Oct 29 – Know anything about the Aiken County Careers and Technology Center?
Well, now’s your chance to learn, because ACCTC is hosting a community night for parents and students to learn more about the 17 programs on offer, said Principal Kenneth Lott.
“Community Night is an opportunity for the community to come in and see all the amazing work we do at the Careers Center to advance careers and technical education… Everyone can benefit from attending; all students can benefit from the career center. If you go to college, the military, or the workforce, we have programs that benefit every child,” Lott said.
During the event, attendees will be able to tour the campus and visit the various programs while hearing from teachers and students currently enrolled there, Lott said. He added that parents and students, especially those in middle school and just starting high school, are encouraged to participate.
“We just want to encourage the community to come out and see the opportunities that exist in the Aiken County Public School District,” Lott said. “Also, ACPSD is in the process of building a new state-of-the-art careers and technology center on the Aiken Tech campus and this will create more opportunities for students to gain skills.”
The center offers three-year, two-year, and one-year programs to students. The three-year programs include cosmetology, health sciences, and welding and must be applied for when the student is in the ninth grade. With three-year options, there are also emergency and fire management and criminal justice/law enforcement programs that can be applied for in ninth grade.
Two-year majors on offer include Fashion Design and Garment Engineering, Digital Art and Design, Automotive Engineering, Diesel Engineering, Electricity, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Sports Medicine and Biomedicine, which can be applied for in the 10th grade.
The Mechanical and Architectural Design (MADD) and Cyber Security and Networking programs are two-year programs offered through a dual enrollment at Aiken Tech.
The Emergency and Fire Management and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement programs are offered as a three-year and two-year program.
The year-long programs include nail technology, introductory hairdressing, and braiding trials, which can be requested in 10th or 11th grade.
“Anyone can benefit from being a plumber, anyone can benefit from being an electrician…we need all those skills,” Lott said.
Community night will be held on Tuesday, November 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the ACCTC campus, 2455 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville. For more information, visit https://www.acpsd.net/ACCTC or call 803-593-7300.