Category Archives: Personal Pathways to Success

Lower Savannah Region Hosts Annual Youth Forum

More than 400 high school seniors from the Lower Savannh Region participated in the sixth annual Youth Forum hosted by Aiken Technical College and Orangeburg Calhoun Technical Colleges. Participating students learned about careers within the community, gained tools and resources to prepare for life after graduation, and heard firsthand from post-secondary educators and business representatives alike the need to prepare beyond high school for future careers.

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Business Opportunities

What kind of jobs are available within the Business, Management, and Administration career cluster? How many are there? How much do they pay? The sky is the limit. A career in Business, Management, and Administration can pay big bucks and take you to the chief executive officer’s corner office on the top floor of a skyscraper or around the world making million dollar deals. Read on to learn more.

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Connect with us at the SC Education and Business Summit

Come see us at the 2014 SC Education and Business Summit. We want to hear from you! Stop by Booth 22 Sunday, June 22 and Monday, June 23 and share your comments, concerns and compliments with us. Let us know how you have been impacted by our work to connect South Carolinians with the information, resources and services they need to achieve success. This is also a great opportunity to meet with your specific coordinator, learn more about what we do, and see how we can help you!

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QUICK QUIZ: Are You Suited For Business?

One of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors of the South Carolina job market is Business, Management, and Administration. Take our Quick Quiz to see if you are well suited for a career in this sector and download our free education and career planning guide to learn even more.

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Guide Your Own Tour of Postsecondary Opportunities in Hospitality and Tourism

Hospitality and Tourism is the number one industry cluster in the state in terms of revenue. So, naturally, we have the jobs and the training to support students desiring to enter this most important industry and provide them with the skills to be successful. Learn more about jobs and training opportunities in Hospitality and Tourism.

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Learn By Doing: Experience is Everything in Hospitality & Tourism

Since learning by doing comes naturally in the Hospitality and Tourism cluster, it’s often easier to find opportunities for out-of-classroom experience. However, as life has become more complicated and these occupations have become more complex, relying solely on on-the-job training is less possible than it once was. Class work is often an essential ingredient in a successful career.

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A Passion for Hospitality & Tourism: Student Success Stories

Four different students from four different South Carolina communities who have one very important thing in common: through high school classes, competitions, and student organizations they discovered a passion for hospitality and tourism.

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South Carolina’s Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Level in 13 Years

South Carolina’s jobless rate has fallen to the lowest level since June 2001 the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce announced this week, dropping from 5.5% in March to 5.3% in April. The Regional Education Centers of SC continuing working to connect South Carolinians with the tools and resources they need to achieve career and employment success.

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Choice Bus Rolls Through South Carolina

The Choice Bus is rolling through South Carolina delivering a powerful message about the importance of staying in school and the realities that may accompany dropping out. With support from State Farm and organizational assistance from the Regional Education Centers of South Carolina, The Choice Bus — a program of the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation — is making stops at several schools throughout the Palmetto State to give students show people the power of education.

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Majors and Fastest Growing Careers in Hospitality & Tourism

Learn about the majors and fastest growing careers within the Hospitality and Tourism cluster. If you’re high school and interested in a career in Hospitality and Tourism, now is a great time to learn more about the many options available and to find ways to prepare now for work in this cluster.

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SC RECs Are Working For You!

Led by a coordinator and team of dedicated professionals and community leaders, each REC connects thousands of South Carolinians to information and services they need to achieve success. Learn more about the RECs and how they are working for you.

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Career Choices in Hospitality and Tourism

In Hospitality and Tourism, the object is to help people relax and have fun. If you’re good at putting people at ease, if you can deliver prompt, first-class service, and if you can do so in a way that makes people feel good, then this could be the cluster for you. Start exploring the more than 100 possible occupations with our list of 24 career choices in Hospitality and Tourism.

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Help Yourself to a Career in Hospitality and Tourism

South Carolina is a great place to build a career in Hospitality and Tourism. After all, with more than 29 million visitors every year it’s the state’s number one industry. From start-up jobs in restaurants to high-level corporate management of multimillion-dollar hotel chains, Hospitality and Tourism offers engaging, people-oriented work in picturesque surroundings. Take our Quick Quiz to see if a career in Hospitality and Tourism may be right for you, then download our free education and career planning guide to learn more.

