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LS3P Architecture Hosts Lincoln High School Students from Building Construction Program

LS3P recently welcomed 20 students from Lincoln High School to their downtown Charleston offices, part of February’s Job Shadowing month.

After the building construction students toured the LS3P offices, the staff shared career information regarding Architecture & Construction education & fields, and a design charrette activity was conducted (design of a new entry to their school).  At the conclusion, the students presented their drawings and inspiration to the group.

Special thanks to Jennifer Schutte at LS3P for her expert help in organizing this work-based learning experience and Matt Williams with Hitt Construction who was also able to participate and provide insight into construction management. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Shadow Day a huge success!

Information for this story from: LS3P’s Charleston Office Participates in Group Job Shadow Day
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CTE Professional Development Success

March 13, 2015 – Charleston, SC – CTE Administrators from CCSD high schools gathered in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce board room Friday for an informative overview of CTE best practices and resources.

The CTE Support Team, led by Ginger Reijners, Director of Career and Technology Education for the district, provided specific tips and tools for each building administrator to share with their school’s faculty and students.

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Thanks to the Chamber for hosting the meeting, and thanks to all the CCSD administration leaders that attended!


R. B. Stall Hosts Student Job Fair

March 12, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – R. B. Stall High School staged a job fair for students that included employers from throughout the region ready to interview and hire on the spot!
One of the event organizers,  Mr. Andres Casson provided this summary on the planning and execution of the job fair:
“Mr. Wilson has great insight in regards to the academic and social needs of our students. We made a decision early first semester to design a job fair after the career fair. We’ve had a lot of student express the interest/need for employment and sometimes our students just don’t know how to initiate the search. We thought it would be ideal to bring the jobs to them.
We prepared the students throughout the week with information and academy lessons on resume building, application completions, career preparation, job interview skills and all the other peripheral skills. The employers arrived at 9:00 am for sign in. They were given their packets and assigned their tables. Mr. Carrick addressed the employers thanking them for their participation. Students were then brought down in 3 different waves. Students were prepared with a folder with 10 copies of their resumes, a completed universal job application and a written good luck message.
The students entered into the auditorium where they met with the employers and interviewed. employers gave out stickers for students who were impressive enough for a second interview. Those students were corralled into the Media center where they used the computers to complete online applications. Once all three waves were completed the employers met with the students selected for the final interviews. Some students were hired and most were called for interviews at the employers locations.”IMAG7213[1]
The participating employers included:
  • East Bay Deli (Dorchester, North Charleston)
  • Sonic
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Domino’s (Multiple locations)
  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Target

Thanks to everyone that helped make this amazing opportunity possible for students at R. B. Stall High School!


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Baptist Hill Middle High School Hosts Interactive Career Day

March 11, 2015 – Hollywood, SC – Business partners from throughout the community invested their time this morning in Baptist Hill Middle High School classrooms.

Students moved through several rotations and heard from a variety of career day speakers. The event, organized by the BHMHS Guidance Department, allowed students in middle and high school grades to learn about a wide variety of careers and the steps each presenter took to achieve their success.

A common set of traits echoed in each classroom – Work ethic, finding your passion, and continuous life-long education.













Tony Deering, CEO and President of Pegasus Steel advised students to read as much as they could, and strive to be the best in every position they will hold. “Today, there is more opportunity for young people than ever to earn success”, Deering said.

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At the wrap-up luncheon for career day speakers, school principal Ms. Kala Goodwine was surprised by a impromptu donation of $1000 from Sylvester Hester, Vice Chairman and Chief Operations Officer, Key Logistics & Global Automotive LLC.

Participating companies included: The Iron Yard, Floyd Brace, Charleston County Transportation, Verizon Wireless, Pegasus Steel, Boeing SC, SCE&G, St. Paul Fire Department, Charleston Riverdogs, Global Automotive, Marchant Chevrolet, Salon 331, National Guard, Marine Patrol, Food Lion, Key Logistics, CCSD Operations, and more.

Thank you to everyone that made this career day event at Baptist Hill Middle High School a terrific success today!

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West Ashley HS VEX Robotics Team #9623 Places 2nd at State Competition

After finishing in 1st place at the regional Lowcountry VEX Robotics Challenge on February 21, 2015, the West Ashley High School Robotics Team #9623, competed and finished 2nd overall out of 45 teams from throughout the state in this past weekend’s state competition held at Spring Valley HS in Columbia!

