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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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West Ashley HS Culinary Arts Students Prepare Lunch for CTE Department Chairs Meeting

Students in Jason Wheless’ culinary arts program at West Ashley High School prepared and served a tasty lunch to Career and Technology Education Department Chairs from schools throughout the district.

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The menu included homemade chicken salad, croissants, pasta salad, fruit, and green salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea complimented the meal perfectly, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and espresso brownies were served for dessert.

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Thank you to Chef Wheless and his amazing students for a wonderful lunch!

And, thanks to the amazing CTE department chairs for all their hard work ensuring their school’s equipment requests are properly submitted for the local plan!

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MUSC Hosts Campus Visit and Career Fair for Lowcountry High School Students

Charleston, SC – March 4, 2016 – Hundreds of students from throughout the Charleston region were invited to visit the Medical University of South Carolina for an event called “Discover MUSC – from Classroom to Career”.

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The students were treated to an opening informational session, a large career fair with interactive exhibits and professionals from well known and lesser known components of MUSC’s “city within a city.”

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“My students loved the hands-on opportunities to see things like a real human brain and spinal cord, and my students also enjoyed learning about the diverse range of non-medical professions MUSC needs to serve our community,” said Lucia Watson, Health Science Instructor a Garrett Academy of Technology.

Participating CCSD schools included:

  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS
  • Lincoln MHS
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Burke HS

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After the career fair held in the MUSC Wellness Center gym, the students were split into small groups with an MUSC student guide and treated to a campus tour followed by a lunch and learn session with leading physicians. One presentation was on modern dentistry and the amazing tools and software used at MUSC to create same day crowns and veneers. Another presentation was on the fast growing field of tele-medicine, providing healthcare remotely in real-time.

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To conclude the terrific day of experiential learning, students participated in a wrap-up session and had the chance to win prize packages full of MUSC swag.

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The day was truly an ideal experience for students considering a profession in health care and the many other supporting career pathways at MUSC.

Thanks to the many generous professionals at MUSC for investing their time in local students, and thanks to the Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Health Advisory Board for Career Academies for their important role in facilitating the event.

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City of Charleston Employees Host CCSD Students for Day of Job Shadowing

10 students from Baptist Hill MHS in Hollywood and 10 students from Burke HS in downtown Charleston were invited to shadow professionals from various departments of the City of Charleston on Feb 29th. IMG_2824

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The day began with a tour of Charleston’s historic city hall, including city council chamber and it’s priceless collection of art. Ms. Lindsey, the docent for the chamber, provided an interesting story for each of the portraits hanging in the room. She also highlighted the one original Edison Bulb still operational in the chamber and the desks that date back to the 1800’s.

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Then, each student was connected with their host for the morning – participating city departments included:

Housing Dept.
Mayor’s Office of Children, Youth and Families
Recreation Dept.
Mayor’s Office
Office of Tourism & Livability
Charleston Fire Dept.
Clerk of Council
Cultural Affairs Office
Charleston Police Dept.

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After the job shadowing time was complete, everyone met back at the maritime center for lunch and round-table discussions on the day.

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Sticky Fingers catered the lunch, and Mayor Tecklenburg provided remarks.

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The day was terrific, including ideal weather, and the beautiful location – but most of all, it was the experience and relationships the students left with that will shape their future, and the future of our community.

Thanks to all that made this amazing job shadowing day possible, especially Mindy Sturm with the Mayor’s office for Children, Youth & Families and Bernard Scott and Michele Garris, guidance directors at Baptist Hill and Burke.

 

 


 

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2 Lowcountry Tech Academy Students Win 2016 Charleston Youth Marathon Design Contest

Two LTA students placed 1st & 2nd in the 2016 Charleston Youth Marathon Design Contest.

This competition was open to all CCSD students and, according to event organizers and the selection committee chair, hundreds of designs were received from all across the district.

Designs submissions were required to include elements that represent Charleston, Youth, and/or Fitness and Running. Color was also an important consideration in the selection of design winners. Both high school winners were from Ms. Liz Tonelli’s Digital Art & Design classes at Lowcoutnry Tech Academy and both also represented Burke High School as their home school.

