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South Carolina Department of Social Services Abstract

Published: May 19, 2016
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Building Pathways to a Brighter Future

South Carolina Department of Social Services

Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment

Location: Columbia, SC


Five-Year Project Period: September 30, 2015 - September 29, 2020

Annual Award Amount: $2,993,624

Type of Organization: State Government

Service Area: The State of South Carolina

Target Population: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, Catawba Indian families, veterans, youth ages 17–20 aging out of the foster care system, and other low-income individuals


Number of individuals that will be enrolled in the overall HPOG program: 1,120

Number of TANF recipients that will be enrolled: 410

Number of individual participants that will begin basic skills education: 1,120

Number of individual participants that will complete basic skills education: 840

Number of participants that will begin any healthcare occupational training: 1,190

Number of participants that will complete any healthcare occupational training: 855

Number of individual participants that will obtain employment in a healthcare occupation: 686


The South Carolina Department of Social Services operates Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment, a comprehensive wraparound services program that provides intensive academic and career counseling and supportive services to low-income individuals. The statewide program consists of five phases: 1) recruitment/selection, 2) boot camp, 3) healthcare education and training, 4) job placement assistance, and 5) post-employment services. Throughout the program, project staff work with participants to provide intensive case management and coordinate supportive services.

Project HOPE’s program goals include preparing participants for attendance at post-secondary institutions by providing coordinated strategies that address life and work-readiness skills and basic skills education, preparing participants to attain healthcare industry-recognized credentials that are stackable along a career pathway for jobs that are in demand in South Carolina, and facilitating the employment and retention of participants in healthcare jobs that pay sustainable wages. The project’s targeted occupations are: Registered Nurse, Medical Laboratory Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Records Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Cardiovascular Technician, Phlebotomist, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Program participants are provided with the following types of assistance: housing, academic supports, case management, child care, transportation, tuition, work readiness, and job placement. The project’s partners include healthcare employers, hospital systems, local Workforce Investment Boards, the technical college system, and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Apprenticeship Carolina Office will provide registered apprenticeship opportunities to Project HOPE participants who enroll in apprenticeship healthcare occupational trainings and create an employer-based on-the-job learning component.

Last Reviewed: April 24, 2019