Westville, S.C., is a very small town: a post office, a fire station and not much else. But Korene McDow is proud to call it home. Like Ronald McNair, who also grew up in a small town, Korene's dreams reach beyond her hometown.
A full-time USC civil engineering student and a full-time bridge designer at the South Carolina Department of Transportation, her days are long - many times extending late into the night. But perseverance has always been a family trademark. So with graduation in only a few months, Korene is focused on going even further and obtaining an advanced degree.
The McNAIR Center's innovative engineering management master's program is her next challenge. For the first time, those who dream of a career in the clouds can stay in South Carolina and take off.
USC is advancing innovation in education and workforce development by offering the state's first master's degree in aerospace engineering as well as a master's degree in engineering management. Two additional degrees, a bachelor's and a master's in systems design, are in progress.
USC also reaches out to younger students in middle and high schools all over South Carolina who are participating in rigorous and innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Like a young Ronald McNair, their passion for learning will take them beyond our imaginations, potentially landing them on Mars or other distant planets.
By working together with the Challenger Center, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, IT-oLogy, Project Lead the Way and others, USC continues to open the world of exploration to young minds. These students, sparked by the joy of discovery, have an opportunity to pursue their dreams at USC. Through an array of innovative programs, they may find themselves working with aerospace companies through capstone research projects or embracing a career in logistics through the Global Supply Chain Management Program at the Darla Moore School of Business. The possibilities have No Limits.