College and Career News

2022 Summer Edition * Florence County Adult Education

Looking Forward

Information for New and Returning Students

New and returning students, please remember the following dates:

  • JULY 11: Online registration for all sites begins through our website: REGISTER TODAY!
  • JULY 18: TABE and other testing reopens at the McClenaghan site in Florence
  • AUGUST 15: Classes begin in Lake City and Florence

Back to School Supply Pickup

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August 5-7 is Tax-Free Weekend

According to the SC Department of Revenue, "During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of purchases are exempt from the state's 6% Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax-free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. As long as an item is eligible, it is tax-free whether purchased in-store or online.​​"

For more information, visit

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COABE Adult Education Alumni Study

The video below outlines two ways to engage with COABE, the Coalition on Basic Education, which is an organization that promotes and advocates for adult education programs and adult education students at a national level. They are a highly respected organization, and Florence County Adu;lt Education has partnered with them over the past few years in learning and leading. Links mentioned in the video are as follows:

Participate in an alumni study, with the chance to win prizes after each survey, here:

Read other adult learner success stories and/or share your story here: .

Check out information especially for adult learners here: and then selecting choices from the "adult learner" tab.

Join COABE (adult learner or adult learner graduate membership is free)

Please call us (843.758.6411) or contact with any questions or concerns about the study.

Congratulation Graduates from COABE

Opportunities for Support Services

Hiring Events and Training Opportunities

GED by 23 Scholarships

We are excited that you may be able to benefit from an agreement between SC technical colleges and SC adult education that can pay tuition for technical certifications and degrees! In order to access these monies, Florence County Adult Ed must send documentation to FDTC or another technical school of your participation in adult education. Please see the flyer below for qualifying details. Contact your CCN with questions!
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Paid Apprenticeships

A paid apprenticeship program includes paid training to learn new specialized skills for a local workforce need. In the Pee Dee, several paid apprenticeships are available, and the time to apply is NOW. Below, please find information about these opportunities. Contact your CCN for more information.

Adecco MIG Welding Apprenticeship

Students or graduates (completed diploma or GED not required) are invited to apply for the MIG Production Welding Apprenticeship by going to and applying for the Honda SC Welder FDTC position. Those who have a diploma or GED can complete the "quick apply" option; those who are still working to complete high school credentials should choose the longer application option. Selected candidates will be enrolled in, and paid $15.20 per hour, to take a two week, intensive MIG production welding course which will be held on FDTC Main Campus in the welding lab. Once the course is completed, students will begin to use welding skills to build ATVs at Honda in Timmonsville. Adecco has asked that we notify them when you have applied; please contact your CCN as soon as you apply. For questions, Adecco has provided the following phone numbers: 843-495-2805 and 843-495-2689 (leave a message).

Guardian Ambulance EMT Apprenticeship

Guardian Ambulance is seeking driven, dedicated candidates interested in taking the first step to join the emergency medical services industry. Your EMT certification is the first step in a career in EMS or can be a stepping stone to careers in public safety and health care. The class is presented in partnership with Florence-Darlington Technical College continuing education department. Free tuition, certification and testing provided by Florence-Darlington Technical College supported by the U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the South Carolina Technical College System. To further remove barriers to entering the EMS field, Guardian Ambulance is also offering a training wage and full benefits package as a full-time employee during classroom hours throughout the course with an employment commitment. FULL-TIME, PAID TRAINING OPPORTUNITY. NO PREVIOUS EMS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! To apply, go to . The class starts August 1 at FDTC. Completed GED or high school diploma is required.

Paid Opportunities to Earn a CDL-B

Both PDRTA and Florence One Schools offer those hired as bus drivers a chance to be paid while they earn a Class B Commercial Drivers License. A clean driving record and background check are required. Completed GED or diploma are not required. For more information, see the following links: (Florence One Bus Drivers) and for PDRTA.

Pre- and Post- Training Surveys for Workforce Trainings

Have you participated in a workforce training such as CPR, forklift, Manufacturing Skills, Manufirst SC, CNA, or welding? If so, please remember to complete the pre- and post- workforce training surveys. The surveys can be accessed from "applications and forms" on our website or by clicking the links below. Your input is important as we plan how to support future workforce students in their training.

Pre-training survey (Even if you have already taken the class, answer this as you would have before you began it):

Post training survey (Answer this about your thoughts AFTER the training):

Job Postings

For links to applications and information about hiring opportunities, click here.

We've Been Busy!

