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CCSD Career Specialists Tour Trident Technical College Programs

October 17, 2017 – N. Charleston SC – Melissa Stowasser, Dean of School and Community Initiatives and at Trident Technical College organized a wonderful tour for the newest CCSD Career Specialists to learn about the many programs of study offered across multiple campuses.

Career Specialists got to see many amazing classrooms and educational labs first hand, including:

  • The Wellness Center
  • ReadySC’s Boeing SC Training Lab, where many Boeing SC employees begin their training
  • Media Arts program classrooms & labs
  • The Leaning Center, were TTC students can get tutoring and brush up on important English & Math skills
  • The Nursing program classrooms & labs
  • The Culinary Institute of Charleston classrooms & labs, including a fantastic lunch in Relish Restaurant
  • The Industrial & Engineering Technology labs & classrooms, including HVAC, CNC, and Automotive Repair

Ms. Stowasser and her team also provided an informative overview of the nationally acclaimed Charleston Regional Apprenticeships Program.

The day long experience ended with the Career Specialists being joined by other CTE Support Team members and CTE Department Chairpersons from high schools throughout the district for a meeting in the Hospitality and Tourism classroom and lab space.

Thanks to Michael Carmel, Nathan Rex, Tanisha Hook, Ellen Kaufman, Theresa Hignutt, Melissa Stowasser, and SO MANY OTHERS that provided primary source info at each stop in the tour!

The day was truly wonderful from start to finish, but it is really just one of the many examples of the strong partnership between Trident Technical College and the local school districts. We have so much to be thankful for in the Charleston region!

 

 

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USA Today Nominates North Charleston HS Digital Arts and Design Teacher for National Award

IMG_3680Congratulations to Ms. Cory McBee, Digital Art and Design Instructor at North Charleston High School on her nomination in the “Makers in the USA: Best Arts & Crafts” contest in USA Today!

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The nomination for Ms. McBee’s artistic work outside the classroom has been the talk of the school, and her students are voting daily in support of their teacher’s national recognition.

“Students have really gotten into the spirit of the contest, but more importantly, the whole thing has sparked some terrific conversations about the career opportunities for professionals with Digital Arts & Design certifications and college degrees”, said Ms. McBee.

“It was so flattering to be recognized for my work outside school, but my passion continues to be my amazing students at North Charleston High School”, McBee added.

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To learn more about Ms. McBee’s artistic work, check out Modern South Studio here: https://modernsouthstudio.com

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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)
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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.

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Frierson Elementary School Students Enjoy Career Focused Assembly with Live 5 News Anchor Raphael James

Once a month, students at Edith L. Frierson Elementary School on Wadmalaw Island have a special “Career Cluster Focus Day”.

The month of October is dedicated to Arts, Audio / Video Technology, and Communications, and their featured speaker was Mr. Raphael James from WCSC Live 5 News!

Mr. James did an amazing job with the kids and even mentioned his visit on the evening news broadcast later that evening!

Thanks to Mr. James for visiting these lucky students! Thanks to Niki Smith, Career Specialist for arranging this Extended Learning Opportunity for career exploration for these students from Frierson Elementary School!

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North Charleston HS PLTW Aerospace Engineering Students Design, Build, and Launch Small Rocket

Justin Johnson’s PTLW Aerospace Engineering scholars at NCHS designed their own rocket using the “open rocket” program and a simulator to test and modify the design to ensure stable flight. Scholars then built their rockets from scratch using balsa wood, super glue and cardboard tubing. Scholars also learned the procedures of launching a rocket safely. Scholars dealt with a few obstacles during the design and construction process, but figured out solutions and they all had a successful launch.

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Student Run School Store at West Ashley HS Reopens After Renovations

This week marked the reopening of the Cat Shack at West Ashley High School, the student run school store that offers logo apparel, snacks, and other items for students to purchase between classes and at lunch.

The students operating the store are overseen by Mr. Terry Stutts, the Marketing teacher and adviser for the WAHS DECA student organization. The Cat Shack’s profits help students participate in DECA events at the local, regional and national levels.

The store recently got some welcomed upgrades, including a larger space and some new fixtures. IMG_0006 (1)

“The students welcomed the reopening of the store this week and sales were brisk – we’re very thankful to have these renovations complete,” said Mr. Stutts.

