The Gorge provides PCHS business students a day filled with lessons, fun

Published 8:00 am Thursday, May 10, 2018

A group of Polk County High School students received a rare opportunity to get a firsthand look at the inner workings of a local business — and have some fun while doing it.

Career and Technology Education teachers at PCHS routinely contact business professionals to come speak to their classes to offer information that students would not normally get inside a regular classroom. When principles of business and finance teacher Deanna Durham called Sara Bell at The Gorge in Saluda to see if she would be interested in visiting to talk about starting and maintaining a business venture, Bell instead offered to have students visit The Gorge to learn more about the business and take part in zipline canopy tours.

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Durham jumped at the opportunity to visit The Gorge and give her students a rare opportunity for both the tours and business visit.

Bell provided the instruction for the zipline tours, as well as shared how The Gorge began and some of the problems they faced in doing so. The business information was correlated to many startups, and allowed students an opportunity to ask questions as well as getting them to think about entrepreneurship opportunities that may be possible for some of them in the not-too-distant future.

Durham said she did not see a cell phone in use the entire time.

Several students even put in job applications to be able to work at the business when school is out.

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