Pickens County CTC Named TransformSC School

Congratulations Pickens County Career & Technology Center
Posted on 09/07/2018
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TransformSC Announces
Three New Network Partners
Columbia, SC – The 2018/2019 school year opens with the Pickens County Career and Technology Center, SC Whitmore School, and Richland County School District Two joining the TransformSC network.  The two new schools and additional school district bring the statewide network to a total of seven entire school districts and 67 schools from across the state.

As an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, TransformSC collaborates with business leaders, educators, students, parents, and policymakers to transform the state’s public education system so that every student graduates prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.


As a part of the TransformSC network, SC Whitmore School, Pickens County Career and Technology Center, and Richland County School District Two have demonstrated tangible efforts to apply innovative approaches to achieving the Profile of the SC Graduate for every student, every teacher, every classroom, every day; and all have expressed a commitment to continuing that work as a part of TRSC.


As the first technology center to join the TRSC Network, The Pickens County Career & Technology represents the continuous diversification in the schools and education centers that are joining the network.  Ken Hitchcock, Director of the Pickens County Career & Technology Center says that his institution anticipates building on the foundation already laid through their previous engagement with TransformSC to make a positive impact on the communities they serve, saying, “The initiatives we have developed through TRSC will greatly benefit our students, local industry, and Pickens County economic development efforts. Our goal is to produce a high quality adaptive future workforce for Pickens County and the Upstate Region of South Carolina.”


John Loveday, Principal of SC Whitmore School also anticipates that the school’s partnership in the TRSC network will help support the institution’s mission to give students across South Carolina the opportunity to experience ‘School Your Way.’ “Being a virtual school allows SC Whitmore School to offer students a student-focused, self-paced learning environment where they can meet their full potential through Mastery-based learning,” says Loveday.  “Our involvement with the TRSC network will help us build on that foundation, learn from colleagues, and share some of the insights we’ve gained through our focus on transformative practices in education.”


From a district-level perspective, Dr. Baron R. Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two says that the partnership with the TransformSC network is a natural fit.  "Like TransformSC, Richland Two is committed to providing students with innovative, rigorous and robust educational experiences that focus on world-class knowledge as well as life and career skills,” says Dr. Davis.  “We take tremendous pride in being a member district committed to taking an innovative approach to transform education in South Carolina so that all students have an opportunity to be college and career ready upon graduation. TransformSC is the perfect platform and vehicle for accomplishing this mission.”


To learn more about TransformSC visit 
www.sccompetes.org. Schools at all levels and stages of development are encouraged to apply for acceptance to the TransformSC network by contacting transformsc@sccompetes.org.
About Transform SC
, an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a collaboration of business leaders, educators, students, parents and policymakers transforming the public education system so that every student graduates prepared for careers, college and citizenship. TransformSC schools and districts are designing, launching, promoting and proving transformative practices in the classroom. Currently, there are 64 schools from 23 districts, as well as six entire districts, in the TransformSC network. 

The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, business-led non-profit organization committed to advancing the long-term economic competitiveness of our state, industries, and citizens. Our work is accomplished through: actionable research on opportunities and threats to South Carolina’s competitiveness; support of industry clusters that provide South Carolina a competitive advantage; and education and workforce development initiatives that ensure all South Carolina’s citizens are equipped to compete in a global economy. We execute our work through partnerships recognizing that our state’s economic success is secured through sustained collaboration among the private, public, academic and non-profit sectors.

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