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Education Anderson, South Carolina
The face of education has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. We are developing a workforce that is prepared and creating opportunities that directly address the needs of business and industry in our communities. One of the many ways to develop our future workforce is through work based learning opportunities.
Students benefit from work-based learning experiences that begin in the middle grades and high school and extend into more advanced opportunities at the postsecondary level. For example, eighth- and ninth-graders may begin exploring potential careers through job shadowing and field trips to work sites. Later, high school students may engage in school- and employer-sponsored work-based learning activities in a broad range of career fields. These activities may include paid and unpaid internships, school-based enterprises or service learning, among others.
After graduation, apprenticeships and employer-sponsored learn-and-earn programs teach students highly specialized technical skills. Such programs can help states limit the rising cost of postsecondary education while meeting workforce needs in emerging industries.
A Work Based Learning Program utilizes our local business and industry support to benefit students. Successful partnerships are found throughout Anderson County. Businesses can participate by serving on school’s advisory committees and offering job shadows, internships or paid co-op positions. Our community is stepping up to the plate to create school-to-work experiences in all areas of our programs. At Anderson I & II Career & Technology Center (ACTC) highly qualified instructors utilize technologically advanced equipment to teach standards beyond the high school diploma. ACTC students are better prepared for the workforce, and business leaders have a wider, deeper pool of qualified job candidates. They are preparing students for successful careers and post-secondary education through quality instruction.
Real-world work experiences provide youth with an opportunity to develop not only work skills but also an understanding of the workplace. Varied and multiple exposures to the world of work can help to shape future work goals and habits. Work-based learning experiences are part of the career preparation that allows students to achieve their desired goals. These learning experiences contribute to successful transition and ultimately, success in adult employment and provide both social and academic benefits for students.
Education is a key element in workforce quality, business recruitment and community growth. Anderson County’s commitment to excellence in education is impressive and helps create an outstanding quality for residents and a well-trained workforce for employers.
Anderson Area Education Education is about more than academic achievement, and the educational institutions in Anderson County - public and private; elementary, secondary and post-secondary - all provide our residents and their children with the quality education they need to succeed in whatever careers they may chose. From advanced science and engineering, to culinary arts and welding; schools in the Anderson County area offer a wide-array of possibilities - many of which can’t be found elsewhere. In some of our elementary schools, students are taught engineering or technology skills starting in kindergarten. Some school districts offer high school courses that provide their students with the licensing to go into a trade upon graduation. Our colleges and universities provide intellectual instruction in everything from the traditional major areas of study, to interior decoration, religion, HVAC repair, and nursing.
Our businesses partners understand the need for quality education. Schools routinely work with major employers sucah as Michelin, First Quality, and Duke Energy to help educators understand the quality of student they can produce, as well as to understand what skills these employers need in their workforce.
Across the educational spectrum, enrollment is on the rise. The growing economy means opportunities for those with specialized skills.
From public school districts to universities, milllions of dollars are spent each year on new technology, new facilities and new programs.
Anderson boasts five excellent public school districts, representing over fifty schools. All of which consistently rank in the top of the state and national rankings. Anderson University, Tri-County Technical College, and nearby Clemson University, offer our residents close and ready access to educational opportunities not found in many communities. Many other institutions provide instruction and help residents and their children find success on their career pathways.
ur businesses partners understand the need for quality education. Schools routinely work with major employers sucah as Michelin, First Quality, and Duke Energy to help educators understand the quality of student they can produce, as well as to understand what skills these employers need in their workforce.
Across the educational spectrum, enrollment is on the rise. The growing economy means opportunities for those with specialized skills. From public school districts to universities, milllions of dollars are spent each year on new technology, new facilities and new programs. Anderson boasts five excellent public school districts, representing over fifty schools. All of which consistently rank in the top of the state and national rankings. Anderson University, Tri-County Technical College, and nearby Clemson University, offer our residents close and ready access to educational opportunities not found in many communities. Many other institutions provide instruction and help residents and their children find success on their career pathways.
The Anderson School District Three is a place that focuses on learning and success. School District Three recognizes that the talent and expertise they need to be successful exists within their midst, and truly believe in and honor each other as professionals. This is a place where every stakeholder is guaranteed a voice in the decision making process, and where they not only believe that all students can learn, but will act upon that belief. District Three is recognized in our community, county, and state as leaders in meeting the needs of students by providing the best instructional strategies, interventions and extended opportunities for learning. Innovation is rewarded, and their norms include collaboration, professionalism, respect, support, personal/professional growth, and celebration. They look at every challenge and seek the most from every opportunity with a view toward possibility, not merely compliance.