Tyeshia Williams’ design placed 1st; she received a $100 prize and her design will be reproduced on the official Youth Marathon T-Shirt.

The 2nd place winner of a $50 prize was Tamara Snider. Her design will be used for the medal that marathon participants receive.

Congratulations to both students on their hard work and success!

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Tyeshia Williams (L) and Tamara Snider (R)

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Charleston Area Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at Inaugural STEM Career Fair

December 10, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Approximately 1000 students from throughout the Charleston region attended the inaugural High School STEM Career Fair held at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Career Fair header

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Over 40 local companies brought interactive exhibits with a goal of sharing the high demand, high wage workforce opportunities available right here in their community.

Acutec Industries, LLC Excel Apparatus Services Roper St. Francis
Airgas / Lincoln Electric Google Santee Cooper
American Metal Casting Consortium Hendrick Automotive Group SC Aquarium
American Society for Metals Hubner Manufacturing Corp. Scout Boats
Atlatl Software Ingevity SCRA
Berkeley Electric Coop Lincoln Electric / Airgas SPAWAR
Blackbaud Liquid Box STEM Premier
Boeing South Carolina MAHLE Behr Charleston STEM Visions
Charleston Defense Contractors Association Medical University of South Carolina Streit USA Armoring
Charleston Southern University ModernTech Tighitco
Cummins Turbo Technologies Nucor Steel Trident Technical College
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Palmetto Construction Group UEC Electronics
ECPI Robert Bosch LLC USC College of Engineering and Computing
and more!

From electrical linemen doing demonstrations on utility poles to armored vehicles – there were many highlights to see before the students even entered the expo building!

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High school robotics teams from West Ashley HS, Cane Bay HS, Fort Dorchester HS, and Ashley Ridge/Summerville HS demonstrated their creations and even launched t-shirts into the crowds!

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Participating CCSD schools included:

R. B. Stall HS West Ashley HS Garrett Academy of Technology
Burke HS Baptist Hill MHS Military Magnet Academy
St. John’s HS North Charleston HS Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Lincoln MHS Wando HS

Check out this excellent article on the event published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal:
http://charlestonbusiness.com/news/56487-stem-career-fair-gives-students-hands-on-experience

Thanks to Sonic Drive-In Dorchester Road, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Summerville, Sam’s Club, and Coastal Coffee for the food & beverages.

Thanks to all the cooperating school districts, economic development offices, and local colleges for their support for the event!

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Thanks to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds for hosting the event, to Grady Johnson & the AMAZING SC Biz / Charleston Regional Business Journal Team for being the presenting sponsor, and all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the career fair possible – looking forward already to year #2!

 

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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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Charleston Elks Lodge Hosts Students for Job Shadowing Day with Local Municipalities

May 14, 2015 – Charleston, SCElks Lodge 242 hosted over 35 students from area high schools for a day of job shadowing experiences with local municipalities.

Students from Burke HS, Lincoln HS, Military Magnet Academy, Charleston Charter School for Math & Science, R. B. Stall HS, and West Ashley HS arrived at the Elks Lodge in West Ashley and were treated to juice and muffins by Elks volunteers.

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Each student was given their assigned destination and Elks members ensured they got to the locations – The Town of Mt. Pleasant, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, and City of Hanahan provided opportunities for students to shadow various municipal professionals for the morning. Each students career interests were matched with their assignment.

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After spending the morning with the assigned job shadowing hosts, everyone gathered in the Elks main hall for a special luncheon.

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Micheala Bennekin, a senior at Burke High School got to shadow in the Mt. Pleasant mayor’s office, and received a proclamation from Mayor Linda Page appointing her Honorary Mayor for the Day!

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Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was the keynote speaker, and several Elks Members spoke also. Students were also invited to the podium to share about what they’d learned during the experience.

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Special thanks to Jennie Sirisky and Tim Bussey  for their excellent  planning for the day, and all the other Elks members that made this amazing career exploration opportunity a reality for participating students.

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Excellent student information session today on Youth Apprenticeships at Burke Middle-High School –
Thank you Mitchel Harp &  Lara McKenna from Trident Tech for sharing the good news with students!

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Rising Juniors and Seniors should apply ASAP for their spot
in this amazing opportunity to Earn & Learn!