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Nucor partners with BCSD to create Mechatronics Academy

Published Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nucor Steel Berkeley and Berkeley County School District will formally sign the Berkeley County School District Career Academy partnership agreement on Monday, March 26 at 2 p.m. in the Philip Simmons High School auditorium. 

Nucor will be the platinum level partner for Philip Simmons High School Nucor Mechatronics Academy. This facility will be located on the campus and fully staffed by Nucor and Philip Simmons students enrolled in the Mechatronics Academy.

Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of science that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, systems engineering and control engineering. The Academies of Berkeley County are learning communities centered around related career areas. Students develop world class knowledge, skills, and characteristics to compete in the 21st century.

Through the implementation of academies, students have the opportunity to choose majors within the following career areas: Arts and Humanities; Business and Information Systems; Health Sciences, Human and Public Services; Engineering Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (STEM). 

“We have been interested in partnering with a school to develop this type of academy and are pleased the Berkeley County School District and Philip Simmons High School were open to this project,” said Giff Daughtridge, Vice President & General Manager of Nucor Steel Berkeley. “As technology continues to advance and change the steel industry, we need people educated and trained in this multidisciplinary way. We are proud to be able to help prepare students for their future by providing the tools and resources needed to learn the science of intelligent machines.” 

Dr. Eddie Ingram, Berkeley County School District Superintendent said, “As I often say, it important that we are preparing our students for their future not our past. This Academy partnership with Nucor is hopefully one of many more to come as Berkeley County and Berkeley County School District expand together. I commend Nucor for recognizing an industry need and seeking to meet the need by preparing local students for local jobs. 

Philip Simmons High School is located at 3080 River Village Drive, Charleston, SC 29492

Cicely McCray