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Columbia High Senior Named SC Work-Based Learning Student of the Year

 

Columbia High School senior Tyler Clark has been named the 2024 South Carolina Work-Based Learning Student of the Year by the South Carolina Department of Education and the Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA). It is the first time in recent history that a student from the Midlands has received the state award.

Staff from Richland One’s Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Heyward Career and Technology Center, as well as a representative from MEBA and Tyler’s mother, Christy Fisher, surprised Tyler with the award April 11.

Tyler is a student in Heyward’s diesel technology program and he has interned with the City of Columbia as part of the “One City: Future Ready” program in partnership with Richland One for two years.

“I came into the diesel program knowing about motors, but didn’t know everything. Through my two years in class, I learned a lot. I’m really thankful for everyone that’s helped me get to where I’m at. I don’t think I can express enough how grateful I am for all the people that have supported me and been around to help me get to the point I’m at,” Tyler said.

After graduation, Tyler will be going into the South Carolina National Guard. He hopes to one day run his own diesel shop.

 

To learn more about Heyward’s diesel program, click here.

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PHOTO 1: Columbia High School senior Tyler Clark (center) has been named the 2024 South Carolina Work-Based Learning Student of the Year by the South Carolina Department of Education and the Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA). Staff from Richland One’s Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Heyward Career and Technology Center, as well as a representative from MEBA and Tyler’s mother surprised Tyler with the award April 11.

 

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PHOTO 2: Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon helped surprise Tyler with his award. From left to right are: Craig Washington, principal of Heyward Career and Technology Center; Dr. Witherspoon; Tyler Clark, a senior at Columbia High School and student in Heyward’s diesel technology program; Christy Fisher, Tyler’s mother; Dr. Sherry Veasey, Richland One’s chief of staff; and Dr. Charnice-Starks Ray, work-based learning consultant in Richland One’s Office of Career and Technical Education.