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Student Run IT Help Desk at Military Magnet Academy Celebrates First Year Success

Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Information Technology  Instructor at Military Magnet Academy provided the following recap of the first year of a student run computer & IT support team formed to provide assistance to teachers and students at their school.

The MMA Eagles Help Desk is our piloted Tier 1 support program. The students that participated in this program took roles as help desk technicians. They supported the faculty and staff at Military Magnet Academy with technical issues that ranged from smart board troubleshooting, printer jams, and school wide equipment inventory just to name a few. The students developed a website which allowed our faculty to submit technical assistance request tickets for tracking as well as customer surveys that would allow feedback to the students (Google Sites, Google Forms). The students were offered a real world experience through problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and communication and collaboration skills.

Participating MMA Students

  • Michael Archie
  • Khalin Brown
  • Benney Fernandez
  • Ernest Gentile Jr
  • Donald Lauer
  • Jacob Rowe

The program was establish through an agreement between Military Magnet Academy administration, Ms. Judith Wyndham, Director of Customer Support Information Technology (aka CCSD Help Desk) and Ms. Darcy Stewart with CCSD Information Technology.

Participating students had the opportunity to experience in-service training sessions on troubleshooting techniques and tips, mock interviews, and a host of other activities that would assist with increasing their technical skills.

We greatly appreciate the support given by our wonderful Technology Department and look forward to the future of this program. Last Friday, Ms. Wyndham, Ms. Stewart, and Mr. Welch came in to close out the semester with a session with the students on employability skills and a wonderful lunch for the students. The students were also presented with awards and recognition during our Annual Senior Awards Night

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Military Magnet Academy Students Get Behind the Scenes Tour of Citadel Mall IMAX Theater

CTE Business Education teacher, Amy Brunson, organized a structured field study for the Military Magnet Academy students on May 11, 2018 to the family-owned Stadium 16 movie theater at Citadel Mall.  IMG_1775
IMG_1776IMG_1777The Beyond Entrepreneurship students were given a tour of the facility learning about the computers, audiovisual equipment, movie screens, and IMAX format.

The management staff explained to the class about the various careers in a movie theater, gave student job applications, and encouraged them to apply for summer employment.

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The visit culminated with the Military Magnet Academy students enjoying a movie.

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Teams from 3 CCSD High Schools Compete in Inaugural “Build A Shed” Competition

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Build A Shed Competition for students in Charleston County School District, Berkeley County School District, and Dorchester District 2 on April 27, 2018. The event was staged at the Exchange Park fairgrounds in Ladson.

3 schools from Charleston County School District participated in the construction themed competition: Wando High School, R.B. Stall High School, and Charleston County School of the Arts.

The goal of the competition was to highlight the high demand jobs in the Architecture & Construction Career System.

All participating students earned their OSHA 10 Certification in preparation for the build day event.

Through the building competition process students had opportunities to work directly with local professionals in the construction industry. Special thanks to

Check out this link for a full recap from the Charleston Metro Chamber on the event! This truly was  a fantastic work-based learning opportunity for our students! Special thanks to ABC Carolinas for their support and leadership in cooperation with the chamber for this event!

At the end of the competition, overall awards were given to

–    1st Place: Fort Dorchester High School

–    2nd Place: R.B. Stall High School

–    3rd place: Wando High School

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Military Magnet Academy Students Earn Trip to State Business Plan Competition

YESc_logoF_TMStudents at Military Magnet Academy recently presented their business plans to guest judges from local companies in the first level of a state wide competition staged by YEScarolina.

Amy Brunson, CTE Department Chair and Business Applications teacher at MMA shared that 7 students in all will move on to compete at the state level event Friday May 4 to be held at the College of Charleston.

Students were awarded cash prizes for placing in the top 3 of their class:

  • 1st place: Anntwanique Heyward ($250)
  • 2nd place: Lalove Shine ($150)
  • 3rd place: (Tie) Gabriela Reyes and Kayla Fludd ($100 each)

MMA will have 7 total students at the state upcoming YEScarolina competition, including the 3 fall semester winners; Brandon Fancy, Alex Archie and America Estrada.

Congratulations to these students on their success, and best of luck Friday in the statewide business plan event!
Learn more about the YEScarolina business plan competition here: http://yescarolina.com/ 
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R. B. Stall High School Stages Annual CTE Completer Breakfast

20180424_101029On Wednesday, April 24, 2018, The CTE Department at R.B. Stall High School led by Ms. Kimberly Pickett held a special breakfast event to celebrate students who have successfully completed Career & Technology Education Programs of Study.

The graduating class of 2018 frmo R. B. Stall High has 33 students that have earned the designation of “CTE Completer”, having successfully completed 4 courses in their chosen CTE Major!

Students from the following majors were awarded their certificates and special “Completer Cords” to be worn at their upcoming graduation ceremony.

  • Digital Art & Design (4 students)
  • Early Childhood Education (3 students)
  • Marketing Communications (4 students)
  • Project Lead the Way (22 students)

Exemplary students were honored in each program area with the Top Completer Award and CTE Completer of the Year.  Thank you to the Family members, community business partners, and faculty members that attended to celebrate these resume building achievements with the students.

 

 

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Wando Entrepreneurship Students Participate in Business Plan Competition

Students in Mr. Fralix’s Entrepreneurship classes at Wando High School recently competed in the YEScarolina business plan competition.After all students pitched their business plans in their classes, three finalists per class were chosen to present in front of YESCarolina judges and staff. At stake were cash prizes and the chance to move on to the state YEScarolina event!

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Results of the competition:

First Block:

First Place: Quinn Nisbet, Electron PC — $250 prize

Second Place: Mason Bernard and Huston Jones, Salt Water Wash — $150 prize

Third Place: Luke Panzerella, SC Custom Flies — $100 prize

Second Block:
First Place: Zach Ahearn, Step Off — $250 prize

Second Place: Samantha Kutcher Prepare4Work — $150 prize

Third Place: Chloe Santor,  Distilled Clothing — $100 prize

First and Second Place winners from each class will go on to compete at the State Competition at the College of Charleston on May 4th.  Prizes at the state competition include $3,000 cash for first place, $2,000 cash for second place and $1,000 cash for third place.  First and second place winners also win an expense paid trip to New York this summer for five days and four nights.
“Congratulations to all students who presented and participated in the competition this week.” said Mr. Fralix.
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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

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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.

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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!

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High School Division Overall Winner: Charleston Charter Math & Science

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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
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1st. Charleston Charter Math & Science
2nd. Charleston Charter Math & Science
3rd. North Charleston HS
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1st. Buist Academy
2nd. Laing MS
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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
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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!