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Trident Workforce Investment Board Supports Facilities Maintenance Program

Trident Workforce Investment Board, in the Charleston area of South Carolina, prepares One Stop Career System Students for Careers in Facilities Maintenance.

Charleston, SC, March 17, 2010 --( Sixteen Trident One Stop Career System (TOSCS) customers graduated from the Facilities Maintenance Technician Training Program with the credentials and experience to become employed as fully knowledgeable maintenance technicians.

Lloyd Kling, Director of Workforce Development at Trident Technical College, congratulated the graduates and praised them for being “the first class to pass all exams on the first attempt. You are a tremendous group of people and will be highly successful employees.”

Cassandra Jamison, Trident One Stop Career System Director, also congratulated the graduates on behalf of the Trident Workforce Investment Board and the Trident One Stop Career System, “ This program has given you a solid foundation upon which to build your career.“ She reminded the graduates that the TOSCS is committed to assisting them in attaining employment. She also encouraged the employers present to consider applying for On the Job training funds when hiring these graduates.

The Facilities Maintenance Technician Training Program is a partnership between Trident Technical College and the Trident Workforce Investment Board. Trident Technical College instructors taught the course at the St. Paul Parish TTC campus in Hollywood, SC. TOSCS staff recruited Workforce Investment Act (WIA) customers into the program, and monitored, supported, and oversaw their progress. Funding for TOSCS participants in the program comes from the WIA.

After receiving their certificates, graduating students had the opportunity to speak with representatives from the following companies: AMCS; Darby Development Company; Greystar; Woodfield South Point; Ansonborough Inn, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn - Airport, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and Palmetto Behavorial Health System

In addition to receiving a Trident Technical College Facilities Maintenance Technician Certificate upon graduation of the program, students receive the following:
· NCCER Core Curriculum National Certification
· EPA Certification for Refrigerant Handing
· CAMT (Certified Apartment Maintenance Technican) National Certification Exam
· Pool and Spa Operator Certification Exam preparation

More information regarding the program
The Facilities Maintenance Technician program provides 400 hours of classroom instruction, hands-on training and an understanding of the basic construction principles needed to complete basic maintenance and repair functions. Students gain experience in:
· Repairing:
o Doors, locks, and cabinets hardware
o Termite damage
o Flooring, drywall

· Removing, installing, repairing:
o Electric devices (light fixture, switches, receptacles)
o Plumbing fixtures (toilets, sinks, taps)

· Basic masonry repairs
· Painting and Glazing
· Servicing small appliance and air conditioners
· Pool Maintenance
· Workplace safety and the safe use of tools
· Work habits and communication skills necessary for good job performance.

The mission of the Trident Workforce Investment Board (TWIB) is to develop the region’s workforce by providing high quality workforce development programs and services to its customers. To accomplish this mission, it created a market driven and user-friendly workforce system investing workforce funding to recruit, prepare, and train workers with the skills needed to support existing industry and attract new industry to the tri-county region.

The TWIB provides funding for the Trident One Stop Career System. The Trident One Stop Career System is a nationally recognized workforce development system staffed by some of the best trained workforce professionals in the nation. The Trident One Stop Career Center is located at 1930 Hanahan Road in North Charleston. Satellite Centers are located in Moncks Corner, Summerville and Charleston.

For more information on available services and programs or to find the center nearest to you, call 843-574-1800 or TTY 711. An Equal Opportunity Employer Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities, upon request.

Contact Information
Susan Jeanne Mertz
(843) 821-3283

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