N. Chas. job-training center for young adults set to open

A new job center opens Wednesday in North Charleston for at-risk youths in the city.

Young adults and at-risk youths will have their own job center in North Charleston starting Wednesday.

Through the aid of a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor earlier this year, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is developing two satellite job-training centers in the city under a program called Education 2 Employment.

The first center will open at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting at 1914 Reynolds Ave.

The facility will offer six-week pre-employment programs that combine classroom instruction and work-based training opportunities. Participants will enhance their job readiness with opportunities for job training and paid work experience in high-growth industries including manufacturing, information technology, transportation/logistics, health care, specialty trades and hospitality.

Specific programs include GED classes, job-training workshops, paid internships, WorkKeys testing, resume writing, interview skills exercises and other counseling services.

Targeting at-risk youths and young adults, the program is eligible to those ages 16 to 29 who live in North Charleston and are either unemployed or not in school. Felons also are accepted.

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The second job center will be on Remount Road and is currently under development.

Both centers will be operated by the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments with oversight from the Trident Workforce Development Board.

For information about the program, call (843) 202-0909 starting Wednesday. Classes will begin Sept. 28.

Reach Warren L. Wise at (843) 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.