Paying for EDCT courses and training

Financial Aid and SC Lottery Funding are not available for non-college credit or continuing education courses. Financial Assistance is available to assist in covering expenses related to training courses. See listing below for many funding options. It is recommended to visit in person with an appointment.

Government Related Funding

If you are unemployed due to a plant closing, reduction in workforce, trade imbalance, etc. the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and/or the Trade Assistance Act (TAA) provide funding for eligible citizens.

McAlister Square SC Works
Greenville Center
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Suite E-1
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 467-8857 

Greenville County DSS
various programs for those in transition
301 University Ridge
Greenville, SC 29603
(864) 467-7700 

GLEAMNS 
PO Box 1326
237 North Hospital St.
Greenwood, SC 29648
(864) 223-8434
www.gleamnshrc.org

SC Works Worklink 
Anderson Center
309 West Whitner St
Anderson, SC 29622
(864) 226-6273

Laurens Center 
18 Hazel Drive
Clinton, SC 29325
(864) 833-0142

Greenwood Center 
519 Monument Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
(864) 223-1681

Spartanburg Workforce Center (Unemployment Services) 
440 Church St
Spartanburg, SC 29304
(864) 573-7231

SC Works Upstate 
Spartanburg Center
110 Commerce Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 562-4168

Vocational Rehabilitation

If you have a disability; physical, mental, medical condition, alcohol or substance abuse addiction or criminal record you could qualify for assistance.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department 
SCVRD-Greenville Office        
105 Parkins Mill Road 
Greenville, SC 29607 
(864) 297-3066         
 http://www.scvrd.net

 

Community Agencies

Greenville County Regional Workforce Collaborative/Greenville Works
Consortium of agencies delivering services to residents meeting eligibility requirements; HS diploma/GED, satisfactory background check, passing drug screen, meeting income guidelines and a minimum of a silver Work Keys certificate. Those qualifying receive 3 weeks of training.

For WorkKeys career readiness certificate contact:
Whitney Harris
Urban League/Upstate
(864) 244-4117
wharris@ulus1.org

To apply to the program go to www.Careerskillsnow.com or contact:
Ed Anderson                                       
(864) 546-4700
eanderson@goodwillsc.org

Susan Jennings                                        
(864) 527-8990 ext.26
sjennings@sharesc.org


Michael’s Way
Michael’s Way helps adults breakout out poverty through education. Agency requests that prospective students check with other traditional agencies first, since they have limited funding. Michael’s Way requires prospective clients to take the WorkKeys skills test prior to consideration for funding. Visit www.michaelswayupstate.org for more information or to fill out an application. 


Sunbelt Human Advancement Resource SHARE/LADDER Program
Comprehensive jobs training/improvement and placement program
Eligibility Requirements Greenville County resident meeting
Income Requirements

PO Box 10204
614 North Main Street
Greenville, SC 29603
(864) 527-8990
(Quiwanna James ext. 27 or qjames@sharesc.org)
www.sharesc.org  


United Ministries Employment Readiness Program
Individuals must attend orientation on Thursday mornings to determine eligibility.

Learning Center
503 Vardry Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 242-0917
www.united-ministries.org

Student Loans

Eligibility determined by application process. Most loans require a 24-48 hour turnaround. This is a low interest loan that the student pays back.

Sallie Mae Company, SLM Financial
(888) -2-Sallie
www.salliemae.com

Personal Loans

Eligibility determined by application and credit score. Usually there is a one day turnaround with $1,000 minimum interest loan that the student pays back.

Lendmark Financial Services
101 Verdae Blvd. Suite 340
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 284-0816
www.lendmarkfinancial.com

Scholarships & Apprenticeships

EDCT has access to a number of programs to help students get the training the need.  Many of these programs are grant-based or scholarship funds which means they have some strict guidelines.

Quick Jobs with a Future Scholarships through Greenville Tech Foundation
Due to the benevolence of local corporations, charitable groups, and private citizens, limited Quick Jobs program scholarships are available when funding is provided. The donations are administered by the Greenville Tech Foundation. Interested individuals must meet with the appropriate program manager with the Economic Development and Corporate Training Division to determine need and eligibility. The program manager will coordinate with a divisional representative to check on availability of funding. Contact Steve Hand for more information.

Quick Jobs with a Future Veterans Scholarship
Download the Application Packet (PDF)

Make It In America Scholarship Grant 
This federally funded program targets students interested in Advanced Manufacturing. Funding is limited to Welding, CNC Operator, and Mechatronics training.  The grant focuses on helping companies keep their operations “on-shore” by training individuals with marginal skill sets to perform more complex and technical manufacturing functions.  Students must have manufacturing background and be able to meet program requirements (many programs require WorkKeys testing to level 4 or 5).  Preference is given to veterans.  Students who meet all program requirements could have their training fully funded.  For further information, contact Carol Beckham at 250-8592 or carol.beckham@gvltec.edu, or by visiting www.gvltec.edu/miia

Download the Application Packet (PDF)

Veterans Grant
This privately funded program is limited to veterans.  Veterans may apply to the program to fund some portion of training in a variety of areas.  If you are a veteran, contact Steve Hand at 250-8249 or steve.hand@gvltec.edu.

Snap2Work Training Program
This state funded training initiative seeks to help able-bodied individuals who are receiving SNAP benefits find a job with sustainable wages.  The program is managed through the local Department of Social Services and only persons in the SC SNAP program are eligible.  If you are a SNAP recipient, please contact your DSS case manager to discuss your options. For further information, contact Carol Beckham at 250-8592 or carol.beckham@gvltec.edu. Generally, the following programs may be available to you:  

  • Medical Physician Practice Clerk 
  • Ophthalmic Medical Assistant 
  • Unit Secretary 
  • Manufacturing
  • Forklift Operator 
  • CNC Operator 
  • Welding  

South Carolina Upstate Merit Shop Electrical Contractor's Apprenticeship
The Electrical Core through Level IV program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) and provides students with defined career paths in the electrical occupations through a combination of classroom, lab, and live work experiences. To learn more and to apply for the apprenticeship, contact Suzanne Richards, director of training, Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc., at (704) 332-7280 or email SRichards@ABCCarolinas.org