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West Ashley High School Early Childhood Education Students Attend 2019 SCECA Conference

Thank you Ms. Butler for submitting this CTE Success Story, including pictures, from your students recent work-based learning trip to the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in Greenville.

Early Childhood Education students from West Ashley High School recently attended the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in Greenville, SC during the week of January 31-February 2nd.

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On Thursday, January 31st, Kamren Shine led a workshop titled “Who’s Down with DAP” for  ECE professionals during the opening session and did an amazing job with the support of her fellow classmates.

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West Ashley High School’s SCECA students, members of the only high school chapter in SC, received a grant supporting their program from the association at the last 2 annual conferences. WAHS Early Childhood Education students are working to earn the Child Development Associate credential this year.

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Lowcountry-Peedee Robotics League Tournament Causes ROVER RUCKUS at Military Magnet Academy

Special thanks to Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Instructor of Information Technology at Military Magnet Academy and FTC Robotics Team Adviser for submitting this report on the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament held February 2.

On Saturday, February 2nd, 18 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FTC teams from the Lowcountry and Peedee areas converged at Military Magnet Academy for the very first East SC FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament. This exciting inaugural event showcased Robotics teams showing off what they learned and invented all season. The teams competed with their robots for an opportunity to advance to the SC State First Tech Challenge Championship. This is a tremendous opportunity for our Scholars and participants in the State of South Carolina, particularly as it relates to the future STEM workforce in the Palmetto State. As our guest speaker, State Representative Sylleste Davis said, “STEM is important to our Scholars future.” MMA had a packed house to promote the STEM initiative!

A little history behind FTC in the Lowcountry is each year FTC teams design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge with alliance partners. This year’s challenge is Rover Ruckus and league winners advance to the regional championships in Gaffney, SC.

FTC is a 7-12 grade competition which allows participants to apply engineering principles, build STEM skills, and exposes them to real-world experiences. Each team operates as a small business with the robot as their product. Team members function in different capacities, similar to a real job. Team roles can consist of programmers, designers, builders, safety inspectors, technical writers, pit crew, drivers, drive coach, and more. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, robotics team members also engage in other activities such as developing a business plan, marketing, fundraising, public speaking, and community outreach. Participants and teams can earn awards and are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.

In previous years, teams competed in one regional (state) tournament from which teams were chosen to advance to the FIRST Championship. For the first time this year the South Carolina FTC teams moved to a league format, which increased the number of matches, played, offered more opportunity to design and strategize throughout the season, and more opportunities to interact with local teams.

Out of 18 total teams, the Robo Eagles ranked 16 with 299 points scored. There was a total of 10 matches ending in the Robo Eagles being selected as a semi-finals alliance partner with the Ground Shakers but did not advance to the regional competition. Additionally, team member, Alexandria Archie, was nominated as a FIRST Dean’s List semi-finalist, one of four nominees for the league. We exemplified “Gracious Professionalism” while cheering our fellow robotics teams on to victory. This has been an exciting season thus far for the Robo Eagles and we will continue to grow and learn!

I would like to extend a special thanks to Ms. Lowman, TSgt White, Ms. Reed, and the Admin Staff for coming out and supporting the event. Our Senior Alumni who came from College to run the Eagles concession stand, and lastly, we would like to thank Ms. Sally-Ann Archie, a parent, and mentor, who has been an asset to Military Magnet with volunteering to help in any capacity and supporting our Robo Eagles and Cyber Security team.

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Publix Spotlight Career Cafe & Interviews at Burke High School

Students at Burke High School recently met with professionals from the soon to open Publix location on Spring Street in Downtown Charleston.

Participating students had the opportunity to learn about the high expectations for Publix  employees, and the terrific opportunities for training and career advancement available.

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The Career Cafe was organized by Mr. Alvin Lumkin, Career Specialists serving Burke High School and hosted in Mr. Roy Kemp’s classroom.

Thank you to the Publix team members that invested their time at Burke High School for this empowering Career Cafe event for students.

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Get Hands-On with Race Cars Thanks to Universal Technical Institute Visit

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently got up close and personal with several race cars thanks to a parking lot visit by Universal Technical Institute representatives!

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Students enjoyed learning about the competitive cars and the programs offered by UTI in high demand, high wage careers.

Thank you Mr. Coull for staging this experiential learning opportunity at MMA for our students!

Thank you Mr. Lumpkin for sharing this CTE Student Success story from Military Magnet Academy!

 

 

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BoomTown! Hosts Computer Science Students from North Charleston High School for Career Exploration Visit

On December 5th, 2018, Ms. Crabtree’s Exploring Computer Science students from North Charleston High School were able to experience a very informative “Deep Dive” work-based learning visit hosted by BoomTown!, a local software company.

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Students received a detailed presentation on the features and benefits of BoomTown’s ROI real estate software, an explanation of the company’s core values, and a personalized tour of their modern workplace. Students also got to see Pacific Box and Crate, which is the name of the beautiful tech campus BoomTown! shares with other tech companies.

