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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 frazier@sctechsystem.edu. N. Maria Swygert, M.Ed., is grants administrator, Academic Affairs, South Carolina Technical College System. She can be contacted at swygertm@sctechsystem.edu. 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) www.tormach.com www.acteonline.org Januar y 2012 Techniques 43

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