Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center’s (STCTC) staff choose the top students for the first nine weeks. “It is nice to be recognized for the effort and hard work I put into each assigned task,” said Brandon Pugh, senior Agricultural Education student. Each nine weeks the teachers at STCTC select the student who is the most focused on developing the skills and attitudes needed in today’s workforce.

“I am learning how to hair, nails and make-up. I will need these skills for my future career as a hair and make-up artist,” explained Caresse Carree, Cosmetology student. The courses at STCTC offer students the opportunity to prepare for industry tests or to obtain certifications. ”The building construction courses are helping me develop skills I will need to build my future home,” said Jacob Outlaw.

STCTC’s classes lay the foundation students need to begin a career. “It does not matter if the student is entering directly into the workforce or they are continuing their educations at a technical or four-year college, STCTC can meet their needs,” bragged Connie Shannon, STCTC Guidance Counselor. “The Business Management courses are helping me not only decide on a career but also develops skills for my future,” said Andy Hoffman.

Students are allowed to choose from a wide variety of career clusters. The students are focused on the curriculum because they are following their interests. “I could possibly make Video Advertisements for a company one day,” said Andres Regino, Digital Media Marking student. Each student receives a certificate, a thumb drive with a STCTC logo, and a free personal pan pizza from Railroad Dinner.


Front Row (L to R):  Andrew Jackson, Sports Medicine;  Andy Hoffmann, Business Management Administration;  Caresse Carree, Cosmetology;  Andres Regino, Digital Media Marketing;  Coy Barnes, Marketing

Back Row (L to R):  Derek Rhodes, PLTW;  Brandon Pugh, Agricultural Education;  James Bilbrey, Automotive;  Jacob Hodges, Welding;  Austin Hidlay, Computer Science;  Glen Blythe , Mech. Design;  Daniel Outlaw, Building Construction Not pictured: Shukier Hammond, Health