Helping Hands

  • Monday, December 30, 2013

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Building and Construction teacher at Carvers Bay High School


Native of Browns Ferry section of Georgetown County

Worked with Lee Holmes Construction Co. for 30 years, Sears Cleaning Service and A&I Restoration Service

Owns Cox Home Improvement and former owner of Cox Limousine Service

What do you like about teaching Building and Construction at CBHS?

The main thing I enjoy is helping my students be successful so they can gain employment after high school, or after completing a two-year college program.

Carpentry has been a very good choice for me. Iíve been very successful.

This opportunity we are giving students at the high school level helps them learn a trade.

CBHS is the only school in the Georgetown County School District that has a building and construction program. It is a cluster program,

What do you mean by cluster program?

When you hear Building and Construction, the first thing that comes to mind is carpentry.

I teach carpentry, plumbing, electrical and brick masonry. A lot of schools are now going to the cluster program.

What do you teach in each area?

In carpentry, I teach students how to build the foundation of a house, the structure, and putting on walls, rafters and roofs.

They just completed a storage building.

In plumbing, I teach them how to hook up a toilet and a sink, and put in a drain system. They also work with PVC and copper piping.

In masonry, I teach them how to lay blocks and bricks, and how to mix mortar with sand and water.

In the electrical program, I teach them how to hook up plugs and switches, and put up ceiling fans and lights.

I have a way to test their projects to make sure they got it right and when electricity is involved I am right there.

Can you tell me about the annual SkillsUSA competition?

The SkillsUSA competition is held each April in Greenville.

I get to take four students in my program: A plumber, an electrician, a carpenter, and a brick mason.

In the last five years weíve won 2nd and 3rd place.

I have yet to win 1st place but Iím working on it.

Some kids get jobs because they were noticed by companies at the competition. Iíve seen it happen.

With what other things are you involved in the community?

I have been a member of Big John and the Mighty Singing Sons for more than 30 years.

Music is a big part of my life and I am very spiritual.

Now that we are not currently singing, I sing by myself and as back-up for my sister, Shana.

I am active in my church, Mt. Olive Church in the Dunbar community. I am a member of the Trustee Board and various choirs.

I serve as vice president for The Brotherhood.

That is a group of men who get together to teach younger men how to be men, and to discuss the Bible. It is mentoring on a spiritual level.

I also coach JV boys basketball at CBHS.

Can you tell me about your family?

My wife, Glenda, works at Georgetown Memorial Hospital as an EKG technician.

We have two daughters, Cinquanta Cox Smith, who is a Certified Public Accountant, and Cinquetta Cox, who attends Vorhees College in Denmark, S.C. We also have two grandkids.

My sister is Shana Cox-Woodberry, a local Gospel musician, and my brother-in-law, Lee Holmes, got me started in construction.

My entire family has supported me through the years. I want to thank them for helping me follow my dreams.

ó As told to Clayton Stairs

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