Berkeley Career Express Program: A Collaboration Program to Enhance Digital Literacy

The Berkeley Career Express program will offer a combine Digital Literacy, Career Ready, ACT Soft Skills and Adult Education/General Development (GED) class for various Berkeley County Communities. The class is for unemployed or underemployed residents who are dedicated to pursuing education and career training. Each participant will receive a Chromebook, to study and work at home during their eight-week enrollment.

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WHO

Unemployed or underemployed residents of the St. Stephen, Cross, Alvin, or Long Ridge communities who are dedicated to pursuing further education and career training.

  • Participants must be 17 or older and not enrolled in K-12.
  • No diploma or GED is required to participate.

WHAT

For eight weeks, 20 – 25 adults in each community will participate in free classes and workshops designed to help them prepare for the workforce or pursue further educational opportunities. Students completing the 40 hours of course work can earn a WorkKeys Certificate, Basic Computer Literacy, and or Educational Functioning Level Gain certificates (based on the post test of Adult Basic Education).

WHEN

Jan. 29, 2018 – March 20, 2018

LOCATION: Timberland High School

  • Classes are held Mon. & Tues.
  • Times are 5:30-7:30 pm each day
  • Courses last 8 weeks
  • Class begins Jan. 29, 2018
  • Class ends March 20, 2018
  • Celebration March 26, 2018!!

HOW

Interested in participating? Please contact:

Dr. Lillie Caldwell
Director of Adult Community Education
843-899-8703
Fax 843-899-8764

Once an applicant is accepted into the program, they will be are able to check out a Chromebook from their local BCLS library branch. The participant will need to have a library card in good standing to check out Chromebook.

STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Arrive to class on time
  • Attend every session
  • Complete 4-6 hours of online assignments each week
  • Take care of and return Chromebook to Library on due date
  • Register and complete the TABE test on Jan 22th & 23th THS (Beginning 5:30 pm. Must attend first night to complete registration requirements on second night)

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF PROGRAM

  • Two days per week attendance for 8 weeks, plus successful completion of Berkeley Career Express requirements
  • Perfect attendance
  • Post Test Level Gain
  • WorkKeys® Assessment (Silver or higher)
  • Digital Literacy Skill Post Assessment

About the Mobile Internet Kit

Participants of the Berkeley Career Express Program (BCE) who want to borrow a Chromebook must have a BCLS card in good standing and must read and sign a berkeley-career-express-use-agreement. We also encourage them to participate in some one-on-one training so that they know how to use the  Chromebook. This can be done with library staff at the time of check out. Instructions are included in the kit. The library also hosts monthly workshops for additional technical training.

Kit Includes:

Chromebook (+ charger), Mouse, Berkeley Career Express_Mobile Internet Kit_User Guide, and Case.

Checkout period:

30 Day checkout, Ages 18+, 1 30-day renewal is available as part of this program. These kits are only for the Berkeley Career Express program and cannot be placed on hold or checked out to a customer who is not enrolled in the BCE.

Fines:

Overdue: $2.00 per day, $10.00 maximum Lost Chromebook: $300.00 Miscellaneous Lost Fees: Mouse: $20.00, Case: $50.00, Cables: $25.00 (each) Lost Kit (7+ days overdue): $420.00

Samsung Chromebook 2:

Ending your session, closing the device, or turning off the Chromebook removes any data, saved pages, passwords, and changes to settings. If you do not have a Google account, you may use a flash drive to store and share files. Not all sites will be Chrome compatible. The Chromebook will go into sleep mode after 120 minutes. The average battery life is 8 hours, depending on the type of use.

Other Information:

At the end of your Berkeley Career Express 8-week enrollment period, your kit MUST be returned to the front desk of the St. Stephen Library — Do not return the kit to book drop!

If the kit is overdue, the Chromebook will only have access to a specific library webpage for five-minute intervals. If you require further assistance, please contact your local Berkeley County Library here.

Daniel Island: 843-471-2952 Goose Creek: 843-572-1376 Hanahan: 843-553-0047 Moncks Corner: 843-719-4223 Sangaree: 843-695-1208 St. Stephen: 843-567-4862 M.O.R.E. Bookmobile: 843-719-4247

In the News

Project Partners

This program is a collaboration with the following organizations and is funded by a grant from SC Google.

 

More Resources

Where the Berkeley Career Express (BCE) Program will provide classes and online resources during the 8 week enrollment periods, we wanted to let participants know the continued learning does not have to stop there. Here are a few resources provided through the BCE Project Partners and other community supporters to further your education and training as well as searching and applying for a job.

Check them out here.