February Newsletter

Pickens County Career and Technology Center

Career and Technology Education Month

During the month of February is a time we highlight and take a look at Career and Technology Education. Career and Technology education is giving students what they need to succeed for life. We teach technical skills, academic skills and employability skills. In addition, career and technical education helps students see what they're learning in class applies to the needs of their future employers.

The Most Adorable Class in High School



SkillsUSA is creating the American workforce of tomorrow by encouraging development of a high level of technical skills and high level of professional ability. Our students at CTC have been state officers, have won numerous state and national competitions, and have enhanced their skills for the workplace.

Any students in the following programs are eligible to join SkillsUSA: Fire Fighting, EMT, Law Enforcement, Welding, Automotive, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Building Construction, Carpentry, Robotics, Machine Technology, Mechatronics, Graphic Communication, Electricity.


VEX Robotics

In the VEX Robotics Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge, Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels.

The pictures shown below are from the JL Mann VEX Robotics Competition.



HOSA stand for Health Occupations Students of America. Our HOSA organization is here to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.

Our teacher who lead our HOSA chapter are Dr. Chavis, Mrs. MacDonald, Mrs. Geiger, Mrs. Ayers, Ms. Dermid.

Our officers for the 2019-2020 school year are:

President: Alex Dow

Vice President: Emma Evans

Secretary: Regan Powell

Historian: Georgia Dodson

Reporter: Grace Waddell

Treasurer: Mallory Medlin

Social Media Coordinators: Caitlin Tuten & Max Cannon

Community Service Coordinators: Lisa Rivera, Regan Turner & Hanna Horton

School Representatives:

Averie Evatt (EHS)

Abi Broom (PHS)

Natalie Boggs (LHS)

Maddison Pagano (DHS)



The PCCTC FFA chapter is one of the largest and active in South Carolina. Our chapter is lead by Mr. MacCannon, who is preparing members for leadership and careers in science, business and technology in agriculture. This year our FFA seniors had the oppuintly to attend the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie, Georgia. Students were able to speak to representatives from agriculture colleges. Another group of member this year had the oppunity to visit Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention. Our chapter also reaches out to the community with assisting 5th graders with woodworking projects at the Holly Spring Center. FFA provides a safety workshop for 3rd graders on safety around animals, outdoor hazards, power equipment and water actives.

Also during Febuary it is National FFA Week which is celebrate during February 22nd - February 29th.



DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. DECA is preparing emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Our DECA chapter is lead by Mrs. Stephens. Our members compete in local and state wide completions. In 2019 during the DECA regional competitions, 17 students from CTC qualified to compete in an individual series event at the state competition, which will be held this year in late February in Charleston. Our DECA leadership team had the oppunity to visit Washington D.C this year at the Ultimate DECA Power Trip. They take multiple trips during the year to visit different facilities and learn different management skills. We have companies like the Walgreens Distribution Center come and lead lessons and teach students about real life work situation.

Our Chapter Leadership Team is:

Patricia Lollis - Chapter President

Breanna Cathcart - VP of Hospitality

Chloe Wilson - VP of Leadership

Amber Saitta - VP of Marketing

The following three students: Blessed Posey, Amber Williams, Kristina Moore serve as leadership advisors and assist in the planning of the chapter activities.


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On Febuary 3rd our first Electricity 2 night class earned thier certificates. They are from ERA Contact located in the Commerce Park. They studied for 5 months and completed electricity 2.


Updated pictures on the house in Norris that the Construction Class is working on.