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City of Charleston Hosts Job Shadowing Day for 25 West Ashley HS Students

February 13, 2017 – Charleston, SC – 25 students from West Ashley High School got to shadow City of Charleston municipal professionals for a “Day in the Life” experience. IMG_3804

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.

Students were them connected with their host departments and departed to begin their work-based learning experiences.
Mayor John Tecklenburg with his WAHS Shadow

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.

 

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Students Thriving in School of the Arts Internships Program

15 students from Charleston County School of the Arts are working in work-based learning internships aligned with their career interests. Each student works a minimum of 120 hours and turns in a weekly journal on their experiences along with other assignments to to their Teacher of Record Ms.Cherie Godwin.

Special thanks to Mr. Bill Smyth, a recently retired teacher at School of the Arts, for continuing to facilitate the internship program he helped establish at the school.

On the value of the internship program at SOA, Smyth said, “I wish all students this age had an internship. I think it would make the world of difference in their lives. School subjects would be more meaningful. Students would begin to focus on a career path. Students would get practical experience in work they’re interested in.”

Companies hosting SOA student interns this year include:

9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Ascue’s Auto Body and Paint Shop
Charleston City Paper
Charleston Community Sailing
Charleston Museum
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Creative Edge Dance Center
Gibbes Museum of Art
MUSC Nursing
MUSC Pharmaceutical Research
MUSC Radiology Dept.
MUSC Regenerative Medicine
Post and Courier
Roper St. Francis Hospital West Ashley

Thanks to all the host companies, the students and their families, and the wonderful faculty at Charleston County School of the Arts for supporting this terrific work-based learning program!

 

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West Ashley HS Graduate Stephen Maddy Receives SC Technology Champion Award

Congratulations to West Ashley High School graduate Stephen Maddy who received his SC Technology Champion award at the SC Education & Business Summit June 26th in Greenville for South Carolina’s most exemplary CTE students!

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City of Charleston Employees Host CCSD Students for Day of Job Shadowing

10 students from Baptist Hill MHS in Hollywood and 10 students from Burke HS in downtown Charleston were invited to shadow professionals from various departments of the City of Charleston on Feb 29th. IMG_2824

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The day began with a tour of Charleston’s historic city hall, including city council chamber and it’s priceless collection of art. Ms. Lindsey, the docent for the chamber, provided an interesting story for each of the portraits hanging in the room. She also highlighted the one original Edison Bulb still operational in the chamber and the desks that date back to the 1800’s.

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Then, each student was connected with their host for the morning – participating city departments included:

Housing Dept.
Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
Recreation Dept.
Mayor’s Office
Office of Tourism & Livability
Charleston Fire Dept.
Clerk of Council
Cultural Affairs Office
Charleston Police Dept.

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After the job shadowing time was complete, everyone met back at the maritime center for lunch and round-table discussions on the day.

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Sticky Fingers catered the lunch, and Mayor Tecklenburg provided remarks.

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The day was terrific, including ideal weather, and the beautiful location – but most of all, it was the experience and relationships the students left with that will shape their future, and the future of our community.

Thanks to all that made this amazing job shadowing day possible, especially Mindy Sturm with the Mayor’s office for Children, Youth & Families and Bernard Scott and Michele Garris, guidance directors at Baptist Hill and Burke.

 

 


 

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APPLICATION DATE EXTENDED TO APR 15 – City of Charleston Summer 2016 Youth Employment Applications

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Are you interested in working for the City of Charleston this summer and earning high school credit through an internship?

The City of Charleston Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) invites high school students in the Charleston community to apply for summer positions working with various city departments.

Students can gain valuable job experience and workplace skills, and better prepare themselves to achieve their educational and career goals.

Requirements:

Recreation: Youth must be 15 years of age by June 6, 2016

Parks: Youth must be 16 years of age by June 6, 2016

Deadline to apply:

Applications EXTENDED – now close on Friday, April 15th at 5 p.m.

Additional Details:

Students will work 20 hours a week for eight weeks and will be paid $7.25 per hour.

The City of Charleston application can be found HEREhttp://www.charleston-sc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10588

If you are also interested in earning high school credit for this work experience through an internship, please also complete this CCSD work-based learning form: https://goo.gl/AmyrQx  

More information on internships for course credit here: http://charlestonempowered.com/student-wbl/#toggle-id-6