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West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

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.”
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“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.”West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (02)

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. West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (03)

“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.

West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (04)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.
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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.

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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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Over 2000 Students Attend 2nd Annual High School STEM Career Fair

2016 STEM Career Fair BannerNorth Charleston, SC – October 27, 2016 – Over 50 companies from throughout the Charleston region set up interactive exposition style booths for the 2nd annual High School STEM Career Fair hosted by the N. Charleston Convention Center.

Special thanks to all the sponsors that made this year’s event possible, especially the presenting sponsor Charleston Regional Business Journal.

Over 2000 students from schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties arrived from 8:30 to 1:30 for a chance to connect with the local companies they might find themselves working with, in the not too distant future, after graduation.

Each student received a bag when they entered the fair. Students also received a bottled water supplied by Kickin’ Chicken and a bag of chips supplied by Charleston Defense Contractors Association. Exhibitors’ and volunteers’ luncheons came from Kickin’ Chicken and delicious coffee was provided by Coastal Coffee Roasters.

Participating schools included:

Ashley Ridge High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Berkeley Middle College
Cane Bay High School
Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Cross High School
Dorchester County Career & Technology Center
Fort Dorchester High School
Fort Johnson Middle School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Lowcountry Christian Home Educators Association
North Charleston High School
R B Stall High School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Summerville High School
Timberland High School
Wando High School
West Ashley High
Woodland High School

Participating business included:

ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston
ASHRAE
Atlatl Software
Banks Construction
Berkeley Electric Cooperative
BiblioLabs
Blackbaud
Boeing South Carolina
Briteline Extrusions, Inc.
Cane Bay HS Robotics Team 3940
Charleston County Government
Charleston Southern University
Charleston STEM Festival
Choate Construction Company
CodeLynx LLC
College of Charleston Computer Science Dept
Davis & Floyd
DWG Engineering
ECPI University
The Foot Institute
Hendrick Automotive Group Charleston / North Charleston
Immedion
Iron Yard
Knight’s Companies
Low Country Hypnosis
LowCountry Women’s Specialists
Maga Design Group
MAHLE Behr Charleston
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MUSC College of Graduate Studies
netGALAXY Studios
North Charleston Police Department
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Robert Bosch – Charleston
Santee Cooper
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
SCRA
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR
STEM Premier
STEM Visions
Streit USA Armoring
Teachers’ Supply Closet
Trident Technical College – Cybersecurity Education
Trident Technical College – Workforce Academies
Vencore, Inc
Verizon Customer Support Center
Victory Solutions, Inc
Volvo Car US Operations
West Ashley High School Robotics Team

Thanks to everyone that made this wonderful event possible for the students in our community!

 

 

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West Ashley HS Educators Spend Professional Development Day with Area Businesses

On Thursday, January 15th, over 70 West Ashley HS educators’ Professional Development day included an assignment to visit local businesses. These morning “externship” opportunities were assigned by department, for example teachers from the science department visited High Purity Standards, a local science laboratory that manufactures basic elements for various applications.
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This opportunity for educators to spend part of their PD day learning “off campus” was conceived by West Ashley HS principal Lee Runyon. Principal Runyon said, “the purpose of this activity was 2 fold:
  1. For our faculty to find rigorous, real-world application opportunities of content area skills that can be brought back into our classrooms.
  2. For educators and community partners to reflect on the SC Profile of the High School Graduate relative to our students’ development of World Class Skills ready for college, career and citizenship.

Thank you to all the organizations that hosted educators from West Ashley High School for this experience!

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Verizon Wireless Customer Support Center
Steinway Piano Gallery
Limehouse Produce
Charleston RiverDogs
LS3P Architecture
Mary Joseph State Farm Insurance
Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston / Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Funeral Homes
Venture Aerobearings
WCSC Live 5
Liollio Architecture
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Advantage Media Group
High-Purity Standards, Inc
THANK YOU TO EACH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR HOSTING WAHS EDUCATORS!

