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School counselors to participate in industry showcase

Posted: September 4, 2017 10:47 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Kershaw County School District counselors will get a first-hand look at how local industry and businesses are connecting with education during the 2017 Industry Showcase on Sept. 13 at the Applied Technology Education Campus.

The showcase is being sponsored by the Kershaw County Economic Development Office, the S.C. Department of Commerce and the Kershaw County School District as a means of encouraging industry and education to work more closely both inside and outside the classroom.

Approximately 35 Kershaw County School District counselors (K-12) will attend and hear a keynote presentation by South Carolina native Ben Green, who has authored the book The Global Superstar: How Your Students Can Develop an Advantage over Global Competition.

“Many of our county industries and businesses are connecting with education through various means both inside and outside the classroom,” Kershaw County Economic Development Director Peggy McLean, said. “We want to not only feature some of those connections but also find ways to encourage others.”

Featured industry and businesses will be INVISTA, Canfor, the Lugoff Automotive Partnership and Carolina Sports Inc.

ATEC instructors and local industry representatives will be on hand to show how they are working together in various career and technology education classes.

Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan says it is important for schools and industry to seek creative ways to connect and help students be better prepared to enter the workforce with both the technical and employability skills to be productive citizens.

“Professional development activities like the showcase not only help our educators learn more about industry, but it also helps industry become more comfortable working with schools,” Morgan said. “The result is a more productive workforce and a stronger local economy.”

Brenda Golden, regional workforce advisor for the Department of Commerce, said Green’s appearance will give counselors a better understanding of how the global market is impacting their students’ future careers. Each counselor will receive a copy of Green’s book.

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