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Garrett Academy of Technology Pre-Engineering Students Visit Clemson Energy Innovation Center

Students in Ms. Aisha Jeffrey’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering class at Garrett Academy of Technology enjoyed a Structured Field Study experience at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston this week.

They toured the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center and wind turbine testing facility, and got to visit the brand new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning experience possible for these future engineers!

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Wando HS and Burke HS Students Visit Bulls Island for “Over the Horizon” Experience

Charleston, SC – November 16, 2016 – 15 students from Burke High School boarded their activity bus early on a foggy Wednesday morning with their chaperones. It didn’t take long for their bus to arrive at the first stop for the day, Wando High School.

The 15 students from Burke HS were introduced to 15 students from Wando HS, and after getting to know each other a little bit over breakfast, the whole group boarded the activity bus to ride up 17 North to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

When the bus arrived at Garris Landing to meet their Coastal Expeditions ferryboat, students piled off and grabbed the coolers full of the provisions for the day’s trip to Bulls Island.

These 30 students were chosen by their teachers to participate in a very special structured field study called Over the Horizon.

The idea for the trip was conceived over 5 years ago by a small group of Charlestonians for their Riley Institute Diversity Leadership in Action project, and has endured thanks to several original members’ support. The trip’s focus centers around ensuring high school students understand the value of biological and cultural diversity.

Students got to visit historic sites, walk the famous Bulls Island Boneyard Beach, see many, many alligators, and enjoy lunch at the Dominick House, the island’s only dwelling originally built in the 1920’s as a family hunting cabin. On the beach students participated in team building exercise and had time to explore and collect shells.

The island visit ended with a lively lecture on Gullah culture and the art of sweetgrass basket sewing by local legend Ms. Vera Manigault.

The boat ride back to Garris Landing seemed quick as the group reviewed the day’s events and exchanged contact information to stay in touch.

Two principals from high schools in Horry County participated in the trip and plan to replicate the program in their region.

Huge thanks to Brian Wells for his continued leadership and generous support of the Over the Horizon project. And, thanks to Tricia Midgett, Visitor Services Manager at Cape Romain NWR, the amazing team at Coastal Expeditions, Ms. Vera Manigault, all the volunteers, and the educators and students from Wando and Burke high schools for making it another excellent experience for all involved.

 

 

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Students in West Ashley High School Nail Technology Program Visit Paul Mitchell School

Students in Ms. Shepherd’s Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School visited the Paul Mitchell School in Charleston today.

The students got to meet instructors during their visit and learn about the certificate programs offered in various related career fields.

“The students truly enjoyed this Structured Field Study experience”, said Ms. Estes, WAHS Career Councilor.

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West Ashley HS Student Enjoying 4th Grade Classroom Work-based Learning Assignment at Ashley River Creative Arts

West Ashley High School student Margaret Davis Huggins is enjoying her fall internship placement at Ashley River Creative Arts. img_0320She has excelled in her internship with Mrs. Lisa Trott, a 4th grade teacher. She even led a recent lesson on the history of the Macy’s parade in the class and had the students create and decorate their own balloon!
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Margaret assists in Mrs. Trott’s classroom two days each week and then works to create marketing activities for DECA the other three days each week. “She is truly maximizing the work-based learning opportunities she has been given this semester,” said her Work-based Learning teacher Ms. Pennekamp.
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West Ashley HS Students Operating Coffee Shop as Profitable School-based Enterprise

Students in Chef Wheless’ Culinary Arts program at West Ashley High School have started their own School-based Enterprise, a coffee shop during their first period.  They sell specialty coffees and tea to students and faculty each morning.  They designed their concept, created their promotions, and keep financial records on their business.
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The students are gaining valuable entrepreneurial experience and earning high school credit through the school’s Work-based Learning program led by Mrs. Pennekamp.
Participating students include Amber Doyle, Abigail Delgado, Michelle Hammock, DaMya Brown and Victoria Singleton.
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Palmetto Goodwill Empowers Burke High School Students with Professionalism Training

img_2682Student in Ms. Amanda Dukes’ Computer Technology program at Burke High School recently visited Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston.

