Programs & Services

Goodwill Changes Lives

Palmetto Goodwill offers a variety of programs and services that help individuals with barriers and disabilities find employment and improve their lives. Review the programs we offer and get started on a brighter path today.

Weekly Workshops

Goodwill’s weekly workshops provide job seekers with the skills they need to find, get and keep a job. Courses and training sessions focus on everything from basic computer skills to creating resumes, interviews, and more.

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Hospitality Training

In partnership with Trident Technical College, Palmetto Goodwill hosts ongoing START (Skills, Tasks And Results Training) hotel hospitality programs. Each six-week course provides successful candidates with three national certifications from  in housekeeping, guest services and hospitality from the American Hotel & Lodging Institute.

START was developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute to help individuals begin their careers or continue their education in hospitality. The program prepares students to go straight from the classroom to the workforce and is supported by a network of 10,000 hotel owners and operators eager to hire for much needed front-line positions.

The program is free but there will be a $50 charge per student at the beginning of the course to process each candidate’s certifications.

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Veteran Employment Program

Palmetto Goodwill is proud to serve those who have served our country. The Veteran Employment Program (VEP) assists pre-9/11 veterans with gaining and retaining employment. Personalized service ensures each veteran has access to the resources that they need for the best chance of success in the workplace and beyond.

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AbilityOne

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina (GWILSC), Palmetto Goodwill’s contract division, offers those with disabilities an opportunity to gain valuable work skills while earning a fair wage through the AbilityOne program. In 2015, the average wage for a GWILSC employee employed through the program was $9.47 per hour. These employees also earn healthcare and additional employment benefits.

We currently hold 15 federal contracts with all four military branches in the communities that we serve. Our employees stock grocery stores shelves on military bases, serve thousands of meals to service members every day, perform secure mail room operations and much more.

This program changes lives and benefits our communities by reducing the strain on government entitlement programs. We are proud to be a part of the AbilityOne program.

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Palmetto Warrior Connection

Each day, 22 of our nation’s heroes commit suicide. Palmetto Warrior Connection (PWC) is working to change that by cultivating a community of self sustaining Warriors. Leaving the Military is a major transition and PWC believes that no Warrior or their family members should do it alone. PWC’s goal is to be the first stop to help transitioning Warriors determine what’s next by walking with them every step of the way by directing them towards the services and opportunities that will help them achieve their goals. From housing, education, employment, benefits, mental health and everything in between, PWC has our Warriors covered.

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Clothing Vouchers

Not dressing appropriately for an interview or a day of work can hinder your chances of success in the workplace. Goodwill’s clothing voucher program allows you to shop for clothing so you can look and feel your best in any professional situation.

The program is also used to meet the immediate needs of people whose lives have been negatively impacted by disaster. In most cases, clothing is given to the homeless population and those displaced from their home due to flood or fire. To benefit from Goodwill’s voucher program, you must be referred from a local disaster relief agency or social service organization. Vouchers are issued at Goodwill’s Job Link Centers.

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Workforce Academy

Palmetto Goodwill partners with local high schools to provide a program that addresses the challenge of students that have promising aptitude but have become disengaged and are in danger of dropping out. Workforce Academy is a year-round work-based program that allows students to earn a paycheck and their diploma at the same time.

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Adult Education

Palmetto Goodwill partners with community organizations to provide Adult Education. These courses provide opportunities for individuals to earn a GED and overcome one of the primary barriers to employment, lack of education. For information on Adult Education opportunities contact your nearest Job Link Center by clicking on the button below.

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SCSEP Program

Palmetto Goodwill assists workers 55 and older in finding suitable employment opportunities through the SCSEP program. SCSEP is an on-the-job training and employment program funded through the South Carolina Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.

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