In an effort to encourage kids to stay in school and learn a trade, high school students are receiving career courses during the school day, rather than taking time out of school to attend a career academy.
After two full years of practice under the watchful eye of Stephen Sloan, students can earn a certificate in auto collision repair. Some students enter Greenville Technical College. And some immediately join the workforce in local businesses.
“They’re looking for the short term, and having those job opportunities is great,” Sloan said.
The Greenville County Schools are renovating four career centers, adding more courses. Some of the more in demand courses, such as health sciences are moving out of career centers and into the high schools. These are the classes that do not require extensive labs, or equipment, but can be comfortably taught using the high school resources.