Preparing Tomorrow’s Professionals

Contributed by Heyward Career & Technology Center

Athletic Trainer, Engineer, Architect, Automotive Technician, Barber, Make-up Artist, Diesel Technician, Welder, Film and Video Editor, Carpenter, Nurse, Chef…What do these careers have in common? You can receive skills and credentials that prepare you for these careers at Heyward Career and Technology Center.” Where Your Future Begins!”

 Heyward is an awesome school for high school students in Richland County School District One located in Columbia, SC. Our unique programs are designed to expose students to a variety of career paths that lead to certifications in automotive and technology; building construction; computer networking; barbering and cosmetology; health science and sports medicine; entertainment and media; computer-assisted design; and culinary arts. Students receive industry-recognized credentials in the following areas: SC Barbering Board, SC Board of Cosmetology, Certified Nursing Assistant, ASE (Automotive Service Excellence), NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation), ProStart, First Aid/CPR, AWS (American Welding Society) and CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). In addition to receiving technical knowledge and skills, students participate in work-based learning activities that connect them to their careers. This includes guest speakers, shadowing, internships and apprenticeships. The integration of employability skills prepares students to be tomorrow’s professionals. These skills include time management, job interviewing techniques, teamwork, communication and problem solving. Our programs promote creativity and encourage students to pursue entrepreneurship as a compliment to their career classes.

Heyward also provides a unique program called Richland One Works (ROW), a school-based enterprise for special needs students. ROW offers work-based experiences and transition services for students throughout the district. Students in the ROW program make a variety of products that are for sell in the ROW Store which is open to the public.

We have a very rich past and we are proud of our 98% completion rate in our two-year programs. We also take pride in knowing that many students’ lives have been transformed from their experiences at Heyward. Numerous students come to our school without a clear focus and they lack goals for their future. Many do not have positive role models in their lives; therefore, they lack confidence in their ability to be successful. Fortunately, we have excellent staff members that help students find purpose for their lives. We push students to work hard and to take advantage of the opportunities that we offer. We truly believe that all students have talents and dreams, and our goal is to unleash the power within each student so that they can fulfill their purpose in life.

Heyward Career and Technology Center

3560 Lynhaven Drive Columbia SC 29204