Anderson School District Four is the ideal choice for families, offering personalized learning and global opportunities. They are dedicated to whole child education and to providing the vital 21st Century skills students need for college, careers, and a successful life. Because they understand that every child has natural talents that shape their learning, their schools offer signature experiences in the areas of STEAAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics), global studies, leadership, and Montessori education. Additionally, their One-Word intitiative connects students to the world classroom via personal devices. By providing this blended learning approach, students engage in real-world learning opportunities that teach creativity, collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. Lastly, Anderson 4 pledges to provide students with learning environments that are both safe and healthy. They are proud that their efforts in creating healthy schools were nationally recognized as five of their schools achieved the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2014 Bronze National Recognition Award – making them the only South Carolina school district to have this number of schools to be recognized in a single year. They invite you to explore the amazing opportunities Anderson 4 has to offer.
"With 23 campuses which serve nearly 13,000 students, Anderson School District Five presents a world-class education in a personal learning environment. With a mission to educate students who are college and career-ready, Anderson Five provides a superior school system that empowers students to reach their potential through academics, arts, and athletics. To promote the recognition and understanding of individual differences while fostering a caring and safe environment that respects the dignity of learning, Anderson Five recruits and trains only the highest qualified and most effective teachers, leaders, and staff. A school system known for including parents, business, industry, and the community as partners in education, Anderson Five is built upon a foundation of success with a cornerstone of student achievement." Anderson Districts I & II Career & Technology Center (ACTC) serves 9th-12th grade students from Palmetto, Powdersville, Wren and Belton-Honea Path high schools. Serving almost 2,000 students with 20 high tech programs, we are not your ordinary public high school. Our industry driven programs are integrating literacy, numeracy and science everyday into college and career courses leading to over 25 industry certifications. The face of career and technical education has changed dramatically over the last twenty years. We are developing a workforce that is prepared and creating opportunities that directly address the needs of business and industry in our communities. Our Work Based Learning Program utilizes our local business and industry support to benefit students. These successful partnerships are found throughout Anderson, Greenville, and Pickens counties. Businesses can participate by serving on advisory committees and offering job shadows, internships or paid co-op positions. Our community is stepping up to the plate to create school-to-work experiences in all areas of our programs.
Our highly qualified instructors utilize technologically advanced equipment to teach standards beyond the high school diploma. ACTC students are better prepared for the workforce, and business leaders have a wider, deeper pool of qualified job candidates. We are preparing students for successful careers and post-secondary education through quality instruction. With an enrollment of 3,300, in the fall of 2015, Anderson University is one the nation’s fastest growing regional colleges according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, which named AU the 18th fastest nationally.
The University is also highly ranked for its academics, landing in the Top Tier of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges edition for the past 9 years. Currently ranked in the top 20 in the South by that publication, Anderson is also on the prestigious "Up and Coming" list and is ranked #1 among regional colleges in the South. AU has been named one of "America’s 100 Best College Buys" for 9 straight years. A private, comprehensive university, Anderson is characterized by a warm, hospitable campus culture, a rigorous and innovative academic program, and arts and athletic programs that provide hours of entertainment for the Anderson area.
Anderson University is the home of The South Carolina School of the Arts, which provides a full season of highly acclaimed plays, concerts, and art gallery showings throughout the year. The Rainey Fine Arts Center on campus is also a hub for the arts in Anderson as the home of the Greater Anderson Music and Arts Consortium (GAMAC). The University, affiliated with the Baptist Convention of South Carolina, features degrees in more than 50 disciplines, up to and including doctoral degrees. Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 "Up & Coming" universities in America. It is also ranked as one of America’s "100 Best College Buys."
‘U.S. News & World Reports’ ranks Clemson University as one of the nation’s top public universities. Recognized as one of the country’s most spirited campuses, Clemson attracts students who are gifted academically, crave challenge and are determined to make a difference. Offering 80-plus undergraduate majors and a number of cross-cultural opportunities, Clemson prepares students to be leaders in their professions and through their service to others.
