Palmetto Community Action

Employment & Education

Program Mission

The mission of this program is to increase self sufficiency and develop strategies to ensure a better quality of life. Palmetto CAP offers supportive services to people who are currently working or in training that will lead to an increase in family income.

This is a program for individuals who may have barriers that jeopardize or hinder employment or education. This program provides resources and customized strategies to assist program participants to be successful in obtaining education, identifying careers, seeking employment, and maintaining their jobs.

Palmetto CAP utilizes a two-generation approach and provides character education and soft skills training to children, teens and young adults so that they will have the ability to enter the workforce as high-wage earners when the time comes.  Providing participants with more opportunities to increase their education and employment marketability will result in their families becoming more economically secure. 

Services offered include:

  • children play on playground at after school careChildcare (including before and after school care) for working parents

  • Work Support (uniforms, tools, and supplies including employment physical) for working clients

  • Transportation (CARTA bus tickets)

  • Tuition Assistance (training to advance marketing skills for employment, college, certification and license exams, and textbooks)

  • Summer Youth Works! (seasonal employment for college-bound high school juniors and seniors and students enrolled in accredited colleges - Learn more here!

  • OJT (On-the-Job Training)


Program participants are eligible if they…

  • Lack Work Experience
  • Are entering a new career
  • Are unemployed


Requirements for program participation:

  • You must live in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County
  • You must attend an Orientation
  • You must meet Federal Income Guidelines
  • You must attend a Money Management assessment meeting with the Asset Building department


What to Bring to Your Appointment:

  • Proof of income for all members of the household over age 18
  • Social Security Cards for every household member
  • Photo ID and Social Security card of applicant
  • Other documents as required


These programs have limited space and funds available.

Employment and Education Services staff will assist those clients that qualify for the program with obtaining their GED and Work Keys certification through training with Adult Education. 

Participation in some training programs will require a SLED background check before funds are released.


Steps To Follow:

Call 843-724-6760 ext. 4187 or ext. 4199 to determine eligibility and register for Orientation.

Following Orientation, staff members will assess your individual needs and address them accordingly.