ACTE Techniques January 2012 : Page 40

PROGRAMS OF STUDy PHOTO COURTESy OF ROBERT CLARK PHOTO By ISTOCK.COM state Technical College system’s Pos Pathways BY STEPHANIE D. FRAzIER AND N. MARIA SWyGERT a Glimpse Into a T PHOTO By ISTOCK.COM o the average eyes, a whiteboard full of Xs, Ys, and square root signs might stir memories, pleasant or unpleasant, of past experiences with “algebra.” However, for Ken and Quin-tin Anderson, these letters and symbols represent the promise of a successful future. Friday mornings find them both studying nuclear math on the second floor of the Engineering building at Midlands Technical College (MTC), one of sixteen public two-year colleges that comprise the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS). The father and son pair is enrolled in the college’s Nuclear Systems Technology program. Ken, the father, worked in the banking industry for several years and found himself out of a job when the economy took a turn for the worse. His brother, already working in the nuclear field at a local facility, encouraged him to look into MTC’s program. Impressed by the curriculum and potential job prospects, he decided that a career in the nuclear industry could help him provide financial security for his family. Ken’s enrollment in the program would be a deciding factor for his son, Quintin, to do the same. His uncle had always enjoyed his job, and his dad seemed to enjoy his classes. “When representatives from MTC and SCANA [Corporation] came to the [high] school and discussed the program,” Quintin says, “I knew I could find a stable, rewarding career.” 40 Techniques Januar y 2012

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