The Barnwell County Career Center and SouthernCarolina Alliance are looking to team up and help Barnwell County grow.
"We want to do our very best to help them," said BCCC director Sam McKay during the school board's August 12 meeting about working with the six-county regional economic development organization.
The idea of working together came about after McKay and several of the school's instructors participated in an August 7 Educator Field Study sponsored by the Lower Savannah Regional Education Center. The group toured area industries and met with SCA officials.
McKay said they want industries, including potential ones looking to locate in the area, to know about their school and how they can help train workers.
Instructors recently received training for WorkKeys. McKay said it's important they know what is expected of high school students on the career focused test, which he called "pretty challenging." Instructors are also encouraged to emphasize more soft skills to students, which could help them when interviewing for jobs.
In other news:
Electrical teacher Ron Still and welding teacher Kenny Bates each received a $2,500 grant from the Mechanical Contractors Association of S.C. to purchase tools, equipment and supplies.
"It really will help because metal and wire are expensive," said McKay of the supplies those classes use the most.
Dooley and Company, the school's auditing firm, visited the BCCC August 5-7. The audit results should be presented in November.
While the board normally meets the third Monday, their next regular meeting has been set for Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
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