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3rd Annual High School STEM Career Fair Highlights Youth Apprenticeships – 2000+ Students Attend

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Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.

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Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.

Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above! 

Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!20171012_101134

Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.

But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.

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Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.

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Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified) 

Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)
Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)
Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)
Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)
Build Your Career / CAGC
Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center
Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston Southern University
Choate Construction
City of Charleston Police Department
City of North Charleston City Planner
Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)
Davis & Floyd
DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)
Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)
Floyd Brace Company, Inc
Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)
Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)
Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)
Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc
MAHLE Charleston
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring
Project HOPE
Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)
Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)
Safran Electrical and Power
SC Cyber
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)
STEM Premier
Stier Supply Company
Streit USA Armoring
TIGHITCO
Trane
Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)
Tri-County Cradle to Career
Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)
Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)
UEC Electronics
US Dept of Agriculture
Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)
Verizon Costomer Service Center
Volvo Car US Operations
Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)

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Check out this list of participating schools:

Academic Magnet High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Buist Academy
Burke High School
Camp Road Middle School
Cane Bay High School
Carver Bay Middle School
CE Williams Middle School
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
Coastal Montessori Charter School
Cross High School
Cyber Academy of SC
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road
Fort Dorchester High School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Georgetown Middle School
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Military Magnet Academy
Montessori Community School
Morningside Middle School
Northwoods Middle School
R B Stall High School
RB Stall High School
Rosemary Middle School
SC Whitmore School, Virtual School
St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Timberland High School
Waccamaw Middle School
West Ashley High School
West Ashley Middle School
Woodland High School
Zucker Middle School

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IMG_3714Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”

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The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:

  • Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
  • Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
  • Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
  • Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”

Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:

  • Charleston County Economic Development
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • City of North Charleston
  • Trident Technical College
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
  • Apprenticeship Carolina

Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Explore Careers at Palmetto Carriage Co, Charleston Crab House, and Market Pavilion Hotel

Charleston, SC – May 31, 2017 – Eight students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy had a very special opportunity to experience first-hand several of the high demand career pathways available in Charleston’s Hospitality & Tourism industry. The work-based learning experience began with a visit to the City Market – They met entrepreneurs selling their goods at one of our regions most famous landmarks.

IMG_4053 Next, they were treated to a guided tour of the historic streets of Charleston by Palmetto Carriage Company. The tour guide shared his career path with the students which included stints in both hotel and restaurant operations. Special thanks to Mr. Thomas Doyle, Jr. and his terrific team for making this opportunity possible for these students.

???????????????????????????????After the carriage tour, the students were treated to a special lunch at the Charleston Crab House! Thanks to Mr. John Keener and the wonderful Charleston Crab House team for hosting these students for a very special lunch.

IMG_4054After lunch, the students walked around the corner to the front door of the Market Pavilion Hotel, one of Charleston’s most luxurious properties.

IMG_4056The students were greeted in the lobby by Mr. Peter Wright, General Manager of the hotel.

Hospitality - 22 of 48As the students entered, Mr. Wright highlighted a special collection of historic artifacts found on the site during the construction process; “It’s hard to dig in Charleston without unearthing a part of history,” he explained. Hospitality - 23 of 48

Students got to see their formal board room available for special meetings – Mr. Wright highlighted to audio and visual capabilities were hidden behind luxuriously appointed walls, but assured the students that all the tools needed for a modern meeting were present for their guests.???????????????????????????????

Next, the students got to visit the large ballroom and meet with several members of the hotel’s staff including leadership from the Bell Staff, Concierge, and Event Planning teams. A highlight for the students and staff alike was when one of the students’ family members joined the discussion. Mr. Wright recognized the student’s uncle as a leader and sous chef for the world renowned restaurant at the hotel, Grill 225.

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Students then got to see a working car lift in the garage, a rarity in Charleston, added to allow as many cars to be parked as possible for guests on multiple garage floors. An elevator ride to the top floor was next for a visit to the famous roof top pool area with panoramic views of the city.

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The last stop on the tour was the property’s Presidential Suite, which has been uitlized by two US Presidents and numerous other dignitaries and celebrities during their visit to Charleston. The students were impressed with the large suite complete with presidential portraits.??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

Very special thanks to Mr. Peter Wright and his team for hosting these lucky students, and for allowing them to see first-hand the level of quality and dedication it takes to operate an award winning hotel.

 

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North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center Hosts Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy

April 6, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education class at Daniel Jenkins Academy received an extensive behind the scenes tour of a working hotel and convention hall thanks to Hope Hudson, Director of Human Resources for North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.banquet room tour

“Ms. Hudson was a terrific tour guide for this interesting and thorough exploration of jobs available in our local hotel industry”, said Ms. Hamm.

Ms. Hudson also provided timely career advice for the students. She discussed two common errors with submitted applications; not knowing the position applied for, and listing relatives as references instead of professional references. She said that students in school should list their teachers or pastors as professional references. Most employees truly enjoy their jobs and have been employed at the property for 10+ years she said.

