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Congratulations Cope Area Career Center!   Winner of Palmetto Gold Award 2014-15.   Award Winning Career and Technology Education Five Years in a Row.   Consistently Proud!
Cope Area Career Center provides quality Career and Technology Education programs to students attending Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, Branchville High School, Denmark-Olar High School, Edisto High School and Hunter-Kinard Tyler High School. The programs we offer are open to all students and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability.
What you need to do at each Grade Level
Freshman Year
     When you become a freshman, everything starts to "count".  All of your freshman courses, grades, and credits will be on your transcript, and your freshman grades will be used to determine your GPA.  Freshman activities, honors, and awards can also be listed on college and scholarship applications.
     As a freshman, become involved in activities, establish good study habits, and work hard to get good grades.

Sophomore Year
     In addition to working hard in school and being involved in a variety of activities, try to identify your abilities, interests, and aptitudes.  Also look for opportunities to further develop your skills and talents.
     Consider taking the PLAN and/or the PSAT if they're offered at your school.  See your counselor for information on these tests.

Junior Year
     Your junior year is when you should take college tests, make college visits, and start searching for scholarships.
October - Take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Students with very high scores on this test will be considered for National Merit Scholarships.
March to June - Take the ACT and/or the SAT.  To get information and to register for the ACT, go to  To get information and register for the SAT, go to  If you need additional information on these tests, see your counselor.
    * If you want to play a sport in college, your junior year is the time to start asking questions.  Start by talking to your high school coach during the fall.  Your counselor can either help you or guide you in the registration process for the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).  If you do not register with the NCAA, you can’t play sports at the college level.  The NCAA has very strict guidelines concerning recruiting and student to coach/college contact.  Breaking those rules could disqualify your from playing sports. 

Senior Year
     Your senior year is when your hard work and planning pay off.  Complete your applications in the fall, and be aware of deadlines.
September - Meet with your counselor to discuss your college plans.  Go over your ACT and/or SAT scores, and determine if you need to retake either of these tests.
October - Complete college admissions and scholarship applications.  Retake the ACT and/or SAT if necessary.
January/February - Tell your parents that they need to get their taxes done so that you can complete your FAFSA application (financial aid).  They can get information and complete the FAFSA online at
April - Decide which college to attend.  Send in your housing deposit, sign and return award letters, and, as a courtesy, notify the other colleges of your decision.

Students in the 11th grade will take the Workkeys assessment which is a college and career readiness assessment that measures essential workforce skills. 

What are the benefits of taking  a workforce skills assessment like WorkKeys?
There are many benefits!
  • A WorkKeys score can earn an 11th grader a National Career Readiness Certificate which will help with finding summer and part-time jobs as well as internships.  In South Carolina alone, over 1,400 employers recognize the certificate.
  • National Companies and industries also use WorkKeys certificates in hiring.  South Carolina will document the skill levels of our state’s workforce and in turn, recruit more jobs that will be available to all students, including those graduating from a two or four-year college.
  • A financial or personal crisis can occur and delay college plans.  Having a WorkKeys certificate can immediately open doors for jobs.
But my child has never taken career and technical education courses.  Will he or she be prepared for WorkKeys?
The WorkKeys assessment measures “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success.  Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.  There are three parts of the assessment:
  1. Applied Mathematics – Applying mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving to work-related problems from making change to measuring the area of a room.
  2. Reading for Information – Reading and using written texts like letters, directions, signs, notices, policies and regulations in a job.
  3. Location Information – Using graphics like charts, graphs, and tables to find information
11th graders should be prepared for the test no matter which courses were taken in high school.  Students who need assistance should have the opportunity to take a Career Ready 101 course at their high school in the fall.  ALL 12th grade completers are required to take the assessment as a senior and the results are posted on the Career Center's State Report Card.
What does a WorkKeys score mean?
     On each of the three assessment(Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information), a student receives a score of Level 3 through Level 7, with Level 7 being the highest possible score.  Depending upon the minimum score received on all three assessments, the student may earn one of four National Career Readiness Certificates.
Lowest Minimum score on all three Assessments Qualifies for the Following National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) % of NCRC Qualifiers by Certificate in U.S.
(2006 – 2011)
Qualifier has Skills For the Following % of Jobs in the U.S.
3 Bronze 21% 30%
4 Silver 49% 65%
5 Gold 19% 90%
6 Platinum 1% 99%
About taking a college readiness assessment, my child does not plan on going to college so why should he/she really even try on the test?
  • A student needs to do his or her best on the college readiness assessment because the results may provide more choices for the future.  A student may discover that he or she has the skills and knowledge to pursue an associate’s or four-year degree.  Just having the information will help plan for the future.
  • Once a person starts working, they may decide that they want or need an associate’s degree or industry credential to move up.  All 11th graders will already have a college readiness score to help when applying for college.
How will the results of these assessments be used?
      The results will help 11th graders plan for the senior year and beyond.  Consider these:
  • Do the scores show that the student is college and career ready?
  • Are there courses that the student needs to take next year to improve his/her chances of going to college or entering a career?
  • Are there dual enrollment options that the student could pursue to start earning college credits next year?
  • Are there internships or jobs available where the student can use the WorkKeys certificate to gain job experience?
All students enter the workforce eventually—whether they get a job right out of high school, work part-time while continuing their education, or go to college first.
By 2018, 56% of the jobs in South Carolina will require a postsecondary degree or industry credentials.

 Call 803-534-7661 for more information concerning The WorkKeys Assessment.

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