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Charleston Area Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at Inaugural STEM Career Fair

December 10, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Approximately 1000 students from throughout the Charleston region attended the inaugural High School STEM Career Fair held at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Career Fair header

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Over 40 local companies brought interactive exhibits with a goal of sharing the high demand, high wage workforce opportunities available right here in their community.

Acutec Industries, LLC Excel Apparatus Services Roper St. Francis
Airgas / Lincoln Electric Google Santee Cooper
American Metal Casting Consortium Hendrick Automotive Group SC Aquarium
American Society for Metals Hubner Manufacturing Corp. Scout Boats
Atlatl Software Ingevity SCRA
Berkeley Electric Coop Lincoln Electric / Airgas SPAWAR
Blackbaud Liquid Box STEM Premier
Boeing South Carolina MAHLE Behr Charleston STEM Visions
Charleston Defense Contractors Association Medical University of South Carolina Streit USA Armoring
Charleston Southern University ModernTech Tighitco
Cummins Turbo Technologies Nucor Steel Trident Technical College
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Palmetto Construction Group UEC Electronics
ECPI Robert Bosch LLC USC College of Engineering and Computing
and more!

From electrical linemen doing demonstrations on utility poles to armored vehicles – there were many highlights to see before the students even entered the expo building!

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High school robotics teams from West Ashley HS, Cane Bay HS, Fort Dorchester HS, and Ashley Ridge/Summerville HS demonstrated their creations and even launched t-shirts into the crowds!

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Participating CCSD schools included:

R. B. Stall HS West Ashley HS Garrett Academy of Technology
Burke HS Baptist Hill MHS Military Magnet Academy
St. John’s HS North Charleston HS Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Lincoln MHS Wando HS

Check out this excellent article on the event published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal:
http://charlestonbusiness.com/news/56487-stem-career-fair-gives-students-hands-on-experience

Thanks to Sonic Drive-In Dorchester Road, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Summerville, Sam’s Club, and Coastal Coffee for the food & beverages.

Thanks to all the cooperating school districts, economic development offices, and local colleges for their support for the event!

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Thanks to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds for hosting the event, to Grady Johnson & the AMAZING SC Biz / Charleston Regional Business Journal Team for being the presenting sponsor, and all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the career fair possible – looking forward already to year #2!

 

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Successful CTE Professional Development Kicks Off 15/16 School Year

August 11, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant, SC – Seacoast Church graciously provided the meeting space for the back to school professional development for CTE teachers on Tuesday. With ample parking, a large space with tables and chairs provided, and plenty of rooms for break-out sessions, the location was ideal.

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The day began with a keynote speech from new CCSD Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait. She shared her passion for Career and Technology Education and answered a number of questions from teachers.

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Two local business partners also shared their support for CTE teachers – Brad Davis with Rick Hendrick Automotive Group and Jim Hirni with Anchor Sign company. Both professionals talked about their company’s critical workforce needs and offered to assist as needed to ensure students are ready to maximize the wonderful career opportunities available in the Charleston region.

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After the morning plenary session, teachers cycled through 4 breakout rooms with presentations from the CTE Support Team members on CTE Data, Work-based Learning, Student Learning Objective plans, and many other important topics. CTE Director Ginger Reijners’ session was an overall update on the factors that will impact CTE this academic year.

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Teachers enjoyed round table discussions over lunch from Chic-fil-A and wear treated to 5 Minute Foot Rubs thanks to the generous support of Anchor Sign!

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After lunch, Robin Willis from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce shared a presentation on the continued growth of our community. She also talked about the Youth Apprenticeship program the chamber is supporting along with Trident Technical College, all 4 local school districts, and over 60 industry partners.

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At the end of the very productive professional development day, several teachers names were drawn for prizes – one teacher won a dinner for two at The Charleston Grill and another won a trip to the ACTE Conference in New Orleans in November! Other teachers won tickets to Charleston Battery Soccer matches at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.

Special thanks to Mickey Bakst with The Charleston Grill and Suzanne Brandon with the Charleston Battery for donating prizes for teachers attending the meeting!

All teachers left with a special gift: a special back-up battery for their phone! IMG_2303

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Please enjoy this gallery of additional pictures from the event: