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3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Camp a Success at Lowcountry Tech Academy

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp was staged last week at Lowcounty Tech Academy.

Special thanks to Bill Littleton for serving as camp director, and to the lead sponsors of the camp, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston (SPAWAR) and Trident Technical College!

Over 80 students participated in various tracks, including the  “Junior Cyber Warrior” track, new for this year for middle school aged students.

The Junior Cyber Warrior campers enjoyed sessions on Computer Deconstruction, Scratch Programming, Command & Control Systems, Building PowerPoint Slides, Internet Security, Trebuchet, LEGO Robotics, Cyber Espionage, Snap Circuits, and a “Clash of Clans” style cyber security challenge.

In the Cyber Espionage challenge, students were assigned to recover key intelligence from a USB drive containing stolen information after searching a potential spy (manakin). Once they found the suspicious item on the spy, they examined the data for valuable secrets using popular cryptography and forensics tools.

Check out these students’ hand-built trebuchets – they loved practicing and competing:

Other campers enjoyed sessions like Computer Deconstruction, Installing & Securing Linux, Networking, Installing & Securing Windows, Vulnerabilities & Threats, HTML Programming, Java Script Design, Raspberry Pi, and a Cyber Challenge led by SPAWAR volunteers.

Students interested in Engineering and Robotics were treated to a VEX Robotics program packed with hands-on project-based learning activities.

Students also got to experiment with a small drone as they tried to navigate through various obstacles. Check out this video!

The purpose of the camp was to bring together subject matter experts, local businesses, community organizations and most importantly students, our future cyber warriors, to learn about cybersecurity.  The organizer’s  ultimate goal was to provide each participant with specialized focused sessions and ample opportunities to experience hands-on activities in different aspects of cybersecurity.

This year’s camp theme was “Defend Your Domain” to embraces the notion of protecting cyber “domains”.  Students learned the importance of being ever vigilant in protecting themselves against cyber-criminals.

Here are some pictures from the end of camp awards ceremony – view even more pictures from the camp here!

CCSD Career and Technology Education would like to give a huge thanks to Jim ‘N Nicks catering, SPAWAR, Trident Technical College and all the other community partners that invested their time, talent, and support to make this year’s camp successful.

Thank you to Joseph Bullinger with SPAWAR for sharing the pictures for this story.

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CCSD Summer Interns Gaining Excellent Career Related Experiences

June 29, 2015 – Charleston, SC – This summer, students from throughout CCSD are working in district offices aligned with their career aspirations. This valuable career experience will help shape their future, and the high school credit opportunity & earned paychecks are not bad also. Each student is keeping a  journal while completing 120 hours of work experience. Each supervisor will provide at least one formal review during the experience.

Here are some pictures of students at their assigned worksites during the first week of their internships.

Jonashia Varns is assisting with summer camps at Lowcountry Tech Academy.

Jonashia Varns, a rising senior at Garrett Academy, is assisting with summer camps at Lowcountry Tech Academy.

Jasmine Yates, a rising senior at West Ashley HS, is assigned to the CCSD Human Resources department this summer. She got to cover the front desk at St. Andrews Professional Development Center last week.


Aloria Brown, a rising senior at Garrett Academy and Tekkeris Simmons, a rising senior at R. B. Stall HS were spotted working on database updates in the CCSD Office of Teacher Effectiveness.


Ebony Washington, a rising senior at West Ashley HS, pictured here (second from right) with her coworkers in the CCSD Communication Department at 75 Calhoun Street.


Tabia Castle from West Ashley HS, Estefani Paredes from R. B. Stall HS, and Richae Haynes from Baptist Hill MHS are pictured with their coworkers in the CCSD Dept of Federal Programs


L to R: Estefani Paredes, Tabia Castle, Department of Federal Programs Director Michele English-Watson, and Richae Haynes.



2 Summer Interns at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Gaining Valuable Career Experience

Reaves Wannamaker from Academic Magnet High School and Vinh Ton from Wando High School landed a pretty sweet internship this summer… They are being paid to work with the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw.

This internship, an extension of the Over the Horizon program, is providing valuable work-based learning experiences for these students.

Reaves and Vinh are enjoying a wide variety of experiences this summer – Working with students in the “Camp Sewee” at the Sewee Visitor Center, helping to recover turtle nests, assisting with interpretive tours, important maintenance projects on bulls island, and so much more!