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Master Traditional Building Arts

Across the nation, quality training in traditional crafts has been on the decline, which is why Charleston’s American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is dedicated to reviving these dying arts.
ACBA educates and trains future generations of building artisans to foster exceptional craftsmanship and leadership and encourages the preservation, enrichment and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage.

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Join A Student Group: Construction Organizations

Networking is not just a buzz word for the business world; it’s a solid foundation for a career in Construction. Student organizations in high school and college can give you useful contacts with students with similar interests, teachers interested in your future, and working professionals. Here are two organizations that enable students to boost their careers and have fun at the same time.

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Study A Trade: Architecture and Construction

Pursue the education you need after high school to make the most of your career in Architecture and Construction. Take advantage of the wealth of educational resources available in South Carolina and nationally including industry training, higher education and military opportunities.

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Learn Your Craft On-Site

Architecture and Construction is a straightforward, hands-on business. You roll up your sleeves and physically rearrange an environment for the better. To master the trade, just jump right in. Training is traditionally conducted at the work site, and opportunities abound for on-the-job learning even while you’re still a student in high school. Ask your guidance counselor or principal about resources in your area or information on the many associations and companies that provide work-based training. Learn about ways you can get started on your career in architecture and construction,

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Youth CareerConnect Grant to Benefit Three SC Districts

Part of a grant entitled Carolina Alliance for Technology, Laurens County School Districts 55, Laurens County School District 56 and Richland School District 2 have received $6,890,232 to give students hands on training and to ensure they develop problem solving skills, to encourage creativity and collaboration, and to connect student learning to the real world.

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Women in Construction

Nearly one in 10 workers in construction is a woman, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of women in construction is steadily increasing. Though women tend to gravitate toward technical sales and administrative support positions, some also work shoulder to shoulder
with men in the skilled trades and precision crafts. Of the nearly one million women
in construction nationwide, more than 28% hold high-paying managerial and professional positions.

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Getting Ahead in Architecture and Construction

Sharpen your management skills, stay in touch with new technologies and trends, and you could end up sitting on top of the Architecture and Construction heap.

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2014 Military Career Pathways 101

Registration for the 2014 Military Career Pathways 101 professional development course is now open! The three-day course will be held in Columbia, SC, June 17 through June 19 and is a pilot for a national model to provide exposure to the vast array of STEM-related career paths within the military. Learn more and register today!

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Lay Out Your Plans: Architecture and Construction Majors

There are as many types of people in Architecture and Construction as there are jobs. The careers fall into three groups that roughly match the three Architecture and Construction majors of Design/Pre-Construction; Construction; and Maintenance/Operations. Learn more about each.

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Construction Careers Are Built To Last

In the building trades, you roll up your sleeves and hold on to your hat, because your work in the field can lead all the way to owning your own firm. Architecture and Construction is one of the last industries in which you can start as an apprentice and rise to the top of the ladder. Fourteen million new construction workers will be required by 2015, in careers ranging from carpentry and masonry to new technologies that computerize control of the internal environments of huge office buildings. Read on to see if this career cluster is right for you.

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Immersion Field Study Highlights Growing Use of Technology in Manufacturing

A Midlands’ Immersion Field Study connects education and business and shows the important and increasing use of technology in manufacturing.

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College Goal SC 2014: Get the Information You Need to Succeed

College Goal South Carolina events helped hundreds of students jump start their path to college and career. If you weren’t able to attend a College Goal South Carolina 2014 event, you can still connect to lots great information at www.collegegoalsc.org and with our Personal Pathways to Success Parent Tool Kit for College and Career.

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Make the Most Out of Your Health Science Career by Specializing

In South Carolina, Health Science students can and do emerge from high school as certified emergency medical technicians, nurse aides, and pharmacy technicians. Some are perfectly happy to stay with those occupations, but in the Health Science cluster, you can go far as you wish by extending your education throughout your healthcare career.

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Join a Student Group: Health Science Organizations

Health Science organizations are a great way to explore careers and gain professional experience. Staying in touch with other high school students on your career path is another way to extend professional development beyond the classroom. You can meet other students in the cluster, compare notes on your studies, and develop communication and leadership skills. To enrich your career learning, get involved in one or more of these health-related organizations and activities.

