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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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Students Meet Local Professionals at Lincoln Middle High School Career Fair

Students in grades 6 through 12 from Lincoln Middle High School enjoyed spending time Tuesday, March 22 with local business professionals from a wide range of career pathways at the school’s annual Career Fair.

Thanks to everyone that made this terrific event possible for Lincoln Middle High School students!

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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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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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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 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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YEScarolina Biz Plan Regionals top 3 winners

CCSD Students Win Top 3 Prizes in Regional Business Plan Competition

May 7, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Over $15,000 was awarded to student competitors as seed money yesterday at the 4th Annual Regional Business Plan Competition presented by Motley Rice. Through community partnerships with Motley RiceMWVSuntrustParker Poe, The Bakker Family, & The Exchange Club of Charleston,YEScarolina was able to award startup cash to thirty five young entrepreneurs that presented their ideas and innovations to judges throughout the day. Hosted at the College of Charleston School of Business, future business owners competed in several rounds of competition before the six finalists landed themselves in the closing challenge round. The six local business leaders that made up the final judge panel were Earl Bridges of Good Done Great, Shauna VanBogart of Best Kept Self, Rebecca Vaughan of MeadWestVaco, Badge Humphries of Lewis Babcock Griffin Attorneys, Will Jamieson of Geekin Ventures, & Josh Wright of Merrill Lynch.

Connor Simonson, a senior at Wando High School, won the coveted first place prize of $1,000 for his innovative business idea, Deep Fried Dyes. Connor moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC from Seattle, WA just one year ago and his enthusiasm for lacrosse followed him. His business provides lacrosse players with professional string and dye jobs. Since fourth grade Connor has been playing lacrosse and his passion for the sport is evident in his business plan presentation and daily life.

Second place prize of $500 went to Matthew Root of James Island Charter High for M&B ATM LLC. Matthew has been an entrepreneur since birth! He is constantly networking and there is no doubt we will see him as a future business leader in our community and beyond.

Maddy Bessinger of West Ashley High School won the third place prize of $250 for her business Eat, Sit, Play. Maddy has been running her business for several years and her clients have nothing but positive things to stay about her pet sitting service.

The runners up were Hunter Price of West Ashley High School for Bag-a-Field, Kinley DuRant of James Island Charter for MMM Services, & Christian Davis of Ashley Ridge High School for Cultural Cooks.

These six young entrepreneurs now advance to the State Business Plan Competition presented by the Mark Motley Foundation June 17th at the College of Charleston School of Business in addition to twelve students from around the city and state. The public is encouraged to attend and watch the entrepreneurship challenge finals at 5:30 pm where the first place winner will receive $3,000, second place $2,000, & third place $1,000. The first place winner will also advance to the NFTE National Challenge.

Other CCSD schools with students participating in this event included St. Johns High School, Lincoln Middle-High School and Baptist Hill Middle-High School.

Picture above by Boncek Images – Top 3 winners of Regionals w/ Becky Vaughan of MWV & Yescarolina board member, YEScarolina Vice President Harriett Lee, and YEScarolina Program Coordinator Molly Crete.

About YEScarolina:

YEScarolina, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is the only organization in the state of South Carolina dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. YEScarolina has helped thousands of young people from communities statewide build business skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. To date, YEScarolina has trained and certified over 725 South Carolina teachers, free of charge, on the subject of entrepreneurship. These educators in turn have touched and inspired thousands of young South Carolinians with a thirst for entrepreneurship. Contact Harriett Lee for more information hlee@yescarolina.com or 843-556-1909.

 

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Students from Lincoln MHS and Academic Magnet HS Visit Bulls Island through Over the Horizon Program

April 8, 2015 – Awendaw, SC – Thirteen students from Lincoln Middle-High School in McClellenville and thirteen students from Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, 26 in all, enjoyed an interactive visit to beautiful Bulls Island, part of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

The experience was made possible through a program called “Over the Horizon” which started over 4 years ago through a Riley Institute at Furman – Diversity Leadership in Action project led by a small group of SC Diversity Leaders Initiative participants from the Lowcountry.

Brian Wells, a Charleston area engineer, Patricia Midgett with the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, Chris Crolley with Coastal Expeditions charter service, Vera Manigault, renowned local sweetgrass basket artisan, and Michael Allen with the Gullah Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor remain involved in the project, along with many others that partnered for the initial trip to Bulls Island.

The goal of the “Over the Horizon” project is to share the value of diversity, both biodiversity and human diversity. “Just as a healthy ecosystem supports diversity of wildlife, a healthy community supports a diverse group of people”, said Raye Nilius with the National Wildlife Service, one of the original organizers of the first trip.

Building on the success of students from Wando and Burke High Schools participating twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, students from two new schools have now enjoyed their first trip. Lincoln and Academic Magnet students connected over breakfast in a classroom at Lincoln, and rode the bus together to the dock to catch the boat to Bulls Island. IMG_1539

On the boat ride to Bulls Island, naturalist and Coastal Expeditions guide Olivia Melanie began the program with an introduction to the concept of biodiversity.

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Once the boat arrived, students set off on a tour of the island’s sights led by Ms. Melanie, including historical landmarks and natural wonders.

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After viewing two dozen alligators swimming in a shallow pond, the students visited a monument commemorating the original English settlers of Charleston, or Charles Town as it was first named. These original Charlestonians stopped first on Bulls Island and interacted with Seewee Native Americans before sailing their boat, named Carolina up the Ashley River to start their colony on site now known as Charlestown Landing.

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No visit to Bulls Island is complete without a walk on Boneyard beach – the student collected shells and explored this pristine beach in two places before heading back to Dominick House, the island’s sole residence, for lunch.

But the last stop before lunch was a highlight – while walking on a trail, students discovered a group of new born alligator hashlings scampering back to their mother. The students wisely kept their distance from the mama-gator…

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After lunch under one of the old oak trees by the Dominick House, the students enjoyed presentations from Vera Manigault and Michael Allen on the history of sweetgrass baskets and the amazing Gullah Geechee culture.

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Special thanks to the terrific Natural Wildlife Service Volunteers that helped throughout the day – from driving the transport trailers to ensuring lunch was on the table when we returned from Boneyard Beach!

Thanks to everyone that helped expand the “Over the Horizon” program to include two new schools – the wonderful memories the students left with will be with them forever.

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Over 30 Professionals Participate in Lincoln MHS Career Day

March 26 , 2015 – McClellanville, SC – Lincoln Middle-High School welcomed over 30 community partners and business professionals to their annual career day expo in their school gym.

Students in grades 6-12 had the opportunity to engage professionals in conversation and get first-hand insight into a variety of career pathways.

Assistant Principal Ms. Pamela Jubar said, “We are extremely thankful for the members of the community that invested their time today in our students.”

“We are thankful for everyone that made the event possible – special thanks to Ms. Leondra Stoney and Ms. Alvalene Rogers for their planning efforts” Ms. Jubar added.

Culinary Arts instructor Ms. April Mazyck and her students supplied the breakfast for the visitors, and everyone enjoyed a sandwich from Honeybaked Ham company before leaving.

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