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Thanks to all that have ensured the Over the Horizon partnership continues to yield positive outcomes for students!

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CCSD Summer Interns Participate in Retreat Prior to First Day of Work

Charleston, SC – June 17, 2015 – Student interns preparing for their first day working with their assigned CCSD department enjoyed a retreat yesterday to facilitate team building, reinforce professionalism, and complete all remaining HR requirements.

Former student interns and recent graduates of West Ashley HS Jerome Smalls and Jonathon Garcia both shared valuable insights and encouragement with this summer’s cohort.


??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Rising seniors from throughout Charleston County School District applied back in March for a chance to work with professionals in one of many district departments. After interviews, 25 were chosen were connected with a summer internship aligned with their natural talents and career aspirations. The summer interns will earn $8 per hour and class credit in addition to valuable resume building experience and professional relationships.

Students met with their supervisors on June 15 during their internship orientation also held at Lowcountry Tech Academy. Students also completed the district on-boarding requirements with the help of Yvonne Marshall and Sandra Quigely from CCSD Human Resources department.

At the orientation and the retreat, students were given the opportunity to have their TB Test requirement met thanks to ARCpoint Labs of Charleston generous support of the summer internships program.???????????????????????????????

The students must complete 120 hours of work this summer and submit weekly journals during their experience. They will also have written reviews by their supervisors. At the end of the summer, a special event will be held for students, parents, and supervisors to celebrate the successful summer.

At the retreat, students enjoyed lunch from Raising Cane’s Chicken in Mt. Pleasant.

Thanks to Lowcountry Tech Academy for hosting both the orientation and retreat meetings, and for everyone that help make this year’s Summer Internship program in CCSD possible. We’re off to an excellent start!



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CCSD Students Starting Summer Internships

Congratulations to 29 students from throughout Charleston County School District that have recently begun their summer internships.

These students are earning a paycheck and high school credit while working in a position aligned with their career interests.

Thanks to the following partners for hosting interns this summer:

Company Students Hired  School
JMO Woodworks 1 St. Johns HS
Team Craft Roofing 1 Garrett Academy
Half Moon Outfitters Warehouse 1 N. Charleston HS
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge 2 Wando HS (1) ; Academic Magnet (1)
CCSD SMAART Camp 5 Garrett Academy (4) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Human Resources 1 West Ashley HS
CCSD Accounting 1 Garrett Academy
CCSD Information Technology 2 West Ashley HS (1) ; Wando HS (1)
CCSD Personalized Learning 2 Garrett Academy (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Plant Operations / Facilities 3 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Communications 1 West Ashley HS
CCSD Federal Programs 3 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1) ; Baptist Hill MHS (1)
Lowcountry Tech Academy 3 West Ashley HS (1) ; St.Johns (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Planning Dept. 1 R. B. Stall HS
CCSD Office of Teacher Effectiveness 2 Garrett Academy (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
29 Total

Here are some pictures from our recent Summer Interns’ Orientation meeting.

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West Ashley HS’s Graduating Engineering Majors Present to WAHS Engineering Advisory Board; Robert Rentz Named Excellence in Engineering Award Winner

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West Ashley High School’s 2014-2015 Excellence in Engineering award winner was Robert Rentz.

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Special thanks to Cummins Charleston for supporting this special recognition for Robert Rentz.


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Engineering Students from C. E. Williams Middle Visit Urban Electric Company’s Manufacturing Facility

June 1, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Students from Mr. John Shell’s Gateway to Technology program at C. E. Williams Middle School in West Ashley enjoyed an interactive visit to a lighting fixture manufacturer, The Urban Electric Company on the old Navy Base today!


Based here in North Charleston, The Urban Electric Company services an international clientele of interior designers and architects with a full collection of both interior and exterior fixtures as well as one of the most extensive custom offerings in the industry.


Urban Electric’s lighting fixtures are predominantly hand made from start to finish – students got a first hand look at each step of the manufacturing process. Check out THIS VIDEO!


Students also got to meet with designers and engineers at Urban Electric Company today.

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Special thanks to Eloise Southard, Tim Bazzle, Bill Macek, and everyone at Urban Electric for hosting the students today!

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