“Manish Mazyck, Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill, and her team gave us an interesting & “real talk” presentation about professionalism in the workplace and in job interviews” Ms. Dukes said of their visit.

“She showed the various ways Goodwill can help job seekers prepare & train, and gave us a tour of the facilities.” Ms. Dukes added.

The students were thrilled that Goodwill also provided each of them with $35 vouchers to shop for professional attire in the Goodwill Shop. Students left with some great finds, and plan to use them in their  mock interviews with Mount Pleasant Waterworks coming up soon.
“The students and I think this was an invaluable experience, and one that will definitely help them in the long run”, Ms. Dukes said of their visit. Thanks to the Palmetto Goodwill team for all they do for our community!
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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Construction Site of Sk8 Charleston, New Skateboarding Park

On November 10th, students in Mr. Stone’s and Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Project Lead the Way Pre-engineering program at West Ashley High School got to participate in a Structured Field Study at the construction site for the new Sk8 Charleston skateboarding park.  The students were very thankful to get to wear their hard hats donated by Charleston Water Systems.
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“The engineering project manager that hosted the students at the site said she enjoyed being with such an enthusiastic group, a nice compliment for these future engineers.”  said Dr. Leonard.  “On behalf of myself, Mr. Stone and all of our students at West Ashley High School, we truly appreciate the many people that donated their time and materials to make this work-based learning opportunity possible”, added Dr. Leonard.
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Belle Hall Elementary’s BrainBots FIRST Lego Team Advancing to SC East State Championship

The Belle Hall BrainBots recently competed at the FIRST Lego League Berkeley Qualifier and brought home the first place award for Best Robot Design.

They also placed in the top four teams and earned the right to move forward to the South Carolina East State Championship that takes place in January!​

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Front row L-R:  Jay Mirman (5th grade- BHE), Conner Li (4th grade BHE), Charlotte Halford (5th grade, BHE)
Back Row L-R:  Ariana Lane (6th grade- Moultrie), Connor Kizer (5th grade, BHE), Claudia Mendez (5th grade, BHE), Allie-Grace Cross (5th grade- BHE), Sam Henshaw (6th grade, Moultrie), Jacob Olinger (5th grade, BHE)

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Students showing off their award after the event with their coaches: Eva Stratos, SAIL Teacher, BHES and Heath Olinger, Boeing SC Volunteer.

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West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Visit Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Technology students from West Ashley High School visited Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School during a recent Breast Cancer Awareness event to provide nail services for all willing elementary girls. ashley3 ashey1
It was a great chance for the WAHS students to practice their craft and get to meet some younger students. The Ashley River Creative Arts students were thrilled to meet the big high school students!ashley2
Thanks to everyone that made the work-based learning opportunity possible.
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Venture Aerobearings Hosts Engineering Students from C E Williams Middle School for Work-based Learning Experience

20161102_124045_palmetto_commerce_parkwayThank you to the Venture Aerobearings team for hosting 40+ 7th graders from Mr. John Shell’s pre-engineering program at C E Williams Middle School in West Ashley for a site visit to their lean & clean manufacturing facility.

This work-based learning experience was divided into two days to serve over 40 students –
One group visited on Nov. 2 and another visited on Nov. 3.

Opportunities provided by Venture Aerobearings associates during the students’ visit included:

  • Learning about employment opportunities with the company
  • Understanding how the manufacturing process works
  • Exposing students to state of the art machines used to create
  • Relating classroom experiences with real world job experiences by using CAD Design to create usable working 3-D models
  • Competing with classmates in a team building exercise using STEM skills as well as 21st Century Skills to create a bridge model

Students got to meet with several  industrial technicians and engineers to discuss the pathways to a career in manufacturing. They also got an extensive tour of the manufacturing floor.

“My students were completely engaged the entire time; we will reference this experience many many times in our classroom”, said Mr. Shell about the visit.

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