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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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St. Johns High Announces 17 Student Professional Certifications in the Hospitality and Tourism Program

Johns Island, SC — St. Johns High School is honored to announce that 17 students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Program earned their Guest Service Professional Certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute.

In addition to the classroom training that began in October, students in the Hospitality and Tourism Program have benefited from visits for training at Kiawah Island Resort and additional professional development training from representatives at Charleston County Parks and Recreation, Trident Technical College, and Palmetto Community Action Partnership.

St. Johns High is honored to recognize the following students for their accomplishment:

  1. Angel Arriaga
  2. Ahleah Bonneau
  3. Latisha Cuthberth
  4. James Grant
  5. Emoni Mack
  6. Jailah Mack
  7. Essence Middleton
  8. Alexander Salgado
  9. Curtis Smith
  10. Sole Stanley
  11. Jamara Tillmon
  12. Talaisha A. Wright
  13. Daneisha Gladden
  14. Khamil Green
  15. Tyleah Legare
  16. I’muniqe McDade
  17. Angelica Zamudio

For more information about the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute’s Certified Guest Service Professional program, visit https://www.ahlei.org/Programs/Guest-Service-Gold%C2%AE/.

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Students Thriving in School of the Arts Internships Program

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 Museum
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Creative Edge Dance Center
Gibbes Museum of Art
MUSC Nursing
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!

 

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit Ascue’s Auto Body & Collision Center

December 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education class at Daniel Jenkins Academy got to visit Ascue’s Auto Body to explore career opportunities today.bmw-repair
Students got to see first hand how the professionals at Ascue’s prepare and properly mix paint for their repair work. Students also got to see how to replace bumpers and how to ensure the hood and bumpers area balanced. Then, students saw a demonstration on how to tell the difference in the material used to make hoods.
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The business aspect of the shop was also discussed, including the how to organize a repair and how to estimate each part of the whole repair job for maximum efficiency.tools-introduction
“My students truly enjoyed our visit the auto repair shop today. Thanks to Mr. Craig Ascue and his terrific team for ensuring my students got so many hands-on learning opportunities.” said Ms. Hamm about the visit.welding-metal
Thanks to everyone that made this work-based learning opportunity possible today for students from Daniel Jenkins Academy. 

 

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Baptist Hill High School Students Visit Steven’s Towing to Learn About Internship Positions Available

st-logosDecember 13, 2016 – Yonges Island, SC – Students from Baptist Hill Middle High School interested in working in the marine towing, rigging and welding industry got a terrific facility tour today at Stevens Towing Company.

The entire leadership team and many supporting team members welcomed the students to the ship yard. They shared stories of their path to Stevens Towing, and the family atmosphere that kept them there for most, if not all of their career. Many of the employees shared they were graduates of Baptist Hill High School, and had worked their way up in the company from entry level positions to senior leadership and tug boat captain responsibilities.

The students were given safety vests, glasses, and hard hats, and got to walk the active ship yard with senior team members sharing the details of each job.

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Students were invited to apply for a paid spring semester internship in one of three specific areas of the business: Mechanic, Welding, or Rigging.  More info HERE on the internship opportunity.

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Thanks to all that made this special opportunity possible at Stevens Towing, and to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for their support of this and many other work-based learning partnerships for CCSD students!

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Burke High School Culinary Students Meet Professionals from Starbucks Coffee Company for Mock Interviews and More

Students in Chef Ira Hill’s and Chef April Mazyck’s Culinary Arts program at Burke High School recently enjoyed a very special visit from senior leaders within the Starbucks Coffee organization.

After completing regional meetings with store managers from North and South Carolina, over a dozen professionals generously gave their time and talents building important relationships with high school students studying to prepare for the ever growing hospitality & tourism workforce needs of our region.

Students enjoyed hearing the varied background of each of the professionals, including their educational and career pathways. Then, one by one, the students shared their plans for career and college.

Students then led tours of the new culinary arts space at Burke HS, and the visiting professionals were amazed at the resources available for instruction.

To wrap up the visit, students were paired with Starbucks professionals for mock interviews and one on one discussion.

The relationship was sparked after a fortuitous meeting between Mr. Daron Calhoun from College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Robert Fleming, District Manager with Starbucks Coffee Company.

Thanks to all that made this experience possible for Burke High School students.

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Junior Achievement Volunteers Visit Wando HS and North Charleston HS for National Entrepreneurship Month Programs

Two local entrepreneurs visited Wando High School and North Charleston High School classrooms recently to deliver Junior Achievement lessons.

At Wando HS, entrepreneurship instructor Mr. David Fralix welcomed Mr. Earl Bridges of Good Done Great and 4Good.org to his classroom.

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And, at North Charleston HS, entrepreneurship instructor Ms. Carolyn Southall welcomed Ms. Julie Moreland, CEO at Vizbii International to her classroom.

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“We can’t thank these two JA volunteers enough for the wonderful support, enthusiasm, and encouragement they brought to our Lowcountry Classrooms in November for National Entrepreneur Month.” said Mrs. Jeni Rone Becker, Junior Achievement’s Lowcountry Area Director.

Thanks to all that made this structure guest speaking visit possible for two CCSD CTE classrooms!

