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Upstate Workforce Investment Board Offers Job Training Scholarships at Spartanburg Community College

July 26, 2011

The Upstate Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Spartanburg Community College (SCC) have partnered to provide education and job assistance to Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union county residents who are unemployed, underemployed, dislocated and may have been to college but did not earn a degree. Individuals that fall within the above categories may be eligible for a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) scholarship to attend SCC.

“This is an excellent opportunity for 25 individuals to improve their lives by receiving the necessary education to find gainful employment in our community,” said Dr. Para M. Jones, SCC president. “The missions of the Upstate Workforce Investment Boardand the College go hand-in-hand – we fulfill local industry needs by providing the educational resources individuals need to land high-growth and high-demand jobs. These jobs require education and specialized training which are now more attainable thanks to the WIA scholarships provided by WIB.”

The WIB and SCC will host free WIA information sessions on Thursday, July 21 and July 28, at 5:30 p.m. on the central campus in Spartanburg in conjunction with “Discover SCC”, an event where individuals can learn more about the College, its programs, financial aid, and the admissions process. WIB staff will be availabletoinform prospects about WIA offerings and help them begin the process of seeking WIA scholarships. SCC staff will work with individuals to identify programs of study at the College that align with their educational and career goals. Those interested in attending can register for the event at

The WIA/SCC scholarship offers qualified individuals career opportunities in high-growth, high-demand occupations, many with starting wages of $12 an hour or more after training is completed. Possible occupations include-
• CNC Machinist
• Industrial Maintenance
• Machine Tool Technician
• Mechatronics CE
• Pipe Fitting NCCER Craft
• Patient Care Technician
• Pharmacy Technician
• Respiratory Care Technician
• Truck Driver (CDL)

“The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is a job training law that focuses on workforce development at the national, state and local level,” explains Dana Wood, WIB’s OneStop Services Coordinator. “At the local level our number one goal is employment – it’s important to help the citizens of our community transition back in the workforce in a timely manner, and we have many resources available to individuals seeking employment and training.

“Our current focus is on short-term training for individuals who do not have marketable skills to obtain jobs in today’s competitive workforce. Our staff is available to help with barriers that may prevent individuals from achieving employment or successfully completing training,” Wood adds. “We inform our customers about high demand occupations where they can earn at least $12.00 per hour or more in the Upstate area.”
Individuals interested in learning more about the WIA scholarship and to register for the information sessions should visit Details about the “Discover SCC” information sessions can be found at These sessions are free and open to students, parents and career seekers interested in SCC’s academic programs and student services.

While the July 21 and 28 “Discover SCC” sessions will feature the WIA scholarship opportunity, attendees will also learn about many other SCC offerings and career opportunities-
• July 21 – SCC Online Programs, General Overview Session, WIA Scholarships
• July 28 – General Overview Session, WIA Scholarships
• August 4 – Health Sciences: General Overview
• August 11 – General Session/On-site Registration for Fall Classes

About Spartanburg Community College.
Recently named one of the fastest-growing colleges in the nation according to Community College Week, SCC offers more than 100 academic programs of study including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including day, evening, weekend and FlexStart classes in addition to more than 100 online classes through SCCOnline. Offering the lowest tuition in the region, convenient locations, and regional/national accreditations, SCC offers educational opportunities leading to high-growth, high-demand jobs. The SCC Corporate & Community Education Division provides job and career enhancement, workforce development and personal enrichment courses and training programs. For more information, visit

About Upstate Workforce Investment Board
Upstate WIB’s mission and vision center around building and maintaining a workforce investment system that meets the needs of employers of Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union Counties while creating and overseeing a continuously improving workforce system that -
• Encompasses all necessary resources for the citizens of our three-county Workforce Investment Area to obtain employment at a liveable wage.
• Ensures employers have a work ready pool of applicants and a point of contact to obtain other employer related services, and
• Promotes youth development in education, training, and employment through a youth council.
For more information, visit or for more information on the WIA Program.

 An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.
Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


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