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Students left with a new vision of the 21st Century workplace. Thank you Nina Magnesson and the whole BoomTown! team for providing this rich career exploration opportunity for  North Charleston High School students!

Thank you Darwin Shorters for submitting this excellent CTE Success Story with pictures!

Military Magnet Academy Celebrates National STEM Day by Welcoming Guest Speaker from Cantey Tech

cantey_logoMilitary Magnet Academy celebrated National STEM Day on November 8th with an inspirational guest speaker from Cantey Tech Consulting.

Guest speaker Mr. Greg Peralta, Cantey Tech’s Vice-president of Sales shared information relevant to our Cadet Scholars’ success as future leaders, both professionally and as citizens in our community.  Mr. Peralta talked about his professional experience with the Cantey Tech Consulting team over the past 7 years, and relayed specifics about his career as a business development executive.

Canty Tech Consulting is a leading provider of technology planning and support services. This is the companies 11th year of operation with 6 consecutive years on the Inc. Magazine 5000 List of fastest-growing companies in the country. Cantey Tech Consulting has offices in North Charleston, Summerville, and Columbia. They also have two data centers, one in Ladson and one in Greenville. They support clients across the United States and in Germany by providing a nimble and effective IT support.

Ms. Ferrette-Clark shared the following about Mr. Peralta’s visit: “The students were engaged and continued asking questions after he left. One of my Cadets returned to my class and gave a heartfelt statement. He said the presentation Mr. Peralta gave inspired him to try and make his dream a reality by studying hard and preparing for the CompTIA A+ industry certification.”

“We are extremeley thankful to Mr. Peralta for investing his time and energy with our students at Military Magnet Academy!”, added Ms. Ferrette-Clark.

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Marketing Students from Military Magnet Academy Visit Local Marketing Firms

IMG_0502IMG_0496IMG_0505IMG_0499Students from Military Magnet Academy had the chance to visit two local marketing firms recently: Stingray Branding and Bernstein Lash Marketing in West Ashley.

Team members for the two closely related companies welcomed the MMA marketing students to their office and shared how they provide quality marketing, web site design and branding services to many companies, both locally and nationwide.

Thanks to everyone that helped make this terrific work-based learning opportunity possible for these MMA marketing students!

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Culinary Arts Students from Military Magnet Academy Explore Careers at Wild Dunes Resort

Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts instructor & CTE Department Chair at Military Magnet Academy provided the following summary of her students’ recent work-based learning visit to Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.

This work-based learning opportunity is possible thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy program which encouraged and facilitates business partner support for CCSD high schools!

 

Students started their tour at the Market area which offers apartment style lodging for families and has several shops & markets for any needs they may have while on vacation.

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Student walked through the retail shops and got to peek inside the luxurious day spa. Then they enjoyed tasting ice cream at Hudson’s Market.

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Students were invited to inspect the inside of Coastal Provisions Restaurant which overlooks one of the resort’s pool decks.

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Student got to meet the staff at Coastal Provisions and enjoyed “mocktails” mixed to order while the discussed proper customer service techniques.
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Students got to go behind the scenes in the housekeeping department at the resort.  They met with a very experienced employee that showed them how to make the towel “art” each guest receives during their stay on property.
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Students learned how to make a swan and a lotus flower out of towels. The housekeeping team explained their responsibilities and how they manage over 500 rooms daily, ranging from box style hotel rooms, to apartment style rooms, and homes that accommodate anywhere from 5-10 guests.
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Thanks to the whole team at Wild Dunes for being such a wonderful Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy partner, and making this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible for our students!

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Students from North Charleston High School Hosted by Women in Homeland Security for Airport Security Tour

October 24, 2018 – North Charleston, SC – 6 students from  North Charleston High School participated in a work-based learning field-trip to Charleston International Airport. The experience was hosted by Women in Homeland Security.A5DeAnjula Knight, Abriona Lockwood, Tiffany Smalls, Daijha Ackerman, Joemal Murphy, and Stella King all got to see behind the scenes of an airport security checkpoint as passengers and their belongings were screened.

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Each student got to try on a bomb suit worn by bomb squads, and observe explosive sniffing dogs at work.a2 nchs airport 1

Special thanks to Beverly Wilkes with the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security for organizing this wonderful learning experience for our scholars from North Charleston High School!

 

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Students from School of the Arts and Academic Magnet Participate in Midway Physics Day at State Fair

physics 2Students from Academic Magnet HS and Charleston County School of the Arts recently attended a special event called “Midway Physics Day” at the SC State Fair in Columbia in cooperation with the University of South Carolina.

“Students logged scientific data on rides, participated in physics demonstrations, and met with members of USC faculty to talk about physics related careers. It truly was a great day,” said Kirk Lindgren, Physics Teacher at Charleston County School of the Arts and group chaperone.

Thanks to all that made this terrific career exploration opportunity possible!