Montessori School of Anderson knows that a child grows physically, emotionally, mentally, and most importantly, naturally. To facilitate a child’s growth, they must be in an environment that encourages exploration, ingenuity and excitement. Growth is something that is progressive but not necessarily in a neat predictable line. There are times of mountain peaks of excitement and other quieter valleys for integration. Understanding this cycle is fascinating to watch over a lifetime. A single pink cube can hold much fascination and imagination all on its own in a Montessori primary class, but at some point becomes a sequence of weights and measures and eventually a mathematical equation. Letters are initially symbols made tactile with sandpaper or assembled as a moveable alphabet to create sounds then words until a child squeals with delight: "I can read!" That same enthusiasm and sense of empowerment comes with digesting a difficult passage of Shakespeare: "I understand!" From realizing that a swing gives you flight to developing the coordination to shoot a bulls eye, we grow with confidence and assurance, and develop our innate ability to be our very best selves. Montessori celebrates a child’s growing and creates the needed environments for each stage of their development. It is their belief that, in this hectic age, providing "sacred space" for this development to take place is critical.
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. As a four-year, liberal arts institution committed to Christian values and principles, Southern Wesleyan University is undertaking a major address of Christian education coupled with innovation and growth on several fronts. SWU is committed to lead the way to new avenues of spiritual and character development, supported by new methods of educational delivery, a new vanguard curriculum and inventive programs. Nestled in scenic upstate South Carolina, the 350 rolling-acre main campus is located in the historic town of Central and is home to about 800 traditional students. The diverse student body has the opportunity to choose from more than 40 areas of study within the School of Business, School of Education, and College of Arts and Sciences. Southern Wesleyan Athletics is currently a candidacy member of the NCAA Division II, with all 17 sports competing in Conference Carolinas. SWU Athletics also holds dual membership with the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). In 2015, SWU brought home two NCCAA national championship titles for events in women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. SWU also offers evening and fully-online programs for working adults, with evening programs offered at the main campus as well as regional education centers across the state, located in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and North Augusta. Evening and online program options allow adults to earn their degree while still meeting their personal and professional responsibilities.
To learn more about Southern Wesleyan University, visit www.swu.edu.
St. Joseph Catholic School in Anderson, founded in 1967, is home to students in K4 through 8th grade. Accredited by the Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools, St. Joseph is the only private school in the country with this distinction. Students earn top scores on national standardized tests, with over half of the 4th through 8th graders qualifying for Duke TIP. In this family-oriented environment, children are encouraged to reach their full potential, both academically and spiritually. Staffed by certified teachers, the school offers small class sizes, curricular enhancements in Spanish, Latin, music, art, library, physical education and computer, as well as extracurricular clubs.
Tri-County Technical College, a public two-year community and technical college serving Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties, enrolls more than 9,000 students annually and offers more than 70 major fields of study, including computer technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, nursing, and university transfer programs. Tri-County boasts the highest student success rate among two-year colleges in South Carolina and ranks in the 95th percentile nationally among community colleges whose students successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities. A great investment of student and taxpayer dollars, Tri-County offers a three-to-one return on every dollar spent on education and training, and graduates of its technical programs are in great demand for jobs by advanced manufacturing companies in the region. Founded in 1962 on land donated by Clemson University, Tri-County Technical College has grown from a technical education center with one building in Pendleton to a comprehensive community college with four campuses in its three-county service area. The Anderson campus opened in 2007, soon followed by a campus in Easley and a site at the Hamilton Career Center in Seneca. In 2013, the College opened its Industrial Technology Center in Sandy Springs. Tri-County Technical College is also home to the nationally-known Bridge to Clemson program, a unique freshman year program that blends the traditional academic experience at Tri-County with the social and cultural experiences of being a Clemson University student, as well as the Connect to College program, a "second chance" opportunity for students who, for a variety of reasons, have not been successful in a traditional high school setting. Tri-County Technical College also plays an important role in preparing a technically skilled workforce for advanced manufacturing companies in the region. The College recently opened a state-of-the-art Industrial Technology Center in Sandy Springs, as well as a QuickJobs Training Center on its Anderson Campus located on Michelin Boulevard. Tuition is the lowest in the area and nearly eighty percent of students receive some form of free financial aid, including Pell Grants, Lottery Tuition Assistance, LIFE scholarships, and Foundation scholarships. In addition to academic programs, Tri-County offers continuing education training, career development, and personal interest courses to more than 13,000 people each year, including contract training for local industry, professional certifications, and workforce training.
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