Upstate Employability Credential Initiative
A collaborative effort among the Upstate’s School Districts to develop a Employability Curricula for students in the Upstate Region
Upstate Employability Credential:
South Carolina has roughly 100,000 students with disabilities serviced under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), of which the majority are able to earn a State high school diploma. Given the varying levels of student achievement, some students are unable to complete this required high school coursework. As a result, there is a need to provide an alternative option for students with disabilities to demonstrate their ability to transition into the work community. The uniform state-recognized SC High School Credential will be aligned with the State’s Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and to a newly created course of study for these students with disabilities whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determines this course of study is appropriate.
The purpose of the SC High School Credential is to provide equitable job-readiness opportunities for these students throughout the state, ensure they have evidence of employability skills, and honor the work they have undertaken in our public schools.
Traci Hogan, assistant superintendent for special education for Greenville County Schools, played an integral part of writing the legislation for a bill that was passed in Spring 2017 for a State Employability Credential for students with disabilities. The bill allowed for students who are not able to obtain a standard state diploma to still receive recognition for their accomplishments and achievements. The first group of students eligible to obtain this credential entered 9th grade in the fall of 2018. To prepare for this, GCS reached out to TATT to partner with the business community to educate, create curriculum, and ensure collaboration and consistency across the Upstate.