Hard work leads to success as welding instructor

Eric Scriven (right), Welding Instructor, and Eddie Jackson, President of Palmetto Training, Inc.

Eric Scriven (right), Welding Instructor, and Eddie Jackson, President of Palmetto Training, Inc.

When Eric Scriven was referred to the Walterboro VR Office by Colleton County Probation and Parole Services, he was at a turning point. He was in jail due to probation revocation and a court requirement to attend inpatient treatment for substance abuse. With a long criminal history and an even longer history of drug use, Scriven knew he needed help to overcome his addictions and achieve his desire to obtain competitive employment.

Scriven met frequently with counselor Wilbur Wallace to discuss his plans for moving forward and accomplishing his goals. He often stated he had enough of doing the wrong things in his life, and felt he was ready to positively move forward to better his life, not only for himself, but for his family as well.  

After completing the 28-day substance abuse treatment program at VR’s Palmetto Center, Scriven received job readiness training at the Walterboro Office. He consistently reported to the training center on time, and never missed a day while participating. He completed an extensive vocational assessment, and set his sights on finding employment in the field of welding.

Working with Stephanie Greene, Business Development Specialist, Scriven attended the Welding Training Program at Palmetto Training, Inc. in Walterboro, maintaining perfect attendance, successfully meeting all academic requirements, and receiving NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certification. Eddie Jackson, President of Palmetto Training, offered Scriven the opportunity to work as a welding instructor at Palmetto Training. After completing a short internship, Scriven now trains high school students, second chance offenders, and others entering the Welding Program.

Expressing his gratitude for all of the services provided by VR, Scriven feels that he could not have accomplished his goals without VR’s assistance.