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Kershaw County Adult Education wins state awards

Feb. 8, 2021

KC Adult Education Awards 2021 The Kershaw County Adult Education program was recently recognized for its efforts by the SC Department of Education (SCDE) including having one of its instructors receive the state’s top honor.

Adult Education teacher LeKeith Bufford was named the SC Adult Education Full-time Teacher of the Year during SCDE’s “Celebrating Success” program. The award honors a person with five or more years of service who has demonstrated success and dedication as a full-time adult education teacher.

A graduate of North Central High School and Clemson University, Bufford teaches high school equivalency classes in the Kershaw County Adult Education Program. He was also named as the Teacher of the Year by the Woolard Technology Center this school year where he teaches web design and development.

Kershaw County College and Career Navigator Bridgett Bailey was recognized as the Region 2 College and Career Navigator of the Year. The award honors a person who has demonstrated success and dedication for two or more years in a position that helps adult education students develop plans for academic success.

"I could be no prouder of Ms. Bailey and Mr. Bufford that they received this appropriate recognition from their colleagues and peers of the extraordinary work they do for our students," said Kershaw County Adult Education Director Weyland Burns. "They come to work each day exuding compassion, delivering their expertise in student-friendly and winsome ways, and responding with courage to the pandemic by re-shifting delivery service modes to meet the needs of students."

The local education program also received the “Stepped Up to the Plate Award” for developing innovative solutions to address the challenges that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.

KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins was honored with the Facility Enhancement Award for the improvements to the Kershaw County adult education’s learning environment.

"We so appreciate the support of the KCSD school board and Dr. Robbins to allow us to offer our services through the more centralized location and to enhance our learning environment through being housed at the new WTC facilities," Burns said.

The three adult education staff were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their positions for ten years of service. Burns joined the state’s Adult Education Directors Hall of Fame. Bufford became a member of the state’s Adult Education Teachers Hall of Fame while Bailey was inducted into the Administrative Staff Hall of Fame.

The Kershaw County Adult Education program assists Kershaw County adults in completing a secondary-school education including earning a GED (General Education Development) certificate or high school diploma. For more information, call (803) 425-8980 or visit

Photo Caption (l to r): KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins, Adult Education Teacher LeKeith Bufford, College and Career Navigator Bridgett Bailey and Adult Education Director Weyland Burns.

Mary Anne Byrd