Dorchester County Industry Leaders Head to the Classroom

Dorchester, South Carolina

November 18, 2011 - On November 10, 2011, the Dorchester County Industrial Council (DCIC) boarded a bus to take their monthly meeting on the road for a visit to the Dorchester County Career & Technology Center (DCCTC) in Dorchester, SC. The purpose of their visit was to learn more about the center and how they are working to train area high school students for future employment in the industrial and manufacturing sector.

The DCCTC curriculum is of particular interest to the group, as it blends required academic courses with career and technology education, as well as offers an opportunity for students to gain valuable work experience through various partnerships and programs. Currently, 518 students from Dorchester County high schools attend classes at the Career & Technology Center.  

The group received a guided tour of the facility, which also included opportunities for one-on-one conversations with instructors and students. The DCIC also spent time observing several skills classrooms, including Auto Collision Repair, Building Construction, Electricity, Masonry and Welding.

The industry leaders were particularly interested to learn about a program that would allow them to partner with the school to provide real-world, work experience to the students. The L.I.F.E. Program Learners Involved in Field Experience is designed to reinforce the skills and qualities needed by employers through part-time student placement in industrial facilities. The program includes a specific set of checks and balances to guide the student and industry through their internship, and also includes a $1 Million Dollar liability policy on each student placed. Past results have been impressive, with a number of students beginning full-time employment immediately after graduation.

"This program is definitely a win-win for both the student and our industry, as it would allow us to mold the students' basic skills into our preferred method of operation," said Robert DeGolyer of ZAPP Precision Wire, Inc.

"This program makes sense, and is something we could definitely support," added Lisa Libby of Briteline Extrusions.

If you would like to learn more about the Dorchester County Career & Technology Center or the L.I.F.E. Program, please contact Wendy Smith at wendy@dorchesterforbusiness.com.