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Welcome!
 

Welcome to the Pickens County Career & Technology Center's website. We have been serving the students of Pickens County for forty-two years through the four high schools in our district. As one of the oldest career centers in South Carolina, we provide skill training in sixteen different programs that provide for a wide range of interests.

Please take time to explore the programs and instructors presented at this site. If you have questions or wish further information, call or
Contact: KenHitchcock@pickens.k12.sc.is       

History of the Career Center

In 1964, Ray Duncan and Steward Baylor formulated the idea to teach all of the CTE courses in the county in one location to reduce the duplication of programs and maximize the use of the expensive equipment needed in the instruction of these classes. Dr. Baylor located 135 acres that could be purchased and the center was built on this property located almost in the center of three of the high schools.     
1n 1966 the Pickens County Area Vocational Education Center was opened with 6 programs.   There were 8 teachers and Robert Turpin was the first director.   This center was the first in the state and became the model for other centers around the state. 
Additions were made to the first building to house more programs and another building was built in 1974 for 6 more programs. 
In 2011, the career center moved to a new building on Chastain Road; the new building has enable our programs to offer the best training to the students of Pickens County.
Many changes have occurred in the program offerings and in the curriculum within the programs. We are teaching skills for today and skills for tomorrow.   Our students are taught to be life long learners. This new facility will enhance our mission : To prepare students to reach their maximum potential by providing a quality education emphasizing high achievement in a caring and safe environment.


If you have any questions about our school, please email any questions.

 

The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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