As an outreach to students of Fairfield Central High School, Midlands Technical College in association with SCE&G conceived a program to promote awareness of the educational pathway needed to obtain jobs within the four clusters of Alternate Energy, Health Care, Advanced Manufacturing, and Information Technology. In order to reach students within the school, MTC needed a space where students could come to learn about prospective careers, discover their own aptitudes for working within one of the clusters, and receive counseling on how to navigate the educational pathway needed to get ready.
Q+ was tasked with turning an underutilized Family and Consumer Sciences lab into an inviting space where students can interact with district, college, and industry representatives to help them achieve their career goals. After complete demolition of the cooking stations, Q+ utilized a furniture system as an armature to subdivide the wide open space into zones for computers, lectures, and group meetings while leaving the zones flexible enough to accommodate many different activities and group sizes. Technology is integrated throughout the project as presentation, collaboration, and exploration tools. Additional upgrades included new ceiling, lighting, and carpet.