It takes 50 to 60 hours of study to advance one grade level. The majority of clients without a GED fall into two categories: Beginning Basic Education (2.0-3.9 grade level) or Low Intermediate Basic Education (4.0- 5.9 grade level).
32% to 40% of adults age 25 or older in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties do not have a high school diploma or GED.
Many more are unemployed and do not have the skills required for long term, stable professions. To help overcome these major barriers, One80 Place developed the Homeless Employment and Learning Program (HELP).
At our HELP center we assess eligible client’s educational levels via the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Based on their results from this test, clients are assigned to the appropriate educational programs, which fall in line with our belief that each client has specific needs and goals, and should receive a personalized education and training plan.
Our HELP center also assists clients with workforce readiness and preparation for practical skills. Our case managers perform job readiness assessments, help with job applications, resume writing, interviewing skills and job retention strategies. We also provide SC Workforce Readiness training and certification and ServSafe certification for clients.
Roughly 170 clients a year will utilize the HELP center classroom, computer lab and spend time with an Employment Specialist.
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