Developing the Person, Student, & Skilled Worker

  • Program Mission – Development

    • To equip students with the knowledge and skillsets necessary toward developing independently productive employees


    • Scholarships
    • Industry Career Credentials
      • MSSC (Manufacturing Skills Standards Curriculum)
      • Ready to Work Certification

    Job Placements

    • 12 for Life has more than 2,000 graduates since 2007.
    • The program is preparing students to be employable, educated young people prepared to enter the workforce.
    • 12 for Life students attend school for a portion of the day and work in a Southwire manufacturing and other facilities for another portion of the day.
    • Students spend their time learning important work and life skills from supervisors and dedicated school system-employed educators.
    • Students receive real-world training such as decision making skills, personal accountability, resume building, communication skills, and more.


    It all adds up to a successful model that other businesses and schools systems can – and should – use to improve graduation rates and improve long-term earning capacity for the community.

What is 12 for Life?

  • Students carrying textbooks. 12 for Life seeks to instill in students the belief that, if they complete a full 12 years of education, they will have better lives. By combining traditional classroom instruction with jobs inside a real manufacturing plant, the unique partnership between Southwire Company and the Florence City School System ensures students receive a balanced education. They get the best of all worlds by working regular hours, earning actual wages and – most importantly – learning skills they will need after they graduate.

  • Go HERE to find out how to become a Florence Falcon.