Military Magnet Academy Computer Science Students Visit College of Charleston Computer Science Classrooms

Today, students from Military Magnet Academy’s Computer Science program had the opportunity to visit The College of Charleston’s Computer Science Department. Upon arrival, students were greeted by Sebastian Van Delden, Department Chair and Professor of computer science, Admissions and Financial Aid coordinators, and current student volunteers. IMG_0232
The Department of Computer Science at the College of Charleston is well positioned to supply the ever growing talent needs of Charleston growing information technology sector. Charleston is consistently named as one of the fastest growing cities for software and internet technology in the United States, and has earned the nickname “Silicon Harbor.” IMG_0267
Students learned about the different undergraduate programs such as:
  • Computer Science – Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Science – Bachelor of Arts
  • Computer Information Systems – Bachelor of Science
  • Computing in the Arts – Bachelor of Science
  • Data Science – Bachelor of Science

Professor Van Delden gave the students a tour of the facility and explained the specifics of the mechanical arm for mechatronics, 3D Printer, and drilling tool. The students also had fun while learning by enjoying the VR (virtual reality) room, and gaming equipment. The field trip was extremely informative. Students were advised that a degree in computer science is highly valued by industry, governments, entrepreneurs, and graduate schools. With a computer science degree, jobs are plentiful and starting salaries range between $50K and $60K in the Southeast region.

Thanks to their Computer Science Program Instructor Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, the team at College of Charleston, and everyone that made this awesome work-based learning experience possible for these Charleston County School District students!

Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Students Brings Home 1st Place in Chili Cook Off Event

​​IMG_0245Military Magnet Academy student Camren Budzynski placed 1st place this past weekend in a Chili Cook Off contest. He prepared his chili that he made for his final exam in Culinary Arts.

His fellow MMA students gave him rave reviews when they tried it, so he decided to enter the recipe in the contest and came away with first place!  He knows that being a great cook goes along with being a firefighter! The event was sponsored by the St. Joseph Church.  Camren is a junior firefighter and named his Chili- Fireman’s Chili.

Military Magnet Academy Culinary Students Serve with Local Chefs at Lowcountry Food Bank Event

lowcountryfoodbankMilitary Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 13 of her amazing students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast. chefs feast

Check out this slide show with highlights from the event prepared by Chef Ortego and her students:

To learn more about the Chef’s Feast event and the Lowcountry Food Bank, please visit this website: 


Culinary Arts Students from Military Magnet Academy Visit Culinary Institute of Charleston

Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy arranged for 21 culinary arts students to visit the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College’s Rivers Avenue campus on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Participating MMA students got to tour of the culinary labs and classrooms, and were treated to a cooking demonstration on proper knife skills by Chef Ward Morgan.  In addition, students had the opportunity to experience Relish Restaurant, the TTC dining room lab and enjoy beef bourguignon, caesar salad, and various desserts prepared by TTC Culinary Students and hosted by Chef Donald Barickman.

Chef Oretgo said, “The Trident Tech team is amazing, and the students were wowed by the whole experience, but the highlight of the visit was a presentation of  $250 scholarships to 4 of our students that volunteered with a CIC fundraising event that took place on Friday January 26th!”

Latavia Colimon, Ja’Nyshia Lewis Johnson, Heather Washington, and Isaiah Ford volunteered, working in the kitchen, plating food for the patrons of the “Night in the Valley” fundraiser that raised almost $500,000 in one night for Trident Tech students and programs.

“Our students felt very appreciated for their efforts to support the recent fundraising event” said Chef Ortego.

The students were also invited to shadow college classes during their upcoming Spring Break and work right alongside other CIC students in the culinary labs!

“Thank you to that made this opportunity for our students possible! It was truly a great opportunity for them!” Chef Ortego added.

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Military Magnet Academy Students Gain Valuable Experience at FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics State Championship

002Congratulations to the RoboEagles FIRST Robotics Team #7021 on their participation in the FTC State Championship that was held at Gaffney High School, February 2-3, 2018. The RoboEagles placed 17 out of 22 in the state-wide event.

076The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

035The FIRST mission, along with Military Magnet Academy’s mission of achieving academic excellence, to develop citizenship and to promote self-discipline in a military environment, go hand-in-hand.

RoboEagles FTC Team #7021 Coach Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark said, ” I’d like to give a special thank you to TSgt White, and Mrs. Sally-Ann Archice who helped make this amazing experience possible for our students!”

“​Let’s give it up for our FIRST Tech Robotics Team #7021 RoboEagles!! We are true leaders of the 21st Century!” Ms. Ferrette-Clark added.




