Williamsburg Technical College’s Workforce Development department was recently notified that Williamsburg County has been named a “South Carolina Work Ready Community” (SCWRC), joining 21 other counties across the state to hold the certification.
To achieve certification, counties must meet certain specified workforce and education goals, demonstrating to businesses a strong workforce and commitment to economic growth. SCWRC provides a framework to strengthen economic development using a community-based approach grounded in certifying counties as work ready. To become a South Carolina Work Ready Community, each county has to reach or exceed goals in the following categories: National Career Readiness Certificates (WorkKeys® testing), graduation rates, soft-skills, and business support.
South Carolina was one of four pilot states selected to participate in the ACT Certified Work Ready Community program. For additional information contact James Bostic at 843.355.4177.
Williamsburg Technical College’s Continuing Education division will offer "Law School for Non-Lawyers" from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday evenings, February 17 through March 31. Registration deadline for the course is Wednesday, February 11 and the $45 enrollment fee includes cost of materials.
Taught by lawyers, the course will provide an overview of court knowledge and will cover the basics of such issues as family law, real estate, wills, healthcare and elder laws, workers' compensation, bankruptcy, debt collection, criminal law, and child protection, just to name a few.
To register for the course or for more information, contact program director James Myers at email@example.com or call 843.355.4182.
WTC and Limestone College are partnering to offer a more comprehensive higher education opportunity for Williamsburg County residents. Now local residents will have the option to pursue a two-year associate’s degree and then move on to obtain a baccalaureate degree all on the WTC campus.
WTC hosts Limestone in three classrooms and one computer lab several evenings a week between 6 and 9:30 p.m. during the College’s standard operational hours. Limestone personnel maintain an office on the WTC campus to most effectively advise and teach students. Interested persons may call 843.355.4164.
Williamsburg Technical College’s Workforce Development Department sponsored a career fair for students and community members on Thursday, November 13, in the College’s library. Over 350 participants were in attendance, according to Workforce Development Director James Bostic.
Businesses present who met with attendees included AccuStaff of Florence, the City of Florence, Coker College, DSM, DSS/Workforce Development of Columbia, Francis Marion University, Gear-Up of Kingstree Senior High School, Greater Visual Virtual Solutions, Honda of SC in Timmonsville, House of Raeford, ITI Hydraulik USA of Andrews, Johnson Control Inc., Lane Head Start Center, Nan Ya Plastics of Lake City, Palmetto Synthetics, Project Hope of Florence, SC Air National Guard, SC Dental Screening Association/Classy Smiles, SC Department of Corrections in Columbia, SC Department of Public Safety, SC Works of Florence, the towns of Georgetown and Kingstree, Simpson Lumber Company of Georgetown, Staffmark/Tupperware, and Sykes.
In addition to these types of events, WTC’s Workforce Development Department also provides the following services to the general public: free KeyTrain tutoring sessions, free WorkKeys skill assessment, career placement and employment assistance, pre-college preparation, and soft skills workshops.
For more information on WTC’s Workforce Development, contact program director James Bostic at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 843.355.4177.
The following scholarships were awarded by the WTC Foundation for 2014:
- J. Braxton and Virginia Lovett Nursing Scholarship presented to Ashley Jarrett
- Walter C. and Elizabeth D. Cottingham Endowed Scholarship presented to Matthew Whetsell
- William H. Chandler Memorial Scholarship presented to Maribel Cohete
- Duke Energy Progress Scholarship presented to Benjamin Huggins
- First Citizens Bank Scholarship presented to Tynisha Gamble
- Rotary Club of Kingstree Book Scholarship to Penny Gagum
- Henry and Jackie Poston Scholarship presented to Erin Owens
- J. P. Askins, Jr., Memorial Scholarship presented to Benjamin Huggins
- Rotary Club of Kingstree Book Scholarship presented to Jessica Benton
- Santee Electric Cooperative Scholarship presented to William Kinder and Sloan Welsh
- Williamsburg Technical College Foundation General Scholarship presented to Glenn Ard, Phillip Grimsley, Ashley Jarrett, William Kinder, Sloan Welsh, Penny Gagum, Brian Kelly, Ricky Brown, Katelyn Blake, Stuart Miles, Kayla Wilder, Shontasia Cumbee, Gary Fulmore, Maggie Blow, Bryant McLendon, and Emily Taylor.
Williamsburg Technical College recently hired Dr. Leron Peterkin as Vice President for Student Affairs. He comes to WTC after serving for 20 years in various student services capacities at Northeastern Technical College (NETC) in Cheraw. His most recent position at NETC was dean of student services which had him coordinating such tasks as student recruitment, supervising grants, planning and implementing student activities and organizations, counseling students, and handling the day-to-day operations of the division.
As Vice President for Student Affairs at WTC, Peterkin will plan, direct, and administer a comprehensive student affairs program through the management of professionals engaged in student affairs activities such as registration, admissions, enrollment management, counseling, financial aid, student activities, TRIO programs, job placement and related activities.
Williamsburg Technical College, 601 Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4110 or 800.768.2021
Williamsburg Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Williamsburg Technical College.
Employee and applicant inquiries concerning the federal laws and their application to the College may be directed to the Vice President for Business Affairs Melissa Coker, WTC, 601 MLK Jr. Avenue, Kingstree, SC 29556 843.355.4117, who will serve as the College’s Section 504, Title II, and Title IX Coordinator.
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