District’s career and technology students
are focus of latest ‘Our Schools’ TV show
BEAUFORT – Four students from the school district’s expanding career and technology program will be interviewed about their academic work on the next “Our Schools” television program, which begins airing Friday on the County Channel.
Guests appearing with Superintendent Jeff Moss on the new edition of “Our Schools” will be District CATE Coordinator Karen Gilbert, Battery Creek High School teacher Brad Childress, and Battery Creek High students Micah Dedrick, Allison Foncea, Hakim Griffin and Landon Morgan.
The new show was recorded at Battery Creek’s Advanced Technical Center, the Beaufort County School District’s first facility dedicated exclusively to career and technology education. The ATC, which opened in January, offers students cutting-edge and technology-rich classrooms specializing in agri-science, aviation and aerospace, culinary arts, mechatronics (mechanical and electronic engineering) and welding.
“People across the country talk about an ‘employment gap,’ but the real challenge we face is a ‘skills gap,’ ” Moss said. “Too many job applicants for high-paying occupations simply don’t have the skills that employers are looking for. This facility is part of the solution to that challenge.”
“Our Schools” is a partnership between the school district and the County Channel.
Beginning Friday, July 1, the new edition of “Our Schools” will air four times weekly: at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. The broadcast will air on local cable networks: Comcast’s Channel 2, Hargray’s channels 9 and 113, and Time-Warner Hilton Head’s Channel 63. The show also will air at those times on the County Channel’s website at this link: http://goo.gl/Zj5w0x
In addition, the show will be archived and can be watched any time at the same link.
Battery Creek’s ATC – along with a similar facility at the under-construction May River High School – are key parts of a broader district-wide expansion of career and technology education (CATE) instructional choices. Students in CATE courses have the option of pursuing additional studies in college or obtaining industry certifications that will allow them to get good jobs as soon as they leave high school.
May River High’s CATE facility will offer courses of study in health sciences, information technology and cybersecurity, mechatronics and welding, and automotive (including design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles, as well as maintenance and repair).
PHOTO CAPTION: From left, Jeff Moss, Brad Childress, Hakim Griffin and Micah Dedrick.