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Workforce 2020: Employer Expectations

A qualified workforce is key for our community and nation to grow and prosper, and we must work to ensure that today’s students are prepared for the workforce of the future. From strong character or soft skills such as honesty and integrity to the ability to use technology effectively and appropriately, we must equip students to succeed in college, career and life. To help students understand and appreciate current and future workforce needs, the Santee-Lynches Regional Education Centered partnered with the Santee-Lynches Workforce Investment Board to develop Workforce 2020: Employer Expectations posters.

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Clinical Practice: Work-Based Learning for Careers in Health Science

Learning outside the classroom is a required part of Health Science education. South Carolina high school students working toward certification in Health Sciences spend a lot of time out of the classroom in healthcare settings — hospitals, long-term care facilities, doctors’ offices, veterinary clinics, pharmacies, and emergency medical services settings — learning to heal hands-on.

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Pick a Major and Start Training for a Health Science Future

Students can explore the five education and employment areas within Health Science and use our Career Major Maps to help chart a course in the career of their choice.

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SC Unemployment Rate Drops Below US Rate For First Time Since 2001

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) announced today that the state’s jobless rate fell to 6.6% in December, a half-point drop from 7.1% in November. The national average in December was 6.7%, marking the first time since 2001 that the Palmetto State’s unemployment rate has been lower than the national rate. Pathways to Success resources can help you explore careers within growing sectors.

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Careers In Health Science: A Strong Start

In Health Science a solid academic foundation is essential. Here’s a quick look at the core courses you will need to succeed.

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Quick Quiz: Is A Career In Health Science For You?

Most people in Health Science are caring, because they are there to help; they like science, because they have to understand something about how a living thing works to assist it back to health; and they are detail-oriented, because so much is riding on what they do. Think a career in health science is right for you? Our Quick Quiz can help you find out.

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Examine Health Science Careers

Health Science is the fastest-growing sector of the South Carolina job market, and high demand for healthcare workers means their jobs are among the best paying in the state, as well. As South Carolina’s population ages and more people need healthcare services, opportunities expand for employees who like working with people and have mastered the basics in math, science, and communications. You don’t have to go to school for 10 years, either—plenty of good healthcare jobs require only associate’s or bachelor’s degrees. Read on to find out if you’ve got what it takes for a healthcare career.

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A New Year Means A New FAFSA

Start the new year off right by filling out the new FAFSA today.

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Resource Roundup: Transportation

Click your way to more career, educational, and scholarship resources by using the Internet. Here are some useful Web sites to get you started: Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Web Sites Automotive Youth Educational Systems, www.ayes.org Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, www.cscmp.org …

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Learn to Earn

At car dealerships, high school grads in entry-level jobs may get to prep new and used cars for delivery. Graduates with additional training and education get to work on those cars and earn the salaries required to buy vehicles of their own that they are proud to drive. The choice is yours: Do you want to wash the car or drive it home at the end of the workday? With all the options for after-high-school learning available in South Carolina, you can take your career in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics exactly where you want it to go.

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Join a Student Group: Transportation

Students can gain valuable leadership skills and have fun with people with similar interests by joining a student organization related to your career goals. Here are three organizations that serve students interested in transportation-related careers.

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Explore Transportation On-the-Job

In Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, firsthand, on-the-job experience is a great way to explore career possibilities, develop new skills and make better-informed career decisions.

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Get an On-the-Job Education

Hands-on training and experience is key to your career success. The more how-to, on-the-job education you can master before you begin your first formal job, the smoother and more successful your transition into the working world will be.

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Why Go To College?

Why go to college? Check out some great reasons from SC CAN and the RECs and find out how you can get the help you need at College Application Month events in your area.

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Core Credentials

For success in Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, you need a strong academic foundation including science, math, English, social studies and more.

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A Hands-On Head Start

The AYES program gives high school students a jump on careers in automotive service with first rate on-the-job training. The best way to learn about a career is to try it on for size. Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES ) provides students interested in careers in …

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Not Just for Guys Anymore

Teresa Shaw loves old cars and race cars. So, at age 23, she applied for an entry-level position as a service advisor at Border Ford Lincoln-Mercury in Mullins, South Carolina. Eight years later, Shaw is the service manager at the dealership and regularly visits …

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October is College Application Month

It’s October and that means high school students all across the state are getting a jump start on their educational future as part of College Application Month 2013. Learn more, get great information and resources and find an event in your area.

