Free Manufacturing Certification offered by Greenville Technical College at FFR!

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Through a collaboration with Greenville Technical College, free scholarships for manufacturing and production workforce training are currently available at Foothills Family Resources in Slater-Marietta.

The program offers technician certifications that can open career opportunities in fields like mechatronics, welding and CNC machining, according to David Bolton, Foothills Family Resources executive director.

“Partnering with Greenville Tech to bring job training to this region is not only exciting, but fits perfectly into our Center for Working Families program as it’s goal is not only to help people find work, but start rewarding careers,” Bolton said. “Greenville County is a national leader in manufacturing and the perfect opportunity for someone interested in starting a career that leads to financial security.”

Applicants can be career-ready as early as July, with average starting salaries of $12 per hour, Bolton said.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold a GED/HS diploma and be a US citizen/legal resident.

For more information, contact Kristen Mullis at 864.836.1100 orkristen@foothillsfamilyresources.org.


Re-branding our Facility

Northern Greenville County nonprofit Foothills Family Resources recently announced a capital campaign to raise money for a facility improvement and rebranding project.

First opened in 1986, the nonprofit predominantly serves residents in Travelers Rest, Cleveland, and Slater-Marietta. Historically, the agency is devoted to helping area residents in times of crisis, providing food, rent/utility assistance, mental health counseling, SNAP and Medicaid application assistance, holiday assistance, and more.

In 2013, the nonprofit added additional services to help those in need move from their crisis to self-sufficiency. Utilizing the Center for Working Families model developed by the Anney E. Casey Foundation, Foothills provides for services like financial coaching, professional skills and job training, and resume development.

The campaign to improve the building and offices hub, located on Main Street in Slater is the first in nearly two decades. The estimated cost of the project is $250,000, and includes a complete interior overhaul/upfit as well as exterior facade improvements and technology upgrades. (Click to enlarge/navigate images below.)

“After almost 20 years of little facility improvements, this effort will move Foothills past the well-earned reputation of an organization that can help clients work through any crisis, to one that begins its work with crisis, but has the tools and expertise to prevent future ones,” Bolton said.


Foothills Family Resources Executive Director Named Inaugural ‘Platforms for Prosperity’ Fellow

SLATER-MARIETTA, S.C. – Foothills Family Resources Executive Director David Bolton was recently selected as one of six nonprofit leaders from across the country chosen to participate in the inaugural Platforms for Prosperity Integration Fellowship.

Developed by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (website here) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and the Bank of America, the fellowship seeks to further integrate financial capability services into workforce development programs, enhancing both employment and financial outcomes for clients.

Through the Fellowship, which will run through September 2016, participants will receive individualized technical assistance from CFED and will also take part in peer learning through virtual meetings and site visits to successful financial capability integration sites.

“It’s an honor to be selected, and I look forward to learning from some of the leaders in the field,” Bolton said. “The goal is empowering those living in poverty through financial coaching and wealth development via savings, credit repair, capital purchases and investments, moving them to and beyond self-sufficiency.”

Bolton was nominated by United Way of Greenville County.