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State Superintendent tours ACE

  • Dan Hunt/Bluffton Today S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman gets a manicure in the nail technology classroom.
  • Dan Hunt/Bluffton Today S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman watches a student make miniature hot dog buns at ACE.

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman touring the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence (ACE) Nov. 1.

Spearman, the third-year overseer of all the state’s public school systems, spoke at a Beaufort Chamber of Commerce-hosted breakfast in the city of Beaufort before touring ACE.

ACE is a technical skills center that is offered for class credits to students from over a dozen high schools throughout Beaufort and Jasper County.

Spearman took a two-hour tour of ACE’s facilities during school hours.

“I am so impressed with what’s going on here at ACE. The students and community are very fortunate to have this facility available,” Spearman said.

“The students tell me that they love it and that they’re interested, some for hobbies and others, this is the kind of work that they want to be in. This is what school should be about.”

She went on to express her appreciation for the concept of the joint-county technical center.

“This is a unique collaboration between the two districts of Beaufort and Jasper. I really appreciate this because Jasper is a more rural area that gains a lot from Beaufort giving them their support with this,” she said.

“I’m really hoping other counties in the state, particularly rural counties, look at this model and see how much more they can offer if they work together.”

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