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District Announcements
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.


Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

School Announcements
STUDENTS COMPLETE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CERTIFICATION

In cooperation with the Pickens County 911 Office; the following students completed a 911 Telecommunication course that will enable them to go to work as emergency service dispatchers. This program was developed by Pickens County 911 Coordinator Tasha Todd and Greenville County 911 Coordinator Michael Ambrose.

Pictured in front are students Brandon King (EHS), Cody Roach (DHS), Tyler James (PHS), Scarlett Von Schmittou (EHS), and Kevin Keeran (DHS). In the back are Chief Butch Womack - Easley Fire Department, Rhonda Whitaker - Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Keri Barbrey - Pickens County 911 Office, Tasha Todd - Pickens County 911 Office and Greg Newton - Law and Public Safety Instructor.

GOLD MEDALIST IN SCREEN PRINTING

Congratulations to Mary Beth Albertson on winning the state SkillsUsa competition in screen-printing.

Mary Beth is a senior from Easley High School and attends the Pickens County Career & Technology Center.

She has been a student in the Graphic Communications program for three years.

Mary Beth will now travel to Kansas City, Missouri and represent PCCTC and the state of South Carolina in the National SkillsUsa screen-printing competition.

Mary Beth plans to attend Charleston Southern University in the fall and Major in graphics.

Congratulations Mary Beth!!




ANDREW FOWLER WINS GOLD

Andy Fowler wins the gold medal in the Masonry competition at the SC SkillsUSA competition in Greenville. Andy is a senior at Daniel High School.

This is the fifth year in a row that Mr. Stephens masonry class has produced a state champion.

This program also produced a national silver medalist in 2012.

Congratulations Mr. Stephens & Andy!!





ELECTRICITY STUDENT ASHLEE MOORE HEADED TO NATIONALS


Brian Stewart’s Electricity program at the Pickens County CTC has a reputation for producing excellence at state competition. This years was no exception. Ashlee Moore, senior at EHS placed first at the SC Skills USA Residential Electricity competition. Ashlee will be representing the state of South Carolina in Kansas City at the National Skills USA competition. Ashlee has been accepted to the Clemson bridge program to major in electrical engineering.

Congratulations Ashlee & Mr. Stewart!!


ELECTRICITY STUDENT, ROBERT SHEHAN, PLACES 3RD AT STATE

Brian Stewart’s Electricity program at the Pickens County CTC has a reputation for producing excellence at state competition. This years was no exception.

Robert Shehan, senior from PHS placed 3rdat the SC Skills USA Residential Electricity competition. Robert will be attending the Industrial Electronics program at Tri-County Technical College after graduation.

Congratulations Robert & Mr. Stewart!!




KEVIN COMPTON HEADED TO NATIONALS

Kevin Compton, a senior at Easley High School, has attended Pickens County CTC for three years taking Intro to Carpentry, Carpentry I, II and II. Kevin won the Career & Technology Center's Carpentry Competition which qualified him to compete at state level at the South Carolina SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Competition. Kevin made the "sweet sixteen" at the elimination competition which was held at Greenville Tech but came up a little short at the State Carpentry Competition at TD Convention Center in Greenville. He finished fifth in the state.

Kevin is also a good speaker and competed in the SkillsUSA Leadership Competition in Extemporaneous Speaking. He won GOLD (1st place) and he will represent South Carolina in Kansas City this summer at the 2014 National SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership Competition.

Congratulations Kevin!!


STUDENTS SUCCEED AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION

On April 2nd through April 5th almost 900 students converged on the upstate to compete in the Skillsusa Skills and Leadership Competitions. Pickens County CTC had 48 students compete in 23 different contests. We brought back 22 medals. These were the results:

Gold
Andrew Fowler – Masonry; Cosmetology – Sierra Posey; Extemporaneous Speaking – Kevin Compton; Electrical Construction Wiring –Ashlee Moore; CNC Milling –Austin Harris; Screen Printing Technology –Mary Beth Albertson

Silver
Masonry – Dakota Phillips; Esthetics –Team of Gina Rochester and Darion Fricks; Technical Drafting – David Youngblood; Mechatronics –Team of Luke Stewart and Andrew Perillo; Mobile Electronics – Daniel Betz
Culinary Arts – Sydney Taylor; First Aid/CPR – Andrew Wilson; Mobile Robotics – team of Jay Young and Tavisay Klar; Prepared Speech – Daniella Vallecillo; Precision Machining – Steven Durham

Bronze
Mechatronics –Team of Jonathan Garner and Payton Dameron; Mobile Electronics – Collin Gilliam; Mobile Robotics – team of Harley Grant and Matthew Howell; Electrical Construction Wiring – Robert Shehan
Fire Fighting – James Newman; Extemporaneous Speaking – Toby Hendricks

Congratulations to our winners!!!    **Click Here for Additional Pictures**

GREENHOUSE SALE!!!

