Our story begins over thirty years ago with laughter, friendship, need, and motivation.
Allen Powell and Jon Poteat saw the challenges of vocational education students who were under their guidance at H.B. Swofford Career Center in the small town of Inman, South Carolina, where Allen was the director and Jon, the guidance counselor. They foresaw a critical need to bring recognition to skilled students who are America’s mettle in today’s workforce. As educators, they also realized that CTE pathways engage many more students and increase high school graduation rates and postsecondary success.