Dedication/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Woolard Technology Center Thursday, Aug. 15
August 8, 2019
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will officially dedicate its new career and technology school—Dr. Gilbert G. Woolard Technology Center—on Thursday, Aug. 15 at noon. The school is located at 70 Innovation Way in Camden, on the same campus as the Kershaw County branch of Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC).
“This is an exciting day in Kershaw County,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “Having this state-of-the-art facility in close proximity to CCTC will provide our students with additional opportunities for partnership credits and dual enrollment courses. We’re also pleased to share the campus with the Kershaw County Economic Development Office and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce to support our strong partnerships with local businesses and industries.”
With the new location comes a name change from ATEC to Woolard Technology Center (WTC). Named for the founder of Kershaw County’s first career and technical education center that was constructed in 1968, Woolard was instrumental in helping thousands of Kershaw County students gain skills and knowledge necessary for success in multiple career pathways.
The new school was part of a $129 million referendum passed by Kershaw County voters in Nov. of 2016. It will serve approximately 1,100 10th-12th students from Camden High, Lugoff-Elgin High and North Central High as well as house the district’s adult education classes.
The new facility has over 115,000 square feet of interior classroom and lab space with an additional 45,000 square feet of covered area. A large multi-purpose room will serve as a place for assemblies, meetings and banquets.
WTC programs include agriculture, automotive technology, biomedical science, carpentry, collision technology, computer repair and services, culinary arts, digital art and design, early childhood education, graphic communications, health science, law enforcement and firefighting, mechatronics/engineering, multimedia/web page design and welding.
WTC Director Gordon Morris said that the public is invited to the dedication and ribbon-cutting program. “We especially invite our former instructors and students to join us for this special ceremony. We are proud to showcase our new school and the educational opportunities that it will provide.”
Morris also issued an invitation to the public to attend the school's open house and career center festival on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Program and student demonstrations will be available for persons to learn about career and technical education. Hot dogs will be served, and t-shirts given to the first 500 visitors. Inflatables and other fun interactive opportunities will be available. Families and school-aged children are encouraged to attend.