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DECA President Haley Bauer provided the following overview of the Cat Shack renovation and the impact it will have on their efforts to raise funds for the Career and Technology Student Organization:

“The Cat Shack is owned and operated by West Ashley High School’s DECA Chapter. DECA is a club that prepares high school students to be leaders and entrepreneurs is marketing, finance, hospitality and management. These students have the opportunity to take classes such as Marketing, Merchandising, Professional Development and Leadership, and Work-based Learning. All of these classes work together to manage and work in our recently renovated school store.

The Cat Shack now has new light fixtures, slat walls, display cases, and has been expanded. For the past month, employees have determined the store layout, merchandise, prices, and employees work schedule. Finally, everything has come together and the Cat Shack was opened on Wednesday, September 27th. All of the money earned from the store goes straight towards DECA needs. It is considered to be one of our biggest fundraisers. So. Wish us luck this year!”

The Cat Shack is well positioned for another great year of sales at West Ashley High School, but the real winners are the students that get to practice customer service and other skills prized by local employers!

 

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North Charleston Elementary School Launching New STEM Focused Programs in 5th Grade Classrooms

This week, students in Ms. Hocking’s and Ms Theiss’ 5th grade classes at North Charleston Elementary School were given a special STEM themed assignment:
“Engineer a model home inspired by a shelter built by animals in nature.”
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This STEM project-based learning opportunity on habitats called “Engineering is Elementary” is from the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.habitat
Also, Ms. Hocking and fellow 5th grade teacher, Ms. Theiss will be implementing Project Lead the Way’s Launch curriculum in their classrooms later this year.workinghardThanks to Lynn Clegg for submitting this CTE Success Story!

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Enjoy Visit from Boeing Professional Followed by Boeing DreamLearners Field-trip

Students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a special visit to their school by a member of the local Boeing South Carolina team, followed by a field-trip to participate in the DreamLearners program at the Boeing facilities in North Charleston.
On Friday, August 18, 2017, Mr. Gregory Elia, who serves as a Supplier Management specialist with Boeing SC and has a background in engineering, programming, and robotics, shared his story with over 50 Military Magnet Academy students with interest in pursuing careers in STEM related occupations.
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One of Mr. Elia’s favorite quotes is, “Another day in which to excel.” He shared that remembering this quote encouraged him throughout his college years. The students learned about the Boeing 707, the first passenger jet manufactured by Boeing, and the progression of Boeing jets that has led to the 787 Dreamliner manufactured here in North Charleston, SC. Mr. Elia also spoke with the students about the upcoming Solar Eclipse and the importance of being safe while watching it.
This visit by a professional from Boeing SC was in preparation for the students’ upcoming visit to the Boeing manufacturing facility. The MMA students were excited and ready to see STEM in action after Mr. Elia’s visit.

On Thursday August 23, 2017, Military Magnet Academy students enjoyed a Structure Field Study to Boeing’s campus in North Charleston, SC. The field trip was very successful and the students were extremely engaged and respectful.
Students participated in a paper airplane design & construction project. 30 students were divided into 5 teams of 6. Each team consisted of a finance officer, engineer, mechanic, materials manager, and a test pilot. After the teams had a chance to test and modify their planes, the groups gathered to see which plane would fly the farthest.
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Team 1 was the team that had the longest paper airplane flight! Congratulations to Malik Fleming, Ya’Nassia Hoskins, Damonie Stokes, Uriel Benitez Antonio, and Robert Hudson, pictured with there teacher MMA Ms. Ferrette-Clark.
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)
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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)
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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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Boeing SC Engineers Bring Aero Modeling Project to Wando HS Engineering Camp

The 11th annual Wando Gateway Engineering Camp was led by engineering instructor David Roemer this summer at Wando High School.

This special week long hands-on camp is designed to be an introduction to engineering for female students entering the 9th grade.

This year’s camp included a new project-based learning opportunity to work side by side with engineers from Boeing SC.Wando Engineering Camp

Campers built and tested lightweight gliders before participating in the competition to see which model would fly the longest.

Check out this excellent article on the camp published in the Moultrie News: http://www.moultrienews.com/news/engineering-camp-allows-students-to-make-small-planes-fly/article_7f14cc58-6c9c-11e7-ae92-e395f6a8c945.html

Boeing also sent their own video production crew to document the camp and the flying competition. Check out their wonderful video here via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WeAreBoeingSC/videos/779368265602327/

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Branko Lakic from Boeing South Carolina led the Aero Modeling Project at the Wando Engineering Camp.

Huge thanks to the team of Boeing SC engineers led by Branko Lakic for investing their passion, time and talent in this amazing project-based learning opportunity for Charleston County School District students!