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CATE Employability Initiative

CATE Employability Initiative
CATE Employability Initiative
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The Career and Technology Education (CATE) Employability Initiative is designed to provide GCSD students with an opportunity to showcase their acquired skills through the interviewing process and connect with local businesses that could result in additional work-based learning, apprenticeships, internships, part-time and full-time employment.
Participating students and representatives from participating businesses met April 6 at the J.B. Beck Administration and Education Center.
LaPariscena Singleton, Director of CATE, said the Employability Initiative was made possible through partnerships with SC Department of Commerce -- Eileen Patonay, SC WORKS -- Ayla Hemeon, Kerri Kallahan, Kim McCutcheon. Individual training was provided to students who volunteered to participate in this initiative.  This process included resume writing, business etiquette, reviewing of soft skills and presentation skills, and dressing for success. 
As students acquired technical skills in our 14 Career and Technology Education Programs (Auto Tech, Auto Collision, Culinary Arts, Graphics Communication, Health Science, Family Consumer Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Cosmetology, Building and Construction, Power Engine, Welding, Information Technology, and Agriculture Science), it is important to note that this initiative seeks give potential employees the skills that local businesses are seeking.  This is part of a means to grow our own workforce and is designed to provide several pathways to careers. It is estimated that more than 139 students will graduate with their high school diplomas and have completer status (four units) in a Career and Technology Education program.  
Participating businesses include: Agru-America; Georgetown Kraft Credit Union; GCSD Facilities Maintenance; Georgetown County; Santee Cooper; Tidelands Health; HGTC; A-Katalyst by Design Hair Studio; International Paper; GCSD RMS School Counselor; SC Works; SC Department of Commerce; Black River United Way; Georgetown County Economic Development; and the City of Georgetown Economic Development.