The CATE Connection Volume 1 Edition 2 October 2018
Keeping you connected to the Applied Technology Center
Back the Pack celebrates 10 years at ATC
This fall ATC is celebrating ten years of Back the Pack success. In 2009, ATC teacher Mr. Dave Finley, recently retired from RHSD, learned about the Back the Pack program which was created in 2008 as a response to educators growing concerns with the number of students coming to school on Mondays reporting that they had very little to eat during weekends when school meals were unavailable. As a response, Back the Pack was created and launched by the school district and the Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation as a partnership program. Back the Pack was moved to ATC in 2009 to provide an authentic warehouse and distribution learning center for our students. By turning his classroom into a warehouse that helps order, store, and assemble backpacks filled with food for Rock Hill students in need, Mr. Finley was able to provide his students with a hands on learning environment that teaches more than the logistics curriculum; it teaches students the value of giving to your community and the impact it can have on others. Today Back the Pack is under the leadership of Mr. Troy Massey and serves approximately 550 students per week and continues to grow. Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina, a not for profit agency, purchases food at cost to grocery retailers with no markup then delivers it to ATC. Community volunteers help our students assemble the backpacks monthly. Smooth Moves, a local Rock Hill moving company, transports the backpacks to area schools at no charge. Our students are responsible for many aspects of this program, including unloading and organizing food and setting up and working the assembly lines. If you are interested in helping with packing the backpacks or making a monetary donation to help purchase food, please contact Amanda Haskin, Executive Director of the Rock Hill Schools Education Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 803-230-1382.
Career Corner - Welding
The welding industry provides a variety of career options from basic welding to highly specialized areas with a range of salaries based on experience and performance. There are over 80 welding processes, with the most common being gas metal arc welding, or GMAW. According to careersinwelding.com our growing technology is only increasing the jobs available to welders. Companies need highly skilled welders to operate robots and other automated systems in the welding process. Welding salaries range from the mid $40,000s to the mid $80,000’s depending on the area and specialization required. ATC has an outstanding welding program that offers students hands on learning to prepare them for a career in welding. Next year ATC is proud to offer two dual credit welding courses in conjunction with York Technical College (YTC).
ATC Winterfest is coming January 17 from 4:30-7:30. Join us for an afternoon of activities and fun!