South Carolina Workforce Investment Board Honors SC Works Dorchester During Annual Symposium

Summerville, South Carolina

June 4, 2013 - The State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) provides direction to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce on workforce development issues, particularly those pertaining to the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The goal of the South Carolina Workforce Investment Board is to create a competitive workforce advantage for South Carolina by ensuring that a quality and effective workforce system exists in order to improve the lives of all South Carolinians.

Each year the SWIB honors outstanding volunteers, participants, staff, Local Boards, and the SC Works Centers during the annual South Carolina Workforce Development Partnership Symposium.  The intent of these awards is to recognize the accomplishments of the WIA and Workforce system and the people within that system.

Award recipients for the Tri-County area included winners for Outstanding SC Works Center, WIA Youth Achievement, Outstanding Business Partner, and Outstanding Workforce System Partner.

The award for Outstanding SC Works Center was presented to SC Works Dorchester. As the Career Center Site Manager for SC Works Dorchester, Seth Duncan accepted the award on their behalf.

During the 2011 program year, SC Works Dorchester had an average monthly flow of 3,856 customers who were served by the SC Works Dorchester Center and its partners. Through their team's combined efforts, SC Works Dorchester helped assist in the re-employment of more than 1,550 individuals, and helped bring the unemployment rate for Dorchester county down from 7.6% to 6.8%. During this time, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) team was able to facilitate the re-employment of approximately 273 adults and dislocated workers through the various services offered at this SC Works location.

In addition, SC Works Dorchester has worked with local businesses to help identify 281 new employment opportunities, and hosted more than 30 job fairs and recruitment events.

Their success can be found in how they treat their customers who come into their offices every day. They help to engage customers from day one in order to better help them achieve their employment and/or training goals. From the moment a person walks in through the doors, their needs are addressed and they are directed to where they can get the most help. SC Works Dorchester continues looking for ways to improve their services and practices to better address the needs of their customers.