Dream Connectors provides seventh grade students with the opportunity to learn about diverse career opportunities available in upstate South Carolina. A capstone project from members of the Riley Institute at Furman’s South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI), Dream Connectors consists of programs that connect students at the Hughes Academy of Science and Technology and Lakeview Middle School with learning opportunities at Greenville Health System and other Upstate businesses.
Through a unique collaboration between teachers and administrators, the Greenville County School District and the Dream Connectors team, the program follows a multi-step process—(1) classroom exposure to the many career opportunities in healthcare and high-tech manufacturing, (2) on-site visits to workplaces and (3) follow up classroom sessions to deepen understanding of the experience. Through the programs, students obtain firsthand knowledge about careers, ranging from those available to employees with a high school diploma to those requiring advanced degrees.
Greenville Health System is proud to be a part of a program that aspires to open the minds of middle school students to the many worlds of opportunity right here in the Upstate and to the jobs that could one day be theirs.
Visit the Riley Institute’s Dream Connectors page to learn more.