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Wando Mechatronics Students Visit Cummins Facility

Cecil Gainey’s mechatronics students from Wando High School recently enjoyed an informative and interactive visit to Cummins Turbo Technologies facility in Charleston.

Student were impressed with the size of a 300 pound diesel turbo engine and the research & development, commitment to quality, and local teamwork required to ensure it’s optimal performance. These massive Cummins engines will be installed in a variety of seagoing vessels, sometimes in multiples of 2 or more.

“Thanks to Mr. Z Dixon, and all the local Cummins team members for enabling students to see first-hand the career opportunities that await them in the vibrant manufacturing sector here in Charleston”, said Mr. Gainey after the visit.



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Military Magnet Students Earn “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” for Food Bank


Early on a recent Saturday morning, at 6:30 AM, 3 students from Military Magnet Academy and their culinary arts instructor Mr. Joseph Crompton arrived at The Ashley Crossing Food Lion store.

The opportunity to participate in a “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” at Food Lion was the prize for being in the top 2 in number of “likes” for their video supporting the 2014 Lowcountry Food Bank Student Food Drive. Stratford High School was the other school from the region that won the opportunity to be in the shopping spree.

The teams from each school got 90 seconds to push their shopping cart down the aisle and fill it with as many cans as possible. The students poured cans off the shelves.  “It was so funny to watch”, said Mr. Crompton.  Students from MMA tallied 387 cans in their 2 carts! The food, along with everything else students collected leading up to the spree at their school, was all donated to the food bank.

After the shopping spree, the students got to set up a table in front of another Food Lion location to collect donations from shoppers.  MMA students collected 135 more pounds of cans in 4 hours!  “Since we are the defending small school champ’s last year, we cannot take it easy.” said Mr. Crompton on his students’ success.

For more information on the 2014 Lowcountry Food Bank Student Food Drive, Click Here.

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Wando Technology Teacher Receives Innovative Program Award at Statewide Conference

The Wando High School “Student Help Desk” for computer support, led by Computer Networking and Cyber Security instructor Thomas Hundley, was awarded the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology’s “Technology Innovative Program Award” at the 2014 South Carolina Ed Tech conference in Greenville on October 30.

Pictured above during the award presentation program, left to right: Don Cantrell SCAET Chairman, Thomas Hudley, Judith Wyndham, and Darcy Stewart.

Ms. Stewart is the on-site IT technician at Wando HS; she assisted in the development of the program. Ms. Wyndham serves as the district’s Director of Customer Support for Information Technology.

Congratulations to Mr. Hundley, and everyone that enabled this innovative program to become a reality!

To learn more about all the wonderful and innovative CTE programs at Wando High School, CLICK HERE.

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4 CCSD High Schools in Culinary Arts Demonstration at Coastal Carolina Fair

Four CCSD High Schools, Garrett Academy of Technology, Burke, St. Johns and West Ashley High Schools had the opportunity to participate in the Culinary Arts Demonstration on Wednesday, November 5 from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm.

They were invited to participate by Ms. Debbie Davis from the Coastal Carolina Fair Creative Arts Committee. The Committee provided the kitchen space and demonstration mirrors to provide students with the opportunity to show off their culinary skills to Coastal Carolina Fair Attendees. The Culinary Arts Instructors organized the culinary teams. Culinary students and teachers planned the menus for the demonstrations and used their skills to create their specialty desserts.

Students provided taste of their culinary creations and recipes to their audience. The audience members were impressed by the high level of skills and professionalism of the culinary students. This is a great way to showcase CCSD Culinary Arts Programs.

The event was a great success and drew in a lot of Coastal Carolina Fair Attendees. The Coastal Carolina Fair Creative Arts Committee plans to host the event again next year.

Story and pictures submitted by Charity Summers, Garrett Academy of Technology Principal.

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Automotive Technology Students Getting Hands Dirty in New Building at Wando HS

Mr. Andy Streets’ Automotive Technology program at Wando High School is empowering the next generation of local mechanics with hands-on learning opportunities.

With a new building and state-of-the-art automotive repair equipment, Mr. Streets is building a program that will produce graduates with excellent prospects for local employment.

Students can also choose to continue their studies at Trident Technical College, where Mr. Streets also teaches classes.

To learn more about the Automotive Technology program at Wando High School, or any of the many CTE programs offered there, click this link.


Wando HS Empowering Next Generation of Charleston Cosmetologists

Ms. Mary Smith’s cosmetology program is shaping up nicely at the Center for Advanced Studies at Wando High School.

Today her students were practicing their skills on mannequins, a required step in their march toward certification.

For more information on the Cosmetology program at Wando, Click Here.



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R. B. Stall Health Science Students Attend HOSA Leadership Conference

The HOSA Fall Leadership Conference was recently held at Newberry College. Student from Erin Shiver’s Health Science program at R. B. Stall High School were able to tour the college while there and participate in many career awareness activities. They visited an exhibit fair of competitive events, discussed medical reserve opportunities, participated in team building activities, and learned about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and best practices for a forensic investigation. They also got to build relationships with students on the same education track from throughout the state.

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Pumpkins Carved by Wando Culinary Arts Students on Display

Bill Twaller’s Culinary Arts students at Wando High School have carved a truck load of pumpkins this fall!

Check out the variety and creativity in the gallery below.

MMA Law Students Visit Judge Jefferson

Charleston County Judge Hosts Military Magnet Business Law Students

Business Law students from Military Magnet Academy recently visited Judge Deadra Jefferson in her Charleston County Courtroom. The students were given a tour of the courts, got to sit in on some guilty pleas, and met for a half hour with Judge Jefferson. The students have been invited back to watch some upcoming civil and criminal trials.