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West Ashley High School Robotics Team Earns 1st Place at Regional Qualifying Event

Mr. Nicholas Holmes,  Mathematics and Mechatronics Teacher, and Robotics and Trebuchet Team Advisor at West Ashley High School, provided the following report on the WAHS VEX Robotics Team’s success in their most recent event on December 10, 2016 at the College Park/Cane Bay Regional Qualifier in Ladson.

964607df-vex-logo1All 4 teams from West Ashley HS competed against programs from high schools throughout the state, including Goose Creek, Bluffton, Beaufort, Columbia, and Orangeburg.

Two WAHS teams were part of the 3-team alliance that won the tournament.  WAHS students also won the Excellence Award, Design Award, Programming Skills Competition, and Driver Skills Competition.wahs-2

“Through our teams’ success at the event, we earned the opportunity to move on to the SC State Championship and the CREATE VRC National Championship in Council Bluffs, Iowa.” said Holmes. 

The WAHS team was successful in the event due to their excellent teamwork. From the design to the drivers on the day of the event, it was a team effort. One specific factor in robotics is the code the programs the actions and abilities of the robot. WAHS students used a multidimensional array systems to calibrate our motors in real time.  This code recalibrates our motors every 50 milliseconds to make sure they are doing precisely what we want them to do.  Even if an outside force acts on our robot, gyroscopes, accelerometers, encoders, and sonar sensors will reposition the robot so that it will continue to complete the required task without fail.

“The coding used for this event was an original idea by one of our senior students, Noah Combs.  He is also the driver of our best robot and the winner of the skills challenges and excellence award.  Noah came to me one day, after leaving his AP Computer Science class, and told me that he thinks we can use an array set to calibrate the motors.  Motor calibration is something the team had been battling for over a year.

Within 30 minutes, Noah had scratched out a basic code that did the job we have been trying to figure out since the beginning of last season!!” said Mr. Holmes.  WAHS robots have the ability to operate our robot at an advanced rate of precision.

“We are thankful to have engineers serving as mentors for our team from the Army Corps of Engineers and Cummins Charleston. We also remain extremely thankful for the financial support provided to our team from the Charleston chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.” added Mr. Holmes.

Thank you to Mr. Holmes, his amazing students, and all the parents and other terrific supporters of the award winning West Ashley High School Robotics Team! 
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8 CCSD Schools Receive Over $20K in Corporate Donations for FIRST Robotics Programs

Eight CCSD schools received over $20,000 in multiple grants last school year from FIRST Robotics through corporate donations. These funds helped satisfy the required registration fees.Print

Corporate sponsors included SPAWAR, Boeing SC, Bosch Charleston, BAE Systems, Leidos, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Petroleum Transport Company (PTC), and more.

The 8 schools that received FIRST robotics grants include:
  • Burke High School – Coach Karen Reed-Perrineau
  • C E Williams Middle School – Coach Peter Kain
  • Haut Gap Middle School – Coach Kia Sarnoff
  • Ladson Elementary School – Coach Francine Brewer
  • Military Magnet Academy – Coach Victoria Kettula
  • R B Stall High School – Coach Kim Pickett
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary School – Coach Tandy Moye
  • Wando High School – Coach Giselle Cheeseman

Thanks to all of these supporting companies for investing in our community’s future workforce!

 

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CCSD Culinary Students Compete in 2016 Fall Cornucopia Cook-Off

Charleston, SC — On Friday, November 11, 2016, local culinary students from different high schools around the county competed in a live cook-off at the Culinary Institute of Charleston showcasing their fall produce recipes.2nd-place

Participants in the cook-off were hand-chosen by their program’s director based on their recipe. Finalists cooked their dish in front of a panel of judges including Executive Chef Michelle Weaver from Charleston Grill, Post & Courier food reporter and restaurant critic Hanna Raskin, Weston Fennell with Limehouse Produce, and Marion Sullivan from the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.

Congratulations to the following students who competed in this year’s cook-off:

  • 1st Place: Michelle Hammock, West Ashley HS Senior, Pumpkin pie with kabocha squash ice cream1st-place
  • 2nd Place: Andrew Thai, Wando HS Sophomore, Spaghetti squash carbonara with pear jam chicken
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  • 3rd Place: Shannon Lemmon, Wando HS Junior, Acorn squash soup
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  • Honorable Mention: Abigail Delgado, West Ashley HS Senior
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“Limehouse takes pride in engaging our customers and community in outreach efforts that promote fresh, healthy eating and seasonal awareness as it relates to produce,” said Weston Fennell, Lead Buyer at Limehouse Produce. “The Fall Cornucopia Cook-off taps into a vital audience: our future chefs studying culinary arts in high school. Cooking before esteemed judges like Hanna Raskin and Michelle Weaver provides these students with an exciting opportunity to test their creativity and skills. We hope the experience comes full circle when they visit Charleston Grill and see what goes on in a top-notch professional kitchen.”

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For first place, Hammock received $125 courtesy of Feed the Need, a behind-the-scenes tour with Chef Weaver, including dinner at Charleston Grill, and the opportunity to be featured in a Local Palate magazine ad. All finalists were awarded cash and prizes.

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“We are extremely thankful for the support of Limehouse Produce, Trident Tech, and all the others that make this excellent work-based learning experience possible for our students,” said Chad Vail, CTE Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator.

For more information about the Fall Cornucopia Cook-Off, visit www.limehouseproduce.com.

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Thank you to the professionals in the Charleston County School District Department of Communications for sharing this terrific CTE Success Story.