On January 30, 2012, the first cohort of young males from AMIKids Beaufort started the Welding Certificate Program at the through the Continuing Education Division of the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Beaufort Marine Institute, now AMIKids Beaufort, was started in Beaufort in 1985 by seven locals who saw the need for a facility to redirect young men who have been referred by the juvenile justice system or have failed in traditional school settings. Since then, AMIKids Beaufort has shown hundreds of young South Carolina men a way to change their lives. AMIKids Beaufort is a non-profit residential facility that serves as an alternative to prison for juvenile offenders ages 14 to 21. AMIKids Beaufort provides a second chance for young men who would otherwise be sent to jail for their non-violent offenses.
“TCL is proud of this partnership that allows these young men to get a second-chance and train for a future career,” TCL Continuing Education Dean Rebecca Bass said. “These students will finish the program in just under 12 weeks and will be marketable for a job that is in demand and pays well.”
James Rivers, Executive Director of AMIKids Beaufort, agrees. “This partnership is an amazing opportunity for these young men,” he said. “Not only are they receiving training and an education that they can put into practice, they are making positive connections in the community. These benefits will stay with them long after they complete the program at AMIKids Beaufort.”
The Stranahan Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to AMIKids Beaufort to help fund this specialized, welding certificate program. The foundation assists individuals and groups become more self-sufficient and able to contribute to the improvement of society and the environment.
The grant will enable two additional cohorts of students to train in welding at TCL. TCL and AMIKids Beaufort hope to meet the goal of 20 students trained this year.
For more information, please contact:
- Rebecca W. Bass, Dean, Continuing Education, TCL, 843-470-8385
- James Rivers, Executive Director AMIKids Beaufort, 843-846-2128
- Mike Ingram, Chairman AMIKids Beaufort, 843- 812-0137
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