DTC summit

Students interact with a robotic arm on the Mobile Truck Unit at a recent school excursion. Denmark Technical College provides this service free of charge to schools.

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DENMARK -- Denmark Technical College was once again on display at the Education and Business Summit in Greenville.

This year DTC’s booth focused on two programs, Workforce Development and Dual Enrollment. Every year the DOE Mobile Training Unit is gassed up and makes to journey because as Stephen Mason, associate vice president of workforce development at DTC puts it, “It’s good to get out in public and let all the educators from across the state know DTC has training and partnerships available for high-paying jobs locally, here in South Carolina.”

The Education and Business Summit is the premier Career and Technology Education state conference hosted by the Office of Career and Technology Education at the South Carolina Department of Education. DTC attends it every year possible.

It is South Carolina's largest annual professional development event for the state's career and technology educators and administrators. Over the years, the summit has grown to attendance levels of 1,500 plus. The conference lasts four days and consists of keynote presentations and sessions addressing best practices in education including character, life, and career skills; collaboration between business/industry, and career guidance.

This is not the only event the MTU attends. For years, DTC has been traveling across the state using the MTU to conduct STEM awareness demonstrations at all level schools and CATE centers upon request. It is an extremely popular program and absolutely free to the schools.

Interim President Christopher Hall loves the idea.

“We need to reach the younger generation and promote the STEM fields before students get turned off by preconceived notions of what STEM entails. By letting students explore the hands-on demonstrations in the MTU, we are planting seeds for a future scientist or engineer!”

Late afternoon as the DTC crew is packing up the equipment, exhausted from the long hours even before the long drive home, Mason reflects on why they do all this.

“I can’t tell you how many people come to the booth wanting information and then as we talk, they mention that they or a family member is a DTC graduate and the positive impact it has had on their lives and careers. DTC has a lot to be proud of. I guess that says it all.”

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