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ACE Mentors of Charleston Host Students for End of Year Banquet and Project Showcase

AceProgramLogoCharleston, SC – May 17, 2017 – A group of local architects, contractors, and engineering professionals are doing their part to ensure the next generation is ready for the critical infrastructure and development related jobs in Charleston, and throughout the nation.

ACE Mentors of Charleston connects professionals with local classrooms for project-based learning and relationship building. Students work in teams on various aspects of large scale, multifaceted construction projects. The students choose the projects and all the elements to bring the design to a workable set of plans, and even a scale model in some cases.

Each year, to celebrate the students’ success and the investment of time by the many volunteers, a special banquet is held to allow each team to share a presentation on their chosen project.

The 2017 ACE Banquet was held at the Wolf Street Playhouse again, and Home Team BBQ was served, complete with cole slaw, mac & cheese, and iced tea.

This year, 3 CCSD schools participated in the ACE Mentoring program: Burke HS, St. Johns HS, and R. B. Stall HS. 

IMG_2778Dinos Liollio, a 40 year veteran of the industry, provided the key note speech, and his chosen topic was timely for the students waiting to deliver their own presentations. Mr. Liollo spoke on the impact of non-verbal communication. He used many pictures and a movie clip to illustrate his points, and ended the presentation with a video of the dramatic pre-game ritual performed by the All Blacks Rugby Team from New Zealand. He encouraged the students to be aware of what was being communicated by the position of their arms and legs, their facial expressions, and their eye contact during conversations.

After the keynote presentation concluded, each school was invited to the stage to present their class project.

Mr. Roy Kemp, PLTW Engineering Instructor and CTE Dept Chair from Burke High School provided the following account of his experience at the ACE Mentors’ Banquet:

Last night at the presentation banquet for ACE, a student mentoring program with Architects, Contractors and Engineers, outstanding young people from Burke High School, St. Johns High School and R. B. Stall High School made presentations of commercial projects that they had designed and worked on over the past school term under the mentorship of professionals from the three aforementioned tiers of the construction industry.

The class projects presented included: A pavilion for the International African American Museum complete with sketches, CAD drawings and a scale model by Burke HS students;

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The projects were ambitious, well planned with acute attention to details, and served their functions within our extended community amazingly well. The presentations were complete with every step of the planning and development process for these projects, and the students were articulate, at ease and presented to the room of some 100 attendees as well as most professionals. I was proud of the efforts, and realized that the ACE Mentoring Program, along with select educators from the CTE department of Charleston County Schools working with them was helping to develop our community’s future through solving real world development problems. They even gave three $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving students! 

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Only 2 students from Burke HS were able to attend the event due to a conflict with their school’s senior night. Mr. Kemp shared this picture of the students, teachers, and their ACE Mentors taken in the classroom.

Three students were indeed awarded scholarships to continue their education in the ACE professions in college.

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Congratulations to Julio Solis, Ignacio Lopez, and Adrian Santiago on their scholarship awards! All three are graduating seniors from R. B. Stall High School.

Thanks to the school faculty and parents for attending to celebrate these students’ achievements. Thanks to Dinos Liollo for delivering an excellent keynote.

Thanks to Rob Turner, Chairman of the ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston Board and all the volunteers and supporters of this terrific program for their investment of time and talent, and for a wonderful celebration for all involved to end the year!

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Please check out these additional pictures from the event:

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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!

Burke High School

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

R. B. Stall High School

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

St. Johns High School

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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Burke High School Culinary Students Meet Professionals from Starbucks Coffee Company for Mock Interviews and More

Students in Chef Ira Hill’s and Chef April Mazyck’s Culinary Arts program at Burke High School recently enjoyed a very special visit from senior leaders within the Starbucks Coffee organization.

After completing regional meetings with store managers from North and South Carolina, over a dozen professionals generously gave their time and talents building important relationships with high school students studying to prepare for the ever growing hospitality & tourism workforce needs of our region.

