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Mr.  Darrell  Jameson
Director
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Principal's Corner

Director's Letter to Students and Parents

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Stakeholders:

The Academy for Careers and Technology is helping all students develop world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the SC Graduate by providing a safe, caring, and academically challenging learning environment. We provide this environment through the implementation of our vision: for every student who successfully completes a program of study to be gainfully employed and/or enrolled in a post-secondary educational program. We demonstrate the vision by challenging our students using best teaching practices to reach their full potential and by continuous professional development of our teachers in the following technical programs: Architectural Design, Auto Collision Repair, Auto Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Entertainment Technology, Health Science, Mechatronics, and Practical Nursing.

 Our teachers are always seeking to learn new and effective strategies to use in the classroom by: attending conferences, taking college courses, and attending industry level workshops. These successful strategies can be seen in the 40 students who completed programs of study, producing 21 honor graduates, 17 Practical Nursing graduates, and 36 juniors who scored bronze level or higher on the WorkKeys career readiness test during the 2015-2016 school year.

The school has five student organizations: HOSA, FIRST Robotics, ProStart, SkillsUSA, and the National Technical Honor Society providing students with opportunities for leadership and competition on local, state, and national levels. The school was recognized by the state as a Palmetto Gold recipient for overall performance, Culinary Arts was recognized as a ProStart Gold Program, and one HOSA student was recognized nationally for all of her healthcare related volunteer hours topping more than 200 hours.

The school boasts numerous business and community partnerships. In conjunction with these partnerships, the school strives to improve in the areas of public relations, student recruitment, and technology in efforts to grow and improve the educational opportunities for the students of Marion County. This past year, the school had students receive certifications in the following areas: EPA Auto Body Regulations, SP/2, ASE Auto Collision and Auto Technology, SC Hairbraiders License, CPR/First Aid, National Health Science, ProStart, ServeSafe, and Nail Technician License.

At the Academy for Careers and Technology, we believe that to strengthen the community, we must prepare students for employment in a changing global workforce. Thank you for all of your continued support in helping in the development of our future South Carolina graduates and leaders of tomorrow.

 Darrell P. Jameson, Director