Technical education and help with job searches are now available to Calhoun County residents in their own county.
The OCtech Quick Job Development Center in St. Matthews opened for business on July 12, and between 150 to 160 people have already visited the center, says Associate Vice President Donna Elmore.
The new facility includes a 25-station computer lab, classrooms with projection systems, conference style classrooms and a cyber café, where students can bring their lap tops and get a snack.
The center is a first, not just in terms of providing education locally, but also in terms of the areas of service available in one facility, Elmore said. Career training and development, credit and adult education and OneStop job search are all in operation in one place, she said.
It's taken two years and the collaboration of numerous organizations including Orangeburg County Technical College, Calhoun County and the Calhoun County Library Board to get the center open, according to Elmore.
"I've never worked with a group that worked as well together," she said.
Registration is now open for fall classes, ranging from background courses for various health care professions to general credit courses like developmental English and reading to cake decorating, sewing, pilates and a personal computer course for seniors, says Kerry Coffey, public information officer at OCtech.
Students can fill out applications, apply for the same student aid they do at OCtech and register in St. Matthews, Coffey said.
In addition to these courses, the center is partnering with other organizations like the state's OneStop virtual program, federal workforce training agencies and the Lower Savannah Council of Governments/Work Force Development to help people find jobs quickly, she said.
Staff is on duty five days a week to help people with job search information and assistance, says Sam Jordan of the LSCOG. Jordan also noted that people will be able to file unemployment claims at the center one day each week.
The center will provide assessment testing with WorkKeys two days a week, Jordan said. The testing is used to determine the individual's basic skills related to job requirements, he said.
For more information about classes/workshops at the OCtech Quick Job Development Center in St. Matthews, call 803-874-2443 or go to http://www.calhouncountylearningcenter.famundo.com/calendar_center.
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