The Workforce Investment Act Program for Youth
The WIA Youth Program is a comprehensive program designed to help youth reach their career goals. Activities are offered throughout the year.
Find out who is eligible and act fast- A limited number of youth can be given jobs and receive scholarships. For more information, visit your local SC Works Center.
Youth Case Managers
Beaufort - LaKeshia McMillon firstname.lastname@example.org
Jasper- Marica Kinard email@example.com
Benefits for youth Tutoring/help with school
One of the goals of the WIA program is to help those enrolled in WIA to graduate high school. The following are a part of the WIA program
- Basic skills testing to help you determine your strengths.
- A subscription to a powerful on-line basic skills tutorial.
- Workshops on how to take tests and how to organize your school work.
- In some counties homework centers or tutoring is available.
GED and other Educational Assistance
- Directory of Adult Education, ESOL and Literacy Programs in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
- Colleton County Adult Education Services
- Jasper - Hampton Adult Education Services
WIA may pay fees for youth enrolled in WIA programs to return to school and take the GED exam.
Youth enrolled in the WIA program may qualify for scholarships that can be combined with financial aid and other programs to fund training after high school. To apply WIA enrolled youth must complete a scholarship application, take an occupational assessment, attend a workshop and complete financial aid forms.
Scholarships can be used for programs on the
Summer Jobs To be placed in a WIA summer job, you must participate in activities in your career plan. That could include attending workshops, participating in tutoring and going on field trips.
Part-time jobs during school year Part-time work experience jobs are possible during the school year.
Placement assistance for real jobs after completion of school If you have done your part in reaching your goals, WIA will help place you with an employer.
Other youth services
- Field trips to colleges and businesses
- Cultural field trips
- Chances to volunteer
- Workshops to help you succeed in life
- Help completing financial aid applications
How do I figure out what I want to do?
The good news is you have nearly unlimited potential. You can narrow down some career choices with the following techniques:
- Talk to people in occupations you are thinking about. If possible observe them working.
- Look at books and videos available at your library or SC Works Centers.
- Explore your interests and talents by taking a computerized assessment. SCOIS and Career Scope are available at SC Works Centers. You will receive a list of jobs to research.
- Try out different career fields by volunteering or getting a part-time job.
- Get information via the Internet.
How can I continue school?
Hot tip: If you are in high school, consider programs offered by the career center or vocational school. It is cheaper to take some courses such as cosmetology in high school than to start them after you graduate.
Lowcountry Colleges and Universities
Websites of SC schools listed on www.sciway.net can be found by clicking here.
Area training programs
The following schools have submitted information on training programs that has been included in the SC WIA Eligible Training Providers List. Not all program offered by the schools are on the list. Scholarships are determined on an individual basis. To get more information on training click here.
Financial aid information
Scholarships and financial aid programs can help you reach your goals. Not all types of scholarships are available at every school. Contact the school of your choice for more information. Below are some common sources of assistance. Click for more info.
- Needs Based Assistance (federal and state, includes Pell Grant.)
- Lottery Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid such as the Pell Grant are awarded based on need as determined by family income reported on income tax documents and other records. The application for the Pell Grant and related types of aid is on the Internet. There is no fee to apply. Click here to start.
Lottery scholarships do not consider your high school academic record. Scholarships are offered through SC two-year colleges for students taking at least 6 credit hours a semester who are in a degree program. Students have to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) financial aid application and must not owe money for student loans.
For more information in scholarships, click here (If pop up box asks for your user account and password, click x to keep going).
- State Academic Scholarships (Palmetto, Life, Hope)
Hope Scholarship, Life Scholarship and Palmetto Fellows are scholarships for South Carolina residents that meet academic requirements. For more information contact the two or four year college of your choice or the SC Commission on Higher Education at: http://www.che.sc.gov/StudentServices/FinAHome.htm (If pop up box asks for your user account and password, click x to keep going.)
Workforce Investment Act Scholarships
Scholarships are available to individuals participating in Workforce Investment Act programs who:
- Need training or retraining to get a job
- Have the ability to complete training and work in a selected field
- Choose a training program on the eligible training providers list that provides training for an in-demand occupation.
To receive a scholarship, Workforce Investment Act participants must meet eligibility requirements, attend a workshop, take an occupational interest assessment and complete a scholarship application. To find out more about Workforce Investment Act programs, click here.
Workforce Investment Act Youth Program
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