The following qualities are highly sought after in new hires according to Delis Britton, Assistant General Manager:

    • Dependability
    • Stable Work Experience
    • Positive Attitude
    • People Friendly
    • Team Oriented
    • Multi-task Well
    • Like a Fast-paced Environment

Delis Britton, Assistant General Manager, gave the students an inspirational speech on what it takes to be successful at Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center. Mr. Britton worked his way up from the front desk to his current position in management in 8 years.

TOUR ROOMStudents got to see each of the following essential spaces at the property, learning about the importance of each one:

      • Main Lobby
      • Guest Room
      • Convention Center
      • Banquet Rooms
      • Convention Center Kitchen
      • Hotel Kitchen
      • Administrative Offices
      • Hotel Laundry
      • Engineering

MEET THE CHEF?????????????????????????The students learned it only takes about 15-20 minutes to serve 100-200 people in a banquet room and about 10 wait staff, if done by experienced professionals like the pros at Embassy Suites. The prep work for banquets is always done a day ahead, and all fresh ingredients are used.
No food is wasted. Leftovers go to the local food bank and any waste goes into the compost bin to be recycled.

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The students enjoyed an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Two students want a career in the local hospitality industry and are applying to work at North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center this summer!

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Attend Federal Agencies Expo May 5

Students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy were among the attendees for the 3rd Annual Federal Agencies Informational Exhibition on May 5, 2017, hosted by FEA of Greater Charleston.

John TecklenburgCity of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg was the keynote speaker for the event’s opening ceremony.

R???????????????????????????????epresentatives from various federal agencies educated the public about the many ways the federal government serves the community and makes life better for Lowcountry citizens.

25 federal agencies and military organizations had displays highlighting their mission, programs and initiatives. Professionals from each participating organization were available to answer questions. “Some of the displays included a mini C-17 airplane, passport fair, law enforcement dogs, survey boats, robots from SPAWAR, an authentic fire suit, transport vehicles, and much more”, said Ms. Hamm.
“I am so thankful my students had the opportunity to participate in this terrific event”, Ms. Hamm added.
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Trident Tech hosts Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy for Tour of Industrial Mechanics Labs

May 8, 2017 – Charleston, SC - Several students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy visited Trident Technical College’s Industrial Mechanics Department today.

Each of the participating students completed a career assessment earlier in the semester that indicated a strong interest in Industrial Mechanics, and related career pathways.

The students participated in a simple machine demonstration of how to produce torque. “The students remarked some of the equipment looked complicated, but they were confident they could learn how to properly use the equipment.” said Ms. Hamm.

Mr. David Perkins, Program Coordinator for Industrial Mechanics at Trident Technical College, explained to the students that there are traits all employers are looking for in their employees. He told students if they made it a point to show up early and prepared to work the whole shift as scheduled, they could enjoy a long and productive career with many local companies.  He also stressed that experience or knowledge will get you in the door but commitment and dedication will keep you there and allow for promotions.

The students left with a clear understanding of the important role Industrial Mechanics serve repairing and maintaining commercial / industrial machinery in buildings, or in a plant or factory setting. The students were excited to learn the job outlook for this industry is extremely bright in the Charleston region, and that these jobs pay extremely well.

Thanks to Mr. Perkins at Trident Tech for hosting this work-based learning experience, and for sharing the seamless pathway for students to complete high school and earn their industry certifications and associates degree.

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit HVAC Lab at Trident Technical College

Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education program at Daniel Jenkins Academy recently received a campus tour of Trident Technical College from recruiting representative, Mr. Mark Yearty.
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Mr. Yearty stressed the importance of 3 things to the students interested in attending TTC after high school:
  1. Completing their application for admission on time
  2. Submitting their high school transcript with grades they can be proud to share
  3. Earning qualifying test scores on the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer tests for admission

Students enjoyed a quick visit to the Culinary Arts facilities on the way to their primary destination for the day: The HVAC lab.

Students got to see live demonstrations by the HVAC Program Coordinator, Mr. Pressley Baker.

“Mr. Baker was awesome with the students”, said Ms. Hamm. He shared the high demand for HVAC skilled workers in Charleston, and throughout South Carolina. He encouraged the students to find out more about the Youth Apprenticeship program. The students were very interested to learn how graduates of his TTC program can find good paying jobs just about anywhere they want to live across the nation thanks to over 9,000 jobs available for HVAC workers available.  The entry level pay and future earning potential for skilled HVAC technicians is truly excellent in Charleston, and beyond!? Ms. Hamm said, “This Structured Field Study experience was a huge success. One student says he definitely wants a career in HVAC. Another student said that he is definitely considering HVAC as a career option!”

Check out these additional pictures of the students’ visit to Trident Tech –

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning opportunity possible!