West Ashley HS Stages First “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Tea With Help From Boeing SC Engineering Managers

The West Ashley High School Engineering Department recently staged their first “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Tea on May 27, 2015. The event featuring two engineering managers from Boeing South Carolina. Seniors from the WAHS Engineering Design class also gave a presentation.IMG_1157


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West Ashley High School DECA Stages Inaugural 5K Race Fundraiser

Congratulations to Terry Stutts, West Ashley High School DECA Adviser and his dedicated students on their first successful 5K event this past weekend!

Here are a few pictures from the event – Thanks to all that helped make this event possible!

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Sanders-Clyde 8th Graders Visit Local Volvo-BMW-Mini Dealership

May 28, 2015 – Charleston, SC  – Career exploration was the topic of the day for 30 Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School 8th graders preparing to matriculate to high school this fall.


The students were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Rick Hendrick Volvo, Mini, and BMW showrooms and service departments on Savannah Highway.


They got to hear from professionals including team members from parts & service, sales, and marketing departments.


Thank you to the wonderful team at Rick Hendrick Volvo, Mini and BMW of Charleston for hosting students from Sanders-Clyde today!



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4 Military Magnet Academy Students Complete Internship Program at Lowcountry Food Bank

Charleston, SC – May 21, 2015 – Four students from Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts program led by Chef Joseph Crompton enjoyed a special ceremony this morning in recognition of their spring semester internship completion.

Here is a video from this morning’s special program held at the Lowcountry Food Bank facility:

Huge thanks to Chef Kim Ortego and Erin Fisher at the food bank, and to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning experience possible for these students!

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Wando Culinary Students & ProStart National Champs Work Kickin’ Chicken Kitchen for Night of Fundraising

On Tuesday, 5/19/15, the Kickin’ Chicken team in Mt Pleasant hosted the National ProStart Invitational’s Winning Culinary Management Team from Wando High School as guest managers for the night. All sales during their time at the restaurant were donated back to their program.

THANK YOU Kickin’ Chicken for supporting Wando Culinary Arts students, and for all you do for our community!

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Wando Students Participate in Business Etiquette Breakfast

Rosemary Bianchi, a CTE Teacher at Wando High School, recently hosted a Business Etiquette breakfast with her Web Development & Design I and II students. Since many of her students are graduating this year, Ms. Bianchi sought to share the critical importance of essential work place skills related to meals. For many of the students, it was the first time they’d had formal instruction on the correct use of various table settings and how to engage in healthy and appropriate conversation with other professionals.

West Ashley High School Celebrates 85 CTE Completers at Breakfast Event

Story by Donnie Newton, PR Coordinator West Ashley HS

Charleston, SC —  85 seniors from West Ashley High School were recognized recently as Completers in a particular CTE Career Major at the CTE Completer Breakfast on April 22nd. West Ashley High School offers 14 different Career & Technology Education (CTE) Majors, ranging from Accounting, Marketing, Sports Medicine, or Web & Digital Communications. At the CTE Completer Breakfast, the food was prepared and served by West Ashley High’s own Culinary Arts students led by their teacher Chef Jason Wheless.

The students received a silver cord to wear at graduation to symbolize their achievements within the CTE Department and a certificate that exhibits the completion of their chosen major. Principal Lee Runyon, Associate Principal Ryan Cumback, and Assistant Principal Gayle Dorsel presented the completers with their awards. Ginger Reijners, the CTE Director for CCSD, and Chad Vail, the Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, were also present for the event.

Studies have shown that students who complete a rigorous academic core combined with a career pathway perform better in high school, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are more likely to continue on to receive a post-secondary education.

Click here for a complete list of all CTE Majors at West Ashley High School




R. B. Stall High School Celebrates CTE Completers with Recognition Breakfast

May 14, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Graduating seniors at R. B. Stall High School were presented their silver Completer Cords this morning for successfully completing four Career and Technology courses in their major.


Congratulations to all the CTE students on their achievement! And, thank you to CTE Department Chair Kim Pickett and the amazing CTE Teaching Team at R. B. Stall HS on another fantastic year!


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Charleston Elks Lodge Hosts Students for Job Shadowing Day with Local Municipalities

May 14, 2015 – Charleston, SCElks Lodge 242 hosted over 35 students from area high schools for a day of job shadowing experiences with local municipalities.

Students from Burke HS, Lincoln HS, Military Magnet Academy, Charleston Charter School for Math & Science, R. B. Stall HS, and West Ashley HS arrived at the Elks Lodge in West Ashley and were treated to juice and muffins by Elks volunteers.


Each student was given their assigned destination and Elks members ensured they got to the locations – The Town of Mt. Pleasant, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, and City of Hanahan provided opportunities for students to shadow various municipal professionals for the morning. Each students career interests were matched with their assignment.


After spending the morning with the assigned job shadowing hosts, everyone gathered in the Elks main hall for a special luncheon.

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Micheala Bennekin, a senior at Burke High School got to shadow in the Mt. Pleasant mayor’s office, and received a proclamation from Mayor Linda Page appointing her Honorary Mayor for the Day!


Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was the keynote speaker, and several Elks Members spoke also. Students were also invited to the podium to share about what they’d learned during the experience.

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Special thanks to Jennie Sirisky and Tim Bussey  for their excellent  planning for the day, and all the other Elks members that made this amazing career exploration opportunity a reality for participating students.

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