Charleston County's newest program, Lowcountry Tech Academy, is open and serving 123 students from three high schools.

Its goal is to prepare students for higher education or a career in 21st century job fields.

“The priority is to make opportunities for students, whether introducing them to a new career or getting them an internship or doing hands-on projects,” said Sarah Earle, the program's director. “That's really what it's here for.”

The program opened in the renovated former Rivers Middle School building downtown. It shares space with the Charleston Charter School for Math & Science, but the school and academy operate separately.

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