The ACHIEVE (Academic Challenges Helping Individuals Expand Values and Education) Program is administered by the University of South Carolina Upstate. ACHIEVE is an educational and employment program that serves high school dropouts and graduates who are unemployed or underemployed (ages 16* - 24) from Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties.

The ACHIEVE Program works with these out-of-school youth by helping them work toward completing their education, finding employment and enhancing their self-esteem in order for them to become productive citizens.

Complete the pre-screening form.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 16-24 years of age
  • High school dropout or those with a high school diploma/GED who are unemployed or underemployed and not attending college. 
  • Resident of Cherokee, Spartanburg or Union County
  • Must meet certain economic guidelines established by the Department of Labor

*16-year-olds are accepted under special circumstances.

  • GED Program
    Participants receive individualized and group instruction in writing, science, social studies, literature and math in preparation for the GED exam.

    Pre-Employment Training
    Participants learn the skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the working world. This training will consist of preparing resumes, completing applications, practicing interview skills, learning to maintain a job and taking the WorkKeys Assessment. 

    Life Skills
    Participants learn about nutrition, family planning, positive social behaviors, drug abuse, consumer credit and the court system.

    Job Placement
    This service helps participants find and keep unsubsidized jobs (work experience jobs are available).

    Transportation is available to and from the training site in Spartanburg. 

    Complete the pre-screening form.

  • Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties

    Helen Merriweather

    Class Schedule
    Monday - Thursday
    9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Contact Us

    TTY: 711

    Physical Address:
    220 E. Kennedy Street
    Spartanburg, SC 29302
    (located with SC Works on the SCC Downtown Campus)

    Mailing Address:
    800 University Way
    Spartanburg, SC 29303

    Job Coordinator
    Susan Griffith

    GED Instructor
    Janis Hendrickson 

    Business Manager
    Ranee Standberry  

    Van Drivers
    Bobby Gibbs 
    Ken Gowan

    Program assistant/van driver
    Diane Swindler

    Adult Ed Liaison
    Nita Dale