Barnwell Co. Career Center director retiring in June

  • Sam McKay

The Barnwell County Career Center is searching for a new director.

BCCC Director Sam McKay is planning to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. The school board unanimously accepted his resignation due to retirement during the Jan. 29 meeting. McKay’s last day is June 30.

“I’m going to miss the kids,” he said.

This is McKay’s 34th year in education and 15th at the Barnwell County Career Center. He’s spent 33 of those 34 years in Barnwell County as a coach, teacher, assistant principal and career center director. While he said he enjoys what he does, McKay feels it is time to retire and allow someone else to step up and lead the career center.

“It’s kind of a calling,” he said of being an educator. “I want everybody to succeed.”

The career center is a special place that Barnwell County is fortunate to have because it “really is a head start for the students if you know what you want to do,” said McKay of the hands-on career training and certifications students gain from the BCCC’s 11 programs. He said most of the students who complete the school’s courses go on to a related career field.

McKay said he has no plans to leave Barnwell, which has become home for the Greenville native. He is not sure what he wants to do next, but wouldn’t mind working part time.

The BCCC is accepting applications for the position until Feb. 28. They are looking for someone who holds a valid S.C. administrative certificate, has experience in educational administration, and has demonstrated success in educational leadership, according to the job ad in the Classifieds section of this edition.

Applications should be mailed to the Barnwell County Career Center, 5214 Reynolds Road, Blackville, SC 29817. Put it to the attention of “Director Vacancy”.

In other news:

• The board approved a field trip request for the FFA students to travel to Tifton, Ga. on March 22 for a tour of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

• In his report, McKay said all four health science students from the first Patient Care Technician class passed the national exam and are now nationally certified patient care technicians/assistants. Health science students can now receive up to 20 dual credit hours and electricity students can earn up to 13 hours, both through Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Starting next year, agriculture students will be able to earn up to six hours of credit from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.