On Tuesday, May 14th, members of the Batesburg-Leesville Rotary Club had the opportunity to go back to high school for about an hour to learn about the newest Career and Technology Education (CATE) courses being offered at B-L High School.
Rotary members toured the school’s firefighting and welding classrooms that are part of the Innovation Collaboration Pilot Project between Lexington Three and Saluda County school districts. Students in both districts are able to take the courses, which are being funded by the State Department of Education and through grants obtained by the Town of Batesburg-Leesville. Students from Saluda County Schools attend the classes with their B-L counterparts. As part of the collaboration, transportation is provided for students to be able to participate. Students who complete the firefighting course and pass the state skills test are able to obtain their Firefighter Certification, thus giving them an opportunity to help fill the growing need for volunteer firefighters in the Town of B-L and Town of Saluda. Welding students are also able to obtain certifications as part of the curriculum sequence for welding.
In addition, students in Mr. Daniel Powell’s Biomedical class talked to the Rotary Club about the robotic hands they recently created as part of their investigations on medical innovations. Rotary members also heard from B-L High School teacher Roy Frick who is working to build the school’s work-based learning class. This course allows students to go to a workplace for hands-on learning several times a week. So far, 30 students are signed up to participate in the class next year. Any employers who would like to host a student are encouraged to call Roy Frick at B-L High School at 803-532-9251.