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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit HVAC Lab at Trident Technical College

Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education program at Daniel Jenkins Academy recently received a campus tour of Trident Technical College from recruiting representative, Mr. Mark Yearty.
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Mr. Yearty stressed the importance of 3 things to the students interested in attending TTC after high school:
  1. Completing their application for admission on time
  2. Submitting their high school transcript with grades they can be proud to share
  3. Earning qualifying test scores on the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer tests for admission

Students enjoyed a quick visit to the Culinary Arts facilities on the way to their primary destination for the day: The HVAC lab.

Students got to see live demonstrations by the HVAC Program Coordinator, Mr. Pressley Baker.

“Mr. Baker was awesome with the students”, said Ms. Hamm. He shared the high demand for HVAC skilled workers in Charleston, and throughout South Carolina. He encouraged the students to find out more about the Youth Apprenticeship program. The students were very interested to learn how graduates of his TTC program can find good paying jobs just about anywhere they want to live across the nation thanks to over 9,000 jobs available for HVAC workers available.  The entry level pay and future earning potential for skilled HVAC technicians is truly excellent in Charleston, and beyond!? Ms. Hamm said, “This Structured Field Study experience was a huge success. One student says he definitely wants a career in HVAC. Another student said that he is definitely considering HVAC as a career option!”

Check out these additional pictures of the students’ visit to Trident Tech –

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning opportunity possible!

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Students in Computer Science Class at Military Magnet Academy Learn About Networking from Local ECPI University Professor

Ms. Ferrette-Clark’s Exploring Computer Science students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a lesson on network cabling from a representative from ECPI University.

IMG_6490IMG_6489 “Mr. Powers from ECPI had my students fully engaged in creating CAT5 network cables”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark.  Thanks to Mr. Powers for investing his time in the Exploring Computer Science class at Military Magnet Academy. IMG_6497 IMG_6495
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Stevens Towing Providing On-the-Job Training in Welding for Baptist Hill MHS Spring Interns

st-logosStudents from Baptist Hill Middle High School are receiving on-the-job training in welding as a part of their spring semester internship program with Stevens Towing in Yonges Island. 

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Huge thanks to all the professionals at Stevens Towing that are mentoring these young men in this terrific work-based learning partnership!

 

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Middle & High School Students Visit SPAWAR for “Day at the Lab” Experience

SPAWAR STEMSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic held its annual “Day at the Lab” on February 28th. Middle and high school students from throughout the Charleston region were invited for a behind the scenes tour.

Students were welcomed by Rear Admiral Lewis in the Command Briefing Theater. He described the many high demand, high wage STEM career opportunities in both military and civilian positions right her in Charleston.

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Students got to participate in activities like an Electrical Engineering Exercise using Snap Circuit Kits and an introduction to algorithms using a Rubik’s Cube.

Students also got an extensive facility tour including stops in the Anechoic Chamber, the Environmental Testing Lab, and the Digital Forensics Lab. They also got to see the Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) as well as climb the stairs to the the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation Lab.

High school students enjoyed a special session on internship opportunities in Charleston and similar facilities throughout the country.

The students came back together in the end for a pizza lunch and a debriefing session with the amazing SPAWAR volunteer team that helped make this work-based learning experience possible!

Thanks to everyone at SPAWAR for hosting students from the Charleston region for the Day at the Lab event, and for investing in our future homegrown workforce!

Participating CCSD middle & high schools included: 

James Island Charter High School
Moultrie Middle School
North Charleston High School
St. Johns High School
Wando High School
West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet School

Thanks to Justin Johnson from North Charleston HS and Tralice Reddock from the CCSD CTE Support Team for serving as chaperones for the participating CCSD students.

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Local ACE Mentors Chapter Connects CCSD Students with Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Professionals for Project-based Learning

AceProgramLogoThe following update was provided by Rob Turner with Charleston Engineering who serves as Chairman of the Board of ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston. 

The ACE Mentors are in full swing at all three schools this semester!

Check out this terrific video of students in Mr. Darwin Shorter’s class at St. Johns High working in a Project-based Learning (PBL) activity with their ACE Mentors:

Harry Pecorelli of Stantec led the PBL exercise where the students formed teams, each with a project manager, to build buildings with Legos.  “The activity included a lot of curve balls and it is fun to watch them react to change orders and other project challenges”, remarked Mr. Turner.

Thanks to all the amazing and generous ACE Mentors for investing their time at Burke HS, St. Johns HS, and R. B. Stall HS this year!

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Co-Team Leaders:
LaShaun Key – Architect
Bobby Teachey – Construction Project Manager
Teacher of Record / Champions:
Michael Crosby
Roy Joe Kemp
Mentors:
Zach Aument – Architect
Laura Slagel – Architect
Jonathan Sigman – Structural Engineer
Michael Cunningham – Structural Engineer
Irving Fordham – Electrical Engineer
Jarret Hudson – Architect
Kendall Roberts – Architect
Bryan Shiver – Construction Manager
Chandra Jones – Construction Manager
Amanda Page – Mechanical Engineer
Victor Fallon – Mechanical Engineer
Sam Young – Electrical Engineer
DJ Coblentz – Electrical Engineer

