for members of our community. The START program developed by the Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and offers training and certification to start their careers in hotels. AbilityOne program offers those with disabilities training in food service.

ROBERT G. SMITH, President & CEO
rsmith@palmettogoodwill.org
843.566.0072

SERVE YOUR CITY

Serve Your City is a service-oriented firm that helps restaurants better brand, recruit, retain and increase staff engagement.

WILLIAM PRICE, Founder / CEO
will@serveyourcity.com
843.732.0778

RALPH H. JOHNSON VA MEDICAL CENTER (VA)

VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

The Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing supports to improve employment outcomes among homeless Veterans and Veterans atrisk of homelessness. Formerly homeless Veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRSs) provide these services.

BRIDGETTA BLOCKMAN, Employment Specialist
bridgetta.Blockmon@va.gov
843.577.5011 ext 5752

SC VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION CENTER

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department prepares people with disabilities to become qualified candidates for employment by using in-depth assessment, disability management, job readiness courses and hands-on training.

LLEWELLYN NEGREIROS, Business Development Specialist
lnegreiros@scvrd.net
843.953.7571

STEP UP NETWORK

The Step UP Network is a career readiness training program that focuses on improving work accountability and ethics for the un- and underemployed. Based on a social/emotional learning platform, Step UP utilizes the nationally recognized STRIVE CORE curriculum to provide intensive soft skills training. Coursework is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and accountably to self and to employers.

NIKKI DICKENS, Program Director
nikki@stepupnetwork.org
843.631.3566

TURNING LEAF PROJECT

Turning Leaf Project serves men who have been assessed at a medium to high risk of incarceration to change their attitudes, thinking, and behavior so they can adapt successfully to community based living without re-offending. At least 70% of the men they serve will be incarcerated without an intense intervention. We believe we can reduce that by half.

At the end of the transitional work period, we help our students obtain permanent employment.

JOE MCGREW, Job Coach
jmcgrew@turningleafproject.com
843.297.4980

ONE80 PLACE

Some of the guests of One80 Place are unemployed and do not have the skills required for long term, stable professions. To help overcome these major barriers, One80 Place developed the Homeless Employment and Learning Program (HELP).

Their HELP center assists these clients with workforce readiness and preparation for practical skills. The case managers perform job readiness assessments, help with job applications, resume writing, interviewing skills and job retention strategies. They also provide SC Workforce Readiness training and certification and ServSafe certification.

PORCHER WASHINGTON, Employment Specialist
pwashington@one80place.org
843.737.8377

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS


ART INSTITUTE OF CHARLESTON

The Art Institute of Charleston is all about helping connect students to a creative career where they do what you love. And a big part is connecting them with new people and places, and gathering new experiences outside the classroom. They are here to help them explore the campus and the city, and get involved in organizations, clubs and activities, on and off campus. Because all those experiences enrich not only their lives, but their creativity.

DILLON SNIDER, Culinary Director
dmsnider@aii.edu
843.727.3587

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

The College of Charleston is a state-supported comprehensive institution providing a high-quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. The faculty is an important source of knowledge and expertise for the community, state and nation.

At the Career Center, our goal is to assist you in recruiting our students/alumni for internships, full-time, part-time, seasonal, and volunteer opportunities. Through career fairs, job/ internship/volunteer postings, on-campus interviews, and information sessions, the Career Center will help you connect with students and alumni interested in opportunities with your organization.

JEREMY CLEMENT, MBA, PMP, Internship Coordinator
clementj@cofc.edu
843.953.5455

TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE / THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF CHARLESTON

Employers across the nation and the Lowcountry report an increasingly difficult time in filling middle-skill (technical training) jobs. In South Carolina, where 53 percent of all jobs require middle-skill training, there is a severe lack of properly trained workers. As more workers retire, the trend is growing.

To help address this issue, Trident Technical College’s Apprenticeship office partners with local employers who are interested in starting registered apprenticeships with the United States Department of Labor. Through that partnership we can train the next generation of skilled workers.

MITCHELL HARP, Director of Apprenticeship Programs
mitchell.harp@tridenttech.edu
843.574.6979

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