Education

College Options for the Intellectually Disabled

By Aimee Crouch

CTC MentorCollege Transition Connection is a program that gives young adults with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to expand their education by attending college. The organization works with various universities around the state to create and help fund these programs. Donald Bailey, Executive Director, explains the relationship between CTC and the programs at these various schools; and not only the funding of these programs, but how families can get financial assistance.

Academic Freedom Challenged at S.C. Universities

By Aimee Crouch

Studio EducationThe State Newspaper’s Andy Shain points out in a recent article that several S.C. colleges and universities may lose funding in the House of Representatives budget over certain gay-themed books being assigned to freshman. In Shain’s article for The State he reports, “Now, as the debate over academic freedom versus political reality moves to the state Senate, worries are spreading that S.C. schools could face more penalties in the future.” There is also debate over the teachings of the Declaration of Independence. The Washington Post states these “cuts are certain to spark debate over whether...

National Geographic Bee Puts South Carolina on the Map

By Tabitha Safdi

Geo BeeEach year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. Today, finalists from across South Carolina gathered in Columbia to compete for the chance to move to the national stage. According to National Geographic , "The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of...

Apprenticeship Carolina

By William Richardson

Apprenticeship CarolinaApprenticeship Carolina is part of the South Carolina Technical College System. The program works to not only attract new and expanding companies to the state but also provide the workforce development tools necessary to make certain they grow and prosper in South Carolina over the long term.

Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code

By A. Randall

CodeDid you know December 9-15 is Computer Science Education Week all across the nation? Anyone from children to adults can learn how to write code. The hands-on learning tool, “Hour of Code” , offers students the opportunity to try computer science for one hour. Over 10 million have learned an "Hour of Code" and the numbers continue to grow. The Deputy Superintendent Division of School Effectiveness with the South Carolina Department of Education, Charmeka Childs, says, “ We would like as many South Carolina Students to participate in the “Hour of Code” as possible. It really works toward...

Mentors Making a Difference

By Aimee Crouch

MentorPresident and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Columbia area, Heidi Johnson, tells Palmetto Scene how they match a Big Brother/Sister with a Little Brother/Sister and the impact the right relationship can have. The Greater Columbia affiliate is one of several affiliates in South Carolina. For more information on how you can volunteer or enroll a child in your area, click here .

Teacher Cadet Program Making an Impact Across the Nation

By Tabitha Safdi

Teacher CadetThe Teacher Cadet Program uses an innovative approach to attract talented young people to the teaching profession. The Teacher Cadet Program was piloted in four high schools from 1985 to 1986. The program quickly grew to 28 schools in its second year, all of which still offer the Teacher Cadet Program. According to Marcella Wine-Snyder, Program Director for Teacher Cadets, “Right now we have 170 sites in the state…but not only is it making an impact here in South Carolina; it is making an impact nationally. The Teacher Cadet program is the only national program across the U.S. that focuses on...

SC Works Upstate: Connecting People with Jobs

By William Richardson

SC WorkSouth Carolina's unemployment rate is currently 9.3 percent. That's lower than it has been in the last couple of years, but jobs are available. The problem that sometimes keeps employers and employees apart is not knowing how to find each other. SC Works Upstate is an organization that is building a reputation in the upstate of bringing the two together.

ReadySC: High School to Work

By William Richardson

ReadySCFinding a job after high school can be tough. But, in the upstate of South Carolina, innovative thinking between industry, education facilities, and agencies dedicated to finding and training workers, offers opportunities that are unprecedented. For more information, visit ReadySC .

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