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3rd Annual High School STEM Career Fair Highlights Youth Apprenticeships – 2000+ Students Attend

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Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.

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Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.

Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above! 

Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!20171012_101134

Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.

But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.

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Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.

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Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified) 

Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)
Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)
Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)
Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)
Build Your Career / CAGC
Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center
Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston Southern University
Choate Construction
City of Charleston Police Department
City of North Charleston City Planner
Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)
Davis & Floyd
DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)
Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)
Floyd Brace Company, Inc
Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)
Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)
Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)
Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc
MAHLE Charleston
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring
Project HOPE
Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)
Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)
Safran Electrical and Power
SC Cyber
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)
STEM Premier
Stier Supply Company
Streit USA Armoring
TIGHITCO
Trane
Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)
Tri-County Cradle to Career
Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)
Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)
UEC Electronics
US Dept of Agriculture
Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)
Verizon Costomer Service Center
Volvo Car US Operations
Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)

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Check out this list of participating schools:

Academic Magnet High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Buist Academy
Burke High School
Camp Road Middle School
Cane Bay High School
Carver Bay Middle School
CE Williams Middle School
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
Coastal Montessori Charter School
Cross High School
Cyber Academy of SC
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road
Fort Dorchester High School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Georgetown Middle School
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Military Magnet Academy
Montessori Community School
Morningside Middle School
Northwoods Middle School
R B Stall High School
RB Stall High School
Rosemary Middle School
SC Whitmore School, Virtual School
St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Timberland High School
Waccamaw Middle School
West Ashley High School
West Ashley Middle School
Woodland High School
Zucker Middle School

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IMG_3714Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”

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The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:

  • Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
  • Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
  • Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
  • Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”

Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:

  • Charleston County Economic Development
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • City of North Charleston
  • Trident Technical College
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
  • Apprenticeship Carolina

Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.

Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day 2017

CCSD Students Put Their Names on the Dotted Line at Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day

North Charleston, SC – Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day might not have the same national notoriety as National Signing Day. However, in the Lowcountry, this regional collaborative effort with school districts, businesses, and organizations is picking up steam.

The 4th Annual Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day was held at Trident Technical College (TTC) August 8, 2017. Sixty-one students, including 27 from Charleston County School District (CCSD), made their commitment to local businesses “official” by signing a document.

“Our Youth Apprenticeship Program is just one of many ways that CCSD prepares students to be college, career, and citizenship ready,” said Rich Gordon, CCSD’s Career and Technology Education Executive Director. “Apprenticeships, aligned with the appropriate classroom instruction, provide rigorous and relevant academic, technical, and employability training for a wide variety of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand 21st century careers.”

Modeled after National Signing Day, where high school student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent to colleges or universities where they will play a sport, Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day gives students who are going into the workforce at a young age a similar experience when it comes to excitement and importance.

“This event provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the most exciting educational initiative I have experienced in my entire career,” said Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley. “It is exciting because this program has power. It has the power to change lives in remarkable ways and the power to accelerate our economy and build a strong community. It is also exciting because it is a shining example of the type of change that can occur when multiple organizations work together in a united effort to achieve a common goal.”

Special thanks to signing day’s  keynote speaker Amy Firestone from the US Department of Labor.  And special thanks to Debbie Meuli, formally with local manufacturer IFA Rotorion, for sharing the story on how the Charleston region’s Youth Apprenticeship program began over 4 years ago with a meeting she hosted after the president of her company asked, “Where are my Youth Apprentices?”

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Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and their Accelerate Greater Charleston initiative, the participating students’ college tuition and fees were taken care of for the inaugural cohort, and this wonderful support for the Charleston’s Youth Apprenticeship program continues today!

The following CCSD students and graduates participated in the 2017 Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day:

