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Welding students first to dual enroll with CCTC
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TRAILBLAZERS -- Lugoff-Elgin High School and ATEC seniors Adam Smith (left) and Kyle Griggs (right) are currently enrolled in a dual enrollment welding course at Central Carolina Technical College. Adam and Kyle said they signed up for the dual enrollment class, which is free to Kershaw County School District students, because they wanted to take full advantage of all opportunities that may help them in the future. - photo by Ashley Lewis Ford
They may be high school seniors, but Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC) students Kyle Griggs and Adam Smith are also pioneers. The two teens, who take an advanced welding class at ATEC, are also students in a dual enrollment welding class at Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC), making them the first students in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to receive college credit for a career and technology course through CCTC. “For a lot of students, college is the fear of the unknown. Many of them don’t know what life after high school will be like, and this is a way for them to see what college is really like, and say, ‘Hey, I can really do this,” said ATEC Director Chet Horton.