The Burke High School Digital Art & Design classes recently visited Redux Contemporary Art Studio for a work-based learning experience.
Students learned about Letter Press printing and got hands on experience using the process to create a Typography poster.
“The folks at Redux Contemporary Art Studio where wonderful with our students; we truly enjoyed the experience”, said Mr. Micah Brown, Burke High School Digital Art & Design CTE Teacher.
Thank you to the Redux Contemporary Art Studio team for this opportunity to see a professional workplace and learn about associated career pathways!
Charleston, SC – May 17, 2017 – A group of local architects, contractors, and engineering professionals are doing their part to ensure the next generation is ready for the critical infrastructure and development related jobs in Charleston, and throughout the nation.
ACE Mentors of Charleston connects professionals with local classrooms for project-based learning and relationship building. Students work in teams on various aspects of large scale, multifaceted construction projects. The students choose the projects and all the elements to bring the design to a workable set of plans, and even a scale model in some cases.
Each year, to celebrate the students’ success and the investment of time by the many volunteers, a special banquet is held to allow each team to share a presentation on their chosen project.
This year, 3 CCSD schools participated in the ACE Mentoring program: Burke HS, St. Johns HS, and R. B. Stall HS.
Dinos Liollio, a 40 year veteran of the industry, provided the key note speech, and his chosen topic was timely for the students waiting to deliver their own presentations. Mr. Liollo spoke on the impact of non-verbal communication. He used many pictures and a movie clip to illustrate his points, and ended the presentation with a video of the dramatic pre-game ritual performed by the All Blacks Rugby Team from New Zealand. He encouraged the students to be aware of what was being communicated by the position of their arms and legs, their facial expressions, and their eye contact during conversations.
After the keynote presentation concluded, each school was invited to the stage to present their class project.
Mr. Roy Kemp, PLTW Engineering Instructor and CTE Dept Chair from Burke High School provided the following account of his experience at the ACE Mentors’ Banquet:
Last night at the presentation banquet for ACE, a student mentoring program with Architects, Contractors and Engineers, outstanding young people from Burke High School, St. Johns High School and R. B. Stall High School made presentations of commercial projects that they had designed and worked on over the past school term under the mentorship of professionals from the three aforementioned tiers of the construction industry.
The class projects presented included: A pavilion for the International African American Museum complete with sketches, CAD drawings and a scale model by Burke HS students;
a wrestling facility complete with engineering drawings, construction budgets and support materials by St. Johns HS students;and a regional recycling center with the “world’s biggest recycled water bottle” fountain along with all the other documentations by R. B. Stall HS students.
The projects were ambitious, well planned with acute attention to details, and served their functions within our extended community amazingly well. The presentations were complete with every step of the planning and development process for these projects, and the students were articulate, at ease and presented to the room of some 100 attendees as well as most professionals. I was proud of the efforts, and realized that the ACE Mentoring Program, along with select educators from the CTE department of Charleston County Schools working with them was helping to develop our community’s future through solving real world development problems. They even gave three $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving students!
Three students were indeed awarded scholarships to continue their education in the ACE professions in college.
Congratulations to Julio Solis, Ignacio Lopez, and Adrian Santiago on their scholarship awards! All three are graduating seniors from R. B. Stall High School.
Thanks to the school faculty and parents for attending to celebrate these students’ achievements. Thanks to Dinos Liollo for delivering an excellent keynote.
Thanks to Rob Turner, Chairman of the ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston Board and all the volunteers and supporters of this terrific program for their investment of time and talent, and for a wonderful celebration for all involved to end the year!
Please check out these additional pictures from the event:
April 6, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education class at Daniel Jenkins Academy received an extensive behind the scenes tour of a working hotel and convention hall thanks to Hope Hudson, Director of Human Resources for North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.
“Ms. Hudson was a terrific tour guide for this interesting and thorough exploration of jobs available in our local hotel industry”, said Ms. Hamm.
Ms. Hudson also provided timely career advice for the students. She discussed two common errors with submitted applications; not knowing the position applied for, and listing relatives as references instead of professional references. She said that students in school should list their teachers or pastors as professional references. Most employees truly enjoy their jobs and have been employed at the property for 10+ years she said.
The following qualities are highly sought after in new hires according to Delis Britton, Assistant General Manager:
- Stable Work Experience
- Positive Attitude
- People Friendly
- Team Oriented
- Multi-task Well
- Like a Fast-paced Environment
Delis Britton, Assistant General Manager, gave the students an inspirational speech on what it takes to be successful at Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center. Mr. Britton worked his way up from the front desk to his current position in management in 8 years.
- Main Lobby
- Guest Room
- Convention Center
- Banquet Rooms
- Convention Center Kitchen
- Hotel Kitchen
- Administrative Offices
- Hotel Laundry
The students learned it only takes about 15-20 minutes to serve 100-200 people in a banquet room and about 10 wait staff, if done by experienced professionals like the pros at Embassy Suites. The prep work for banquets is always done a day ahead, and all fresh ingredients are used.
No food is wasted. Leftovers go to the local food bank and any waste goes into the compost bin to be recycled.
The hotel generously hosted the visiting students for a gourmet lunch. “The students were in awe at the culinary skills of the chef.” said Ms. Hamm. Upon receiving his entree, Jaden Washington stated, “This is the best field trip ever!”
The students enjoyed an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Two students want a career in the local hospitality industry and are applying to work at North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center this summer!
May 11, 2017 – Yonges Island, SC – Five students from Baptist Hill Middle High School completed their spring internship program at Stevens Towing Company with a special ceremony.
The students’ capstone project were these grills they made themselves by putting their learned welding skills to use. “The students did an excellent job and really worked hard”, said Libby Singletary, Human Resources Director at Stevens Towing.