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Get Your Career Moving in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Without transportation, the world would grind to a halt. Planes, trains, and automobiles move people, goods, and materials across the country. Travelers circle the globe aboard ships and planes, and freighters carry our overseas imports and exports. An economy on the move depends …

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Quick Quiz: Transportation

Answer “yes” or “no” to these questions to see if Transportation, Distribution and Logistics is the right career cluster for you.  I am able to give directions on how to get to my home to a friend. I can figure out which route to …

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Resource Roundup: STEM

Click your way to more career, educational and scholarship resources by using the Internet. Here are some useful Web sites to get you started: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Web Sites American Society for Engineering Education — www.asee.org Association for Women in …

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Success Story: Upper Savannah Celebrates Awesome

Upper Savannah REC makes it possible for middle school girls to explore the areas of laparoscopic surgery, bone biology and the flu epidemic through hands-on activities with Clemson students as part of “Celebrate Awesome!”

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Complete Your Education: STEM

Continue your education beyond high school for a successful career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the correlation between education and career performance may be a little closer than in other career clusters. Why? Because  in science, technology, engineering and mathematics …

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Success Story: Midlands Leading Ladies, Past and Present

Eighteen female students from Midlands Middle College and Richland One Middle College spent a day in Columbia, SC, learning about past African American women who influenced Columbia’s history and meeting today’s professionals who are helping to shape the future.

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Success Story: Upstate Education and Economic Development 101

Teachers, counselors and administrators attended the Education and Economic Development 101 Class July 9 through 12, 2012. Hosted by the Upstate Regional Education Center, 32 people participated in the class which featured speakers and tours highlighting four high demand clusters of study as determined by recent workforce data.

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College Application Month: Register Today!

While College Application Month is set for October, events will be held across the state throughout the months of September, October and November. If you haven’t already, high schools are encouraged to register events today via the College Application events via the College Application Month 2013 High School Location Registration.

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Success Story: Lower Savannah Gives Students CHOICES

The Lower Savannah REC brought CHOICES, an effective and powerful presentation designed to empower students with tools to increase their life and career opportunities, to more than 500 8th graders throughout the region.

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Student Organizations

High school student organizations can give you your first step from the world of classroom learning toward the kind of experiences and training you’ll encounter in your working career. You can practice communication and teamwork skills while experimenting with the practical applications of math …

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Learning Laboratories

Classroom study is crucial in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but the best test of your capabilities is in the laboratory of the real world. Scientific work experience enables you to:  improve your personal skills by working with experienced researchers or engineers; get the …

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Study in The Real World

Your preparation for a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics career extends beyond the classroom to the world of work. Scientists and engineers deal with the world, either explaining why it works or transforming it so it works better. Is it any wonder that one of the …

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Success Story: Trident REC Works To Build The Energy Up!

Working to increase access to information about emerging, local careers, the Trident REC hosted “Build the Energy Up,” a seminar to promote student achievement and career awareness by demonstrating the connection between classroom lessons and the working world.

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Quick Quiz: STEM

Answer “yes” or “no” to these questions to see if Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is the right career cluster for you.  I am able to explain why different types of weather affect how crops and plants grow. I am good at maintaining my …

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Success Story: Santee-Lynches Workforce Summit

Summit features keynote by Bernie Zeiler of Milliken and distills shared focus on workforce issues and other supporting activities including preparing students for the 21st century workforce, educator field studies, and joint Industrial Association action items.

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College Application Month: A Look Back and Ahead

College Application Month 2013 High School Location Registration is now open. This year’s events will be held throughout September, October and November 2013. As we gear up for another great year, we look back at the success of previous years.

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Map Out Your Schooling

To achieve success in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, plan your education now. If your goal is a career breakthrough in science, you need a carefully researched and charted road map to success. You must examine your options, choose a target career, and then plot your …

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Success Story: Pendleton REC Promotes Jet Toy Challenge

Pendleton Regional Education Center has embraced STEM by offering districts both training and resources to develop a “hands-on curriculum” with industry supported project-based learning activities including the Jet Toy Challenge.

