Programs

Our career programs and resources are big on opportunity.

We participate in a variety of programs that provide pathways to better and brighter career opportunities for participants.

Contact us online to learn more about the programs available.  
Veteran Services

Are you a veteran or military family member seeking education or employment?  With our Veterans program, we can provide one-on-one, intensive assistance with your employment search. 

Program benefits include:
  • Comprehensive career self-assessments
  • Individualized career and financial planning
  • Career readiness activities
  • Job placement and retention services
  • Skills attainment and credentialing
Contact veterans@goodwillsc.org or call 803.609.4596.
ESL

In partnership with Pickens County Adult Education, English as Second Language (ESL) classes are held weekly at the Easley Job Connection. Students must enroll through Pickens Adult Ed

Financial Stability Centers (United Way Centers for Working Families)

Goodwill Financial Stability Centers, located in Berea and Simpsonville provide comprehensive services from a variety of nonprofit organizations to help people stabilize their finances.  Services provided include:

  • Employment Services, such as job leads/referrals and job training programs
  • Financial Literacy, including basic budgeting, short-term and long-term financial goal setting, and credit counseling.
  • Benefit Access, including screening and application assistance for SNAP, TANF, FAFSA, Medicaid, and other programs

All services are provided free of charge.  

Questions?
Email FSC@goodwillsc.org

Work Readiness Workshops

Regularly scheduled workshops at participating Goodwill Job Connections covering topics such as:

  • Effective job searching techniques
  • Online applications and job search
  • Resume writing
  • Interview Tips
  • Basic Computer Literacy
  • Overcoming barriers to employment 

Visit a Goodwill Job Connection for more information.

GoodGuides

Goodwill® GoodGuides® is a national mentoring program that helps youth ages 12-17 achieve educational and career goals through:

  • Mentoring
     -Screened, trained volunteer mentors work with youth 1:1 or in a group setting
     -School-based and community based mentoring opportunities
  • Skills Building and Work/Career Readiness Sessions
  • Career and College Exploration Field Trips
  • Service Learning Projects

Questions? 

Email goodguides@goodwillsc.org or call 864.303.3769.

Goodwill Industries reserves the right to make the final selection on all clients/students due to the limited program space.

Youth and Family Services

At both our newly remodeled Fluor’s Golf for Greenville Youth & Family Services Center, located at 45 E. Main Street in Greenville, and now in the Phillis Wheatley Community Center at 40 John McCarroll Way in Greenville, we are proud offer Greenville-area youth and families programs and services including:

  • GED Boot Camp
  • Certified Nursing Assistance Training
  • Financial Stability Courses
  • Work Readiness Workshops
  • Careers Navigation and Coaching
  • Tax Preparation Assistance

If interested or have questions, please call 877- LETSWRK (877.538.7975) or e-mail yfsc@goodwillsc.org

Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator® Program

Goodwill & Google.org are teaming up to empower people with the digital skills they need to advance their careers and transform their lives. 

With the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator® Program, you’ll be able to design your own path to a new career. Through digital programs and certifications, you’ll acquire the digital skills necessary to open up a whole new set of career possibilities and gain financial independence. 

Learning any new skill can be challenging and requires planning and dedication.  Goodwill’s Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator®program is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum that adapts and fits around your schedule through multiple site locations – and all at no cost to you. 

This program offers to participants:

  • Awareness of the digital skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive workforce.
  • Career assessment, career coaching, and/or career navigation/planning services.
  • Digital skills job, training and access to certifications and credentials to help build your skills.
  • Connections to community partners for additional support. 
  • Employment placement and career advancement services

To see if the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator® is a good fit for you, contact digitalcareers@goodwillsc.org or learn more on our Digital Career Accelerator page.  

SCSEP

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides older workers access to job skills training. Participants may train up to 20 hours per week and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. Services are available in the following regions of South Carolina:

  • Upstate (Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties)
  • Upper Savannah (Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties)
  • Lower Savannah (Aiken and Barnwell counties)
  • Midlands (Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, and Richland counties)
  • Catawba (Chester, Lancaster, and York counties)
  • Pee Dee (Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, and Sumter counties)
  • Waccamaw (Dillon, Marion, Georgetown, and Horry counties) 

Training Includes:

  • Assessment of Interests, Skills and Abilities
  • Assistance with Development of an Employment Plan
  • Support and Connection to Resources and Specialized Training
  • Assistance with Finding and Keeping Employment

Possible Training Sites
Participants are placed in a wide variety of positions including, but not limited to, the following: nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, hospitals (administrative role), public schools and libraries.

Participant Requirements:

  • Must be age 55 or older
  • Meet family income requirements
  • Currently unemployed and with poor employment prospects
  • Reside in county where the program operates

Performance
Participants receive $7.25 per hour while in training at their host sites and, in addition, participate in work readiness and other occupational and employability skills training.  The average time a participant is in the program is 27 months; however, there are occasions when a person can participate in SCSEP for up to 48 months. As participants complete or exit the program, the empty slot is filled with another individual. 

Enrollment
Let Goodwill help you get on-the-job training. We will connect you with a local nonprofit or another community service agency, where you will get paid to build work experience. Then, Goodwill will help you take the skills you have learned and advance into permanent employment.

Please email scsep@goodwillsc.org or call 803.448.2581 or toll-free at 877- LETSWRK (877.538.7975). 

Host Agencies and Employers

Interested in becoming a SCSEP host agency or employing SCSEP participants?  Reach out to us by email at scsep@goodwillsc.org or call 803.448.2581 or toll-free at 877-LETSWRK (877.538.7975). 

*Priority is given to persons over 60 years of age, Veterans, and individuals with the greatest economic need.

Goodwill® proudly participates in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), a national employment and training program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. A $20,971,372 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor provided 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs in the program year 2018. Goodwills provided the remaining 10 percent through in-kind contributions worth $2,330,152.44. See http://www.goodwill.org/scsep for funding details. 

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina, Inc. received a subaward of $1,952,580 and is contributing in-kind contributions valued at $226,333 to cover the remaining 10 percent of operational costs.

Ticket to Work

This employment program is for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 – legislation designed to remove barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work due to concerns over losing health care coverage.

Program Goal:
Increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to attain support services, training and jobs from designated Employment Networks (ENs) which include public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.

Participant Requirements:
Adult beneficiary, ages 18 through 64, who receives cash benefits from Social Security based on disability under the Social Security Disability Insurance program and/or the Supplemental Security Income program.

Questions?

Email goodwilltraining@goodwillsc.org, call 864.351.0114, or contact your local Goodwill Job Connection for more information. 

Industry Specific Training

Goodwill's Industry Specific Training offers programs leading to a credential in areas such as healthcare, transportation, digital literacy, logistics, and customer service/retail/food service.  Program participants will improve on skills needed to search for, gain, and retain employment.  See our certification program details for more information on these free training programs.