Military Magnet Academy Alumnus Returns to Speak with CTE Students about Entrepreneurship

MMA 1January 26, 2018 – Charleston, SC – This morning, a former Military Magnet Academy student, DeQuan Washington visited and spoke with students in Ms. Amy Brunson’s class. DeQuan attended MMA 6 years ago and since, he has graduated from college and owns a business – True Hospitality Partners LLC, out of Atlanta, GA.MMA 2
Mr. Washington’s consulting business deals with revenue management for hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. He shared with students how his week started with a client in Toronto and is ending in SC. He explained how he uses everything he learned in our business courses on a daily basis. In addition, he shared how everything his former MMS teacher Sgt. Mitchell taught him in ROTC – such as character, integrity, being truthful, going by the book, not cutting corners and being respectful – are aspects he applies to his business daily.
He ended his discussion by encouraging the students to reach for the stars and remember that the little things matter.
Special thanks to Mr. Washington for investing in the students at his former high school, Military Magnet Academy.

Military Magnet Academy Students Enjoy STEM Themed Event at SC State Fair

On Tuesday, October 17th, Mr. Blaney’s students from Military Magnet Academy attended a special event called “R.L. Childer’s Midway Physics Day” at the South Carolina Fair.

1017171142bThe work-based learning activities at this event were designed to enhance students’ understanding of physics, physical science, and life sciences, and the careers aligned with those academic subjects.  1017171153_HDRStudents were given the opportunity to select from various activities. They were invited to help build a working accelerometer, and several other instruments used by science and engineering professionals.1017171150 Students also got to practice processes of scientific inquiry to develop understandings of science content.  After participating in the lab activities and demonstrations, students were allowed to partake in the park rides and completed STEM-based activities involving the rides.1017171145


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.


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.




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
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)













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


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.”


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.


Military Magnet Academy Hosts FIRST Tech Challenge Season Kickoff Event

Recently, the Robo Eagles, Military Magnet Academy’s FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, along with Rhoming Robots hosted this year’s FTC Relic Recovery Robotics kickoff!

“It was an awesome turnout of participating schools and teams”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark, Military Magnet Academy Information Technology Instructor, one of the organizers of the event.

During the event, students engaged in the “Marshmallow Challenge,” along with breakout sessions on “Tips and Tricks” and “Engineering Notebook” which involves technical writing.

There were a total of 9 teams and 15 mentors participating.

Thanks to the following Cadets for sacrificing their Saturday to help out with this event:

Cadet Jacob Rowe, Cadet Khalin Brown, Cadet Diakiria Sangare, Cadet Rashawn Smith

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Military Magnet Academy Students Enjoy Visit from Boeing Professional Followed by Boeing DreamLearners Field-trip

Students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a special visit to their school by a member of the local Boeing South Carolina team, followed by a field-trip to participate in the DreamLearners program at the Boeing facilities in North Charleston.
On Friday, August 18, 2017, Mr. Gregory Elia, who serves as a Supplier Management specialist with Boeing SC and has a background in engineering, programming, and robotics, shared his story with over 50 Military Magnet Academy students with interest in pursuing careers in STEM related occupations.
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One of Mr. Elia’s favorite quotes is, “Another day in which to excel.” He shared that remembering this quote encouraged him throughout his college years. The students learned about the Boeing 707, the first passenger jet manufactured by Boeing, and the progression of Boeing jets that has led to the 787 Dreamliner manufactured here in North Charleston, SC. Mr. Elia also spoke with the students about the upcoming Solar Eclipse and the importance of being safe while watching it.
This visit by a professional from Boeing SC was in preparation for the students’ upcoming visit to the Boeing manufacturing facility. The MMA students were excited and ready to see STEM in action after Mr. Elia’s visit.

On Thursday August 23, 2017, Military Magnet Academy students enjoyed a Structure Field Study to Boeing’s campus in North Charleston, SC. The field trip was very successful and the students were extremely engaged and respectful.
Students participated in a paper airplane design & construction project. 30 students were divided into 5 teams of 6. Each team consisted of a finance officer, engineer, mechanic, materials manager, and a test pilot. After the teams had a chance to test and modify their planes, the groups gathered to see which plane would fly the farthest.
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Team 1 was the team that had the longest paper airplane flight! Congratulations to Malik Fleming, Ya’Nassia Hoskins, Damonie Stokes, Uriel Benitez Antonio, and Robert Hudson, pictured with there teacher MMA Ms. Ferrette-Clark.