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South Carolina
South Carolina Occupational Information System

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the South Carolina Occupational Information System (SCOIS) is to provide occupational, educational and career information to all students in South Carolina at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. SCOIS also provides this information to students at two- and four-year postsecondary education levels, as well as to adults in One-Stop Workforce Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation workshops, libraries, correctional facilities, etc.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Key industries are textiles, chemicals, paper products, machinery and tourism. Primary agricultural products include
tobacco, poultry, cattle, dairy products, soybeans and hogs. Government is the largest employing sector, followed by manufacturing and retail trade. Industries identified for future growth include automotive, chemical products, textiles, and tourism.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 6.2%, as compared to 6.5% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• SCOIS distributed 7,676 copies of a parent brochure explaining the 16 career clusters and Individual Graduation Plans. In addition to other parent brochures, parents and students are encouraged to use from home.

• SCOIS is focused on student transitions to postsecondary education and training through several mechanisms. SCOIS held a training session for 100 transition coordinators to demonstrate the use of SCOIS in the transition process, promoted of the use of the electronic portfolio in SCOIS.Net as a means of successfully transitioning students from the secondary to the postsecondary level, and has located SCOIS in career centers at two-year and four-year colleges.
Primary Activities and Trainings

South Carolina has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Days and School Presentations
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Conferences
• Facilitating Career Development
• O*NET- Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• Real Game
• South Carolina Alliance of Tech-Prep/STW Directors
• South Carolina Education and Business Summit
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools5
Middle Schools 187
High Schools 174
Community Colleges 10
4-Year Colleges/Universities 4
Other 137

Primary Resources

South Carolina has published the following resources:
• Career Cluster Lesson Plan
• Career Development Portfolios
• Career Targets & Teachers Guide
• CLUE & Teachers Guide
• Holland Self-Directed Search
• Career Cluster Brochure
• SCOICC brochure; reports & publications
• SCOICC bookmark; self-assessments
• SCOICC Occupational Profile
• World Of Careers Poster

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program reports no additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

SCOIS is a board of: Employment Security Commission, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Technical College System, Office of the Governor, Department of Commerce, Department of Social Services, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, State Budget and Control Board

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Toney Farr
South Carolina Occupational Information System (SCOICC)
PO Box 995
631 Hampton Street,
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-2733
Fax: (803) 737-0995
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

South Carolina Occupational Information Coordinating Committee

Regional Contact Information