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Culinary Students from Military Magnet Academy Assist with Chef’s Feast Event in Support of Lowcountry Food Bank

chefs feastMilitary Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 7 of her students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast.

Students assisted with preparations prior to guests’ arrival alongside professionals from throughout the local hospitality and tourism industry. They also assisted with serving during the event as well as replenishing supplies as needed for various tables.IMG_3473

“This work-based learning experience was wonderful for my students”, said Chef Ortego. IMG_3467

“Thanks to the event organizers and the Lowcountry Food Bank for including students in this amazing event!” Ortego added. IMG_3455Read more information about this annual event here: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/get-involved/chefs-feast  LFB logo

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700+ CCSD Students Enjoy Screening of Hidden Figures Movie Followed by Panel Discussions with Local STEM Pros


Zucker picsFebruary 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC
– Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.

Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!

By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.

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This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia HeywarMs. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.

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Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.

Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.

Participating schools from Charleston County School District included: 

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  2. R B Stall HS
  3. Academic Magnet HS
  4. St. Johns HS
  5. Baptist Hill MHS
  6. Septima P. Clark Academy
  7. Garrett Academy of Technology
  8. West Ashley HS
  9. James Simons EMS
  10. Orange Grove MS
  11. James Island MS
  12. Jerry Zucker MS
  13. CE Williams MS
  14. Montessori Community School
  15. Cario MS
  16. West Ashley MS
  17. Deer Park MS

Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.

Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.

Read more from Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/34454797/berkeley-and-charleston-students-to-see-movie-hidden-figures.Volunteers for Hidden Figures Event

 

 

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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.
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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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Over 100 CCSD Culinary Students Attend Hospitality Career Fair Hosted by College of Charleston

On February 6th, students and faculty from the College of Charleston Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosted an amazing career fair at the TD Arena on Meeting Street.

Over 100 students from CCSD culinary arts programs attended. Paula Miller from SMG, the worlds largest operator of coliseums and convention centers, including ours in N. Charleston, shared a terrific lecture on soft skills, including best practices for resumes, interviews, and post interview follow up. She also shared proper communication etiquette.

After Ms. Miller’s presentation, students got to enjoy a special box lunch and then walk around to visit 40+ local colleges, restaurants, hotels, and attraction vendors seeking interns and employees.

Participating CCSD Schools included: St. Johns High School, Wando High School, Garrett Academy of Technology and North Charleston High School.

“For our high school students to get to participate in this event and hear from a soft skills expert was tremendous”, said Chef Twaler who brought his Wando High School culinary students to the event.

Thanks to all the local companies and colleges that participated, and thanks to Jeremy Clement, Wayne Smith, and all the faculty, volunteers and students from College of Charleston for including CCSD students in this event.

 

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700+ Students and Parents Attend Youth Apprenticeships Information Night

Thanks to all the students and parents that attended the information session on our region’s Youth Apprenticeship opportunities on February 2 at Trident Technical College. Attendees got to hear about youth apprenticeships available in 15 career pathways from over 100 local companies!

Over 100 employers in the Charleston region are offering rising high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors the opportunity to Get Paid to Learn as youth apprentices.

Youth apprentices will receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction as dual-credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies.

Thanks to the support of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, students in the youth apprenticeship program receive a scholarship worth approximately $6000 to cover all tuition and costs for apprenticeship-related college courses at TTC.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following local careers:

  •      Industrial Mechanics
  •      Machine Tool Technology
  •      Culinary Arts
  •      Hotel Operations
  •      EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
  •      CNA/Pre-Nursing
  •      Medical Office Assistant
  •      Computer Networking
  •      Junior Computer Programming
  •      Cyber-security
  •      Civil CAD Technician
  •      Automotive Mechanic
  •      Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
  •      Bookkeeping/Pre-Accounting
  •      Security/Pre-Law Enforcement *

* In South Carolina, law enforcement officers must be at least 21 years of age. This apprenticeship equips students for employment as private security officers, and prepares them to continue their education and training at the police academy.

Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:

  •      Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
  •      A high school diploma (if not already granted)
  •      One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
  •      A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree
  •      National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  •      Two years of work experience
  •      Marketable skills for life

Youth Apprenticeship Participation Requirements

  •      To be eligible for a youth apprenticeship, a student must:
  •      Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
  •      Be at least 16 years of age
  •      Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
  •      Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
  •      Have reliable transportation to work and to school
  •      Be legally able to work in the U.S.

