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Nearly 400 Richland One Students Get Competitive Edge by Completing Career and Technology Education Programs



This school year, nearly 400 Richland One students have completed career and technology education programs, equipping them with relevant hands-on experience, in-demand skills and knowledge that provide a competitive edge for seamless entry into post-secondary programs, the workforce, or enlistment into the military.


These exceptional students will be recognized for their accomplishments at Richland One’s 2019 Career and Technology Education (CATE) Completion Ceremony, May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. Attendance is by invitation only.


CATE programs provide students with opportunities to receive college credit, participate in internships/apprenticeships, and receive state and nationally recognized industry certifications while in high school. Their diverse areas of study include diesel technology, cosmetology, engineering, construction, culinary arts, sports medicine, health science, welding and many more.


CATE Director Tana Lee believes the CATE programs offer students many advantages in the job market and in college. “Our CATE students have a competitive advantage over other students because our completers finish programs that prepare them for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers,” Lee said.


She added, “When CATE program completers transition into the workforce or continue their education through post-secondary institutions, they have an edge for advanced job placement versus entry-level placement with many companies. Completers who pursue post-secondary education may use CATE course completion and professional certifications to qualify for articulated course credit and clinical time. Our CATE program completers are future ready!”


Media inquiries should be directed to the Richland One Office of Communications at 231-7504 or 231-7510.