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Start With the Basics

A Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics career constructed on bedrock academic courses is a career that’s built to last. Here are the core courses you need for success. Science:  Ground yourself in the sets of knowledge – biology, chemistry, computer science, and physics –that …

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Success Story: Pee Dee STEM Careers Symposium

Business and industry leaders, FDTC technical program instructors and community leaders from around the Pee Dee region provide interactive, hands-on sessions about careers in the STEM field for nearly 450 high school students.

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Project Lead The Way

Students often wonder, “Why do I have to learn calculus or physics? I won’t ever use them in the real world.” If you want to be an engineer, you will definitely use what you learn in these classes every day as you tackle …

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Success Story: Greenville REC Showcases Advanced Manufacturing and STEM

More than 1,200 middle school students and teachers attended Youth Symposium on Advanced Manufacturing and STEM.

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Success Story: Lowcountry Go Kart Races Put STEM in the Driver’s Seat

Students from Wade Hampton High School and Thunderbolt Career & Technology Center built and raced Go Karts, giving STEM an exciting test drive. Sponsored by the Lowcountry REC, Technical College of the Lowcountry, The Heritage Classic Foundation, Dream It Do It SC and the Lowcountry Workforce Development Board, the Go Kart project was designed to increase awareness and interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career cluster and demonstrate that learning can be fun!

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Resource Roundup: Marketing

Click your way to more career, educational, and scholarship resources by using the Internet. Here are some useful Web sites to get you started: Marketing, Sales, and Service Web Sites American Advertising Federation (AAF), www.aaf.org American Association of Advertising Agencies, www.aaaa.org American …

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You’ve Graduated from High School; Now What?

Start your career upon high school graduation or spend more time honing your skill. You can leave high school in pursuit of a job within the Marketing, Sales, and Service career cluster. There are many options available, such as becoming a telemarketer, finding a job as …

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Get Involved: Marketing

There are so many ways to learn about the careers available within the Marketing, Sales, and Service cluster. Getting involved with student groups that are specific to this course work will allow you to meet other students with your same interests, compare how …

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Welcome to the Real World

Internships play a vital role in Marketing, Sales, and Service.  Learning outside the classroom is an important part of any career cluster, but in Marketing, Sales, and Service, it can really pay off in the long run. South Carolina students working toward careers in the …

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Marketing, Sales, and Service

If you think a career in Marketing, Sales, Service is right for you, there are all kinds of ways you can prepare early to profit from your educational investment.  Join the South Carolina DECA at your high school. DECA is a national association …

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Calling All Salespeople

Start training for a future in Marketing, Sales, and Service. The working world can sometimes be daunting with all of the grown-up responsibilities at hand. But, a good road map will help lead you to your final destination: a career in communications. The …

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Quick Quiz: Marketing

Answer “yes” or “no” to these questions to see if Marketing, Sales, and Service is the right career cluster for you. 1. I am skilled at giving speeches in front of a group of people. 2. I am good at being in charge …

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Parent Tool Kit for College and Career

  Parents play a vital role in helping their students determine future careers and educational paths. Our Parent Tool Kit for College and Career is designed to connect parents to the tools they need to provide their children with proper …

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Marketing Matters

Look around your room. You are surrounded by things that you like. Things that you—or your parents—bought. These things that you have… how did you know that you liked them? Who told you they were the right thing to buy? How did …

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Resource Roundup: Manufacturing

Click your way to more career, educational, and scholarship resources by using the Internet. Here are some useful Web sites to get you started: Manufacturing Web Sites: National Association of Manufacturers, www.nam.org South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, www.myscma.com South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, …

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Outsmart the Competition: Other Students

Be happy. South Carolina has the training you’ll need for success in Manufacturing. Manufacturing is a highly competitive industry that continues to grow in South Carolina. So naturally, having the proper education and training can earn you the position you desire most and help you be successful. …

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Learn by Doing in Manufacturing

No one stepping into a new job is expected to have learned all that needs to be known about the job from a book. Some skills can be learned only from experience. And since learning by doing comes naturally in the Manufacturing cluster, …

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Mechatronics Integrated Technologies (MIT)

Mechatronics refers to a flexible, multitechnological approach in the integration of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics, and Information Sciences. Mechatronics is essential in the design of intelligent products and is in high demandaccording to South Carolina manufacturers. MIT is a technician training …

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Quick Quiz: Manufacturing

Answer “yes” or “no to these questions to see if manufacturing is the right career cluster for you. 1. I can repair a broken item, such as a watch or radio. 2. I ’m skilled at working with my hands. …

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Who Says Manufacturing Jobs Are Dull?

