Horry County diploma program teaches job skills , turns profit

Socastee High School football fans will be twirling their tribal towels Friday night to cheer on the Braves in their playoff game. The thick, gold towels have become an essential fan accessory but are even more special because the insignias have been designed and produced by a small group of students right on campus.

The towel designs were created by students with disabilities who are in the Horry County Schools’ Occupational Diploma program, which has a realigned curriculum that provides skills for employment and living after graduation. Students in the program can attend a career lab, which operates as a school enterprise called Learners at Work. There they train on machines with computerized software to create, embroider and apply designs to a variety of items, all of which are for sale to the public.

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