South Carolina Council on Competitiveness’ TransformSC Network Welcomes McKissick Academy of Science and Technology

McKissick Academy of Science and Technology has joined the TransformSC network

(Columbia, SC) TransformSC, an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness (the Council), today announced McKissick Academy of Science and Technology as the newest member of the TransformSC network.

TransformSC, an initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a statewide network of innovative public schools that work in collaboration with business leaders, educators, students, parents, and policymakers in order to transform South Carolina’s public education system to prepare graduates for careers, college, and citizenship. The addition of McKissick Academy of Science and Technology brings the total number of TransformSC network schools to 73. The network also has seven entire school districts.

“We are thrilled to welcome our newest TransformSC school, McKissick Academy,” said Dr. Peggy Torrey, Director of TransformSC. “McKissick, a magnet school in Pickens County follows a project-based curriculum built around three pillars of STEM: Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering Design. They create a culture which fosters creativity and inquiry and strive to ‘create minds that ask questions no one has asked before and find answers that change our world.’ TransformSC is committed to innovation in education that impacts every student and every teacher in every classroom every day.  McKissick Academy’s focus on teaching STEM through project-based learning exemplifies the transformation our network supports.”

Heather Touchberry, Principal, of McKissick Academy of Science and Technology said, “It’s an honor to be included in the TransformSC network. We’re eager to learn from the network’s other innovators about ways that we can open doors for our students. We are also extremely excited to contribute and collaborate with this network of educators to ensure all students learn and problem solve in an ever-changing world. This is a great step forward in MAST’s intentional pursuit of excellence!”

“The world is changing at startling speed, but the need for quality, innovative education remains constant,” said Susie Shannon, President & CEO of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. “The value of having an evidence-based, expert network is more critical now than ever and adding McKissick Academy makes us all stronger.”

To learn more about TransformSC, visit Schools at all levels and stages of development are encouraged to apply for acceptance to the TransformSC network by contacting Dr. Peggy Torrey at