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Educating our Future Workforce

The Pageland community is fortunate to have businesses, community agencies and faith-based organizations concerned with developing and maintaining an effective partnership with local schools to prepare students for entry into the competitive workforce. Opportunities for collaboration include service learning projects, guest speakers for career day activities or career fairs, job shadowing, mentoring, volunteer services, tutoring, internships and apprenticeships.

The Education Economic Development Act of 2005 (EEDA) requires K-12 schools to provide a comprehensive career guidance program. In elementary school, students are introduced to various occupations through career awareness activities. In middle school, students begin career exploration. Career clusters are introduced and students begin learning how to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life situations, including transferable skills needed for on-the-job success. Assessments help students identify their interests, skills and work values. In the eighth grade, students develop an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) and choose a career cluster of study, with the help of their parents, guidance counselor and career specialist. Classes taken in high school will be organized to support the student’s chosen career cluster. Students continue developing their IGP in high school, declare a graduation major within a focused cluster of study and learn job-specific skills, job search strategies, resume writing and interviewing skills. This process, known as “Personal Pathways to Success”, supports the concept of planning ahead and helps to provide a seamless transition from middle school into high school, progressing to postsecondary education and the workplace.

The needs of each school will vary, depending on the grade levels served. Gaining an understanding of workforce expectations helps students recognize the importance of learning course content and skills taught in the classroom. To learn more about how your business, community agency or faith-based organization can contribute to educating our future workforce, please contact our local schools.

Karen Brock, GCDF/CDFI
Career Specialist
New Heights Middle School

Local Schools:

Petersburg Primary (Grades K – 2)
http://www.chesterfield.k12.sc.us/Petersburg%20Elementary/home_new.html

Pageland Elementary (Grades 3 – 5)
http://www.chesterfield.k12.sc.us/PagelandES/

Jefferson Elementary (Grades K – 5)
http://www.chesterfield.k12.sc.us/Jefferson%20Elementary/jeffersonelementary.html

New Heights Middle (Grades 6 – 8)
http://newheights.chesterfield.k12.sc.us/home.aspx

Central High School (Grades 9 – 12)
http://centralhigh.chesterfield.k12.sc.us/home.aspx

Northeastern Technical College
http://www.netc.edu