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Mayor Riley and City of Charleston Employees Host Job Shadowing Day for Students from Baptist Hill and St. Johns High Schools

GroundhogJobShadowDay-300x233The City of Charleston Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families held their annual Groundhog Day Job Shadowing Event on Monday, February 2, 2015.

20 very excited and professionally dressed students from Baptist Hill Middle High School and St. Johns High School began their job shadowing day experience at City Hall on Broad Street downtown.

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They gathered in City Council Chambers and learned about the priceless art and other historical items housed in the room. Then, they received a warm welcome from Mayor Riley, who also challenged them to maximize the educational opportunity to shadow a member of the City of Charleston team.

Mayor Riley and BHMHS Student Jerika MagwoodCity Departments that hosted job shadowing students included Legal, Housing, Recreation, Police, Fire, Public Services, the office of Children, Youth & Families. And, one lucky student, Jerika Magwood from Baptist Hill Middle High School, got to shadow Mayor Riley!

After an excellent morning of job shadowing, the students and their hosts met for lunch at Sticky Fingers on Meeting Street to share about their experiences before heading back to their schools. All agreed that the Groundhog Job Shadowing event was a terrific opportunity for students to learn about the wide variety of careers available within municipal government.

Special thanks to Mayor Riley, and Katie, Mindy and Sarah with the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office of Children Youth and Families for organizing such a wonderful day for these students. Thanks to all the city staff that hosted students. Thank you to the school faculty that enabled these students to participate in this day of excellent work-based learning. Thanks to Sticky Fingers for the use of your excellent meeting space and for the excellent service & food.

Several students agreed to provide testimonials on their experiences on video, but unfortunately there was a problem with the microphone, and only one video recorded properly. Here is a link to that video featuring Charleston Police Officer Harry Sosa and his job shadow for the day, Tevin Durham from St. Johns High School.

 

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Mayor Riley Issues Challenge – 1,000 high school students in summer jobs

Charleston, SC – January 28, 2015:  In his final State of the City speech last night, Mayor Joesph P. Riley, Jr. mentioned several key local programs serving students, and challenged the business community to provide valuable, life shaping employment opportunities to students this summer.

“We are fortunate to be working with our Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative chaired by our wonderful community leader, Anita Zucker. This collaborative helps us focus on initiatives that really pay off in benefiting our children like Communities in Schools, Reading Partners, the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and many others. And tonight, I will challenge us as a community to engage one more initiative and, that is, increasing summer youth employment for our students.

For a teenager, a summer job not only often provides much needed income for college and their families, but lifetime beneficial experiences are gained in the workplace and the students make a great contribution to the organization for which they are working.  I am announcing a regional summer youth employment challenge. Our goal is to have 1,000 high school students in summer jobs. I am working in partnership with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, our regional school districts and we will be reaching out to businesses and local governments. Let’s make the summer of 2015 an especially rewarding one for our youth.”

Read the entire speech herehttp://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?nid=1260

Businesses interested in providing summer employment opportunities can take action here: http://charlestonempowered.com/business-partners/

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Youth Apprenticeships for Students Interested in Manufacturing Careers – Info Night Feb 12 at TTC

Are you interested in becoming an Industrial Mechanic?

Would you like to learn more about a career using CNC Machine Tool Technology?

Charleston Manufacturers will be offering rising high school juniors the opportunity to “earn while they learn” through the Youth Apprenticeships program.

If you would like to learn more about this great opportunity for current CCSD sophomores, meet participating employers, and find out how to apply for next year’s program, please join us on February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm in Building 920 Room 791.

See THIS FLYER for more details, including the list of host companies, and speak with your CTE Teacher and Guidance Counselor about this terrific opportunity.

Information Night Location:
Trident Technical College Main Campus
7000 Rivers Avenue – Charleston, SC 29406

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More information on youth apprenticeships in South Carolina from Apprenticeship Carolina: http://www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com/youth-apprenticeship.html

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Youth Apprenticeships for Computer Networking and Computer Programming Majors – Info Night Feb 26 at TTC

Are you a Computer Networking or Computer Programming Major, or interested in a professional career in an Information Technology field?

Charleston Information Technology employers will be offering rising high school juniors the opportunity to “earn while they learn” through youth apprenticeships!

If you would like to learn more about this great opportunity, meet participating employers and find out how to apply for next year’s program, please join us on February 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Building 920 Room 791.

See THIS FLYER for more details, including the list of participating business partners.

Please speak with your CTE Teacher and Guidance Counselor for additional information. 

Information Night Location: Building 920  Room 791
Trident Technical College Main Campus
7000 Rivers Avenue – Charleston, SC 29406

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More information on youth apprenticeships in South Carolina from Apprenticeship Carolina: http://www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com/youth-apprenticeship.html

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Attention Hospitality and Culinary Majors: Youth Apprenticeship Info Night 6:30pm Feb 5 at TTC

Attention current sophomores interested in Hotel Operations & Culinary Arts!

Charleston hospitality organizations will be offering rising high school juniors the opportunity to “earn while they learn” through paid youth apprenticeships!

If you would like to learn more about this great opportunity, meet participating employers and find out how to apply for next year’s program, please join us on February 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm, Building 920, Room 791

See THIS FLYER for more details, including the extensive list of participating local businesses, and speak with your CTE Teacher and Guidance Counselor to determine if this opportunity is a good fit for you.

Location: Building 920, Room 791
Trident Technical College Main Campus
7000 Rivers Avenue – Charleston, SC 29406

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More information on youth apprenticeships in South Carolina from Apprenticeship Carolina: http://www.apprenticeshipcarolina.com/youth-apprenticeship.html

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Jerry Zucker Middle School Hosts Boeing SC Announcement; Receives 3D Printer for School’s Pre-engineering Program

North Charleston, SC – December 16, 2014 – It was from the Jerry Zucker Middle School cafeteria that Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes announced several significant investments supporting children’s wellness in the Charleston region.
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The Lowcountry Food Bank received $100,000 to forward their mission, and Medical University of South Carolina will receive $5 million over the next 5 years towards  the construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion. Local leaders including Mayor Joseph Riley, Mayor Keith Summey, and County Council Chairperson Teddy Pryor were on hand and shared their appreciation of Mr. Conner and the Boeing company for their generous investment.
In addition, volunteers from Boeing SC were on hand to ensure every student received a large bag of fresh produce to take home today for healthy snacks over the coming winter break.
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It was after the formal announcements were complete that Mr. Conner pulled school principal Jake Perlmutter aside to share more good news: A 3D printer has been ordered and will soon arrive at the school!
Mr. Conner presented a picture of the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer to Principal Perlmutter, and asked that the new equipment be used to promote STEM education.
Later in the school day, the administrative team gathered to surprise pre-engineering teacher Mr. Kevin Fast and his students with the good news of a 3D printer destined for their classroom thanks to Boeing SC.
Pre-engineering student Toby Ryan Eller guessed correctly when Principal Perlmutter asked the students what they thought Boeing had given their classroom.
“I am very thankful Boeing has provided this 3D printer for our class – I hope to work there one day,” said Eller. “I plan to continue studying engineering next year at R. B. Stall High School,” he added.

DSCN2795Mr. Fast echoed his student’s thankfulness saying, “We could not be more thankful for this modern tool for our classroom – it will spark ideas and reinforce the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math for students’ future career success.”
Mr. Perlmutter agreed adding, “This investment in our pre-engineering classroom will fuel academic success for many years to come, especially with the continued time and talent invested regularly by Boeing SC team members in our school.”
The 3D printer will arrive at the school and be installed after the holiday break.