Jasper County Career and Technology Education Center (CATE) opened with a COVID safe ribbon cutting ceremony.

January 19, 2021 was a banner day for the Jasper County South Carolina school district. A socially distanced ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the Jasper County Career and Technology Education Center (CATE). Located in front of the Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School in Ridgeland, SC, the $9.85 million project will offer opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), health science, information technology, transportation, distribution, and logistics.

The building will allow the Jasper County school system to focus on giving students a more advanced STEM education in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. “We are excited to be a part of a project that will give participating students the skills they need for advanced employment right out of high school,” stated Jay Fraser, Vice-President of Fraser Construction. The general contracting firm out of Bluffton, SC constructed the 29,903 square foot building in partnership with M.B. Kahn Construction. The areas of focus include Health and Biomedical labs, STEM labs, flexible classrooms, computer and logistic focused classrooms, maker space, as well as a state-of-the-art culinary program.

Stevens & Wilkinson worked with Women-Owned Business and Charleston-based design firm, Red Iron Architects on Jasper County School District’s new state-of-the-art C.A.T.E. Center. While the center provides a unique program that introduces students to profitable trades and skills that can be used to enhance their future, the Center must also accommodate programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); health science; information technology (IT); and transportation, distribution, and logistics. Given all of this, the two firms designed the building with a large central area used as break-out space for the adjacent classrooms and laboratories, large project space, exhibition space, robotic competitions, and/or a meeting area for career fairs. The attention to detail is pronounced throughout the building. The space was utilized mindfully keeping the learning experience of the student in mind by creating areas for students to collaborate and areas for students to focus on studies in a quiet environment. This state-of-the-art building has Jasper County poised to help young people enter the workforce prepared for meaningful careers.

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