Students enjoyed hearing the varied background of each of the professionals, including their educational and career pathways. Then, one by one, the students shared their plans for career and college.

Students then led tours of the new culinary arts space at Burke HS, and the visiting professionals were amazed at the resources available for instruction.

To wrap up the visit, students were paired with Starbucks professionals for mock interviews and one on one discussion.

The relationship was sparked after a fortuitous meeting between Mr. Daron Calhoun from College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Robert Fleming, District Manager with Starbucks Coffee Company.

Thanks to all that made this experience possible for Burke High School students.

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8 CCSD Schools Receive Over $20K in Corporate Donations for FIRST Robotics Programs

Eight CCSD schools received over $20,000 in multiple grants last school year from FIRST Robotics through corporate donations. These funds helped satisfy the required registration fees.Print

Corporate sponsors included SPAWAR, Boeing SC, Bosch Charleston, BAE Systems, Leidos, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Petroleum Transport Company (PTC), and more.

The 8 schools that received FIRST robotics grants include:
  • Burke High School – Coach Karen Reed-Perrineau
  • C E Williams Middle School – Coach Peter Kain
  • Haut Gap Middle School – Coach Kia Sarnoff
  • Ladson Elementary School – Coach Francine Brewer
  • Military Magnet Academy – Coach Victoria Kettula
  • R B Stall High School – Coach Kim Pickett
  • Sullivan’s Island Elementary School – Coach Tandy Moye
  • Wando High School – Coach Giselle Cheeseman

Thanks to all of these supporting companies for investing in our community’s future workforce!

 

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Wando HS and Burke HS Students Visit Bulls Island for “Over the Horizon” Experience

Charleston, SC – November 16, 2016 – 15 students from Burke High School boarded their activity bus early on a foggy Wednesday morning with their chaperones. It didn’t take long for their bus to arrive at the first stop for the day, Wando High School.

The 15 students from Burke HS were introduced to 15 students from Wando HS, and after getting to know each other a little bit over breakfast, the whole group boarded the activity bus to ride up 17 North to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

When the bus arrived at Garris Landing to meet their Coastal Expeditions ferryboat, students piled off and grabbed the coolers full of the provisions for the day’s trip to Bulls Island.

These 30 students were chosen by their teachers to participate in a very special structured field study called Over the Horizon.

The idea for the trip was conceived over 5 years ago by a small group of Charlestonians for their Riley Institute Diversity Leadership in Action project, and has endured thanks to several original members’ support. The trip’s focus centers around ensuring high school students understand the value of biological and cultural diversity.

Students got to visit historic sites, walk the famous Bulls Island Boneyard Beach, see many, many alligators, and enjoy lunch at the Dominick House, the island’s only dwelling originally built in the 1920’s as a family hunting cabin. On the beach students participated in team building exercise and had time to explore and collect shells.

The island visit ended with a lively lecture on Gullah culture and the art of sweetgrass basket sewing by local legend Ms. Vera Manigault.

The boat ride back to Garris Landing seemed quick as the group reviewed the day’s events and exchanged contact information to stay in touch.

Two principals from high schools in Horry County participated in the trip and plan to replicate the program in their region.

Huge thanks to Brian Wells for his continued leadership and generous support of the Over the Horizon project. And, thanks to Tricia Midgett, Visitor Services Manager at Cape Romain NWR, the amazing team at Coastal Expeditions, Ms. Vera Manigault, all the volunteers, and the educators and students from Wando and Burke high schools for making it another excellent experience for all involved.

 

 

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Palmetto Goodwill Empowers Burke High School Students with Professionalism Training

img_2682Student in Ms. Amanda Dukes’ Computer Technology program at Burke High School recently visited Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston.

“Manish Mazyck, Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill, and her team gave us an interesting & “real talk” presentation about professionalism in the workplace and in job interviews” Ms. Dukes said of their visit.

“She showed the various ways Goodwill can help job seekers prepare & train, and gave us a tour of the facilities.” Ms. Dukes added.

