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Education and Training Resources

Beaufort County offers some of the best tax and business incentives in the country to give your business the competitive edge to build your success here in South Carolina:

  • WorkReady® Communities with the Industry-Ready Tested and Certified Workforce Your Company Needs
  • Reliable Workforce Committed to Local Communities
  • Unionization Rate Among Lowest in the Nation
  • All High Schools in the County Utilize WorkKeys® Testing System for the Emerging Workforce
  • Nationally Renowned readySC™ Worker Training Program Tailored to Your Specifications
  • Innovative Apprenticeship Carolina™
  • High Concentration of Industrial and Mechanical Engineers and Technicians
  • High Concentration of Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators and Machinists
  • The University of South Carolina has a local branch campus in Beaufort County
  • SouthernCarolina Alliance provides the tailored Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Program to meet extraordinary training needs


Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence
80 Lowcountry Drive
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843.987.8107

The Career Education Center serves the Beaufort and Jasper County school districts jointly.  Sixteen Career and Technology Education (CATE) programs are available to students who choose to attend ACE

Lowcountry Workforce Investment
634 Campground Road
P. O. Box 98
Yemassee, SC 29945-0098
Phone:  843.726.5536,  843.726.5165

The Lowcountry Workforce Investment Area plans and delivers workforce services in the four-county area of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper. The workforce development system serves both job seekers and local businesses.  Focused on the goal of “creating a workforce system that grows the economy by providing skilled employees for new and future businesses”, the Lowcountry Workforce Investment Board continually strives to deliver relevant workforce services at the speed that business demands. The Lowcountry Workforce Investment Area is a function of the Lowcountry Council of Governments.

A division of the SC Technical College System
111 Executive Center Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone:  803. 896-5340 or (803) 896-5331

As an integral part of the SC Technical College System, The Center for Accelerated Technology Training and its readySC™ program work together with the 16 Technical Colleges to prepare South Carolina's workforce to meet the needs of local industry. readySC™’s mission is to promote the economic and workforce development of the state of South Carolina; provide customized training for new and expanding business and industry in the state, and to provide this training at little or no cost to qualifying companies.



University of South Carolina Beaufort
The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers undergraduate programs to 2,000+ students. Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in 18 disciplines ranging from Business Administration, Computational Science, Mathematics, Nursing, Biology, and many more. 

Bluffton Campus
Main Campus
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Phone: 843.208.8000

Beaufort Campus
801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: 843.521.4100

Hilton Head Island Campus
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training (Sea Pines Resort)
Coastal Ecology Research Project (Harbour Town Marina)

Technical College of the Lowcountry
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is the region’s primary provider of post-secondary education and workforce training offering career-oriented education for today’s high-skill jobs and 80+ accredited academic programs and transfer degree options. The public, two-year, multi-campus community college serves approximately 5,000 students annually. The college offers a variety of curricular programs including university transfer options, career and continuing education, online learning, and dual enrollment for area high school students. TCL offers programs in arts and sciences, aviation technology, business, health sciences, computer technology, industrial technology and public service. 

Beaufort Campus
921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: 843.525.8211

New River Campus
100 Community College Drive
Bluffton, SC 29909
Phone: 843.470.6000

Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Beaufort Campus
Embry-Riddle is the world’s pre-eminent university for aviation and aerospace education. However, our dynamic, hands-on programs will prepare you for careers well beyond the limits of the sky. Our Worldwide Campus has been working with U.S. military service members since 1970, helping them to earn a degree while on active duty or as veterans. And we do it at more than 90 military installations around the globe. The Embry-Riddle Beaufort Campus — located at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort — offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as undergraduate certifications, that will help you in the military, after you’ve served your country, or as a civilian



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