WAHS VEX Robotics team adviser Mr. Nicholas Holmes gave this recap: “part of the event requires teams to partner with teams from other schools,  and we selected the team “Combined IQ” from Oakbrook Prep School to be our ally (just as we did at the Lowcountry VEX Challenge).  We swept the first and second round of playoffs.  The finals were a “best-of-3″ match against a team from Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center (ACTC).  The first match went to ACTC and we won the second match.  The state championship came down to a single tie-breaker game, which we ultimately lost.  Despite this heartbreaking loss, WAHS is very proud to be ranked as the #2 robotics program in the state of SC!”

Here are some additional pictures from the event – Congratulations to Mr. Holmes and his amazing students on their success at the statewide VEX Robotics event!

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Garrett Academy Welcomes Principal for a Day: Capt. Marvin L. Jones

This week, leaders from throughout the Charleston area are spending “A day in the life” of a Lowcountry school principal, thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Principal for a Day initiative. IMG_2261IMG_2262

Garrett Academy of Technology’s assigned principal for the day was Captain Marvin L. Jones, MSC, USN,  who has been the commanding officer of the Naval Health CliIMG_2259nic Charleston since September 2013.

When captain Jones arrived to Garrett Academy, he saw his name on the school sign and his own parking spot designated by a special sign!  In the school’s front lobby a large color sign custom designed by Mr. Butler’s Digital Arts & Design class welcomed him to the school.

Captain Jones shadowed Garrett Academy principal Charity Summers today and saw first hand how the school operates.

New this year for the chamber’s Principal for a Day program is the opportunity for the principals to return the favor – principals will be shadowing their assigned community leader this summer at their place of business.

This wonderful program is structured to foster and sustain important relationships between schools and the key decision makers in the community.



West Ashley HS VEX Robotics Team Earns Spot in State Competition

West Ashley HS had three robots competing in the recent Lowcounry VEX Challenge.IMG_0740

Mr. Nicholas Holmes, WAHS Robotics adviser provided the following recap of the event hosted by his high school:

“Of our 3 teams, our WAHS-A team was the most successful with a record of 8-1, and finished the qualification matches ranked as the #1 overall seed. The team went on to win the first round of playoffs easily, buy missed making it to the final match by 3 points! The team also earned top honors with the 3rd best autonomous program and the 7th best driver. (These are all out of 25 teams).”

“The WAHS-A  robot qualified to participate in the South Carolina State robotics competition on March 7th.  If they are one of the top 3 teams, they will be invited to compete in the World robotics championship in Kentucky in early April!”

“Last year, our robot made it to the state competition but was only invited because we placed it on a waitlist. This year, we earned our spot and have a legitimate shot of taking this thing all the way!!”, Mr. Holmes added.

Students paid special tribute to Mr. Phillip Beyel, a former teacher at WAHS that moved out of town recently, by attaching his picture to one of the competition robots.

Special thanks to Cummins Charleston for their investment of time and talent in the WAHS VEX Robotics team!

Congratulations to Mr. Holmes and his students on hosting a terrific event, and on their success in this robotics competition – we wish them good luck in the state event!


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CCSD Teams Compete in SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

???????????????????????????????Teams from throughout the Charleston region, including West Ashley HS, North Charleston HS, Academic Magnet HS,  CE Williams MS and Laing MS competed in the annual SeaPerch underwater robotics competition at Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston yesterday.

The event was a terrific success thanks in part to an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners.

Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity.

C. E Williams Middle School placed first overall in the middle school division.









West Ashley High School placed first overall in the high school division.









Here is a gallery of pictures from the day:


West Ashley High’s Medieval Trebuchet Team Excels in Competition

Students from West Ashley High School competed again this year in the annual Trebuchet competition hosted by The Citadel.

The WAHS team called “Trebu-Tronix” was led by Nicholas Holmes, also the school’s Mechatronics teacher.

This year the level of competition increased dramatically with a total of 78 teams from elementary through college, military and even corporate entries!

High school teams actually built a full scale trebuchet, which looks like a large medieval rocket launcher/sling shot.

In the high school division, WAHS’s  Trebu-Tronix earned 3rd place for accuracy and 2nd place in design.

In the exiting distance competition,  Trebu-Tronix finished 3rd out of every trebuchet there; 1st among all middle and high schools… losing only to pro teams by only 50 feet!!

After the competition, Mr. Holmes extended a huge thank  you to Google, SPAWAR, Boeing, The Citadel, and everyone that supported his students in this competition.