Designing the Future

Designing the Future

November 3rd 2022

The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind hosted funders at a ribbon cutting ceremony for its state-of-the-art screen-printing shop, Pennell Printing, on Wednesday, November 2nd. Funders for the project include AFL, Power:Ed and the Truist Foundation.


The ribbon cutting took place in the Pennell Printing classroom at SCSDB’s Applied Academic Center (AAC). The AAC prepares students for jobs or continued education upon graduation. Students are introduced to career opportunities and work experiences. Pennell Printing gives students the opportunity to learn how a full-service, professional screen-printing business operates.


Da’Quan Whetstone, senior at the School for the Deaf at SCSDB, shared his experiences with taking the screen-printing class and how it’s teaching him skills for his future.


"Once I graduate, I want to work with mechanics and engine repair,” said Whetstone. “I believe this class has given me the teamwork skills, the leadership skills and the hands-on opportunity to help with that.”


At Pennell Printing, students learn skills relevant to the screen-printing business such as, using hand tools and office equipment, creating electronic invoices, maintaining inventory, marketing their products or services, organizing tasks, projecting costs and evaluating their products and services through feedback from customers.


“Pennell Printing is producing students who can navigate the expanding workforce in today’s world with more modern and ever-changing technology,” said Cherie Winkler, principal at AAC. “Thank you to all the funders who contributed to the success of this project. Our students are gaining the skills to be the world-class leaders of tomorrow.”

View a video of the ribbon cutting on our YouTube page.

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