Greenhouse sale! It's stuffed!

Tomatoes $1. Varieties include big bee, Roma, mr stripey, celebrity, Marion, mortgage lifter, Juliet and sweet 100. Habanero, jalapeño, green bell and Marconi peppers. Yellow squash. Cucumbers.

Wave petunia hanging baskets in red, pink and mixed. $10.

Contact Pickens County Career & Technology Center for details!  864.397.4500


HOSA STATE LEADERSHIP

The results are in from HOSA State Leadership.  Pickens County Career & Technology HOSA team earned 9 gold medals, 4 silver and 4 bronze. There was also one student who placed in the top 5. Two state officers were elected and two 1st place winners on the Health Care Issues Exam. 
 
Maddy Swedberg- DHS 1st Healthy Lifestyles; Ashlea Ayers- DHS State Historian/Photographer; Jakob Bramblett EHS - 2nd EMT; Caroline Smith-DHS 2nd EMT; Krista Boozer- LHS-1st Extemporaneous Health Care Poster; Shivali Desai- EHS 3rd Medical Math and outstanding HOSA member; Danielle Henderson EHS- 1st place Healthcare Issues Exam; Kaitlyn Anders-PHS – 1st Life Support Skills; Rachel Medieta, Bree Mikell, & I'yanna Cox –EHS 1st Health Education; Mary Parks-EHS-2nd Job Seeking Skills; Jacob Wagner – PHS-2nd Prepared Speaking & State Parliamentarian; Shelby Vidal, Natalie Nix & Yesilyn Ruiz- LHS 3rd Community Awareness; Kimberly Rowland (PHS), Jessica Ray (PHS), Tayler Stiwinter(EHS) Community Awareness 1st;; Tiffany Mauldin (DHS) –(1st) Health Care Issues exam, 4th place Medical Terminology.
 
Please congratulate these members on their success.

COSMETOLOGY STUDENTS RECEIVE RED APRON AWARD

Senior Cosmetology students, Allison Hale, Valentina Sanchez, Allie Robinson, Gina Rochester, Allie Webster, Sierra Posey, and Shai White, received their Red Apron Award for meeting the qualifications for client services. These students work hard each week to get the optimum experience to be a successful stylist entering the salon. Great job ladies!




STUDENTS COMPLETE 911 TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRAINING

Students Brandon King and Kevin Keeran participate in 911 telecommunications training. Students are certified in 911 functions and protocol. The course is taught by the Pickens County 911 Office and is used to recruit emergency response dispatchers for public safety agencies in our county.




EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER STUDENT TRAINING

As part of Emergency Medical Responder training – students Justin Durham and Richard Harrison learn how to deliver a baby. The students learn Professional Rescuer CPR and other emergency medical skills in this part of their firefighting course.





MASONRY 3 STUDENTS COMPLETE PROJECT

Mr. Jeff Stephens' masonry students have compeleted a building project.  Pictured to the left is a completed, brick veneer house that the Masonry 3 students have built.  The students not only learned masonry, but also learned how to use a laser level, build batter boards, and general carpentry.  

The building to the left contains the actual foundation, wood floor system, piers, foundation vents, quion corners and arches.  Great job to Mr. Stephens and his masonry 3 students!! 


C3 MATH STUDENTS CELEBRATE PI DAY!

Students in Mrs. Gilstrap's C3 math classes celebrated National Pi Day on March 14, 2014. They learned about the ratio of the circumference to the diameter and how the irrational number pi goes on forever. They even learned about some mathematicians who spend their whole lives trying to figure out the next digit of pi! Then, students colored pictures of pi and delivered them to other teachers to make sure everyone knew it was Pi Day. Finally, students got to eat oatmeal creme PIes to celebrate!  Happy Pi Day!

