CROSS, S.C. – (Thursday, November 14, 2019) — Berkeley County, together with Berkeley County School District and Trident Technical College, will gather together to celebrate the next group of ManuFirst S.C. Program graduates on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Cross.
The graduation ceremony will be at 6 p.m. at Cross High School, located at 1293 Old Highway 6 in Cross. A total of 21 County residents participated in the program and will each receive a certificate of completion. The three-week, entry-level manufacturing training course consists of 62 hours of general manufacturing skills and safety training for manufacturing positions. Additionally, an OSHA certificate is provided through the program.
The course provides the necessary training to qualify candidates for positions at industries around Berkeley County and throughout the state of South Carolina and is free for candidates who are Berkeley County residents. Additionally, the course is a collaborative effort among Trident Technical College, Berkeley County Economic Development, Adult Education with Berkeley County School District, and the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
This is only the second time the Berkeley County ManuFirst S.C. program has been offered outside of the Trident Technical Campus. Berkeley County Economic Development worked hand-in-hand with the Berkeley County School District to bring the program into the community.
Following Thursday’s ceremony, there will be a reception with light refreshments. There will also be an Employer Meet-and-Greet, presented by SC Works Trident, for graduates to engage with local manufacturers.
To qualify for a Berkeley County ManuFirst S.C. scholarship, participants had to:
• Be at least 18 years old
• Be able to legally work in the United States
• Provide documentation of Berkeley County residency
• Have a high school diploma or GED
• Provide proof of a Bronze WIN/WorkKeys score
• Pass a S.C. S.L.E.D background check (paid for by the scholarship)
• Pass a basic panel drug screen (paid for by the scholarship)
The ManuFirst S.C. program first started in Berkeley County in 2017. Since then, the County has provided scholarships for eight rounds of the program, and approximately 400 citizens have graduated from the ManuFirst S.C. program in Berkeley County. The program has now spread across the region, emulated in Counties statewide.
– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –