James Island Charter HS FBLA Students Excel in State Competition

fbla-logoCongratulations to students from the James Island Charter High School FBLA Chapter, led by Angela Childs Kindred, on their terrific success at the recent South Carolina FBLA State Conference.  The following students earned the opportunity to advance to compete at the National FBLA Conference in Baltimore, MD in June. 

First Place Finishers:

Amera Roper, Nyashia Daniels, Grace

Barbour and Alaysha Heyward – Parli Pro

Megan Sanders and Danielle Wright – Business Financial Plan

Second Place Finishers:

Amelia White – Management Decision Making

Janai Whaley – Emerging Business Issues

Third Place Finishers:

Ashley Manigault – Advertising

Fourth Place Finishers:

Maya Lucas, Brielle Roper and Brianna Roper – Intro to Business Presentation


Middle & High Schools Compete in 8th Annual SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchMarch 8, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – Middle and high schools from throughout the Charleston region and beyond participated in the 8th annual SeaPerch Charleston Challenge hosted by Charleston County School District’s Science Department at Danny Jones Recreational Complex in North Charleston.

IMG_4853Check out this awesome video on the event from North Charleston!

Students competed in a variety of events, both in the pool with the underwater robots they built and tested as a team, and in interviews with the judges on how they worked together to prepare for the event.

The staging of the event was a terrific success again this year thanks to CCSD Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore, and an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners. Volunteer divers were in the pool setting up the course by 8am, and judges were briefed on their roles for the day by 9am!

DSC_1774The event began with a brief opening session, and then the competition was on for the students and their advisers that had worked so hard to prepare.

By noontime, the last of the ROVs had run it’s course, and the students, parents, and volunteers enjoyed some well deserved pizza for lunch while the judges tallied the scores to determine the winning teams for each event.

The overall winners for the High School and Middle School divisions will move on to compete in the International SeaPerch Challenge to be held June 1-3, 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts.


NBC News 2 Charleston was there also, and this report aired on the evening news:

Results and a gallery of additional pictures from the event are below – Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity, and congratulations to all the winning teams!


High School Division Overall Winner: Charleston Charter Math & Science


Middle School Division Overall Winner: Buist Academy


High School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. North Charleston HS
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Challenge Course
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. North Charleston Navy JROTC
3rd. Summerville Navy JROTC
Engineering Notebook
1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
Middle School Competitive Events
Obstacle Course
1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Laing MS
3rd. Laing MS
Challenge Course
1st. # 9 Laing MS
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. (3-way tie) CE Williams, Buist Academy, Charleston Charter Math & Science
Engineering Notebook
1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Buist Academy
3rd. Laing MS

Lambs Elementary Students Assist City of Charleston with Food Pantry Project

Students from Lambs Elementary School had the opportunity to assist professionals from the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, & Families with a service learning project.  Students assembled bags of food for the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project.

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Youth Apprenticeship Success – West Ashley HS Graduate Stephen Maddy’s Pathway to Employment with City of Charleston IT Department

Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships logoStephen Maddy, a 2017 graduate of the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, was hired by the City of Charleston as a Computer Networking youth apprentice in 2015.

He graduated West Ashley High School in 2016 and has worked full time since March 2017 as a PC Support Technician with the City of Charleston.Stephen Maddy Named Technology Champion of the Year (1)

Stephen was recently promoted to Network Engineer. The announcement about his promotion came from Wes Ratterree, Chief Information Officer for the City of Charleston, Department of Information Technology:

“Stephen was competing with candidates who possessed bachelor and master’s degrees. Stephen knew he didn’t have those qualifications, but because of the experience he acquired through the youth apprenticeship, he decided to apply anyway. Also, because of his outstanding work ethic, he was eventually chosen as the most qualified candidate for the position. And that promotion came with a $20K annual salary increase from his previous position”, said Ratterree.

Stephen plans stephen maddy to continue his education at the College of Charleston to pursue a baccalaureate degree in computer science. Because of the youth apprenticeship program, together with some need-based grants, Stephen was able to go to college at Trident. Without the opportunity offered through the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, the professional success he has attained so early in his career would not have been possible, and higher education would have been beyond his financial reach.

Thanks to Ellen Kaufman, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at Trident Technical College for sharing this success story!


Military Magnet Academy Computer Science Students Visit College of Charleston Computer Science Classrooms

Today, students from Military Magnet Academy’s Computer Science program had the opportunity to visit The College of Charleston’s Computer Science Department. Upon arrival, students were greeted by Sebastian Van Delden, Department Chair and Professor of computer science, Admissions and Financial Aid coordinators, and current student volunteers. IMG_0232
The Department of Computer Science at the College of Charleston is well positioned to supply the ever growing talent needs of Charleston growing information technology sector. Charleston is consistently named as one of the fastest growing cities for software and internet technology in the United States, and has earned the nickname “Silicon Harbor.” IMG_0267
Students learned about the different undergraduate programs such as:
  • Computer Science – Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Science – Bachelor of Arts
  • Computer Information Systems – Bachelor of Science
  • Computing in the Arts – Bachelor of Science
  • Data Science – Bachelor of Science

Professor Van Delden gave the students a tour of the facility and explained the specifics of the mechanical arm for mechatronics, 3D Printer, and drilling tool. The students also had fun while learning by enjoying the VR (virtual reality) room, and gaming equipment. The field trip was extremely informative. Students were advised that a degree in computer science is highly valued by industry, governments, entrepreneurs, and graduate schools. With a computer science degree, jobs are plentiful and starting salaries range between $50K and $60K in the Southeast region.

Thanks to their Computer Science Program Instructor Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, the team at College of Charleston, and everyone that made this awesome work-based learning experience possible for these Charleston County School District students!

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West Ashley HS and Charleston Math & Science Students Visit City of Charleston Departments for Day of Job Shadowing

IMG_4741Students from West Ashley High School and Charleston Charter School for Math & Science had the opportunity to shadow various departments in the City of Charleston municipal team today.

The morning began in the historic Charleston City Hall’s Council Chambers. Surrounded by priceless paintings and other treasures, students got a personal welcome from Mayor John Tecklenburg. He explained the value of relationships and teamwork. He also shared the history of the location of City Hall, along with the court house, post office and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, make up the “Four Corners of Law“, a famous landmark in Charleston. IMG_4746

Then students were connected with representatives from their job shadowing host departments to begin a deep dive into various professions.

Host departments included:

  • Mayor Tecklenburg
  • Recreation
  • Municipal Court
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Traffic & Transportation
  • Geographic Information SystemsIMG_4789
  • Charleston Fire Department
  • Charleston Police Department
  • Charleston Fire Marshall
  • The Mayor’s Office for Children Youth & Families
    (Organizing dept for this annual job shadowing day)

After the students completed their visits to their host departments, everyone reconvened at the City of Charleston offices on the third floor at 75 Calhoun Street for a debriefing luncheon. Special thanks to Kickin’ Chicken for donating the box lunches for this event!

After the students shared stories about their job shadowing experiences, Jason Mitchell with the city’s Human Resources department addressed the students. He asked each student about their career aspirations, and provided excellent feedback and pointers tailored to their replies.

Mr. Mitchell encouraged the students to surround themselves with the type people they wanted to become, including their time online.

IMG_4777He also provided memorable quotes to add to their toolbox like, “there are riches in niches”, i.e. putting in the work to become a specialist in a specific niche profession is a path to long term success.IMG_4786

Special thanks to all the City of Charleston departments that invested theirtime in CCSD students today to make this work-based learning opportunity possible, especially the MOCYF team led by Mindy Sturm, Jason Mitchell from HR, and Mayor Tecklenburg.



West Ashley HS Students Learn from Local Professionals at Annual Career Fair

IMG_4716 IMG_4714Students in 9th and 10th grade at West Ashley High School recently got the chance to meet local professionals from a variety of career pathways during the school’s annual Career Fair.

Each Career and Technology Education Program of Study at the school was featured during the event. Representatives from local companies and colleges spoke with students at their tables during the event.  

Students also enjoyed classroom discussions led by the visiting professionals. Mr. Jenkins welcomed Mr. Green from KIZ Studios, a local video game design company to his Game Design & Development class. IMG_4713

Mr. Green described his industry and the strong career prospects in the Charleston region for programming, networking, and cyber security professionals. There are Youth Apprenticeships in these areas that students can participate in prior to graduation from high school!

Thank you to the following local businesses that invested their time in this event:IMG_0115

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Publix
  • Zaxby’s
  • KIZ Studios
  • Select Physical Therapy
  • STEM Premier
  • Live for Wellness Chiropractor
  • Google
  • Charleston RiverDogs
  • SC Ports Authority

Thank you to the following schools & colleges for participating:IMG_0102

  • Paul Mitchell School
  • Trident Technical College
  • American College of the Building Arts
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Art Institute of Charleston
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Citadel
  • College of Charleston

Check out these additional pictures from the event – Thanks to all that made it possible for our students!


Culinary Arts Students from Military Magnet Academy Visit Culinary Institute of Charleston

Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy arranged for 21 culinary arts students to visit the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College’s Rivers Avenue campus on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Participating MMA students got to tour of the culinary labs and classrooms, and were treated to a cooking demonstration on proper knife skills by Chef Ward Morgan.  In addition, students had the opportunity to experience Relish Restaurant, the TTC dining room lab and enjoy beef bourguignon, caesar salad, and various desserts prepared by TTC Culinary Students and hosted by Chef Donald Barickman.

Chef Oretgo said, “The Trident Tech team is amazing, and the students were wowed by the whole experience, but the highlight of the visit was a presentation of  $250 scholarships to 4 of our students that volunteered with a CIC fundraising event that took place on Friday January 26th!”

Latavia Colimon, Ja’Nyshia Lewis Johnson, Heather Washington, and Isaiah Ford volunteered, working in the kitchen, plating food for the patrons of the “Night in the Valley” fundraiser that raised almost $500,000 in one night for Trident Tech students and programs.

“Our students felt very appreciated for their efforts to support the recent fundraising event” said Chef Ortego.

The students were also invited to shadow college classes during their upcoming Spring Break and work right alongside other CIC students in the culinary labs!

“Thank you to that made this opportunity for our students possible! It was truly a great opportunity for them!” Chef Ortego added.

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Baptist Hill MHS Students Complete Welding Internship with Stevens Towing Shipyard in Yonges Island

DSCN5626Students from Baptist Hill Middle High School in Hollywood recently completed their welding internships at Stevens Towing shipyard.  The interns studied pertinent vocabulary, math and measurement, safety compliance, and proper use of hand and power tools in addition to basic techniques in SMAW “Stick” and GMAW “MIG” welding.  Structured with a duality of classroom instruction and hands-on practice in the shipyard, the curriculum is based on the SC Standards for Welding Technology I and II.  

DSCN5644William Holmes, a graduate of Baptist Hill High School and retired supervisor at Stevens Towing instructs the interns in welding, using a grinder, and oxy-fuel cutting.  Additionally, guest speakers cover topics such as OSHA safety standards, fire fighting, 401Ks, and artistic welding.   

Opportunities for learning are everywhere in the shipyard.  Interns observe a myriad of activity DSCN5610such as a barge being blasted and repaired, a tugboat being drydocked, or a hatch cover being fabricated.  The outdoor classroom is located in the center of the shipyard surrounded by all of the activity. It is an exciting place to learn and ameliorate their job skills.

st-logosVery special thanks to Stevens Towing Shipyard for hosting another cohort of students for this amazing work-based learning opportunity this school year!

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Morningside Middle School Students Enjoy STEM Showcase, Practice Computer Programming

Hr_of_Code1-USE2Morningside Middle School scholars had the opportunity to participate in STEM activities during the week long celebration of International Hour of Code. Ms Burns’ 6th grade Computer Applications classes joined scholars around the world to try their hand at coding.

BaloonCar3Morning of STEM at Morningside Middle School:

Early Saturday morning Mr Glickman’s Project Lead the Way: Gateway to Technology scholars at Morninside Middle School braved the cold to showcase their talents as designers, builders, and coders. Scholars displayed 16 robots that they designed, built, coded, and modified this semester. One group of female 6th grade scholars decided to redesign their windmill Friday and were completing the finishing touches and testing on Saturday morning before the Morning of STEM event began. As well as being able to tryout the scholars’ robots, families and the community also took part in the International Hour of Code, coding OZObots using color codes, and STEM activities including origami and LEGO balloon cars.