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Don't Live One, BUILD ONE: Lower Savannah Region's 2014 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. Read more.

Colleton County Certified as State's Third Work Ready Community 
Colleton County is South Carolina's newest Work Ready Community, joining Clarendon and McCormick Counties. Governor Nikki Haley made the announcement April 28, 2014, after Colleton County, located in the Lowcountry Region, met all workforce and education goals as part of a national initiative for states to strengthen and economic development using a community-based approach. Read more. 

Lower Savannah REC Partners with Economic Development Alliance to Promote Careers in Manufacturing
Lower Savannah Regional Education Center (LSREC) has partnered with Southern Carolina Alliance (SCA) to reach local educators and students regarding the importance of education in economic development and manufacturing careers. During the past few months, they have shared important information about manufacturing careers in the region with more than 200 teachers. 

McCormick County Certified as a Work Ready Community
McCormick County has earned the Certified Work Ready Community designation through the ACT and South Carolina Work Ready Communities (SCWRC) initiative. McCormick is the second county in South Carolina and the sixth in the United States to become a Certified Work Ready Community. 

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

College Goal South Carolina 2014
Hundreds of students and parents benefited from College Goal South Carolina 2014 events held throughout the Palmetto State. College Goal South Carolina is a participating member of the College Goal Sunday program, a volunteer program that provides free information and assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for postsecondary education.

Clarendon County First Certified Work Ready Community
Clarendon County has earned the Certified Work Ready Community designation through ACT and South Carolina Work Ready Communities (SCWRC) initiative. Clarendon is the first county in South Carolina and the second in the US to achieve certification.  

Catawba Educators Focus on Soft Skills, Workforce Needs
A professional development conference hosted by the Catawba REC for local career and technology educators focused on the soft skills and competencies needed into the current and future workforce.

Coastal Carolina University ACT Allstars
Coastal Carolina University treats 8th graders scoring 19 or higher on the ACT Explore test to "A Day in the Life of a College." Now in its 5th year, incentive program sees double the number of students achieving benchmark score.

Lowcountry Go Kart Races Put STEM in the Driver's Seat 
Program provides fun, hands-on learning to increase students' awareness of the STEM career cluster.

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.

Colleton Students Reaching Potential 
Two retreats -- Boys to Young Men to Men and Girls to Young Ladies to Ladies -- help Colleton students discover their purpose and reach their potential.

Greenville Youth Symposium Highlights Advanced Manufacturing and STEM 
More than 1,200 Greenville County middle school students learned about careers in advanced manufacturing and available STEM educational opportunities at a symposium sponsored by the Greenville REC, SC Works Greenville, Furman University and Greenville County Schools.

Midlands Leading Ladies Past, Present and Future  
Midlands female high school students prepare to become the next generation of leading ladies after gaining inspiration and direction from successful African American women past and present.

Pee Dee STEM Careers Symposium 
Pee Dee business and industry leaders, FDTC technical program instructors and local community leaders come together to provide interactive and hands-on sessions related to STEM careers for 450 area high school students.

Pendleton Jet Toy Challenge 
The Pendleton REC embraced STEM by offering districts training and resources to develop a hands-on curriculum with industry-supported Project Based Learning activities, including the exciting Jet Toy Challenge.

Santee Lynches Workforce Symposium 
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. 

Trident "Build the Energy Up!" Seminar 
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. 

Upper Savannah Celebrates Awesome 
Middle school girls explored the areas of laparoscopic surgery, bone biology and the flu epidemic through hands-on activities with Clemson students as part of "Celebrate Awesome!"  

Upstate Education and Economic Development 101 
Upstate teachers, counselors and administrators learned about the high demand clusters of STEM, manufacturing, business and health science through facility tours and speakers representing CH2M Hill, USC Upstate, Duer Carolina Coil, Milliken, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, IT-oLogy and SCOIS. 

RECs Promote College Access 
Regional Education Centers across the state partner with local libraries, career centers and other organizations to facilitate presentations and provide tools for success to college enrollment.

CHOICE Bus Rolls Into South Carolina 
The Choice Bus is a tool created by the Mattie C. Steward Foundation to extend the learning experience of the InsideOut documentary as a way to keep students on the road to a good education. The experience-based learning tool contains a "real" jail cell connected to an interactive learning environment.