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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


November 26, 2014

Grant from Boeing employees fund supports Job Readiness Boot Camp


The Father to Father Project wishes to thank the Employees Community Fund of Boeing South Carolina for a $3,000 grant that will help support its Job Readiness Boot Camp.
The Boot Camp is designed to prepare unemployed participants for gainful employment. The week-long camp addresses many facets of job readiness including:
1.    Attitudes about work
2.    Positive work habits and ethics
3.    Expectations of employers
4.    Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
5.    Effective interviewing skills
6.    Resume preparation
7.    Completing a job application

Harald Gibson, the Project's job coach, runs the Boot Camp. The Project also has a job recruiter, Elmore Ragland, who makes contact with and establishes relationships with local businesses, with the goal of identifying job opportunities for program participants.

Once participants are employed, the participant's case manager, along with the job recruiter and job coach, continue to monitor the participant's employment status until he/she completes the program. If such monitoring indicates the participant's job performance is not satisfactory to the employer, project staff will intervene to address the problem.

The goal is to have 50 unemployed participants complete the Job Readiness Boot Camp in 2014-2015, and for all of those participants to obtain and retain employment.

Thanks again to the Employees Community Fund of Boeing South Carolina for giving a boost to this important initiative! A special thank you to Boeing employee Kathleen Washington, who volunteered with the project and helped sponsor the grant application.