PLTW Instructor Jamie Corson and his students from Academic Magnet HS were welcomed by Ms. Michelle Rehr-Matash, SPAWAR Public Affairs officer for a day of interactive learning.
Students got to visit several different working labs, including the Communications & Wireless Lab, Research & Development Lab and Computer Forensics Lab. Then over lunch, students participated in a computer forensics activity with Mr. Bill Littleton, an accomplished SPAWAR computer scientist . The students enjoyed the activity involving meta data & GPS data integrated into photographs.
“The opportunity to visit SPAWAR offered students the ability to meet with a wide range of engineers and technicians.” said Mr. Corson. “They left with a better understanding about the various projects taking place behind the guard gate, and the important role the organization serves in our national security”, added Corson. The students also learned about opportunities for federal internships and co-op programs aimed at both high school and college students.
Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 7 of her students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast.
Students assisted with preparations prior to guests’ arrival alongside professionals from throughout the local hospitality and tourism industry. They also assisted with serving during the event as well as replenishing supplies as needed for various tables.
“Thanks to the event organizers and the Lowcountry Food Bank for including students in this amazing event!” Ortego added. Read more information about this annual event here: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/get-involved/chefs-feast
Students in the James Island Charter High School chapter of Business Professionals of America earned many awards at the BPA State Conference this past week in Rock Hill, SC.
Business Professionals of America is a leading Career Technical Student Organization for students interested in management, office administration, information technology, and other related fields.
Marley Jenkins placed 6th
Sienna Whalen placed 3rd
In the Prepared Speech event:
Sean Brogan placed 2nd
In the Digital Media Production event:
Sydney Godet place 1st
In the Broadcast Production Team event:
Adrianne Hutto and Sophia Mitchell placed 4th
In the Open Test categories:
- Rachael Rowe placed 1st and Sienna Whalen placed 5th in Information Technology Concepts
- Sean Brogan placed 3rd in Financial Math & Analysis
- Sydney Godet placed 3rd in Business Meeting Management Concepts
Three of our BPA students qualified for BPA Nationals in Orlando, FL!
Congratulations to all that participated and earned awards, and special thanks to their JICHS teacher & adviser Ms. Dana Miley!
The following update was provided by Rob Turner with Charleston Engineering who serves as Chairman of the Board of ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston.
The ACE Mentors are in full swing at all three schools this semester!
Check out this terrific video of students in Mr. Darwin Shorter’s class at St. Johns High working in a Project-based Learning (PBL) activity with their ACE Mentors:
Harry Pecorelli of Stantec led the PBL exercise where the students formed teams, each with a project manager, to build buildings with Legos. “The activity included a lot of curve balls and it is fun to watch them react to change orders and other project challenges”, remarked Mr. Turner.
Thanks to all the amazing and generous ACE Mentors for investing their time at Burke HS, St. Johns HS, and R. B. Stall HS this year!
Burke High School
|LaShaun Key – Architect|
|Bobby Teachey – Construction Project Manager|
|Teacher of Record / Champions:|
|Roy Joe Kemp|
|Zach Aument – Architect|
|Laura Slagel – Architect|
|Jonathan Sigman – Structural Engineer|
|Michael Cunningham – Structural Engineer|
|Irving Fordham – Electrical Engineer|
|Jarret Hudson – Architect|
|Kendall Roberts – Architect|
|Bryan Shiver – Construction Manager|
|Chandra Jones – Construction Manager|
|Amanda Page – Mechanical Engineer|
|Victor Fallon – Mechanical Engineer|
|Sam Young – Electrical Engineer|
|DJ Coblentz – Electrical Engineer|
R. B. Stall High School
|Ben Anderson – Architect|
|Wayne Butler – Architect|
|Teacher of Record / Champion: Kimberly Pickett|
|Mark Dillon – Structural Engineer|
|Zac Smith – Construction Civil Engineer|
|Todd Altman – Construction Manager|
|Tom Magee – Construction Project Manager (will float between both schools)|
|Steve Marek – Mechanical Engineer|
|Derek Hensley – Elec. Engineer|
St. Johns High School
|Harry Pecorelli – Construction Manager (owners rep)|
|Allie Beck – Architect|
|Teacher of Record / Champion: Darwin Shorters|
|Sarah Glass – Architect|
|Mary Tran – Architect|
|Alison Dawson – Architect|
|Kelsey Powell – Structural Engineer|
|George Lee – mechanical sales|
|Aaron Smith – Construction Manager|
|Rob Turner – Mech. Engineer|
|William Snider – Electrical|
February 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.
Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!
By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.