One student even designed and built a meat smoker!
The students were proud to display their welding coupons, which are small examples used to demonstrate their welding techniques.
Check out these additional stories on the students progress throughout this work-based learning experience:
Thanks to the entire team at Stevens Towing Company for hosting this amazing work-based learning opportunity for these students from Baptist Hill MHS! Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for facilitating the connection that led to this experience for these students.
Please enjoy these additional pictures from the celebratory end of semester event.
Students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy were among the attendees for the 3rd Annual Federal Agencies Informational Exhibition on May 5, 2017, hosted by FEA of Greater Charleston.
Representatives from various federal agencies educated the public about the many ways the federal government serves the community and makes life better for Lowcountry citizens.
West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week
West Ashley High students learn about careers in engineering Charleston, SC – From February 21-24, West Ashley High School hosted Wildcat Engineers Week, a week of opportunities for students to learn more about a career in engineering.
Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is designed to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life and to encourage students to pursue a career in the field of engineering. According to their website, “More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.”
“The theme of this year’s Engineers Week is ‘Dream Big’,” said West Ashley High Engineering teacher Dr. Barbara Leonard. “That’s really the message we’re trying to impart.” Wildcat Engineers Week started with guest speaker Nancy Jenkins from the Army Corps of Engineers. Jenkins’ presentation focused on architecture, what architects do, how to become an architect, and popular architecture projects. Jenkins presented to Dr. Leonard’s Civil Engineering and Architecture students. She is a graduate of Middleton High School. “We want to engage students and to have students ask questions and learn as much as they can about engineering while they’re still in high school,” said Dr. Leonard. “I think engineering is a stealth profession.”
The next event included an on-site visit and demonstration from four Boeing engineers. Each engineer talked about his or her career path, the different planes they’re working on, and then collaborated with the students to complete an activity. The students were divided into groups and had to make a wing of an airplane out of index card-size slips of paper and scotch tape. The wing was placed between two chairs while items like pencils, pens, and coins were placed on top of them to test the durability and strength of the wing each group created.
“The Ultimate Driving Machine,” a BMW smart car, made a special appearance on West Ashley High’s campus as well. Students were able to explore the interior of the car and learn more about the special engine under the hood.
On Thursday, students went on a field trip to the Joint Base Charleston where they took part in a special Tuskegee Airmen presentation. While there, students listened to a presentation about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, took a tour of all the C-17 training facilities on the base, and spoke with representatives from different colleges and aviation careers that set up tables in one of the hangars. Two Tuskegee Airmen were present during the festivities. Students from elementary and middle schools within Charleston County School District also attended the event. International orange, the color of engineering, was worn by many of those who participated in the week’s events.
The final Wildcats Engineers Week event consisted of Dr. Leonard and Mr. Robert Stone’s engineering students displaying their course projects in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) hallway. These creations impressed many attendees of West Ashley High and were the perfect way to demonstrate the impact that Engineers Week has on students.
Thanks to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS Public Relations Coordinator for submitting this story.
Judges for the event were:
Mr. Paul Heinauer, Founder and CEO of Glasspro
Mr. Matthew Bennett with Poston & Co. Realty
Chip Eiserhardt of The Cassina Group
Glasspro sponsored the event, providing a prize of $250 for first place, $150 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place.
Congratulations to all who participated and presented business plans, and thank you to YEScarolina for supporting Wando HS students through this terrific event!
Dr. Barbara Leonard, West Ashley High School’s PLTW Engineering instructor, provided the following description and pictures from her students recent visit to the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River and the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront park with local professionals from the engineering community.
The 2017 Engineering Tour of the Ravenel Bridge was a great success. Nine engineers led walking tours for 27 pre-engineering students from West Ashley High School on Friday, April 21st. Companies represented included Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. and Stantec Consulting Services of Charleston.
Thank you to the local STEM professionals that invested their time to ensure this powerful work-based learning experience was possible for students from West Ashley High School!
The Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) is staged each spring by volunteers from SPAWAR in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA).
The goal of the event, started in 2013, is to energize middle and high schools, colleges, and their students to focus on the development of technical skills in the area of networking and cyber security that will help in preparations for exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
This year’s PCDC event was held April 8th at Trident Technical College.
- Eight teams of six members each operate a live network and protect it from real hackers with the help of a SPAWAR mentor
- Mentors work with students in the areas of networking, risk mitigation and operating systems
- Creates awareness of the Information Assurance/Cyber Security profession
- Fosters teamwork and opportunities for leadership and crisis management
- Creates an opportunity for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and its Corporate Partners to see South Carolina’s finest STEM students in action
“Students from Wando’s Cyber Defense Team 1 truly enjoyed the event”, reported team adviser and cyber security teacher Rae Ellen Greenberg.
Eric Holmi won 1st place in the high school PCDC-CTF individual high school competition! The following Wando HS students competed in thePCDC Team and PCDC-CTF Individual (Computer Forensics) competition:
- Noah Wright
- Matthew Pitts
- Hunter Ross
- Morrison Baldwin
- Alex Emory
- Taylor Horst
- Justice Davis
- Eric Holmi
Check out these pictures of our participating middle school students in action from the following schools:
- Cario Middle School
- CE Williams Middle School
- Military Magnet Academy
- Buist Academy
- Laing Middle School
Thanks to all the volunteers that made this event possible again this year, especially SPAWAR volunteerss and AFCEA members, and to Trident Technical College for hosting! Thanks to ECPI University for supporting the teachers that chaperoned this event the Saturday before spring break! Read more about the event here on the PDCD website and in the excellent Charleston Regional Business Journal article.
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