Many Manufacturing jobs are so specialized, they require high levels of skills and training.  All too often the perception of Manufacturing is that of workers on an assembly line or cars being assembled by robots or even that more and more …

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Resource Roundup: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security

Click your way to more career, educational, and scholarship resources by using the internet. here are some useful web sites to get you started: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Web Sites National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc., www.naela.com …

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Take Responsibility For Developing Your Skills

Postsecondary education and training is the best way to secure your future. There are thousands of challenging educational and training opportunities within the highly skilled world of law, public safety, corrections, and security. The right credential after high school will help …

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Learn by Doing in the Field of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Extended learning opportunities provide valuable insight. No one stepping into a new job is expected to have learned all that needs to be known about the job from a book. Some skills can be learned only from experience. And it’s …

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Academic Basics for a Successful Career in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Successful careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security are built on solid foundations of academic basics. Science: New technology and crime-solving methods, such as forensics, are constantly being developed as well as health care and lifesaving techniques and equipment. …

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Job Security Starts With Relevant Education

Start training for a future in law, public safety, corrections, and security. In the world of work, one size does not fit all. As your career unfolds, it may turn out that choices you made earlier aren’t right for you in …

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Quick Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Quiz

Answer “yes” or “no” to these questions to see if law, public safety, corrections, and security is the right career cluster for you. I’m skilled at being a leader in a club or organization such as student council. I can stay …

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Career Security

See if protecting the public’s rights and property is for you.  Whether you think you might like to work in an office or out in the field, for the government, a business, or for yourself, employment opportunities are numerous, widespread, and continue …

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Resource Roundup: Information Technology

Click your way to more career, educational, and scholarship resources by using the Internet. Here are some useful web sites to get you started: Information Technology Web Sites Cisco Systems Training and Events, www.cisco.com/en/US/learning Computing Technology Industry Association’s TechCareer Compass, …

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Paying Your Way

When it comes to financing your education, you should proceed with the idea that, one way or another, money will be found to pay for it. Make a thorough inventory of your background and capabilities and uncover every program that …

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Keep on Learning

In the rapidly changing IT employment market, a strategy of lifelong learning is the key to job security. The trick to preparing for work in a rapidly changing industry such as IT is to get the skills that will be …

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Banking on Practical Experience

A complete IT education combines study both in and out of the classroom. Learning from real-life experience lets you do the following: see how It serves companies’ business needs, earn a paycheck, practice communication skills and work as part of …

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IT Business Organizations

One of the key lessons IT students need to learn as they begin their careers is how to thrive in the world of business. Analytically focused It students can find the political nuances and public relations spins of the business …

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Hands-On IT Training

Get the practical experience now that you need for IT success. In IT, on-the-job experience is money in the bank.  The single most important factor in IT hiring decisions, according to a recent survey conducted by the Information Technology Association …

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Your IT Future Is Wide Open

Launch your journey to a career in IT with a solid academic plan. Computing is a horizontal discipline. Computers are everywhere these days and computing can be applied to virtually any other area of study. Start your career by finding out what high school …

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Inside IT Majors

Read the information at right to find out more about the different It career destinations—what different jobs are like and what skills you need to do them.  Then look over the career major maps beginning on the next page; they’ll show you how …

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Build on the Basics

If you want to make it in the world of work, you’ve got to master the academic fundamentals. Here’s how the basics support success in IT. Math: the It revolution is all about numbers. Computers store and process unprecedented volumes of information by …

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Quick Quiz

Answer “yes” or “no” to these questions to see if Information Technology is the right career cluster for you. I can install software on a computer. I am skilled at updating information on a web site.  I am able to visualize how …

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Education and Business Summits Spotlight Manufacturing Career Opportunities

Each of the state’s 12 Regional Education Centers (REC) is hosting an Education and Business Summit that will provide a forum for local business leaders and educators to collaborate and identify actions to help prepare students for the 21st century workplace.

