Explore benefits of partnership between Pickens County Schools and CU-ICAR Promote science and engineering in the school system Highlight educational and professional opportunities for Pickens County residents Prepare students for careers in Science and Engineering within Pickens County
Establish “CU-ICAR DAY” for interested Pickens County Students, which would include: Tours of the facility in Greenville, SC Automotive industry and CU-ICAR guest speakers Engineering competition between Pickens County High Schools at the CU-ICAR campus.
Relevant Goals from Pickens Co Vision Plan Build greater cooperation/collaboration between ClemsonPC 13 University, Pickens County School Dist., and the Pickens community.WC 3 Train a workforce for future jobs. Plan for CU-ICAR and Clemson University to be enginesWC 5 for growth. Promote creativity and synergy between educationalWC 7 institutions and the community. Grow an economy that keeps our youth in PickensWC 10 County, and improves marketable skills, including construction trades, technology, and service industries.
CU-ICAR is… An automotive research and engineering satellite campus of Clemson University. Located in Greenville, SC near Interstate 85. A nationally recognized automotive engineering graduate program.
CU-ICAR… Facilitates public/private partnerships between Clemson University, State of South Carolina, and automotive companies. BMW Michelin Timkin American Titanium Works
CU-ICAR… Has secured over $200 million from partnerships since opening in 2006. Currently employs 680 people at its Greenville Campus Plans to create 1,620 new jobs in the next several years
CU-ICAR… Impacts the surrounding economy by drawing in other large companies and developers. $36million Hubell Lighting development adjacent to CU-ICAR is expected to generate 350 new jobs. Verdae mixed-use development locatednear the CU- ICAR campus will house approx. 10,000 residents as well as retail and office space.
The question is…How can Pickens County benefitfrom partnering with CU-ICAR?
Evaluate existing social and economic conditions Understand the area’s strengths and weaknesses in workforce development Find examples of successful economic activity/development within local cities
Identify what aspect of the Pickens community would/could most benefit from a relationship with CU-ICAR. Case study analysis Utilize quantitative and qualitative data through secondary sources, personal interviews, and community outreach efforts Pickens County Schools Dr. Brooks (Clemson Professor, CU-ICAR faculty) Mason Ailstock (CU-ICAR Global Partner Manager and Partnership Outreach)
Educational Strengths… Four public schools within Pickens County, of which all outpace national average SAT scores Pickens County Career and Technology Center (Provides career training to 1,197 high school students)
Educational Strengths… School dist. participates in the “FIRST Robotics Competition” and named regional champions in 2011.…These indicators of achievement show promise
Educational Weaknesses… 2009-10 Pickens County drop out rates 4.8% (3.7% in Anderson)…These numbers should motivate change.
Employment Opportunities Over 30 major automotive-related companies are located in the Upstate. BMW has invested over $3 billion in the region and has created 7,000 new jobs Home to Michelin Headquarters…This is good news for Pickens County residents,but the news gets better…
Employment Opportunities In 2012 %80 of adults in Pickens have a HS diploma %22 of adults in Pickens have Bachelors degrees *Pickens County will need to attract knowledge base industries to keep the skilled workforce within the county.
Dr. Jonnell Brooks Large divide between Pickens County students and CU-ICAR Students are rarely given opportunity to participate in research at CU-ICAR Time constraints involved with reaching out to Pickens students (travel feasibility) Elementary students regularly take tours of CU-ICAR, but no program exists for HS Students
Mason Ailstock Director of Global Partnerships at CU-ICAR Interested in hosting the “CU-ICAR DAY”Note: A formal request to the CU-ICARPartnership Committee is necessary and mustbe approved before a formal commitment ismade.
Josh YoungAssistant Principal of Easely High School Emphasized that the Principal and various clubs would support the event.Additional contacts: Guidance counselors (Daniel High School) Principals School Administrators
All public High Schools in Pickens have curriculum and extracurricular activities that promote science, math, and engineering. 3 out of the 5 public High Schools have dedicated math and/or science clubs. Each High School offers Advanced Placement courses in Math and Science
Case Study: Southern Indiana University Provides tours for High School students to automotive factories. Students reported that the tours helped them understand the engineering process. They also showed more interest after the tour in learning more about the intricate machinery. Similar programs in Adelaid, Australia, and Pen State have also been successful.
Case Study: Clemson University Previous programs and workshops for those High School students interested in the healthcare field. Interactive activities On-site visits Encourages minority involvement in healthcare …Developing these ideas with CU-ICAR could bring more minorities and women to the sciences
SHORT TERM GOALSof Establishing “CU-ICAR Day” Open communications between Pickens County schools, Clemson, and CU-ICAR Demonstrate commitment to local human capital Show educational and professional opportunities to students and families Energize students about the sciences
LONG TERM GOALSof Establishing “CU-ICAR Day” Develop and retain a skilled workforce Prepare students for careers in engineering and the sciences Encourage students to think locally when searching for lucrative and rewarding careers Attract more knowledge based industry to Pickens County.