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Students Thriving in School of the Arts Internships Program

15 students from Charleston County School of the Arts are working in work-based learning internships aligned with their career interests. Each student works a minimum of 120 hours and turns in a weekly journal on their experiences along with other assignments to to their Teacher of Record Ms.Cherie Godwin.

Special thanks to Mr. Bill Smyth, a recently retired teacher at School of the Arts, for continuing to facilitate the internship program he helped establish at the school.

On the value of the internship program at SOA, Smyth said, “I wish all students this age had an internship. I think it would make the world of difference in their lives. School subjects would be more meaningful. Students would begin to focus on a career path. Students would get practical experience in work they’re interested in.”

Companies hosting SOA student interns this year include:

9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Ascue’s Auto Body and Paint Shop
Charleston City Paper
Charleston Community Sailing
Charleston Museum
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Creative Edge Dance Center
Gibbes Museum of Art
MUSC Nursing
MUSC Pharmaceutical Research
MUSC Radiology Dept.
MUSC Regenerative Medicine
Post and Courier
Roper St. Francis Hospital West Ashley

Thanks to all the host companies, the students and their families, and the wonderful faculty at Charleston County School of the Arts for supporting this terrific work-based learning program!

 

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Costume and Fashion Design Program Thriving at Charleston School of the Arts

img_3404The Costume and Fashion Design program at Charleston County School of the Arts, led by Ms. Caroline Baker, is off to a terrific start this academic year.

Some of Ms. Baker’s students will soon be visiting New York City thanks in part to generous contributions via Donors Choose.

The SOA Costume and Fashion Design students will also be designing and producing the wardrobe for the school’s upcoming production of the musical Greece!soa-fandd

Check out the Costume and Fashion Design program’s webpage at SOA here:
https://sites.google.com/site/soafashioncostumedesign/

And, check out their Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/Charleston-County-School-of-the-Arts-SOA-Costume-Fashion-Design-Major-1553022298314295/

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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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Fashion Design Students from School of the Arts Get “Hand’s On” at Vapor Apparel

Fashion’s Future is in Creative Hands

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Historic Navy Yard, North Charleston, SC: The future of fashion is digital. While historical design and decorating processes will continue to be used, it is digital technologies and just-in-time printing that are the fastest growing parts of fashion today.IMG_2627

These technologies were on display for Caroline Baker’s costume and fashion design class from the Charleston County School of the Arts. She brought her high school students to spend the morning learning about the business of fashion at Vapor Apparel. “We had a real world conversation about how innovation and clothing design connect to create profit.” says Christopher Bernat, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel. “It was great to help the students make the connection to real business applications and their skill sets.”

The students spent time talking about trends in the business of clothing. One of the dominant themes was the exponential growth in online sales and mass customization of creative contents to maximize revenue. After round-table discussions, the students were given hands on access to many of today’s digital print platforms including sublimation and direct-to-garment printing for cotton. The students got a lesson in the science of the technologies they were seeing in action.

“Our students were introduced to the “wow factor” of digital textile production today,” says SOA Instructor Caroline Baker. “Nothing gets young creatives excited like a hand’s on experience in a dynamic company.”

“It is a privilege to share digital printing and sublimation technology with these great students, many of them for the first time.” Says Todd Hirshman, Art Director at Vapor Apparel. He went on to say that Vapor Apparel is committed to the development of these skills here in the Low Country and looks forward to working with the School of the Arts and other educational institutions in the area.IMG_2637

Founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 2004, Vapor Apparel is the industry leader in customizable performance apparel. The company is head quartered in Charleston, SC with manufacturing operations in Union, SC. Vapor Apparel is recognized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Impressions Magazine, Wearables magazine, and the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) for award winning product development, print quality and a commitment to innovation in the apparel industry.

Story by Christopher Bernat with Vapor Apparel

 

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Charleston School of the Arts Students Complete Fall Internships

Mr. Bill Smyth gets to lead a very special class each semester at the Charleston County School of the Arts where students are connected with local business for internships.

His students are required to keep a weekly journal of their internship experiences, turn in time sheets detailing their hours worked, and have a supervisor review meeting at the end of the term. The students must also complete any specific assignments from their work site supervisor.

At the end of the internship, each student’s body of work is graded for an elective course grade on their transcript.

Special thanks to the following SOA internship hosts for the fall semester:

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Charleston Museum
  • Charleston County Solicitor’s Office
  • Center for Birds of Prey
  • Hybrid Audio Solutions
  • You42 / Kiz Studios
  • Shear Reflections
  • North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
  • St. Andrew’s Math and Science Elementary School
  • Reinvented Ladies Upscale Resale
  • Charleston County Parks and Recreation
  • The Post and Courier
  • Hoppmann Creative

Thanks to each of these local organizations for their investment in SOA students!

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CCSD High Schools Partnering with Chamber for Career Academies

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

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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Charleston School of the Arts Student Enjoying Spring Internship with Charleston Stage Company

Charleston School of the Arts student Paris Scott’s reflection on her spring semester internship with Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theater:

“At my internship with Charleston Stage I get to learn how a real theater costume shop works. I get to work on costumes for the shows that are put on at the Dock Street Theater. I have learned sewing techniques that combine the efficiency needed when making costumes with the strength needed to keep them together on stage.”

Her teacher at School of the Arts Catherine Yackey said, “Work-based Learning experiences, like this one Miss Scott is maximizing, empower students with the skills needed to succeed in their future career.”

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