On Tuesday, April 18th, around 40 people met at the Cross Community Center to discuss the start of the next Berkeley Career Express Program.
Community conversations have been the spark for new programs such as the Berkeley Career Express (BCE). This past Tuesday 40 residents met at the Cross Community Center. Speakers at the meeting included Council Caldwell Pinckney and Elaine Morgan from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce who shared their excitement to start the next round of the BCE and the success the program had in the Town of St. Stephen. Dr. Lillie Caldwell from Berkeley County Adult Education Center provided a survey to attendees requesting their feedback on what days and times would work best for the BCE in Cross. She emphasized the importance of developing a program that would best fit the needs of those attending.
Mr. Ed Vice from the Berkeley County Sherrif’s office spoke about his expungement team and how to seek assistance with getting a minor infraction that may be preventing an individual from obtaining employment expunged from a record. Representatives from the South Carolina Department of Social Service (DSS) informed the community attendees about their SNAP2WORK program and scholarship programs for the Career Pathways training.
The Berkeley Career Express offers digital literacy workshops, career ready classes, ACT soft skills courses, and adult basic education/general education development (GED) classes in various Berkeley County Communities, bringing workforce preparation and career pathways directly to students.
Unemployed or underemployed residents of the St. Stephen, Pineville, Cross, Alvin or Long Ridge communities dedicated to pursuing further education and career training are invited to attend.
The training period is 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. Attendees with a library card in good standing will be able to check out a mobile internet kit during their 8-week enrollment to study at home.
Students completing the 40 hours of course work can earn a Work Keys certificate, basic computer literacy, and/or educational functional level gain certificates (based on the post-test of adult basic education). Each training session requires three hours of participation.
For additional information on the training programs, contact Dr. Lillie Caldwell at 843-899-8703.
This program is a collaboration project with Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley County Library System and Berkeley County School District Center for Adult Education and is funded by a grant from SC Google.