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Academic Magnet Students Visit SPAWAR Labs for Work-based Learning Experience

spawar logoPLTW Instructor Jamie Corson and his students from Academic Magnet HS were welcomed by Ms. Michelle Rehr-Matash, SPAWAR Public Affairs officer for a day of interactive learning.

Students got to visit several different working labs, including the Communications & Wireless Lab, Research & Development Lab and Computer Forensics Lab.  Then over lunch, students participated in a computer forensics activity with Mr. Bill Littleton, an accomplished SPAWAR computer scientist . The students enjoyed the activity involving meta data & GPS data integrated into photographs.

“The opportunity to visit SPAWAR offered students the ability to meet with a wide range of engineers and technicians.” said Mr. Corson.  “They left with a better understanding about the various projects taking place behind the guard gate, and the important role the organization serves in our national security”, added Corson. The students also learned about opportunities for federal internships and co-op programs aimed at both high school and college students.

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700+ CCSD Students Enjoy Screening of Hidden Figures Movie Followed by Panel Discussions with Local STEM Pros


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– Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.

Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!

By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.

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This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia HeywarMs. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.

Boeing SC Leader Joan Robinson-BerryWhen the movie finished, and while many eyes were still wet with emotion, the lights came up and students were treated to a panel discussion with local professionals like Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry, site leader and lead executive in charge at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston and Mr. KaMar Galloway, local leader of Google’s CS First computer science program. Not only was the powerful movie discussed, but also the pathway available to students today and the career opportunities that await them in the fast growing Charleston economy.

Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.

Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.

Participating schools from Charleston County School District included: 

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  2. R B Stall HS
  3. Academic Magnet HS
  4. St. Johns HS
  5. Baptist Hill MHS
  6. Septima P. Clark Academy
  7. Garrett Academy of Technology
  8. West Ashley HS
  9. James Simons EMS
  10. Orange Grove MS
  11. James Island MS
  12. Jerry Zucker MS
  13. CE Williams MS
  14. Montessori Community School
  15. Cario MS
  16. West Ashley MS
  17. Deer Park MS

Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.

Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.

Read more from Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/34454797/berkeley-and-charleston-students-to-see-movie-hidden-figures.Volunteers for Hidden Figures Event

 

 

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SPAWAR Hosts Local High School Students for IT Shadowing Day

Students and educators from throughout the Charleston region were invited to get an in depth behind the scenes tour of the Space and Naval Warfare Atlantic Systems Center, known as SPAWAR in Charleston.

Each participant received a badge and detailed instructions prior to their facility tour; “there are top secret missions underway behind the gates” they were told.

The day included on site tours of the Vehicle Integration Bay, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Lab, and the Air Traffic Control simulation and training center, which also happens to include the Meteorology and Antarctica Remote Operations Facility, where air traffic is controlled for the the South Pole!SPARWAR

Commanding Officer Captain Scott Heller addressed the students over lunch and encouraged them to persist through college to be best prepared for the many career pathways available at SPAWAR and throughout the world, both for enlisted military and civilian contractors.

Special thanks to the event organizers team led by LaKeisha Williams and the wonderful SPAWAR education team.

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Students from 4 Schools’ Engineering Programs Attend PLTW Competition at Univ. of SC in Coumbia

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students from 4 CCSD high schools attended a statewide PLTW Engineering Competition held March 7 at University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering & Computing in Columbia.

CCSD Schools participating included:

  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Academic Magnet High School

Students from Academic Magnet HS won 1st place for Digital Electronics and students from Wando HS took 1st place in Intro to Engineering Design!

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CCSD Students Excel at SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

Over 130 students from throughout Charleston competed in the 2016 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event.

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CCSD Schools included:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Haut Gap MS
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • Military Magnet MS
  • Morningside MS
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

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Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered the keynote message before the competition began.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours.

Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA

CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event.

 

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21 CCSD Students Starting Youth Apprenticeships with Local Companies

Congratulations to the 21 CCSD students that have been hired as Youth Apprentices and accepted at Trident Technical College for job related education – here is the roster by school:

Student # Program Grad Year School Hired by
1 Computer Programming 2017 Academic Magnet BCSD
2 Industrial Mechanics 2016 Charleston Charter Cummins
3 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy High Cotton
4 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy The Vendue
5 Industrial Mechanics 2017 Garrett Academy VTL
6 Machine Tool Tech. 2016 James Island Charter TorqTek
7 Hotel Operations 2017 Military Magnet Charming Inns
8 Culinary 2016 North Charleston The Vendue
9 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
10 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
11 Boat Manufacturing 2017 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
12 Hotel Operations 2016 R.B. Stall Holiday Inn Express
13 Culinary 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
14 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
15 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
16 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Mills House Wyndham
17 Computer Networking 2017 Wando CCSD
18 Culinary 2017 Wando Wild Dunes
19 Computer Networking 2016 West Ashley City of Charleston
20 Culinary 2017 West Ashley Post House
21 Industrial Mechanics 2017 West Ashley BOSCH

Students in this program are interviewed and hired by local companies in 7 pathways:
Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Hotel Operations Youth Apprenticeships
Culinary Arts Youth Apprenticeship
Manufacturing
Boating Manufacturers’ Youth Apprenticeship
Industrial Mechanics Youth Apprenticeship
Machine Tool (CNC) Youth Apprenticeship
Information Technology
Computer Networking Youth Apprenticeship
Computer Programming Youth Apprenticeship

Learn more about this wonderful partnership between local industry, Trident Technical College, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and all 4 local school districts HERE.
Read the story on youth apprenticeships recently published in the Post and Courier HERE.

