FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Students demonstrate knowledge, skills
at ‘flipped’ 2016 technical careers expo
BLUFFTON – More than 50 high school students demonstrated their knowledge and skills for county business and community leaders today at a technical careers expo.
The inaugural “Bridges to Beaufort’s Skilled Workforce” event, held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s New River Campus, was sponsored by the Beaufort County School District’s Career and Technical Education office.
CATE expos in previous years have seen local businesses market themselves to students. But at this year’s “flipped” event, students demonstrated their knowledge and skills for about 40 employers and community leaders.
“It’s an opportunity for these students to demonstrate what they’ve learned and what they can do,” said District CATE Director Karen Gilbert. “But it’s also an opportunity for them to network with real-world businesses and improve their one-on-one communications skills. And our teachers can talk with local employers about their workforce needs.”
CATE students from all six district high schools showcased their technical skills in engineering, health care, automotive repair, information technology, welding, business and entrepreneurship, culinary and hospitality, and public safety.
About 15 teachers accompanied their students to Thursday’s expo, and lunch was provided by the students in the school district’s culinary arts program.
Thursday’s event concluded with a discussion panel composed of students, a teacher and a TCL representative who answered questions from audience members.
Superintendent Jeff Moss recognized a local company, Neal Construction, for its support of the school district’s newly expanded welding programs.
Two new cutting-edge CATE facilities are operating now in the district, the superintendent said: one at Battery Creek High and the other at May River High.
“These students will all tell you how exciting it is when they’re able to take what they’re learning in class and apply that knowledge in a real-world business environment,” Moss said.