In October 2013, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) opened its innovative, Job Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Columbia. Located at the corner of Broad River and Shivers Roads and developed in collaboration with community partners, the facility will provide life and job skills classes to DJJ youth on probation, parole, or in committed status ranging primarily from ages 12 to 18, and other youth as part of the agency’s prevention and intervention efforts.
The JRTC is a multi-use facility that houses classroom and meeting space designed to provide amenities that enhance the learning experience. The facility is equipped with video conferencing, video projection, smart-board technology, a computer learning lab and conference room for meetings and other training.
While class size at the JRTC facility is limited to about 16 youth, additional training is offered to students from up to six remote locations around the state at one time through video conference link. The number of attendees at those locations is dictated by the available seating space. DJJ offices in every county and private providers’ facilities where juveniles are placed have video conferencing ability, and their participants will be included. A major goal of the JRTC is to provide training, to as many youth as possible, regardless of where they are physically located.
Handouts and other course materials used in Columbia are provided to remote locations by email prior to the actual session. Staff at the remote locations monitor class participation and assist the JRTC instructor as needed so all students get the same learning experience.
Driving Directions to the JRTC
Job Readiness Training Center
1600 Shivers Road, Columbia, SC 29210
Office: (803) 896-2106 Email: JRTC@scdjj.net