News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

York Tech, School Districts Partner to Address Need for Networking Professionals

April 13, 2010

ROCK HILL—York Technical College has partnered with five local high schoolsFloyd D. Johnson Applied Technology Center, Clover High School, Rock Hill Applied Technology Center and Nation Ford High Schoolto respond to the need for networking professionals in our area. Faculty from these schools worked closely with the college's networking faculty to earn a grant of $150,000 from AdvanceSC to set up new Cisco Academies and expand existing ones under York Technical College's Regional Cisco Academy umbrella.

At noon on Wednesday, April 14, the college will host an agreement signing between York Technical College President Dr. Greg Rutherford and the superintendents of participating school districts at the Baxter Hood Center.

The grant will fund the purchase of Cisco equipment packages for new academies at Clover High School and Nation Ford High School and update equipment at Floyd D. Johnson, a Cisco Academy since 2000. The grant will also be used to fund dual credit enrollment for Rock Hill Applied Technology Center students at the York Tech academy as well as funding for professional development and dual credit waiver funding for the Cisco Academy at Andrew Jackson High School.

For more information, contact Edie Dillé, York Technical College's Associate Dean for Business and Information Technology, at (803) 981-7314 or

About AdvanceSC
AdvanceSC was established by Duke Energy in 2004 to support communities in Duke Energy’s South Carolina service area through grants for public assistance and economic development programs.  In general, AdvanceSC concentrates on advancing education to support industry, assisting other economic development organizations to attract and retain industries in Duke Energy’s territory and enhancing the competitive position of manufacturers in Duke Energy’s service territory.

Duke Energy provides funding for AdvanceSC with 50 percent of its profits from certain wholesale or Bulk Power Marketing (BPM) sales of electricity allocable to South Carolina.

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