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More Beaufort County students taking career and tech courses

Enrollment in career- and technology-education classes is on a steady rise as the Beaufort County School District works to expand offerings at each high school.

The number of middle and high school students enrolled in at least one CATE class grew to 8,414 this year, up about 17 percent from last school year and 58 percent from 2013-2014, according to a district report.

The number of students completing CATE who earned industry credentials also leapt from 57 in 2013-2014 to 102 last year, the district summary said.

The school board received that student data Tuesday, along with updates on the district's efforts to provide work-based learning opportunities in fields such as aviation, welding, aquaculture and sports medicine.

Next year, the district will expand its programs to include an agri-science applications lab and culinary center at Battery Creek High School's Advanced Technical Center. Avionics, welding and mechatronics courses will also be added at technical centers at Battery Creek and May River High School.

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