School-to-Work is an exciting new way of linking students with the workplace. Classroom learning is coupled with workplace learning and education is linked with meaningful careers.
School-to-Work involves:


  • Punching time clocks instead of taking notes
  • Solving business problems in the "real world"
  • making decisions about careers



  • Investing in our future workforce
  • Developing partnerships with schools to provide relevant education
  • Making a commitment to the future of young people

The South Carolina School-to-Work Transition Act signed into law in 1994 has several key components:

  • Rigorous and relevant academic preparation emphasizing application of the real world of work
  • Career exploration and counseling
  • Work exploration and experience in structured work-based learning activities


School-to-Work benefits everyone -- students, employers, parents, school systems and communities. These work-based learning activities are key ingredients to a successful school-to-work initiative:

  • Youth Apprenticeships
  • Cooperative Education
  • Internships
  • Job Shadowing
  • Service Learning
  • Carolina Careers

Important Documents