 

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CCSD High Schools Partnering with Chamber for Career Academies

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With 39 programs in 11 CCSD High Schools, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce “Career Academy” initiative is kicking off the 15/16 academic year with strong partnerships for CTE programs throughout the district.

Thanks to all the terrific business partners that have agreed to invest their time and support in Charleston County schools!

Link to MORE INFO on Career Academies, including the list of business partners already committed to help.

Here is a list of the programs with Career Academy partnerships by school:

Academic Magnet HS

  • Computer Science

Baptist Hill MHS

  • Business Information Management

Garrett Academy of Technology

  • Health Professions

Lincoln MHS

  • Building Construction
  • Culinary

Lowcountry Tech Academy  

  • Computer Science

Military Magnet Academy

  • Culinary Arts
  • Computer Science

North Charleston HS

  • Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Professions
  • Law Enforcement
  • Business

St. Johns HS

Charleston School of the Arts

  • Fashion Design and Apparel Construction

R. B. Stall HS

  • Engineering
  • Health Professions

Wando HS

  • School of Mathematics Science and Engineering
  • School of Business and Information Systems
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Health Human and Public Services
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Business Information Management
  • Arts and Communications
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Education and Training
  • Health Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Marketing

West Ashley HS

  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics

 

 

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Successful CTE Professional Development Kicks Off 15/16 School Year

August 11, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant, SC – Seacoast Church graciously provided the meeting space for the back to school professional development for CTE teachers on Tuesday. With ample parking, a large space with tables and chairs provided, and plenty of rooms for break-out sessions, the location was ideal.

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The day began with a keynote speech from new CCSD Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait. She shared her passion for Career and Technology Education and answered a number of questions from teachers.

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Two local business partners also shared their support for CTE teachers – Brad Davis with Rick Hendrick Automotive Group and Jim Hirni with Anchor Sign company. Both professionals talked about their company’s critical workforce needs and offered to assist as needed to ensure students are ready to maximize the wonderful career opportunities available in the Charleston region.

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After the morning plenary session, teachers cycled through 4 breakout rooms with presentations from the CTE Support Team members on CTE Data, Work-based Learning, Student Learning Objective plans, and many other important topics. CTE Director Ginger Reijners’ session was an overall update on the factors that will impact CTE this academic year.

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Teachers enjoyed round table discussions over lunch from Chic-fil-A and wear treated to 5 Minute Foot Rubs thanks to the generous support of Anchor Sign!

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After lunch, Robin Willis from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce shared a presentation on the continued growth of our community. She also talked about the Youth Apprenticeship program the chamber is supporting along with Trident Technical College, all 4 local school districts, and over 60 industry partners.

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At the end of the very productive professional development day, several teachers names were drawn for prizes – one teacher won a dinner for two at The Charleston Grill and another won a trip to the ACTE Conference in New Orleans in November! Other teachers won tickets to Charleston Battery Soccer matches at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.

Special thanks to Mickey Bakst with The Charleston Grill and Suzanne Brandon with the Charleston Battery for donating prizes for teachers attending the meeting!

All teachers left with a special gift: a special back-up battery for their phone! IMG_2303

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Please enjoy this gallery of additional pictures from the event:

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14 CCSD Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at MUSC’s Summer Nursing Career Camp

musc_logo_cwpThe Medical University of South Carolina hosted 14 CCSD students from June 24-26 for an interactive work-based learning experience.

The MUSC Nursing Career Camp allows health science CTE majors to interact with medical professionals and “learn by doing” in the university’s simulation lab.

Students from the following schools participated: West Ashley HS, Wando HS, R. B. Stall HS, Garrett Academy, and Academic Magnet HS.

Thanks to all the MUSC professionals that invested their time and talent in this program –  In no time, these students will be applying for health care related positions throughout Charleston, and beyond.

Read more about this annual nursing career camp in this week’s issue of The Catalyst, MUSC’s campus newspaper.

Thank you to MUSC for sharing these excellent pictures captured during the camp >

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2 Summer Interns at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Gaining Valuable Career Experience

Reaves Wannamaker from Academic Magnet High School and Vinh Ton from Wando High School landed a pretty sweet internship this summer… They are being paid to work with the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw.

This internship, an extension of the Over the Horizon program, is providing valuable work-based learning experiences for these students.

Reaves and Vinh are enjoying a wide variety of experiences this summer – Working with students in the “Camp Sewee” at the Sewee Visitor Center, helping to recover turtle nests, assisting with interpretive tours, important maintenance projects on bulls island, and so much more!

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Thanks to all that have ensured the Over the Horizon partnership continues to yield positive outcomes for students!