Eight Dorchester County Students to Begin Virtual Engineering Program

  • Thursday, August 1, 2013

Partnership with Dorchester School District II and the Science & Mathematics Governor’s School
The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is excited to welcome 54 students from across the state to the inaugural year of Accelerate, a virtual engineering program designed to help high school students jumpstart engineering degrees and careers. Eight 10th grade Dorchester County students will participate in the three-year Accelerate program virtually from Summerville High School.
Mitchell T. Cook, son of Greg and RoAnn B. Cook; Tristan Cromer, son of Gregg and Pam Cromer; Avery Fischer, son of Derek & Jamie Fischer; Cierra Ketchel, daughter of George and Renee Ketchel; Sean Lam, son of Damon Lam and Maria Moruno; Miranda C. Throneburg, daughter of Bill Throneburg and Andrea Medeiros; Taylor Widener, daughter of Jason and Angie Widener; and Johnny Wood, son of Steve Wood and Janice Wood, will represent Dorchester County in the inaugural class of Accelerate.
In addition to Dorchester School District Two, GSSM has selected seven other districts for year one of Accelerate. The eight partner school districts include: Beaufort County School District, Dorchester School District Two, Greenville County School District, Horry County Schools, Lexington School District One, Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five, Pickens County School District and Richland County School District One. One site within each of these eight districts will host the virtual courses for the initial year of the program. Approximately six students have been selected from each district. The number of schools and students participating in Accelerate will increase annually.
The partner districts were selected based on interest, geography and curriculum offered. Partner school districts must provide Algebra II and a lab science to 9th graders. In addition, districts have agreed to provide technical and logistical support for Accelerate courses.
Developed by GSSM, Accelerate is designed to cultivate the next generation of creative engineers and technical leaders by offering highly-motivated, high-achieving students an accelerated completion of the first-year of college engineering during the last three years of high school. Curriculum includes virtual instruction throughout the school year, as well as hands-on, team-based projects during weekends and summers. Accelerate students will remain in their home high schools. Virtual courses will be taught by GSSM faculty.
“GSSM is passionately committed to educating as many students as possible across the state,” says Dr. Murray Brockman, GSSM President. “The virtual element of this program is our opportunity to share our world-class instructors and innovative engineering curriculum with more of our state’s exceptional students.”
Accelerate corporate partners include: BMW Manufacturing Co., The Boeing Company, Comporium Communications, Duke Energy, GE, Google Data Centers Grant Fund of the Tide Foundation, IEEE Foundation General Fund, Integrated Systems, Inc., Nucor Steel, SCE&G, Sonoco Products Company, Time Warner Cable, and Westinghouse Electric Company.
For more information about Accelerate, click here. [http://www.scgssm.org/programs-clubs/accelerate]                                             
About South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics
The South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) is a two-year, public, residential high school in Hartsville, SC, specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with a unique emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship.
GSSM can serve as many as 300 high school juniors and seniors annually from across the state. In addition, the school impacts more than 25,000 teachers and students each year through its innovative outreach programs. Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org.

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