ASSIST to Work
- ASSIST Consortium Colleges
- Workforce Readiness Center
- HGTC Engineering Department
- Grant Partner
- Local Business Partners
About the Accessible Support Services and Instruction for Sustainable Transition (ASSIST) program [top]
America is changing and workers need to be creative, knowledgeable, multi-skilled
problem-solvers. The goal of ASSIST is to deliver education and career-training programs
that prepare students to have those characteristics for employment in high-wage, high-skill
occupations, especially in the engineering sector.
ASSIST developed because 40-45% of all job openings through 2014 are projected to be in middle-skilled occupations that require post-secondary training and/or education, but not a bachelor's degree. ASSIST will work with those individuals who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, dislocated and displaced veterans, the unemployed, and the underemployed. ASSIST will prepare them for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations.
ASSIST staff members will work closely with regional business leaders to establish educational opportunities for students, such as internships, assistantships, on-the-job training, and apprenticeship programs. These programs will improve employment opportunities for students participating in the ASSIST program, so they will be ready for full-time employment upon graduation.
An essential part of ASSIST will be the opening of the Workforce Readiness Center. The Workforce Readiness Center services are available to the public and are located in the 1100 building on the Conway campus. Services range from assessments to workshops to preparation for entry into educational programs.
Services to the public are available at this time by visiting the offices of the ASSIST staff on the Conway Campus in building 1100, rooms 314-316. The Grand Opening of the Workforce Readiness Center will be announced at a later date.
ASSIST Consortium Colleges[top]
- Aiken Technical College
- Central Carolina Technical College
- Denmark Technical College
- Florence-Darlington Technical College*
- Midlands Technical College
- Northeastern Technical College
- Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
- Piedmont Technical College
- Williamsburg Technical College
Workforce Readiness Center[top]
“Our focus is on employment-driven education and skills.”
An essential part of the ASSIST program is the opening of the Workforce Readiness Center. The focus of the center is to support and guide participants to acquire education and skills that will enhance their chances of employment and quickly prepare them for re-entry into the labor force.
We'll work with students to find out their career interests and goals and help them complete all the steps necessary for their educational path.
Upon program completion, or for those who just need to brush up on their job-finding skills, participants will receive help with their resumes, cover letters, and job searching skills. ASSIST will also help them refine business etiquette and correspondence skills, and prepare them for interviews
Services to the public are available at this time by visiting the offices of the ASSIST
staff on the Conway Campus in building 1100, rooms 314-316. The Grand Opening of the
Workforce Readiness Center will be announced at a later date.
For more information contact:
843.349.3660 or email us
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 5:00; Friday 8:00 - 12:30
Engineering @ HGTC [top]
The Engineering and Industrial Technology Department at HGTC offers a modern curriculum tailored by current industry standards. All courses are taught by seasoned professionals and are focused on the practical, hands-on learning of skills that students will undoubtedly use once in their chosen career fields.
Programs featured include:
- Civil Engineering Technology: Graduates of the CET program are prepared to seek careers in the planning, design
and construction of roads, bridges, canals, dams, water and sewerage plants, and similar
projects. Work that civil engineering technicians in the field may be assigned includes computer aided drafting of construction or industrial drawings, writing specifications,
cost estimating, construction job inspection, surveying, and map preparation.
CET graduates also have the option to continue their education by transferring to a four-year institution to obtain their bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology.
- Electronics Engineering Technology: Graduates of the EET program will be prepared to find positions in career fields
such as electrical power generation and distribution (think Santee Cooper), telecommunications
(Time Warner Cable or Horry Telephone Cooperative), medical equipment technology,
and industrial control systems design and development (helping corporations run their
plants more efficiently).
EET graduates also have the option to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain their bachelor's in Engineering Technology.
ASSIST unites 10 South Carolina technical colleges, Clemson University, the Local
Workforce Investment Boards, the SC Commission for Minority Affairs, the SC National
Guard, SC Adult Education, and local businesses to catalyze economic recovery and
growth in South Carolina and foster systemic change within the higher education and
the technical college system.
- Clemson University
- Local Workforce Investment Boards
- SC Commission for Minority Affairs
- SC National Guard
- SC Adult Education
Local Business Partners[top]
Local business partners will play a huge role in the outcome of the ASSIST program. Regional business leaders are to guide program content and curriculum revisions to ensure that students are learning the skills and competencies required by employers. This will be accomplished by surveying these regional businesses to help to determine the exact education, skills, and proficiencies they are looking for in their new employees.
ASSIST staff members will be working closely with regional business leaders to establish educational opportunities for students, such as internships, on-the-job training, assistantships, and apprenticeship programs that will build the students resumes and secure full-time employment upon graduation.