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Cherokee Technology Center has a new name as student and community leaders seek to establish a different identity for the new $20 million high school career center.
The new school will be called the “Institute of Innovation Cherokee County” when it opens on Spartanburg Community College’s Cherokee County branch campus in August of 2018.
School trustees unanimously approved the new name based on the recommendation of a 10-member committee of students, business and school leaders.
The committee met several times since December to brainstorm potential new names for the facility. Cherokee Technology Center Director Lane Carter said the group wanted a creative name which reflected the mission of a high school career center developed to prepare students for the workforce.
Cherokee Technology Center has 120 business partners. The school district plans to offer 19 programs in the new career center, among them automotive collision, electronics technology, animal sciences and human resources management. The school is expected to accommodate up to 800 students from Blacksburg and Gaffney high schools.
“I’m awfully excited about the new name for our school,” Carter said. “Institute for Innovation is a catchy name. We wanted something that’s cutting edge which reflects what’s going on with business and industry. I think the name really fits what we want to do.”
The committee membership was based on school board policy for naming new facilities.
School trustees unanimously approved the new name based on the recommendation of a 9-member committee that included:
Blacksburg High class president Kallie Snipes
Gaffney High class president Abby Elliott
Hamrick Mills human resources director Kim Phillips
Kerry Fowler of Timken
Cherokee Technology Center teachers Chere Sullivan and Todd Gardner
Cherokee Technology Center Director Lane Carter
Superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore
Real estate agent and school parent Allison Hall
District high school program coordinator Amanda Painter.