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Co-Team Leaders:
Ben Anderson – Architect
Wayne Butler – Architect
Teacher of Record / Champion: Kimberly Pickett
Team Mentors:
Mark Dillon – Structural Engineer
Zac Smith – Construction Civil Engineer
Todd Altman – Construction Manager
Tom Magee – Construction Project Manager (will float between both schools)
Steve Marek – Mechanical Engineer
Derek Hensley – Elec. Engineer

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Co-Team Leaders:
Harry Pecorelli – Construction Manager (owners rep)
Allie Beck – Architect
Teacher of Record / Champion: Darwin Shorters
Team Mentors:
Sarah Glass – Architect
Mary Tran – Architect
Alison Dawson – Architect
Kelsey Powell – Structural Engineer
George Lee – mechanical sales
Aaron Smith – Construction Manager
Rob Turner – Mech. Engineer
William Snider – Electrical
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City of Charleston Hosts Job Shadowing Day for 25 West Ashley HS Students

February 13, 2017 – Charleston, SC – 25 students from West Ashley High School got to shadow City of Charleston municipal professionals for a “Day in the Life” experience. IMG_3804

They arrived with their chaperones Ms. Melissa Sparks and Ms. Bridgette Butler early Monday morning at City Hall, and quickly took their seats in the historic City Council Chambers.

They got to hear several interesting stories about the chamber from the docent, Ms. Lindsay Barrios including the single Edison light bulb still in place and the amazing story of the portrait of George Washington in Charleston featured behind the podium.

Then, they were welcomed by City of Charleston Mayor, John Tecklenburg. He spoke on the value of the opportunity of job shadowing and thanked the City of Charleston team members for their willingness to invest in students.

Students were them connected with their host departments and departed to begin their work-based learning experiences.
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Host departments included:

  • Police Department
  • Fire Department
  • Recreation Department
  • Old Slave Mart Museum
  • Human Resources
  • Housing & Community Development
  • Parks Department
  • Technology & Business Development
  • Information Technology
  • Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
  • Municipal Court Judge
  • Mayor’s Office

After the morning of job shadowing, students and their host met for a special luncheon at the Maritime Center.

The amazing day of work-based learning was organized by Jennifer Gorham with the Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth, and Families.

Thanks to Jennifer, Mindy, and all the City of Charleston departments for making this event possible again this year.

Thanks to Mayor John Tecklenburg for welcoming the students to City Hall and attending the debriefing luncheon at the Maritime Center.

 

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700+ Students and Parents Attend Youth Apprenticeships Information Night

Thanks to all the students and parents that attended the information session on our region’s Youth Apprenticeship opportunities on February 2 at Trident Technical College. Attendees got to hear about youth apprenticeships available in 15 career pathways from over 100 local companies!

Over 100 employers in the Charleston region are offering rising high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors the opportunity to Get Paid to Learn as youth apprentices.

Youth apprentices will receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction as dual-credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies.

Thanks to the support of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, students in the youth apprenticeship program receive a scholarship worth approximately $6000 to cover all tuition and costs for apprenticeship-related college courses at TTC.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following local careers:

  •      Industrial Mechanics
  •      Machine Tool Technology
  •      Culinary Arts
  •      Hotel Operations
  •      EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
  •      CNA/Pre-Nursing
  •      Medical Office Assistant
  •      Computer Networking
  •      Junior Computer Programming
  •      Cyber-security
  •      Civil CAD Technician
  •      Automotive Mechanic
  •      Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
  •      Bookkeeping/Pre-Accounting
  •      Security/Pre-Law Enforcement *

* In South Carolina, law enforcement officers must be at least 21 years of age. This apprenticeship equips students for employment as private security officers, and prepares them to continue their education and training at the police academy.

Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:

  •      Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
  •      A high school diploma (if not already granted)
  •      One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
  •      A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree
  •      National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  •      Two years of work experience
  •      Marketable skills for life

Youth Apprenticeship Participation Requirements

  •      To be eligible for a youth apprenticeship, a student must:
  •      Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
  •      Be at least 16 years of age
  •      Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
  •      Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
  •      Have reliable transportation to work and to school
  •      Be legally able to work in the U.S.

To start the application process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying placement test scores. To schedule an appointment at the TTC Testing Center, call 843.574.6410.

For more information or for the application package, please visit this website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

 

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Begin Spring Internship with Lowcountry Food Bank

Four students in Chef Kimberly Ortego’s culinary arts program at Military Magnet Academy have started their spring semester internships at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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“We’re so thankful to partner with the Food Bank again this year for internships” said Military Magnet Academy’s CTE Department Chairperson Amy Brunson.

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Chef Kim Ortego also expressed her thanks for the Lowcountry Food Bank offering this excellent work-based learning opportunity for her students saying, “The experience they’re getting through this internship will be an asset for the rest of their lives!”

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Thank you to all that made this terrific experiential learning opportunity possible for these 4 MMA students.

 

 

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7 CCSD Students Start Spring Internships with Boeing South Carolina

Seven seniors from schools throughout Charleston County School District recently began spring semester internship with Boeing South Carolina.

The students will be working 20 hours per week after school. They will earn a high school course credit as well as a paycheck, but the most significant reward will be the relationships they will gain with professionals from a global manufacturing company and the authentic work experience.

Congratulations to these seven students on their work-based learning placement, and thanks to the team at Boeing SC and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for all their hard work facilitating the program.

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Students from the following CCSD schools are participating in this work-based learning opportunity:

  • James Island Charter High School
  • R. B. Stall High School
  • St. Johns High School
  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School

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