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Two New Tech High Schools Open in SC

By Erin Kleinlein

Cougar New Tech Entrepreneurial Academy in Walterboro and Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton became part of the network of 130 cutting-edge New Tech Network schools across the country at the beginning of this school year.

Funding for the schools came through a $2.9 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, matched by local and national funders.

New Tech Network, a subsidiary of KnowledgeWorks, uses project-based learning as the primary method of instruction.  Students collaborate on meaningful projects that instill deeper learning skills like critical thinking, creativity, and communication to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. 

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor Richard W. Riley, a member of KnowledgeWorks’ board of directors, said the success of the schools can have a transformative impact on education in South Carolina.

According to the New Tech Network mission, the goal is to use new technology and embrace technical career choices to transform the school into an innovative learning environment and to ensure that students have the skills, traits, and knowledge needed to succeed in postsecondary education, career, and civic life. 



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