Health Occupation Training/Project HOPE



Project HOPE provides education and training in healthcare to low-income individuals, healthcare jobs that pay well.

Jobs like: 

  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Records Technician
  • EMT
  • Paramedic
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Basic Skills Education (if applicable)
  • GED Program (if applicable)

Eligible people are selected through a lottery. Those who are not selected through the lottery are referred to other services or programs for which they may be eligible. 


Learn More

Click here to learn more about Project Hope.


Boot Camps

Participants attend a Project HOPE Boot Camp. This is a five-week intensive academic and hands-on training session taught by a team of health science instructors from technical colleges. The National Healthcare Foundation Standards and Accountability Criteria curriculum is used during the boot camp.
Students will also spend one week job-shadowing with established healthcare employer partners.
Boot Camps are located in Florence, Greenwood, Charleston, Columbia and Rock Hill. All students must attend one of these sessions.

How do I apply?

Information and applications are available online or by contacting a project representative at the numbers below:

Project HOPE
SC Department of Social Services P.O. Box 1520
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-1520

Phone: 803.898.9090

Toll-Free: 1.800.299.2433

Fax: 803.898.7102



To download a Project HOPE brochure, click here


Project HOPE is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

This document was supported by Grant 90FX0029 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.


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