CTC FFA TEAM PLACES FIRST in REGIONAL COMPETITION

The FFA Tool Identification team from Pickens County Career & Technology Center recently placed first at the Piedmont Region Competition on Thursday, February 27, 2014.  The students are responsible for a list of 187 tools and hardware items. This competition is open to first year 9th and 10th grade FFA members. 17 teams of 4 members competed in this year’s Piedmont Regional. Rachel Finley was the high scoring individual in the regional competition. 
 
The team has qualified for the state competition to be held Thursday, March 6 in Lexington, SC. 
 
Team members are (L-R) Daniel Aiken, Michaela Gibson, Rachel Finley and Levi Garrett. The team was coached by Mr. McCannon. 

**CLICK HERE TO READ FULL PRESS RELEASE**


MECHATRONICS STUDENTS EARN OSHA CERTIFICATION

Mr. Hutto’s Mechatronics students completed the 10 hour OSHA Safety Certification through Career Safe. Students learned how to recognize, avoid and prevent common safety and health hazards in general industry. There was also information on worker’s rights, employer responsibility and how to report an incident. This industry recognized certification is a pre-requisite for employment in many manufacturing facilities. Students were responsible for paying the $25 fee for their training and were responsible for completing all modules with a passing grade.

BRODY HINTON WINS STATE

Congratulations to State NATEF Champion Brody Hinton!

Brody won the NATEF All-Star Competition yesterday in Columbia. The C-3 (EHS) senior won $3000 worth of tools. He also won a $5000 prize for the PCCTC Auto Tech program! 
Phillip Smith prepared him well for this event!

Again, congratulations to Brody and Phillip!

**Click here to read full news release**



RELAY FOR LIFE T-SHIRTS FOR SALE

Relay for Life will be held May 2, 2014 at the Old liberty High school football stadium from 7- 1 AM.  The theme for this event is "Give Cancer the Boot"!!

If you would like to sign up for a team and event – log onto relay for life.org – Pickens County Relay for Life, SC and create a team.  Short-sleeve and long-sleeve t-shirts are for sale through March 28, 2014.  All checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. 

Please contact CTC teachers Ms. Janie Collins or Ms. Janet Ayers for more information.  They can be reached at 864-397-4500.  

**Click here for t-shirt order forms** 

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!


STUDENTS RECEIVE FEDERAL CERTIFICATION

Students in the Emergency and Fire Service I class just finished up Community Emergency Response Team training (CERT). This is a program through FEMA about basic emergency response to mass casualty events.

Students learned basic first aid, triage, search and rescue procedures, disaster psychology, the incident command system and terrorism response.




C3 BOOK BASH SUCCESSFUL

The Book Bash at C3 was a success! Approximately 2100 books were donated by 30+ sponsors around our county. More than 130 students, teachers, and children were able to choose free books to keep in their homes. The excitement from our students was overwhelmingly positive. In addition, teachers were able to stock their classroom libraries and excess books were shared with Chastain Road Elementary.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors for participating in this exciting event! 

**CLICK HERE TO SEE SPONSOR LIST**        

**CLICK HERE TO SEE PREZI FOR THIS EVENT**



L.E. 1 Students Hands on Learning

Students Zach Parham and Ben Hinton learn how to lift latent fingerprints off of a plastic bottle with metallic fingerprint powder. This is part of a crime scene lesson in their Law Enforcement Services I class.









CARPENTRY STUDENTS SIGN COMMITMENTS

The carpentry III students are not a part of National Signing Day but are learning a lot about commitment. The class is starting their cabinet project for second semester and signed a contract with the carpentry instructor on the details of their cabinet project.
Students have an account with the carpentry program where they can make payments on their project knowing it is not their property until the project is completely paid. If the student defaults on his contract it will affect his carpentry grade. The carpentry instructor has found that a student is more committed to a project when cutting their own material rather than the carpentry program’s materials. This project shows real world experiences with a commitment.           

**CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY**

EIGHTH GRADE CAREER FAIR

Eighth grade students from across Pickens County took their first steps on the path to their future careers on January 9.  More than 40 professionals came to the Pickens County Career and Technology Center to talk to students about prospective careers. Students had the opportunity to learn about more than 35 career fields including manufacturing, medicine, engineering, military, entrepreneurship, law, veterinary medicine, graphic design, human resources, education, law enforcement, nursing and more.