The students were thrilled that Goodwill also provided each of them with $35 vouchers to shop for professional attire in the Goodwill Shop. Students left with some great finds, and plan to use them in their  mock interviews with Mount Pleasant Waterworks coming up soon.
“The students and I think this was an invaluable experience, and one that will definitely help them in the long run”, Ms. Dukes said of their visit. Thanks to the Palmetto Goodwill team for all they do for our community!
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250 Students from CCSD High Schools Provide Authentic Audience for TEDx Charleston Dress Rehearsal

ticket-banner3Thanks to the organizers of the TEDx Charleston for inviting students from local high schools to serve as their dress rehearsal audience for the event!

Students gathered at Charleston Music Hall Oct. 18 in advance of the 4th annual speakers’ showcase to be held the following day. TEDx events feature short and powerful speeches by passionate Thought Leaders predominately from the local community. The theme of TEDx Charleston 2016 was “Tipping Point”.

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In addition to providing an authentic rehearsal audience for the 20 speakers, students were also invited to tour the College of Charleston and have lunch on campus.

jacksilvermanCCSD schools that participated in this experience included: Burke HS, Garrett Academy of Technology, Military Magnet Academy, North Charleston HS, R. B. Stall HS, St. Johns HS, and Baptist Hill MHS.

One of the featured speakers for TEDx Charleston 2016 was Jackson Silverman, a 6th grader at Haut Gap Middle School that started a local nonprofit called “I Heart Hungry Kids.org.

What is TEDx?
TED created the TEDx program in the spirit of ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a far-reaching program of local, self-organized events happening on a global scale. These events bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCharleston, where x = independently organized TED event. At our event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Learn more about the TEDx program!

 

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Career and Technology Education Educators Enjoy Successful Professional Development


Career and Technology Education educators from middle and high schools throughout Charleston County School District met yesterday at Burke High School to prepare for the upcoming academic year.

After the opening session in the Burke HS auditorium, participants broke into small groups for Cluster Collaboration sessions to discuss topics pertinent to their subject areas and share best practices.

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Coming in fresh from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Region event, Anna Dassing, Interim Executive Director of College and Career Readiness shared the latest update to the Talent Demand Study for the Charleston Region.IMG_2154???????????????????????????????PD Pic from FJMS

Ms. Dassing also described the Youth Apprenticeships Signing Event that was also a part of the chamber event as amazing, and encouraged the group to ensure their students were aware of the opportunity to “earn and learn” in high demand jobs in our region.

Thanks to all that made this day of powerful professional development possible!

Please enjoy this gallery of pictures from the event:

 

 

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Digital Art and Design Students from Lowcountry Tech Academy Partner to Create 2016 C5ISR Banner

Lowcountry Tech Academy (LTA) began as technical career academy program in Charleston County School District and recently merged with Burke High School as part of a four academy campus.CDCA_logo

As part of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Career Academies workforce readiness initiative, Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) has been working closely with LTA students for two years in a variety of content areas including Cyber Security, IT and Digital Art.

The CDCA volunteers’ investment of time and resources has helped provide hands-on and programmatic assistance, including work-based learning site visits and a state of the art cyber security camp.  These real world experiences help make academic content truly come to life for students.

Last spring, students in the Digital Art and Design major classes worked directly with CDCA on a joint project to create banners for CDCA’s Mobile App contest. The banners were displayed during the C5ISR conference. Students discussed the project requirements with professional designers from Mag Design.

LTA Digital Art and Design teacher Julie Zeigler provided guidance as students crafted several working drafts. The design process continued and included meeting with the designers to hear feedback and gain suggestions. Students redrafted their designs, and finally a winner was chosen to represent the collaborative work of the students.

“The ability for students to work directly with designers and receive one-to- one feedback in a relevant setting that would be used in a real world application helped motivate students. We appreciate the opportunity for students to develop technical and 21 st century skills so valuable to employers”, said Zeigler.

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