Manufacturers and Educators Discuss Modern Careers and RPM Program

The Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) hosted the first-ever event to help educators in Georgia and South Carolina address the hard truth that at least 3.5 million jobs will open nationwide, many in manufacturing, by 2025 but that only 1.4 million of those jobs will actually be filled, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Partnerships between industry and education have proven successful. Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) is one of several examples. RPM, a partnership between Textron Specialized Vehicles and the Richmond County School System (RCSS), helps students at risk of not graduating make up lost ground toward a high school diploma while earning income and real- world experiences. Students chosen for the program assemble parts and components for E-Z-Go golf carts and off-road vehicles.

“We’re giving these kids purpose and worth,” said Dr. Angela Pringle, Richmond County School System Superintendent. “We’re giving them opportunity and exposure. We’re getting them ready to go to college or right to work. We’re giving them a hand up, not a hand-out. RPM is a perfect example of how corporate America can motivate students.”

For more information on the Reaching Potential through Manufacturing (RPM) program, click here. 

Conference photos provided by the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO). RPM photo provided by the RCSS Communications Department. 

RCSS Partners with the Augusta Regional Airport for Summer Shadow Program

The Richmond County School System (RCSS) has partnered with the Augusta Regional Airport to offer high school students the opportunity to shadow multiple aviation departments.

This Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program is designed to provide students that are interested in the aviation industry the opportunity to shadow professionals within each field; to gain knowledge and experience through the use of observation and hands-on opportunities. Two students, Donquarius Rhodes from the Academy of Richmond County and JaQuan Hall (pictured) from Lucy C. Laney High School, have spent four weeks of their summer shadowing professionals in aviation fields such as, Airfield Maintenance, Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics, Line Service, Airport Operations, and Airport Engineering. 

RCSS Receives Educator HERO Award

Dr. Angela Pringle, and the Richmond County School System (RCSS), were recognized by the American Red Cross - Augusta Chapter at their HEROES Breakfast on June 7, 2017. The RCSS received the Educator Award for actions taken during the Hurricane Matthew evacuation of Savannah, Georgia. The HEROES are selected by a committee which is comprised of community leaders from the Red Cross’ 15-county jurisdiction. We are proud of this honor and we thank the Red Cross for their continued partnership.

2017 Excellence in Theatre Education Award Honorable Mention

The Richmond County School System would like to congratulate Mrs. Betty Walpert, Theater Director and Teacher at Davidson Fine Arts, for being named a 2017 Excellence in Education Award Honorable Mention by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University.

The Excellence in Theatre Education Award recognizes a K-12 theatre educator in the U.S. who has demonstrated monumental impact on the lives of students and who embodies the highest standards of the profession. A panel of judges comprised of the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Carnegie Mellon University and other leaders from the theatre industry selected the winner and twenty honorable mentions.

Dr. Renee Kelly, Principal at Davidson Fine Arts, said of Mrs. Walpert, “Betty is an extraordinary teacher. She cares about kids and makes every day fun and exciting for them. She truly invests in all of her students and makes a lifelong impression on them. It is no surprise to me that she is one of the top 20 in the nation.”

For more information, please click here. 

Videography provided by Davidson Fine Arts Broadcasting and Film Instructor Michael G. Hennessy.