Workforce Readiness

Students at W. J. Keenan High School are Building Skills with New Solar Panel System

By M. Ziehe

Students at W. J. Keenan High School are Building Skills with New Solar Panel System

11:30 am.

Professor Kareem Beckett starts the class “Principles of Engineering” at W. J. Keenan High School talking about light, photons, particles, waves, and frequency.

But this is just the beginning of what will culminate in the main subject of the day: solar energy.

What is solar energy? How do solar photovoltaic cells work? What is a solar panel? How can solar energy help the economy? How do I know the size of solar panels I need in my house?

Q&A | A Conversation with Todd Lewis about IT-oLogy's Initiative CoursePower

By M. Ziehe

 Todd Lewis about IT-oLogy's Initiative CoursePower

Research shows that South Carolina will experience a shortfall in tech talent in the next decade. This comes at a time when technology jobs are expected to grow significantly. According to CoursePower.org, the Midlands of South Carolina will need 3,000 IT professionals over the next decade and is on track to produce only 1,650. How do we fill this gap? Initiatives like CoursePower aim to do just that. Todd Lewis, executive director of IT-oLogy Columbia, answers our questions about the program.