BHP High School uses new manufacturing class to teach job skills to students

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BELTON, SC (WSPA) – As more manufacturing companies move to Anderson County, Anderson District Two saw an opportunity to do something new to prepare their students for life outside the classroom.
 
The Intro to Manufacturing class is in it’s first year at Belton-Honea Path High School.
 

“These are life skills they’ll be able to take on after high school once they enter a career or job after high school,” said Ben Woody who is the class teacher.

 

The classroom is stocked full of equipment and serves about one hundred students in it’s first year ranging in grade levels from 9th to 12th.

 

“The whole classroom equipment setup was about $300,000 completely paid for by our local option penny sales tax,” said Superintendent Richard Rosenberger.

 

In the class, each student learns hands on skills and has the opportunity to network with manufacturing companies in the area with tours of the facility and classroom visits.

 
This class is unique and something you won’t see in other Anderson County classrooms, but a creation and investment the district feels will help their students in the long run.
 

“About 35 percent of our class will go into the workforce so why not make sure they are skilled to get higher paying jobs and move up the charts quickly,” Rosenberger said.

 

Each day is different from programming on the computers to designing wood blocks, the students said they are loving the diversity of this new class.

 

“He makes us do it rather than just cheating off someone else,” said Chase Cox who is a junior.

 

While traditionally these types of classes are taught at the career center, Rosenberger tells 7News this class is in addition to those options.

 

“I can’t get all our students to the career center. We share a career center with four high schools so we are limited on the number of students who have that option. But here it presents that option to more students without even leaving the classroom,” Rosenberger said.

 

The goal going forward is to add a new manufacturing class each year until they four so students can start as freshmen and keep learning new skills until graduation.

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