The Colleton County Council, The Colleton County Economic Development Alliance and The Technical College of the Lowcountry announce the Grand Opening of the Colleton Quick Jobs Center, Wednesday, August 10 at 5 p.m. at 1085 Thunderbolt Drive, Walterboro, S.C.
The 23,000 square-foot training center will be operated by the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) in partnership with Colleton County. The Center was funded by a variety of sources including the S.C. Department of Commerce, the US Department of Commerce–Economic Development Administration, Colleton County Council, Colleton County School District, and TCL.
The facility includes four training labs and four classrooms, giving it flexibility to meet a variety of training needs for the Colleton County workforce now and in the future. The facility also houses a multi-tiered auditorium complete with internet and video conferencing technology that will also be available to area business for their training and conference needs.
“The Quick Jobs Center offers new opportunities for workforce training to the residents of Colleton,” Colleton County Administer Kevin Griffin said.
TCL President Tom Leitzel added, “TCL is ready to serve the citizens of Colleton County. We value our partnership with Colleton County and are extremely pleased to have a physical presence in Walterboro.”
Colleton County residents will have their first chance to take advantage of the Center during the Grand Opening week. The Technical College of the Lowcountry will be offering a series of free continuing mini-course offerings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (schedule attached).
“The Economic Alliance is pleased to have the Center up and operating. Quality training programs are important to companies who are interested in locating in Colleton County. This is a significant benefit for Colleton,” said Heyward Horton, Colleton County Economic Alliance Executive Director.
Rhonda Johns, a Colleton County resident, is the Center’s coordinator. Rhonda Johns joins the staff of Technical College of the Lowcountry after a 25-year career in the financial services industry. She served as a Regional Vice President in the Texas/Southwest Region for companies such as MassMutual, John Hancock, and State Street Research. Upon her return to her native Colleton County in 2010, she worked at the Walterboro-Colleton Chamber of Commerce and ClearVision. Rhonda is a 1988 graduate of the University of South Carolina and the proud mother of one daughter, Sydney, who is a freshman at the College of Charleston.
Allen Grayson, TCL Continuing Education Industrial Program Coordinator, will be coordinating various workforce programs including HVAC maintenance, heavy equipment operation, basic electricity, and basic construction. In addition, there are plans to focus on other programs that have been identified as potential future job growth areas such as mining, welding, distribution and logistics. Professional Development and Personal Interest courses will also be included in the Center’s offerings.
Grayson said that equipment purchases are continuing to arrive while instructors are being hired and that the course schedule for the Center will completed within the next few weeks.
Here is the schedule of the upcoming FREE classes at the new Colleton Quick Jobs Center
For more information or to register for any of these classes, please call 843.525.8205.
Intro to Computers, Tuesday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. -Noon
Do you need help figuring it out or just turning it on? Take this class to become better acquainted with the computer. This session focuses on the basics of the machine and additional concepts.
Intro to Word 2010, Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. to Noon Microsoft Word 2010 has many new, super applications. Learn the Word interface (the tools of the trade), discover entering text, pictures, be introduced to how to create documents using templates, and more. This class is for anyone with an interest in word processing.
Get More Done in Less Time, Wednesday, August 10, 11:00 a.m. to Noon
TCL Continuing Education Overview, “Map out a Career Change” Wednesday, August 10, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Intro to Excel 2010” Thursday, August 11, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Microsoft Excel 2010 is a spreadsheet application software. Spreadsheets have several uses including tracking budgets, statistics, lists and so much more. The spreadsheet interface is capable of performing tasks such as formulas, charts, graphs and even predictions. This class is an introduction to these concepts and will allow the student to become more familiar with the screen and menu options.
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