This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia Heywar, Ms. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.
When the movie finished, and while many eyes were still wet with emotion, the lights came up and students were treated to a panel discussion with local professionals like Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry, site leader and lead executive in charge at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston and Mr. KaMar Galloway, local leader of Google’s CS First computer science program. Not only was the powerful movie discussed, but also the pathway available to students today and the career opportunities that await them in the fast growing Charleston economy.
Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.
Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.
Participating schools from Charleston County School District included:
- Wando HS
- R B Stall HS
- Academic Magnet HS
- St. Johns HS
- Baptist Hill MHS
- Septima P. Clark Academy
- Garrett Academy of Technology
- West Ashley HS
- James Simons EMS
- Orange Grove MS
- James Island MS
- Jerry Zucker MS
- CE Williams MS
- Montessori Community School
- Cario MS
- West Ashley MS
- Deer Park MS
Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.
Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.
They arrived with their chaperones Ms. Melissa Sparks and Ms. Bridgette Butler early Monday morning at City Hall, and quickly took their seats in the historic City Council Chambers.
They got to hear several interesting stories about the chamber from the docent, Ms. Lindsay Barrios including the single Edison light bulb still in place and the amazing story of the portrait of George Washington in Charleston featured behind the podium.
Then, they were welcomed by City of Charleston Mayor, John Tecklenburg. He spoke on the value of the opportunity of job shadowing and thanked the City of Charleston team members for their willingness to invest in students.
Host departments included:
- Police Department
- Fire Department
- Recreation Department
- Old Slave Mart Museum
- Human Resources
- Housing & Community Development
- Parks Department
- Technology & Business Development
- Information Technology
- Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
- Municipal Court Judge
- Mayor’s Office
After the morning of job shadowing, students and their host met for a special luncheon at the Maritime Center.
The amazing day of work-based learning was organized by Jennifer Gorham with the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families.
Thanks to Jennifer, Mindy, and all the City of Charleston departments for making this event possible again this year.
Thanks to Mayor John Tecklenburg for welcoming the students to City Hall and attending the debriefing luncheon at the Maritime Center.
On February 6th, students and faculty from the College of Charleston Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosted an amazing career fair at the TD Arena on Meeting Street.
Over 100 students from CCSD culinary arts programs attended. Paula Miller from SMG, the worlds largest operator of coliseums and convention centers, including ours in N. Charleston, shared a terrific lecture on soft skills, including best practices for resumes, interviews, and post interview follow up. She also shared proper communication etiquette.
After Ms. Miller’s presentation, students got to enjoy a special box lunch and then walk around to visit 40+ local colleges, restaurants, hotels, and attraction vendors seeking interns and employees.
Participating CCSD Schools included: St. Johns High School, Wando High School, Garrett Academy of Technology and North Charleston High School.
“For our high school students to get to participate in this event and hear from a soft skills expert was tremendous”, said Chef Twaler who brought his Wando High School culinary students to the event.
Thanks to all the local companies and colleges that participated, and thanks to Jeremy Clement, Wayne Smith, and all the faculty, volunteers and students from College of Charleston for including CCSD students in this event.
Thanks to all the students and parents that attended the information session on our region’s Youth Apprenticeship opportunities on February 2 at Trident Technical College. Attendees got to hear about youth apprenticeships available in 15 career pathways from over 100 local companies!
Over 100 employers in the Charleston region are offering rising high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors the opportunity to Get Paid to Learn as youth apprentices.
Youth apprentices will receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction as dual-credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies.
Thanks to the support of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, students in the youth apprenticeship program receive a scholarship worth approximately $6000 to cover all tuition and costs for apprenticeship-related college courses at TTC.
Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following local careers:
- Industrial Mechanics
- Machine Tool Technology
- Culinary Arts
- Hotel Operations
- EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
- Medical Office Assistant
- Computer Networking
- Junior Computer Programming
- Civil CAD Technician
- Automotive Mechanic
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
- Security/Pre-Law Enforcement *
* In South Carolina, law enforcement officers must be at least 21 years of age. This apprenticeship equips students for employment as private security officers, and prepares them to continue their education and training at the police academy.
Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:
- Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
- A high school diploma (if not already granted)
- One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
- A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree
- National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
- Two years of work experience
- Marketable skills for life
Youth Apprenticeship Participation Requirements
- To be eligible for a youth apprenticeship, a student must:
- Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
- Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
- Have reliable transportation to work and to school
- Be legally able to work in the U.S.
To start the application process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying placement test scores. To schedule an appointment at the TTC Testing Center, call 843.574.6410.
For more information or for the application package, please visit this website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm