Tri-County Opens QuickJobs Development Center in Anderson
by Lisa Garrett
ANDERSON —- Tri-County Technical College held a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony Oct. 11 in Anderson for a QuickJobs Development Center dedicated to preparing an advanced workforce to meet the needs of area manufacturers.
This is the College’s third QuickJobs Development Center for its three-county service area. Others are located at the Oconee Campus at the Hamilton Career Center in Seneca and at the Easley Campus. The Centers also are home to the SC Works Centers which offer job seekers and businesses access to employment and training opportunities.
During the ceremony, officials praised the collaborative efforts of Anderson County, the College, S.C. Department of Commerce and SC Works of Anderson in bringing the Center to fruition.
“It’s all about coming together to help make the community a better place,” said Tri-County Technical College President Ronnie Booth. “This is important for the College and the county. A good citizen equals a well-employed citizen.”
The 5,847-square-foot-building houses classrooms and a large space for labs, in addition to office space for SC Works. The facility is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission through the S.C. Department of Commerce.
The QuickJobs Development Center is operated by the College, and instructors from the Corporate and Community Education Division will teach QuickJobs training courses, such as American Heart Association Certification, Law Enforcement and Private Security programs, Office and Medical Office Skills Certifications, CDL Class A and B (Truck Driver Training), Chemical Industry Training, Heavy Equipment Operator Training (sponsored by Blanchard Machinery), South Carolina Manufacturing Certification, WorkKeys Testing and more.
In addition, the Center will offer customized training for area businesses and industries.
A key ingredient that sold Anderson County Council Chair Francis Crowder on the Quickjobs Development Center was the potential to bring new business and industry to the area. “Through a partnership with Tri-County Technical College, Anderson County stepped up and was the applicant for the grant through the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Governor’s Office and the Department of Commerce. It was good process that was unanimously approved by council,” he said. “There is a need for skilled workers on a different plane than we’ve ever seen before. Many locate here because of the workforce and our capacity to provide training for workers needed in their facilities.”
“Job seekers cannot maintain status quo,” said Ronnie Allen, executive director of WorkLink Workforce Investment Board (WIB). “They need a higher skills set to meet employer needs. The WIB executive committee put in a new service delivery model and now SC Works and WIA will locate to a more cost effective and efficient place here,” he said. “We will offer comprehensive services to employers and job seekers. WorkLink and Tri-County have a hand-in-glove fit. SC Works offers career development services and Tri-County offers jobs skills courses. The goal is for all unemployed workers to be self sustainable when they leave here.”
“We are pleased to be a funding partner,” said Megan Anderson, CDBG grants manager/ARC program manager for the SC Department of Commerce. “Bringing training opportunities closer to home is just right for business and just right for economic development. We look forward to a future filled with opportunity and promise.”
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