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You can help your students achieve gainful employment.

"In support of the South Carolina Employment First Initiative, the South Carolina Department of Education promotes employment outcomes in integrated work settings where people with disabilities interact to the same extent as those without disabilities in comparable positions with earnings at or above minimum wage. Ultimately, competitive and integrated employment should be the goal for all South Carolina students, including those with disabilities." 

- Rebecca C. Davis

Director of Office of Special Education Services, South Carolina Department of Education

In Transition to Careers Committee meetings, we had been discussing the level of collaboration between special education (SPED), general education, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals in the state, but we wanted to analyze this on a deeper level.

So in March and April 2019, the Transition to Careers Committee sent out a survey to professionals to gain a better understanding of the level of collaboration between SPED and CTE programs, information about students with disabilities accessing CTE programs, and the barriers students may face. We received 337 responses and analyzed the data, writing a brief and report with the findings, including recommendations to improve CTE outcomes for students with disabilities in South Carolina.

Your Key Questions, Answered.


Encourage your students to share their stories

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By sharing their employment stories, your student is empowering others to know that they can do the same and to start their journey toward getting a job.


By sharing your story of employment, you are empowering others to know they can also start their journey toward getting a job.

See below for two simple steps to help guide your student in the process of sharing their story of employment with us.

Step 1 to share your story

Have your student fill out the official Hire Me SC "Spotlight Submission" form to give our team permission to spread their important message.

Click here to fill out the form with your student and get started!

Step 2 to share your story

Choose one of two #HireMeSC sign templates. The first option will allow your student to cut along the dotted lines and the second will allow your student to print and hold up as-is. 

Take a picture of your student holding their sign of choice and have them post their image using the hashtag #HireMeSC to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Don't forget to have them write about their successes with or aspirations for employment in the copy!

Download the #HireMeSC sign templates HERE to print in your classroom