PICKENS STUDENTS SET TO BEGIN PRAIRIE PROJECT

Students will soon brave the winter weather at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center as they pull up invasive plants to prepare the ground for something that was once plentiful in the Upstate but now quite rare — a Piedmont prairie.  
It’s an ambitious project that will rely on the diverse skills of a variety of students and involve advisers and partners from a handful of state agencies and private groups. “It is a very robust project,” said Cathy Reas Foster, natural resources agent with the Pickens County Extension Service.
 Foster wrote the application that won the Career and Technology Center a $2,500 grant from the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to develop the prairie project. The center was one of eight schools that received grants late last year and were named Champions of the Environment.

                            CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

FFA STUDENT WINS SAE GRANT

Keri Morgan, a sophomore in Ms. Granata’s Small Animal Care class was named a recipient of a $1000 SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Grant through the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation. Keri’s SAE proposal and grant application is to breed, raise and sell chinchillas. There were 690 applicants nationwide and less than 50 grants were awarded. Keri was one of only 10 to receive a grant in the area of Animal Science.

An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion, FFA members must submit a comprehensive report regarding their supervised agriculture experience.

Keri is a 10th grader at Easley High School and is the daughter of Tommy & Casey Morgan.   Congratulations Keri & Ms. Granata!!


MECHATRONICS STUDENTS WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Two students from the CTC Mechatronics Program, Johnny Hayes from Daniel High School and Chance Hall from Pickens High, won the 2013 Ibrahim Janajreh Young Innovator Award. This is a very prestigious award presented at the 2013 InnoVision Dinner.   Both students graduated in 2013 and are now working for Cornell Dubilier in Liberty, S.C. They were both on the team that built the robotic welder for Cornell Dubilier. The two students helped build this robotic welder to fuse a new product line used at the Cornell Dubilier plant. They also attend College at Tri-County Tech for a two year Mechatronics degree.

PICKENS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS VISITED CTC

On November 19th and 20th, the Pickens County Career & Technology Faculty and Staff, hosted teachers from across the district in an effort to showcase the wonderful programs in our building. On Tuesday, Easley High School and Liberty High School teachers were welcomed to our campus. Daniel High School and Pickens High School were represented on Wednesday. Teachers toured the school and visited classrooms of their choosing. They also visited technology rich programs and received technology hours through the district.

Thank you for visiting our programs Pickens County High School Teachers!  The program was a great success!




CTC STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN PIEDMONT PRAIRIE PROJECT

The PC CTC Horticulture 2 and STEEP students participated in collecting native grass seeds for the Piedmont Prairie Project. Dr. Stringer from the SC Native Plant Society taught the students about native grass varieties found in the area and instructed on proper seed collection techniques.

This project is part of the Champions of the Environment Grant with Mrs. Grumbles and Mrs. Blacks classes.




HOSA BLOOD DRIVE SUCCESSFUL

The HOSA blood drive was a huge success today with over 60 units of blood collected.  Students, age 16 and older, and staff had the opportunity to save lives by giving blood.

HOSA sponsored the blood drive at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center.

(Ken Hitchcock, Director of CTC, is pictured here giving blood!) 

Thank you again to all who donated and helped make today a huge success!!










Meet the C3 Assistant Director - Shannon Sharkey

Mrs. Shannon Sharkey is originally from Hartsville, SC. She graduated from Hartsville High School in 2004. After high school, she attended Clemson University and majored in Secondary Education/ Social Studies. She graduated in 2008 and started teaching Social Studies at Easley High School.

During her time at Easley High School, she started, and completed, the Masters of Arts in School Leadership at Furman University. She graduated from Furman University in 2012. In the fall of 2012, she began her position as Assistant Principal at Easley High School.

Mrs. Sharkey is now serving as the Assistant Director at the new C-3 program located at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center.






STEEP Program Marks Drains in Pickens County

Pickens County, along with the cities of Easley, Liberty, and Pickens have collaborated with Clemson University's Carolina Clear program to educate and involve residents in stormwater management. The STEEP program based at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center have been working with Pickens County to mark storm drains in the surrounding areas for the past two years.

The students are given an area in the county to mark the storm drains and working as a team, locate and place markers on the drains. The goal is to educate the community about storm drains and the importance of not dumping hazardous materials into the storm drains. “Only rain goes in a storm drain”.


