Students from Lambs Elementary School had the opportunity to assist professionals from the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, & Families with a service learning project. Students assembled bags of food for the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project.
Students from West Ashley High School and Charleston Charter School for Math & Science had the opportunity to shadow various departments in the City of Charleston municipal team today.
The morning began in the historic Charleston City Hall’s Council Chambers. Surrounded by priceless paintings and other treasures, students got a personal welcome from Mayor John Tecklenburg. He explained the value of relationships and teamwork. He also shared the history of the location of City Hall, along with the court house, post office and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, make up the “Four Corners of Law“, a famous landmark in Charleston.
Then students were connected with representatives from their job shadowing host departments to begin a deep dive into various professions.
Host departments included:
- Mayor Tecklenburg
- Municipal Court
- Housing and Community Development
- Traffic & Transportation
- Geographic Information Systems
- Charleston Fire Department
- Charleston Police Department
- Charleston Fire Marshall
- The Mayor’s Office for Children Youth & Families
(Organizing dept for this annual job shadowing day)
After the students completed their visits to their host departments, everyone reconvened at the City of Charleston offices on the third floor at 75 Calhoun Street for a debriefing luncheon. Special thanks to Kickin’ Chicken for donating the box lunches for this event!
After the students shared stories about their job shadowing experiences, Jason Mitchell with the city’s Human Resources department addressed the students. He asked each student about their career aspirations, and provided excellent feedback and pointers tailored to their replies.
Mr. Mitchell encouraged the students to surround themselves with the type people they wanted to become, including their time online.
He also provided memorable quotes to add to their toolbox like, “there are riches in niches”, i.e. putting in the work to become a specialist in a specific niche profession is a path to long term success.
Special thanks to all the City of Charleston departments that invested theirtime in CCSD students today to make this work-based learning opportunity possible, especially the MOCYF team led by Mindy Sturm, Jason Mitchell from HR, and Mayor Tecklenburg.
Lt. Middleton spoke with the 5th graders about regarding stand up for what is right and how she got into the law enforcement profession.
Lt. Middleton encouraged students to further their education so that could advance in the law enforcement. She talked about the career prospects and rewards, including average salaries for this profession in our state and nationally.
She covered the following basic ideals:
- Law Enforcement Services workers protect lives and property.
- Law enforcement officers have duties that range from controlling traffic to preventing and investigating crimes.
- They maintain order; enforce laws and ordinances; issue traffic summonses; investigate accidents; present evidence in court; serve legal documents for the court system; and apprehend, arrest, and process prisoners.
Thanks to Lt. Middleton for empowering the next generation to take a leadership role in their future success!
Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.
Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.
Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above!
Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!
Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.
But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.
Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.
Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified)
|Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Build Your Career / CAGC|
|Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center|
|Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center|
|Charleston Southern University|
|City of Charleston Police Department|
|City of North Charleston City Planner|
|Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Davis & Floyd|
|DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Floyd Brace Company, Inc|
|Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc|
|Mediterranean Shipping Company|
|MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
|North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Nucor Steel Berkeley|
|Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring|
|Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Safran Electrical and Power|
|SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors|
|South Carolina Aquarium|
|SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic|
|St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Stier Supply Company|
|Streit USA Armoring|
|Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)|
|Tri-County Cradle to Career|
|Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|US Dept of Agriculture|
|Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Verizon Costomer Service Center|
|Volvo Car US Operations|
|Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)|
Check out this list of participating schools:
|Academic Magnet High School|
|Baptist Hill Middle High School|
|Berkeley High School|
|Burke High School|
|Camp Road Middle School|
|Cane Bay High School|
|Carver Bay Middle School|
|CE Williams Middle School|
|Charleston Charter School for Math and Science|
|Coastal Montessori Charter School|
|Cross High School|
|Cyber Academy of SC|
|Daniel Jenkins Academy|
|Dorchester County Career and Technology Center|
|Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road|
|Fort Dorchester High School|
|Garrett Academy of Technology|
|Georgetown Middle School|
|Goose Creek High School|
|Hanahan High School|
|Haut Gap Middle School|
|James Island Charter High School|
|Military Magnet Academy|
|Montessori Community School|
|Morningside Middle School|
|Northwoods Middle School|
|R B Stall High School|
|RB Stall High School|
|Rosemary Middle School|
|SC Whitmore School, Virtual School|
|St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School|
|St. John’s High School|
|Stratford High School|
|Timberland High School|
|Waccamaw Middle School|
|West Ashley High School|
|West Ashley Middle School|
|Woodland High School|
|Zucker Middle School|
Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”
The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:
- Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
- Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
- Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
- Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”
Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:
- Charleston County Economic Development
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals
- City of North Charleston
- Trident Technical College
- Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
- Apprenticeship Carolina
Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.
Ms. Bridgette Butler, West Ashley High School’s CTE Instructor, shared this recap of the amazing work-based learning and project-based learning experiences her student enjoyed during the 16/17 academic year.
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.
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 Symphony Orchestra|
|City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs|
|Creative Edge Dance Center|
|Gibbes Museum of Art|
|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!
City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg joined the CCSD Career and “Tecknology” Education Support Team for a quick picture at the recent Back to School Bash at Burke High School.
Photo by Carmen Ash Coblentz
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!
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.
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.
Then, each student was connected with their host for the morning – participating city departments included:
|Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families|
|Office of Tourism & Livability|
|Charleston Fire Dept.|
|Clerk of Council|
|Cultural Affairs Office|
|Charleston Police Dept.|
After the job shadowing time was complete, everyone met back at the maritime center for lunch and round-table discussions on the day.
Sticky Fingers catered the lunch, and Mayor Tecklenburg provided remarks.
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.