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Are You In Line For An IT Career?

Of the nationwide forecast of six million total new professional jobs, 957,000, or one in six, are computing. Information Technology (IT) is at the heart of the 21st century economy, and as IT generates the jobs of the future, being ready to grab one …

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Career Guidance Information Sources

Check out these comprehensive sources of career and education information, which are available through your school or public libraries: SCOIS (South Carolina Occupational Information System)— www.scois.net. An electronic database of information about careers, salaries, job requirements, educational options, scholarships, and more. O*NET (Occupational Information Network)— online.onetcenter.org. …

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Resource Roundup

Click your way to more career, educational, and scholarship resources by using the internet. here are some useful web sites to get you started: Human Services Web Sites National Human Services Assembly, www.nassembly.org The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), www.socialworkers.org The …

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Money For School

If you’re worried about finding money for training and education, quit worrying and get to work. Assistance in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships is available at every step of your career and is not just for the college-bound. With worker shortages looming, …

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Soft Skills for Today’s Workforce: Professionalism

During the past few weeks, we’ve highlighted five key skills employers look for in potential employees — communication; enthusiasm and attitude; teamwork; networking, problem solving and critical thinking. Put all of these together and you come up with our sixth and final featured soft skill — professionalism.

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Get The Human Services Training You Need In South Carolina

South Carolina is a state known for its smiling faces. Remember this very human quality in your training, and you’ll be on your way to a personally rewarding career in human services. There are plenty of challenging education and training  opportunities within the world of human services. …

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Academic Basics for Human Services

Successful careers in human services are built on solid foundations of academic basics. Science: Personal care services, such as personal trainers need to know how the body works.Basic scientific knowledge underlies many successful careers in these areas. Math: whether you’re …

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Soft Skills for Today’s Workforce: Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

A 2010 Critical Skills Survey by the American Management Association and others showed employers need a workforce equipped with skills beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. Today’s employees need skills such as problem solving and critical thinking.

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Career Major Map: Personal Care Services

People who work in Personal Care Services typically enjoy catering to the needs of customers. They enjoy working and interacting with people and get satisfaction from doing a good job for their customers. They also have opportunities to own their …

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Soft Skills for Today’s Workforce: Networking

It’s not what you know but who you know. Learn how to network to tap into the hidden job market.

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Join us for College Goal SC Saturday, February 23!

Join us Saturday, February 23, 2013 at one of more than 22 locations statewide for College Goal SC, an event to provide students and families with free assistance completing and filing the FAFSA! Get advice from financial aid experts, scholarship information and more!

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Making An Informed Choice Is Human Nature

In the world of work, one size does not fit all. As your career unfolds, it may turn out that choices you made earlier aren’t right for you in the long run. That’s why it’s really important to always know …

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Soft Skills for Today’s Workforce: Teamwork

Teamwork is one of the soft skills employers look for most in prospective employees. Teamwork —  the ability to work well with others in a positive and professional manner to achieve a common goal — is critical to an employee’s …

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Soft Skills for Today’s Workforce: Enthusiasm & Attitude

When looking at job candidates, today’s employers are looking beyond just skills, education, experience and training. Employers want employees with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

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College Goal South Carolina

College Goal South Carolina events are being held throughout the state on on February 23, 2013, to provide free information and assistance to students and families applying for financial aid for postsecondary education. Check out our list College Goal South Carolina 2013 Events to find the event closest to you.

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Soft Skills for Today’s Workforce: Communication

The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy reports that communication skills are ranked first among a job candidates “must have” skills and qualities, according to a 2010 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Stay in the Know with our Daily Update

Great ways to stay informed about the latest education and workforce development news and information and connect with your Regional Education Center.

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Pickens County Apprenticeship Program Emphasizes Importance of Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is a great way for students to explore career interests, connect with potential employees and develop skills that directly relate to the workplace. A newly developed apprenticeship program in Pickens County shows work-based learning at its best.

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Character and Job Skills

Employers stress the importance of employees with strong soft skills, asserting that such are at times more important than academic skill or trade certifications because the later is more easily taught. Take a look at some of the soft skills most in demand by today’s employers according to an article from CareerBuilder.com.