To start the application process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying placement test scores. To schedule an appointment at the TTC Testing Center, call 843.574.6410.

For more information or for the application package, please visit this website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

 

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Begin Spring Internship with Lowcountry Food Bank

Four students in Chef Kimberly Ortego’s culinary arts program at Military Magnet Academy have started their spring semester internships at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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“We’re so thankful to partner with the Food Bank again this year for internships” said Military Magnet Academy’s CTE Department Chairperson Amy Brunson.

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Chef Kim Ortego also expressed her thanks for the Lowcountry Food Bank offering this excellent work-based learning opportunity for her students saying, “The experience they’re getting through this internship will be an asset for the rest of their lives!”

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Thank you to all that made this terrific experiential learning opportunity possible for these 4 MMA students.

 

 

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7 CCSD Students Start Spring Internships with Boeing South Carolina

Seven seniors from schools throughout Charleston County School District recently began spring semester internship with Boeing South Carolina.

The students will be working 20 hours per week after school. They will earn a high school course credit as well as a paycheck, but the most significant reward will be the relationships they will gain with professionals from a global manufacturing company and the authentic work experience.

Congratulations to these seven students on their work-based learning placement, and thanks to the team at Boeing SC and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for all their hard work facilitating the program.

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Students from the following CCSD schools are participating in this work-based learning opportunity:

  • James Island Charter High School
  • R. B. Stall High School
  • St. Johns High School
  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School

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Local Companies Host 150+ CCSD Educators for Professional Development Visits

On Jan 17, over 150 educators from schools throughout CCSD participated in “Career Shadowing Externships” for their professional development. Educators visited local companies to see their facilities, learn about what they do, and understand what they look for in new employees.

Here are a few pictures from the educators’ visits:

January 17 Educators’ Externship Hosts:

Amazon / CreateSpace
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Charleston County Economic Development
Charleston County Government
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston RiverDogs
Disabilities Board of Charleston County
Hendrick Automotive Group
J & J Insurance
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Liollio Architecture
LS3P
Mungo Homes
Scientific Research Corporation
South Carolina Aquarium
South Carolina Ports Authority
SPAWAR
Steinway Piano Gallery
The Art Institute of Charleston
Verizon Customer Service Center

Educators from the following CCSD schools participated:

A. C. Corcoran ES
Academic Magnet HS
Advanced Studies Magnet West Ashley
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Belle Hall ES
Buist Academy for Advanced Studies
Burke HS
C. E. Williams MS
Chas County School of the Arts
Drayton Hall ES
E. B. Ellington ES
Feierson ES
Fort Johnson MS
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goodwin ES
Harbor View ES
Haut Gap MS
Hunley Park ES
James Island Charter HS
James Island ES
James Simons ES
Jane Edwards ES
Jennie Moore ES
Jerry Zucker MS
Laing MS
Lambs ES
Liberty Hill Academy
Military Magnet Academy
Minnie Hughes ES
Moultrie MS
Mt. Pleasant Academy
Mt. Zion ES
North Charleston Creative Arts ES
North Charleston HS
R.B Stall HS
Sanders Clyde EMS
St Andrew’s ES
Sullivan’s Island ES
Thomas Cario MS
Wando HS
West Ashley HS
Whitesides ES
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AT&T Retail Store hosts students from R. B. Stall High School’s DECA Student Organization

R. B. Stall High School’s DECA adviser Michael Breedlove provided the following account of his students’ recent work-based learning visit to a local AT&T retail store:

“We had 11 DECA students attend, and were greeted by a host of AT&T employees and the staff of the local retail store.  Students were given a hands on tour of the store working with staff as they helped customers with issues and questions. Students were briefed on the behind the scenes workings of a AT&T retail store.  They also got to meet an AT&T partner that provided some of their equipment. The outing ended with a group luncheon at Smokey Bones.”

Thank you to all the professionals from AT&T that invested their time and talent in these DECA students from R. B. Stall High School!

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6 Baptist Hill High School Students Begin Spring Internships with Stevens Towing

st-logosYonges Island, SC – January 18, 2017 – Six students from Baptist Hill Middle High School began their spring semester internship today with Stevens Towing.

They will be working at the industrial marine yard this semester and gaining valuable experience in welding, rigging and mechanical repair.

Thanks to the team at Stevens Towing for welcome these interns!

Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for their assistance with this wonderful partnership!

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