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.
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 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 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!
- 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!
Students 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.
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
- Municipal Court
- Housing and Community Development
- Traffic & Transportation
- Geographic Information Systems
- 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.
He 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.
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.
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.
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!
- KIZ Studios
- Select Physical Therapy
- STEM Premier
- Live for Wellness Chiropractor
- Charleston RiverDogs
- SC Ports Authority
- 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!
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.
Students 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.
William 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 such 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.
Morning 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.
Students from St. James Santee Elementary/Middle School in McClellanville enjoyed a special guest lecturer recently from the Jack Russell Software Coding School in Mt. Pleasant.
Tom Wilson, Founder & Lead Instructor from JRS Coding School encouraged students to learn by experimenting as he introduced a variety of tips and tricks for basic programming.
Using tools from the coding school, Mr. Wilson was able to introduce the foundational principals of coding, and demonstrate the power of being able to tailor a program for a specific project or purpose.
The students truly enjoyed the interactive lessons. “Every single student was inspired by the coding lesson Mr. Wilson shared, and ready to learn more”, said Ms. Lisa Farmer, the Career Specialist that helped organize the guest speaker’s visit to the school.
Check out the creative towers Charleston County School District 7th grade students from Jerry Zucker Middle School Of Science built during a #STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, THE ARTS, & Math) project-based learning assignment this week in Ms. Anderson’s CTE class – CHALLENGE: Build the tallest Free Standing Tower with 100 toothpicks and gummy candies.