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.
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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.
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!!
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!!
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!!
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, 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 to our winners!!! **Click Here for Additional Pictures**
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
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!!
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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!
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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.
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Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!
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.
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**
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.
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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.
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 agent with the Pickens County Extension Service.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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”.
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 9th grades from Pickens County schools both Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.