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South Carolina One of the Most Business-Friendly States

Learn what people are saying about South Carolina and our business-friendly reputation and see how the Regional Education Centers (RECs) offer 12 reasons for our the well-deserved reputation working to ensure an educated, well-trained workforce and connecting employers to employers to information and resources including education partnerships, career-oriented training services.

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Education and Business Connections: Working with Students

More and more businesses are partnering with local schools and connecting with students as a way to recruit, engage and develop a pipeline of qualified future employees. Because students may not be accustomed to the work environment, business leaders are encouraged to help students envision their future careers through workplace interactions.

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Bright Outlook Occupations for 2013

Eight emerging careers with bright outlooks for 2013 and beyond in terms of immediate demand and pay.

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Education and Business Connections in Three Easy Steps

If you are a business or employer looking to connect with local schools and students, your Regional Education Center can help. Connecting is easier than you may think with just three easy steps.

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Happy New Year: Career Resolutions

Whether your goal is a change in career path, starting your own business, professional advancement or skill development, let 2013 be the year you take control of your career future. Regional Education Centers of South Carolina help connect South Carolinians to great information and resources to support career exploration and development. Learn more about a few of these resources below or view the complete listing at http://recs.sc.gov/resources/adults. From occupational background and current needs to educational options to help with resumes and cover letters, you can find what you need to get started and to get ahead.

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Manufacturing in South Carolina

Even with the state’s unemployment rate at 9.1% there are many manufacturing jobs open due to a lack of skilled workers. To bridge this gap, we must make sure students and employees are aware of available career opportunities, the education and skills required and paths to get there. The Pathways to Success: Manufacturing Edition is an education and career planning guide for South Carolina students that provides a great overview of the manufacturing industry.

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IGP Resources to Help Students Plan for Their Futures

Resources to support school counselors, curriculum managers and school counselors as they help students develop IGPs and better prepare for their futures.

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Call For Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs

Hospitality & Tourism is South Carolina’s number one industry, with many possible career paths from start-up jobs to high level corporate management to entrepreneurship. Learn more with our Hospitality and Tourism Pathways to Success publication and find out about great opportunities from the USC / Columbia Technology Incubator.

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oLo Competition

Who is oLo? oLo is the “face” of IT-oLogy, a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession. Now through February 7, 2013, IT-oLogy wants you to help answer Who is oLo? Who knows, your answer may help earn you a $1000 scholarship!

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Dream It Do it SC

Did you know the United States is the world’s leading producer of manufactured goods? It’s true. Today, 21% of the world’s manufactured products are made in the US. From food to computers, every year companies in the US make $1.6 …

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November is National Career Development Month

Each November the National Career Development Association (NCDA) promotes career development through its annual celebration of National Career Development Month. Many great ideas and resources for celebrating National Career Development Month can be found on the NCDA’s website, including information about the 47th annual Poetry & Poster Contest. The 2012 contest theme is “Inspiring Careers: Honoring History” in celebration of the NCDA’s 100th anniversary.

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College Application Checklist

For many students and their parents, applying to college can seem pretty daunting. From managing application deadlines to writing an application essay, students may feel overwhelmed and lose focus. To successfully navigate and complete the college application process, get started with these great College Application Tips.

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October is College Application Month

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Education has announced October 2012 as College Application Month. Throughout the month of October, high schools across the state will host College Application Day events to assist students with the college application process. The goal is to expand statewide college access and awareness and to provide a forum for all South Carolina seniors to complete and file college applications.

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Parent Tool Kit for College and Career

Our Parent Tool Kit for College and Career is designed to connect parents to the information, resources and tools they need to help guide, support and encourage their students as they make important education, career and life decisions.

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Calling All Tech-Savvy Girls!

It’s time to apply: National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

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Is the STEM Career Cluster for You?

If you have big ideas or find yourself thinking outside the box, a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) can meet the expectations of someone like you. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your ideas come to life.

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Individual Graduation Plan (IGP)

An Individual Graduation Plan is a road map that guides students toward their education, career and employment goals. IGPs include general graduation requirements, as well as coursework and out-of-classroom learning opportunities related to a student’s chosen cluster of study. IGPs …

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Choose Your Career Cluster

Sixteen National

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What are the Regional Education Centers?

 

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