Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT)

Fully-paid scholarships are available for qualified GRIT candidates, as well as assistance with job readiness and job placement.

Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) Program

The purpose of the Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) program is to build a training infrastructure to high-growth, high-demand information technology occupations for unemployed veterans, minorities, women and others through a technical skills program that includes on-the-job training (OJT). The GRIT program identifies insurance and healthcare information technology as two industry sectors whose growth is jeopardized by regional skill and training gaps. Participants will receive training through the Corporate and Continuing Education Division, and an opportunity to be considered for an OJT experience with local employers.

Regional employers in insurance and health care IT departments anticipate needing nearly 2,200 new and replacement IT workers over the next four years. The GRIT Training Program provides training exclusively for the three occupations in the highest demand among insurance and healthcare industries: front-end web developer/programmer analyst, computer network support specialist and network and data communication analyst. These target occupations are on the H-1B Visa list and account for nearly three out of every four IT job openings in the local insurance and health care industries. The program provides tuition, books, and multiple certifications, at no cost to eligible participants. If you meet the eligibility criteria, please submit an online application.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Underemployed or unemployed veteran, woman, minority, or other
  • Currently reside in one of the following counties: Fairfield, Lexington, Richland, Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, or Sumter.
  • An associate or bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience in information technology (IT), including academic credit for military training
  • Documented IT education and work experience (i.e. resume, references, educational/training transcript or diploma, IT training certificate/certification)
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship

Application Process

All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements before applying to the GRIT program. The application process is competitive, and those selected will receive a full scholarship that covers tuition, books, and certification exam fees. All eligible applicants must complete the following process:

  • Submit the online application and a resume
  • Eligible applicants will be forwarded to the Midlands or Santee Lynches Workforce Development Board for enrollment in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program
  • Complete the WorkKeys and Kenexa Prove It assessments
  • Complete a SLED criminal background check
  • Participate in a hands-on exercise and interview

All applicants will receive email verification of their eligibility and information on the next step in the application process. The GRIT staff conducts a comprehensive review of the documents submitted for eligibility. Completion of the application process does not guarantee enrollment in the GRIT program. The staff reserves the right to accept or refuse an applicant based on the information provided during the screening process. The services offered through the GRIT program are subject to funding availability.

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On-the-Job Training (OJT)

The GRIT On-the-Job Training (OJT) program provides wage reimbursements to employers to help defray the cost associated with upgrading information technology skills or training new hires in the fields of computer programming and network systems administration. Learn how OJT can assist employers looking to expand their business or enhance their use of information technology.

GRIT Partners

Partners in the GRIT program have been strategically selected to aid in program design and strengthen the recruitment process for diversification as well as provide On-the-job Training (OJT) opportunities. Learn more about the GRIT Partners.

Growing Resources for Information Technology (GRIT) is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. The award amount received over a 4-year period is $5,000,000 and is effective from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2016. The program provides training for participants in the seven-county area served by Midlands Technical College and Central Carolina Technical College.

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Lori Mack, Program Manager

Qiana Henton, Project Coordinator

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Fast Fact

More than 70% of GRIT students land a job in IT after completing one of the programs.

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GRIT Scholarships

The GRIT program provides fully-paid scholarships for qualified candidates. Get your tuition, books, and multiple certifications costs covered.

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