SC@Work: Rural Connections


SC@Work: Rural Connections events are a continuation of our SC@Work: Road Trips last year. The road trips were small job fairs and community events in the most rural pockets of our great state. Those job fairs took place in 2023 at 24 different locations across 17 counties, with over 700 jobseekers in attendance and 600 follow-up interviews. Now it's time for phase two of our rural initiative: Rural Connections! These job fairs aim to be more frequent, bigger, and better!

SC@Work: Rural Connections events are targeting jobseekers with barriers to employment, such as transportation, which prevent them from accessing regional workforce development services. These events can include festivals and community events. For instance, a jobseeker can attend this event and network directly with employers, submit applications and work on their resume in DEW’s Career Coach, talk to community providers, and more. Instead of people in rural communities having to commute for 40 minutes to a job fair, we are bringing the job fairs right to their backdoor!

The state-of-the-art Career Coach mobile unit will be present at certain events, which is a traveling SC Works center that is wheelchair accessible, has 10 workstations for job-seeking activities, provides wi-fi and printer capabilities, and has staff available to assist users. It is an extension of the services provided through SC Works Centers across the state. SC@Work: Rural Connections is part of an ongoing rural initiative to make DEW and SC Works services accessible to jobseekers in rural and underserved areas.

Attend upcoming Rural Connections events in your area!


Time Event Place Address
Thursday, April 4, 2024 10 AM - 1 PM Job Fair  Pickens Library 124 N Catherine Street, Pickens, SC 29671 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 10 AM - 2 PM Job Fair Bull Durham Center 318 Railroad Avenue North, Estill, SC 29918
Friday, April 26, 2024 10 AM - 2 PM Job Fair James Brant Building  398 Barnwell Hwy, Allendale, SC 29810
Saturday, May 4, 2024 10 AM - 2 PM Community Event Hampton County High School Track 115 Airport Road, Varnville, SC 29944
Saturday, May 4, 2024 10 AM - 4 PM Job Fair AG & Art Tour 206 N. Main Street, McCormick, SC 29835
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Job Fair Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach 1684 Brownswood Road, Johns Island, SC 29455
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 10 AM - 1 PM Job Fair The Door of Hope Christian Church 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Marion, SC 29571
Friday, May 17, 2024 9 AM - 2 PM Employment Workshop Thunderbolt Career Center 1069 Thunderbolt Drive, Walterboro, SC 29488
Monday, May 20, 2024 10 AM - 12 PM Job Fair The Dream Center 111 Hillcrest Drive, Easley, SC 29640
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM  Resume Workshop Colleton County School District Building 500 Forest Circle, Walterboro, SC 29488
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 10 AM - 1 PM Job Fair Lowrys Community Center 2266 Old York Road, Chester, SC 29706


SC@Work Trip Flyers

Want to spread the word about upcoming SC@Work: Rural Connections? Click on the below options to download event flyers for upcoming trips!