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Barnwell County Career Center


About School-To-Work

Former Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., signed the South Carolina School-to-Work Transition act of 1994 into law on June 15, 1994. The act established a structure to provide all students the opportunity to develop rigorous and relevant academic skills and to connect what they learn in school with the real world through learning experiences in various work sites. School-to-Work opportunities provide students worksite learning experiences that combine classroom instruction with structured learning at the worksite.

School-To-Work Benefits:


  • Experience career awareness, exploration, and preparation in grades k-12

  • Receive rigorous and relevant academic preparation

  • Earn income while learning

  • Connect education with real world

  • Gain access to potential high tech and high wage jobs

  • Develop potential high tech and high wage jobs

  • Develop potential employer contacts to broaden employment opportunities

  • Build self-confidence through successful experiences at school and work

  • Receive personal attention to develop educational and career goals

  • Connect to postsecondary educational opportunities


  • Obtain an expanded pool of qualified applicants

  • Provide a chance to screen potential employees

  • Develop a reliable source for high skilled workforce

  • Evaluate potential employees in work settings prior to hiring

  • Reduce turnover of entry-level employees

  • Influence curriculum development to meet industry requirements

  • Increase the competitive edge in the international marketplace


  • Reduce dropout rate, improve attendance, and increase enrollment

  • Increase student motivation to learn

  • Integrated hands-on, work-related learning and academic instruction

  • Raise student learning expectations

  • Expand existing programs

  • Improve placement rate of graduates

  • Serve local employers

  • Increase parental involvement

  • Expand post high school options

  • Provide service to community

  • Enhance public image and reputation

  • Expand resource base


  • Involve parents and families

  • Increase employment opportunities for all students

  • Provide individual growth and contributing citizens

  • Reduce dependence on public support

  • Enhance community prestige and improve business climate

  • Develop broad-based partnerships

  • Enhance economic growth and development through an; expanded skilled work   force and taxpayer base

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