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New program sets out to bring success to military veterans in civilian workforce

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The classroom doors were open, as early as 8:30 Saturday morning inside Trident Technical College.

Lowcountry veterans gathered for part one, of a three-part training, aimed at helping them transfer military skills to the civilian workforce. The program, which launched statewide this month, is the work of State Senator Tim Scott, who spearheaded similar workshops in Columbia and Myrtle Beach.

"We need to do something to try to figure out a way to help these veterans translate their skills in the military to a civilian resume, so that their time in service to our country will not be lost," said Regional Director, Delores Dacosta.

The first workshop focused on transferring skills, but participants will also get a chance to learn of training opportunities, resume writing, and how to interact with a potential employer, in subsequent workshops set for later in the year.

By February, veterans will have a chance to showcase all they've learned, in a career fair set to feature employers statewide.

"Most of the veterans don't know of the different organizations that they can go to for help," added Kenneth Batie, a recruiter with Trident Technical College's Veterans Upward Bound program. The college is partnered with the new job training initiative, but offers its own educational program for veterans year-round.

For more information on how to sign up, email vaworkshops2_scott@scott.senate.gov, or call 843-727-4525.

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