Academic Magnet HS
Kevin Boyd, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Jared Lipton, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with East Cooper Medical)
Burke HS
Sheniah Everson, Classic of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Charleston Charter School of Math and Science
Jackson Beall, Class of 2019 (Industrial Mechanic with Bosch)
Nicholas Brennan, Class of 2017 (Networking with Trident Technical College)
Charles Gries, Class of 2018 (EMT with North Charleston Fire Department)
Garrett Academy of Technology
NyAsia Green, Class of 2019 (Bookkeeping with Greystar)
James Island Charter HS
John C. Geiger, Class of 2017 (Industrial Mechanic with VTL Precision)
Magjholy Miller, Class of 2018 (Culinary Arts with Kiawah Partners)
R.B. Stall HS
Joshua Blackwell, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Kyra Kriseman, Class of 2017 (Hotel Operations with Hyatt Place)
Cameron Lattimore-Johnson, Class of 2017 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Kyle Masterson, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanic with Cummins)
Wando HS
Marco Barrera, Class of 2018 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)
Frederica Baldassarre, Class of 2017 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)
Patrick Boyle, Class of 2018 (Programming with NetGalaxy)
Holt Davis, Class of 2017 (EMT with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Callie Drinko, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)
Parker Frontz, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Porter Rice, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)
Allison Shipp, Class of 2018 (Civil CAD with Meador)
Colin McIntire, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
West Ashley HS
Julian Aycock, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with MINI of Charleston)
Tyler Brooks, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Jones Ford)
Briana Brown, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Ashley King, Class of 2017 (Networking with Blackbaud)
Tre Scott-Johnson, Clas of 2018 (Security / Pre-Law Enforcement)

CCSD Youth Apprentices hired in 2016, now continuing into their 2nd year of the program:

Academic Magnet HS
Michael Pi, Class of 2018 (Programming with Boeing SC)
Damon Otero, Class of 2018 (Networking with Kotori)
Garrett Academy of Technology
Ty’Celia M. Young, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with VTL Presicion)
James Island Charter HS
Robert D. Paige, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with Bosch)
R.B. Stall HS
Ian K. Cole, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with IFA Rotorion)
West Ashley HS
Khaseem Capers, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Limric)
Malik Miller, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Cullum)
Keenah Saunders, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)

Special thanks to all the amazing partners that ensure this opportunity is available for students in the Charleston region, including: the host companies in 16 career pathways, Trident Technical College, Apprenticeship Carolina, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the US Department of Labor, and educators in schools throughout the community.

To learn more about Youth Apprenticeships, please visit this page on the Trident Technical College website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

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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 Meet Local Professionals at Lincoln Middle High School Career Fair

Students in grades 6 through 12 from Lincoln Middle High School enjoyed spending time Tuesday, March 22 with local business professionals from a wide range of career pathways at the school’s annual Career Fair.

Thanks to everyone that made this terrific event possible for Lincoln Middle High School students!

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Charleston School of the Arts Students Complete Fall Internships

Mr. Bill Smyth gets to lead a very special class each semester at the Charleston County School of the Arts where students are connected with local business for internships.

His students are required to keep a weekly journal of their internship experiences, turn in time sheets detailing their hours worked, and have a supervisor review meeting at the end of the term. The students must also complete any specific assignments from their work site supervisor.

At the end of the internship, each student’s body of work is graded for an elective course grade on their transcript.

Special thanks to the following SOA internship hosts for the fall semester:

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Charleston Museum
  • Charleston County Solicitor’s Office
  • Center for Birds of Prey
  • Hybrid Audio Solutions
  • You42 / Kiz Studios
  • Shear Reflections
  • North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
  • St. Andrew’s Math and Science Elementary School
  • Reinvented Ladies Upscale Resale
  • Charleston County Parks and Recreation
  • The Post and Courier
  • Hoppmann Creative

Thanks to each of these local organizations for their investment in SOA students!

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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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WAHS Child Development Students Earn Safe Sitter Certifications at Roper St. Francis

Ten students in Ms. Bridgette Butler’s Child Development class at West Ashley High School completed the Safe Sitter Certification class at Roper St. Francis on Friday, September 18, 2015.  IMG_20150918_152945

The students engaged in learning about the overall care of the child in the absence of their parents. The students received training in first aid, indoor and outdoor safety, and how to handle household emergencies. IMG_20150918_153238 (1)

In addition, they were taught there is no safe amount of time to leave a child with a caregiver of any age who has not been trained in airway rescue and how to handle life threatening emergencies. The graduates were prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergencies.unnamed (18)

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. unnamed (14)

This course served as an enrichment activity for the Career, Health/ Safety and Growth and Development units of Child Development. unnamed (5)

Story submitted by Bridgette Butler, Family & Consumer Sciences Instructor and FCCLA Advisor at West Ashley High School.