Graduations at All Sites

Effingham Church of God honored graduates from their site on Sunday, May 22 at the Effingham Church of God (see photos at right). On Friday, June 3, Lake City graduates participated in Lake City High School's graduation ceremony (see photos below). On Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m., McClenaghan graduation was held in room 303 at the McClenaghan building. A full album of McClenaghan graduation photos can be found at . Congratulations to all graduates!
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Lake City Graduation Celebration

In May, Lake City Lifelong Learning Center held a graduation cookout in honor of their students and graduates. Guests enjoyed lunch, and Mr. Steve Griffen from Telamon shared information about his organization. Photos from the event appear below.
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Words of Thanks

Lake City Lifelong Learning Center would like to thank the following sponsors for their help and support of our students and graduates:

  • Representative Terry Alexander
  • Starlee Alexander-State Farm
  • Draper G. Myers Mortuary, LLC.
  • Attorney Chaquez McCall
  • Tonja Daniels
  • Lamantha Perry Anthony
  • Diane Mills-Wright
  • Linda M. Johnson-Senior Leatherman Center
  • Jamel Howard
  • Colon Abraham-CMA Services
  • Linda Alexander
  • Dr. Hillary Dolford-Sweetfeet
  • Sharon T. Generette
  • Scottie Swinton
  • Janice Howard
  • Lake City Family Dentistry and staff
  • Attorney George Jebaily

Manufirst SC at McClenaghan Concludes

The McClenaghan cohort of Manufirst SC which began on May 16 concluded on June 16. During this class, participants earned OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certifications. Some of them also earned the MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification. In addition, the 72-hour class covered the following topics:

  • Quality Systems, 5-S Continuous Improvement
  • Quality Audits
  • Lean Production
  • Soft Skills- Communication, Teamwork, Conflict Management
  • Customer Communications
  • Craft Math
  • Precision Measurement
  • Conditioning, Finishing & Assembly
  • Recognizing Problems
  • Lock Out/Tag Out

During the final week of the class, instructor Mr. Joseph Marsh took the class on a tour of General Electric in Florence where they were able to see many concepts "in action" as well as meet with a representative from human resources. Finally, on June 17, class members interviewed with three other manufacturers, many of whom consider the Manufirst class to be the equivalent of a year's worth of manufacturing. We congratulate these students for their hard work and persistence.

The Manufirst SC class is a partnership among FDTC, SCVRD, and Florence County Adult Education. If you are interested in participating in a future cohort, please contact Anne Stone (

Share your good news with us!

Have you secured new employment or started a training or college? We want to celebrate your success! Please click the link below to share your news.

Family and Community Opportunities

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Faculty Favorites: Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer break might allow for some time to enjoy reading for pleasure and personal enrichment. We asked adult education faculty and staff for some of their favorite book titles. Here are their responses:

  • Ms. Martinez, one of our family literacy coaches, chose the following children's titles: It's Not Easy Being a Lazy Bug" by Pragya Tomar, Michela Fiori, and Ramona MacLean, and How the Tiger got his Stripes by Rob Cleveland.
  • Lake City GED teacher Ms. Parrott said, "Here are two great summer reads: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. A great read for children (grade 3 and up) is The BFG by Roald Dahl."
  • Ms. Bratton, GED teacher from McClenaghan, responded, "This is fun! My favorite thing I've read recently is This Tender Land. I loved it because it's historical fiction, my favorite genre and because it tells a powerful story through the eyes of children. My sons, ages 7 and 10, really love the Warriors series. They love it because it is action packed and entertaining."
  • Ms. J. SIngletary, Lake City instructor, shared a list of suggestions, including Of Mice and Men and The Pearl by John Steinbeck, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, The Acorn People by Ron Jones, and The Bluford Series, a series of 22 young adult novels.
  • Florence teacher (and librarian) Ms. Ida King shared the following suggestions: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Your local library will have some or all of these titles. Be sure to let us know how you like the recommendations!

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Supportive Resources

Many community agencies partner with adult education to provide supportive resources for our community. Below are several that can help eliminate barriers for those who are pursuing education, employment, and other goals.

WIOA Youth/Eckerd

WIOA Youth/Eckerd continues to support clients age 17-23. Over the summer, if you fit the age requirement and are interested in finding out more about the program and how participation might help you in your college and career goals, please contact Ms. Jennifer Allen at SC Works. Her contact information is as follows: P: (843) 407-9688 C: (843) 758-9488 E:

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation

SCVRD assists those with a disaility in becoming and staying employed. Some of the services offered include evaluation, rehabilitation technology, substance abuse recovery, training, and youth services. In Florence, VR also houses an adult education classroom. For more information, visit or call (843)662-8114.

Pee Dee Healthy Start/Dannon Project

Pee Dee Healthy Start supports Pee Dee residents through many initiatives, including job readiness, counseling, infant and mother wellness, and young adult and fatherhood support. For more information about PDHS, please visit or contact Ms. Norma Bartelle at, (843) 662-1482 (O), or (843) 269-5168 (C).

Telamon Corporation/National Farmworker Jobs Program

Telamon Resources Corporation supports those who have worked on or with farming/produce, fisheries, or meat processing in the last two years. Some available supports include workforce and career services, housing, and financial empowerment. For more information, visit or contact Mr. Stevie Griffen,

When contacting these agencies, be sure to mention that you are an adult education student or gradaute.

Reading with Children

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Need Employment or Housing Assistance?

If you have had involvement in the justice system and need employment and/or housing assistance, you might choose to enroll in the NextGen study. For more information on this study, see the flyer below. The following link also shares more information about this program:
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Parents of F1S Students: 2022-23 Registration

Starting May 3, parents of children who will attend any Florence One school may complete registration by following this link.

Barnes Street Activity Center Outdoor Fitness Parks

Click this button for information on free fitness classes

Free Dental Services - FDTC

Click here for more details about free dental services at FDTC

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