OUR STORY

Family has always been at the heart of Eckerd Connects. When we were founded in 1968 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd, the legendary power couple was often asked what motivated them to start a non-profit in rural Florida. Their answer was always the same.

“It’s the kids.”
Today those words still hold true – but much like other families, ours has grown. Nearly five decades later with a presence in 20 states, our family of services has expanded to include foster care, adoption, workforce development, aid for the homeless, transitional services for troubled youth, and so much more.

ADULT PROGRAMS
Eckerd Connects’ Workforce Development’s Adult Program helps individuals who are currently receiving government support to achieve self-sufficiency by returning to the workforce. Through a strong network of community services, eligible adults are taught the skills needed to obtain jobs in today’s competitive labor market. The program is focused on leading participants to careers that provide sustainable living wages, so participants can in turn provide for themselves and their families. This program fully aligns with the 2015 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Support services may include the following:

Job readiness training
GED and high school diploma assistance
National certifications
Paid work experience (available in most locations)
Soft skills training
Transportation assistance
Diversion services for families
Subsidized child care referrals
Domestic violence prevention services
Substance and mental health treatment referrals
Who Qualifies?

Adults ages 18 and older
Those who receive government support through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Welfare, or other government subsidized program
** Other requirements and program specifics may vary by locations.

Apply Today

Workforce Development’s Adult Program is offered in many states across the country. If you are 18 years old or older and believe you might qualify for our free services, please complete our Online Application.

YOUTH PROGRAMS
Eckerd Connects’ Workforce Development’s Youth Program helps prepare young adults—ages 16 to 24—for college or a career. This program provides career pathways, credential attainment, and supportive services to young adults who may face barriers to employment. Through local partnerships, participants gain hands-on work experience. They also develop academic, career, and life skills that lead to lifelong success. Topics include vocational skills, financial self-sufficiency, and self-esteem.

Workforce Development is a national program that aligns with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and its 14 Key Elements. Program participants are comprehensively assessed to identify their individual skills, abilities, interests, and employment goals. Each participant is exposed to educational services and training that will increase their skill sets for today’s competitive labor market.

Services include:

Job readiness training
GED and high school diploma assistance
National certifications
Internships
Supportive services
Paid work experience (available in most locations)
Leadership and soft skills training
Who Qualifies?

This program is designed for youth ages 16 to 24, with age requirements varying by location. Preference will be given to youth not attending school. Youth must also be able to identify with one of the following barriers to employment:

Deficient literacy skills
No high school diploma or GED
Homeless, runaway, or foster child
Pregnant or parenting young adult
Involvement with the Juvenile Justice System
Have a disability
Lack necessary work readiness skills

South Carolina
Eckerd Connects Workforce Development
874 Vocational Lane
Camden, SC 29020
Phone Number: (843) 513-0454