CARPENTRY SENIORS BUILD LEGO TABLES
The carpentry seniors are building Lego practice tables again this year. We have built several sets for the last two years and the program continues to grow. The First Lego League teams at the middle schools need tables on which to practice, and the carpentry seniors utilize their skills in the building of the tables from the official instructions and plans. Click here to view the instructions. The carpentry II senior classes have built two tables so far this year and plan to build several more. This is a win-win situation that helps the middle school Lego programs and simultaneously refines the finishing skills of our seniors.


STUDENTS PROMOTE CTC PROGRAM

Four seniors and two juniors represented CTC at The AOP Showcase held at Clemson University on October 3 & 4. The goal of AOP (Anderson-Oconee-Pickens) Showcase is simple, help young people understand the decisions that they need to make now in order to thrive in their future careers. The Business and Industry Showcase had over 5,000 8th and 9th graders from Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties last year and they were exposed to what it means to be in the business world. The goal of the CTC booth was to make contact with 9
th grades from Pickens County schools both Wednesday and Thursday.
With workforce development being a critical issue facing the nation, AOP is designed to provide students an opportunity to interact with company representatives, schools and colleges regarding careers and necessary skill development. This year seniors, Luke Stewart and Kasey Fowler from Mechatronics Integrated Technologies and Hunter Martin and Hunter Gibby from Machine Tool Technology manned the CTC booth. Representing the junior class, Graham Abrams and Nathan Brown also worked the booth to answer questions about the programs offered at CTC.
The AOP Showcase is held at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum every year. Instructors, Mary Hanna-Koon and Jim Garrison also answered questions from the visiting students.

CTC MECHATRONICS CLASS IN THE NEWS!!

Pickens County Career & Technology Center builds a Mechatronics "Dynasty".  These ambitious students design, program and build robotic controls and other high-tech gadgets in an Upstate classroom-laboratory.  Learning in an environment that sometimes requires safety goggles, their skills have made the Pickens County Career and Technology Center a prime recruiting stop for manufactures.

Click Here to Read Full Article

CTC Carpentry Projects For Sale!

Selected Projects the Prices are REDUCED!

 ►Click Here to View!


Garden Shed window box
flowers were designed by the Horticulture I class.

 email for more information



FFA Chapter Compete at CDE

Members of the Pickens County Career & Technology Center’s FFA Chapter competed in the Piedmont Region Public Speaking & Leadership Career Development Event (CDE) at Clemson University on May 9, 2013.  Members competed in Lower Division (8th & 9th grade) creed speaking, extemporaneous public speaking and prepared public speaking. These CDE’s are designed to recognize student ability to prepare and make oral presentations on various topics related to today’s modern agricultural industry. 
Speaking participants are (L-R) Hannah Wilson, lower division creed speaking, Tiffany Smith, 1st place, prepared public speaking and Charlie Dunham, extemporaneous public speaking. By virtue of her first place win, Tiffany has qualified to compete at the SC FFA State public speaking finals at the SC FFA Convention in June. The state winner there will represent South Carolina FFA at the national convention. 
Hannah and Tiffany, Agricultural Mechanics students, attend Easley High School where Hannah is a 9th grader and Tiffany is an 11th grader. Charlie, a Horticulture student, is an 11th grader at Daniel High School. Steve McCannon, Agricultural Mechanics instructor and FFA Advisor, coached and prepared these members for this competition.


Greenhouse is Open for Business

The Pickens County Career and Technology Center greenhouse is open for business!  The horticulture department is proud to announce that the greenhouse is full and waiting on customers.  Availability includes wave petunia hanging baskets, annual flats, mixed herb gardens, limited supply of vegetables and more.  The greenhouse is solely maintained and staffed by horticulture students.  All proceeds go to student activities and supplies.  Hours of operation are 9-11, and 1-3 school days.  Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons until 4.  Please email in advance to make sure student workers are available.  CTC_GREENHOUSE@yahoo.com or program instructor, Gillian Black at gillianblack@pickens.k12.sc.us .


Trout in the Classroom

The Pickens County Career & Technology Center Animal Science Courses participated in the South Carolina Trout In the Classroom (TIC) Program sponsored by SC DNR and the Chattooga Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  TIC is an interdisciplinary program in which students learn about cold-water conservation while raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings in a classroom aquarium. The class pictured is the senior level Veterinary Science Class that has been a part of this project for three years now! On Wednesday, April 24, the class had the unique opportunity to see the brook trout raised in their class released at Table Rock State Park. 


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