Greenville County Schools celebrated the groundbreaking for its new Career and Technical Education Innovation Center Sept. twenty.
Scheduled to open August 2023
The $ 12.7 million, 29,145 square foot facility is scheduled to open August 2023 and will be located on the Roper Mountain Science Center campus402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville.
“The Innovation Center will be the first in the state to offer Emerging Automotive Research and one of few offering aerospace technology, cybersecurity / networking, clean energy technology and automation, and robotics, all of which give students a competitive advantage for the future workforce, ”Said Katie Porter, program director for the center.
#ICYMI GCS broke ground last night on its new CTE Innovation Center! Located @RoperMountainthe facility will initially host five special programs, accelerating students’ career achievement before graduation. @cte_innovation is expected to open in August 2023 pic.twitter.com/xjRgnCEVxD
– Greenville County Schools (@gcschools) September 21, 2022
The Innovation Center will cater to students with an interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, presenting real-world settings where students will learn problem-solving and collaboration. While the other four CTE centers serve students at nearby high schools, the Innovation Center will serve all students in Greenville County high schools.
The center will join four others in the career and technical education program:
Porter said the faculty they plan on hiring will have experience in the subject matter they are teaching as well.
“We’re listening to industry,” she said, adding that she doesn’t anticipate the teacher shortage having much of an impact in the hiring process. “There’s always someone out there looking to make a difference.”
Internships will be available
Students may drive to the campus, or they’ll have bus transportation. Porter said the classes will be elective and integrated into the block scheduling. Moreover, students will take general education classes at their main school.
Porter said the departments have relationships with the business community in Greenville County, so students may be able to work internships at BMW, Michelin or any number of local businesses in the STEM field.
The programs available will prepare students for post-secondary education in two- and four-year schools, and they will get an idea of what it’s like to participate in a global workforce. Students will also learn soft skills like punctuality and behaving in a professional environment.
The center is just one part of the “Graduation Plus” initiative GCS has rolled out to give students a boost going into the military, the workforce or higher education.
“This center is a pinnacle example of our Graduation Plus initiative, giving our students access to innovative pathways that will position them at the forefront of college- and career-readiness,” Superintendent Burke Royster said.
Students in these programs will be able to pursue high-wage STEM careers such as:
- Engineering (aerospace, automotive, civil, mechanical, software).
- Information technology.
- Solar power.
- Technical solutions.