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skills of the area’s labor market…It is about creating partnerships with the local industries, and utilizing their resources and services to provide on-the-job train-ing. We want our students to be ready.” POS Promote Stronger Economy, Skilled Labor Force The SCTCS has strived, over the last 50 years, to foster a bridge between business and education. The colleges coordinate and facilitate partnerships to deliver infor-mation, resources and services to students, educators, employers and the commu-nity. The POS implemented through Perkins are strengthening the alignment between secondary and postsecondary education, so that students experience a seamless transition towards attaining their educational dreams and obtaining well-paying jobs. The Perkins POS mandate is complemented by the state’s Economic and Education Development Act (EEDA) of 2005; EEDA places extended empha-sis on technical career clusters, personal pathways and partnerships between edu-cation, business and industry (read article on EEDA’s role in South Carolina’s POS on page 24). Additionally, the state was recently awarded a state longitudinal data system grant that will assist in the development of systems to better track students as they matriculate through the K-20 system. Ultimately, the SCTCS is committed to providing a united front focused on service and strong support of our workforce and economic development priorities: building a bigger and brighter future for the state. Through existing and emerging partnerships, South Carolina’s educators are paving the way towards a stronger economic base and a better skilled labor force. references Hammond, C. D. (August 2011). Programs of Study as a State Policy Mandate: A Longitudinal Study of the South Carolina Personal Pathways to Success Initiative. Louisville, KY: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, University of Louisville. South Carolina State Technical College Data Management System. (August 2011). Perkins IV Local Plan Narrative on Program of Study . Columbia, South Carolina. Stephanie D. Frazier, M.Ed., is associate vice president of curriculum and instruction, Academic Affairs, South Carolina Technical College System. She can be contacted at N. Maria Swygert, M.Ed., is grants administrator, Academic Affairs, South Carolina Technical College System. She can be contacted at The Real World Uses Real Tools With more than half a ton of iron behind it, the PCNC 1100 brings the excitement of a real machine shop to your classroom. Desktop toys cutting wax and plastic simply cannot grab the attention of today’s students. The fascination that can lead to a lifetime career begins with the thrill of that fi rst serious project. Tormach CNC mills are a perfect way for STEM, PLTW, FIRST, Pre-Engineering, Skills USA, and other technology curriculums. Whether it’s building a competition robot or just cutting parts for a custom motorcycle, the strength and power of a serious machine tool like the PCNC 1100 will inspire today’s students to be tomorrow’s innovatwors. Every PCNC 1100 Series 3 features: • • • • • R8 Spindle 1.5 hp variable speed to 5000 RPM Computer controlled spindle speed and direction Standard G code with DXF & HPGL fi le support Composition bonded slideways (similar to Turcite ® ) Table size 34” x 9.5” Shown here with optional stand, LCD, keyboard arm, tool rack, and keyboard Tormach PCNC 1100 Series 3 $8480 (plus shipping) Januar y 2012 Techniques 43

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