On May 7, members of the Carolina Alliance for Technology (CAT) Advisory Committee met with members of the Richland Two Business Advisory Board and representatives from Boeing to celebrate the success of the CAT program over the past five years.

CAT, an initiative that bolsters the preparation of students interested in entering engineering and computer science professions through curriculum, field-studies, job shadows, internships, and mentoring, began through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. EngenuitySC has served as the business and industry liaison, providing students with opportunities for career exploration, job shadowing, internships and industry mentoring. The grant cycle for the program ends in September and Richland 2 is seeking new, outside funding to sustain various facets of the program.

Guests from Boeing were touring the region with the S.C. Department of Commerce. Programs like CAT prepare the Boeing workforce of tomorrow.

Those in attendance were treated to testimonials from students and parents in the CAT program, as well as to a tour of the Richland 2 Institute of Innovation.


One CAT student presents her solar-powered dog house, complete with automatic food and water dispensers and a powered fan.