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ASSIST to Work

America is changing and workers need to be creative, knowledgeable, multi-skilled problem-solvers. The goal of ASSIST is to provide guidance and support programs that prepare students to have those characteristics for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations, especially in the manufacturing sector.
ASSIST: Accessible Support Services and Instruction for Sustainable Transition to Work

The ASSIST program is available to individuals who are eligible for training under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program, as well as dislocated, displaced, unemployed and underemployed workers interested in pursuing an occupation in the applied technology area. In addition, any veteran interested in an applied technology career is eligible for ASSIST.  ASSIST staff members also work closely with regional business leaders to establish educational opportunities for students such as internships, on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. These programs will improve employment opportunities for students participating in the ASSIST program so they will be ready for full-time employment upon graduation.

Photo of Assist staff  "Our focus is on employment-driven education and skills."

Workforce Readiness Center

An essential part of the ASSIST program is the Workforce Readiness Center. Workforce Readiness Center counselors will help students determine their career interests and goals, assess their job readiness skills, and plan and complete their education. In addition, ASSIST participants can receive help in preparing resumes and cover letters, searching and applying for jobs, reviewing business etiquette and correspondence and preparing for interviews.


Patti Elvington
ASSIST Project Director
(843) 921-6977

Sam Sparkman
ASSIST Workforce Readiness Manager
(843) 921-6988

Patricia Dixon
ASSIST Recruiter/Counselor
(843) 921-1489

Lisa Smith
ASSIST Workforce
Readiness Counselor
(843) 921-6992

Shawn Wright
Administrative Assistant

Location: Room 117, Building 100, Ingram Hall, NETC Cheraw campus
Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Applied Technology
Training & Education

Manufacturers in Chesterfield, Marlboro and Dillon counties need skilled workers, and NETC is committed to providing the education and training to meet local industry needs. The college offers Applied Technology programs that prepare students for high skill jobs with high paying salaries. Find a program that matches your career goals:

Electronics Technology: Maintenance and repair of all types of electrical and electronic equipment, including motor controllers, digital controllers and instrumentation controls found in industrial plants • Possible annual income (2011 O*Net OnLine): $56,900

Drafting: Mechanical and electronic skills for drafting and the practical application of basic engineering principles • Possible annual income (2011 O*Net OnLine): $54,470

General Technology: Development of multi-crafted 
technicians who have the skills necessary to maintain all aspects of the industrial process • Possible annual income (2011 O*Net OnLine): $51,220

Machine Tool Technology: Setup and operation of all standard machine tools and the manufacture of precision metal parts • Possible annual income (2011 O*Net OnLine): $46,650

Industrial Plant Mechanics: Maintenance and upkeep of an industrial plant and its machines, mechanical equipment and systems • Possible annual income (2011 O*Net OnLine): $46,270

Welding: The joining of metals with gas-fueled torches or electric-arc processes - a vital construction skill that involves principles and uses of oxyacetylene, T.I.G., M.I.G. and electric arc • Possible annual income (2011 O*Net OnLine): $35,920

Consortium Colleges
& State Agencies

ASSIST unites 10 South Carolina technical colleges, Clemson University, the Local Work force Investment Boards, the SC Commission for Minority Affairs, the SC National Guard, SC Adult Education, and local businesses to catalyze economic recovery and growth in South Carolina and foster systemic change within the higher education and the technical college system.

  • Clemson University
  • Aiken Technical College
  • Central Carolina Technical College
  • Denmark Technical College
  • Florence-Darlington Technical College
  • Horry-Georgetown Technical College
  • Midlands Technical College
  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
  • Piedmont Technical College
  • Williamsburg Technical College
  • SC Department of Employment and Workforce
  • SC Adult Education
  • SC National Guard
  • SC Commission for Minority Affairs
  • SC Works
ASSIST to Work

Business Partnerships

ASSIST partners with local business leaders to guide degree, certificate and diploma program content to ensure students are learning the technical skills and competencies required by employers. Business partners include:
  • Shaeffler Group USA (INA)
  • Crown Cork and Seal
  • Stanley Tools
  • WIX
  • Baldor
  • Perdue Farms
  • Mohawk

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