• IL fire-training facility turns up heat on students

    Thanks to the career center’s firefighting class and a training facility hidden behind Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department, Lancaster County now has eight more fully certified firefighters.
    One of the students using the facility, 18-year-old Gage Bell, said it helped him understand the stifling feeling firefighters experience when they enter a burning building.

  • AJ’s performing arts center almost finished, despite rain

    The new performing arts center at Andrew Jackson High School is nearly complete.
    In March 2016, Lancaster County voters overwhelmingly approved a $199 million school bond to fund a variety of school district projects, including new multipurpose buildings, renovations and technology initiatives.
    David Small, the Lancaster County School District’s facilities director, said the performing arts center is running a bit behind schedule but should be open for the start of school in August.

  • Mobile STEM lab coming to middle schools across the state

    Tara Romanella
    Clemson University
    CLEMSON – Duke Energy and Clemson University have created a mobile STEM lab that will visit middle schools across the state, teaching students about the growing field of engineering.
    The Explore Mobile Lab is the first of its kind at the university and was made possible by a $400,000 gift from Duke Energy.

  • Student lender awarding grants to programs that help students

    From release
    The nonprofit S.C. Student Loan Corp. this week launched Power:Ed, a new program that will award grants to nonprofits, colleges and organizations that help S.C. students succeed in school, careers and life.
    The program will focus on helping high school and college students prepare for the next phase of life, whether it be securing a quality job, going to technical college or getting accepted to a four-year college.

  • USCL students study in Germany

    USC Lancaster
    Six USC Lancaster students and two faculty members recently embarked on a 10-day travel study trip to Germany.
    Germany was chosen as the destination for the 2019 travel study trip because students would have the opportunity to attend and present at the second World Congress on Undergraduate Research.

  • BES student passionate about pets

    A local animal-advocacy group has gotten some much-needed pet supplies because a second grader read a library book.
    The book, “Strays Like Us” by Cecilia Galante, convinced Buford Elementary School’s Ally Brasington to lead a recent school-wide pet supply donation drive for Lancaster’s SPCA chapter.
    “Pets should be taken better care of than they are, and if you watch their expressions, they’ll tell you exactly what they need,” said Ally, a rising third grader.

  • With 3 sons to lead, mom goes back to get diploma

    Ten years after she had planned to graduate from high school, Lancaster resident Jasmine Johnson has finally received her Lancaster High School diploma.
    Instead of walking across the stage with her fellow Lancaster Adult Education grads, Johnson joined her son, Zi’Onn, who was graduating from 4K at Clinton Elementary School the same day.
    “I was very happy,” Johnson said this week. “That was the happiest day of my life.”

  • Local high school rankings vary widely in new report

    Lancaster County schools ranged widely on a recent report released by U.S. News and World Report ranking high schools across the nation.
    More than 17,000 schools were ranked on six factors based on their performance on state assessments and how well students were prepared for college, according to U.S. News.
    Indian Land High School ranked highest in Lancaster County, coming in at 3,741 in national rankings and 39th among South Carolina’s 221 high schools.

  • First Steps builds playgrounds at 3 child-development centers

    Until recently, Greater New Hope Childcare Development Center didn’t have anywhere for children to run and play outside – only an empty, dirt parking lot.
    Now that parking lot has been transformed into a playground, with paths, plants and play areas where children can exercise and explore every day.
    Greater New Hope is one of three childcare centers in Lancaster to get $100,000 upgrades to their outdoor areas after Lancaster County First Steps secured a $330,000 federal grant last year.