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SC Pilot Program Requires Food Stamp Recipients To Get Job Training

South Carolina is trying out a new program in several counties that requires many unemployed food stamp recipients to go through job training or risk losing assistance. People between the ages of 18 and 49, who are able to work and don't have kids, must now agree to go through a job-training program if they want to receive food stamps. The state is trying out the program in a dozen counties, including Lancaster and Cherokee. The state's department of social services estimates there are 97,000 people across the state who fit that bill. "It's trying to accomplish getting people off of public assistance and into the work force and matching people with good jobs in South Carolina," says Mary Kathryn Craft, a spokeswoman for the SC Department of Employment and Workforce. The agency is working with DSS to provide the training. The agencies say they have enough people and training sites between them to serve everyone. The program will provide coaching on writing resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills. Job counselors will also be available.