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CCSD Students Excel at SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

Over 130 students from throughout Charleston competed in the 2016 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event.

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CCSD Schools included:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Haut Gap MS
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • Military Magnet MS
  • Morningside MS
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

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Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered the keynote message before the competition began.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours.

Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA

CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event.

 

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North Charleston HS Students Excel in Business Plan Contest

Thank you to Carolyn Southall from North Charleston HS for submitting this story about her students success in entrepreneurship!

Recently at North Charleston High School, students received awards for completing a business plan and three of them competed in an in-class business plan competition.

The sponsor for this event was the North Charleston Exchange Club. The winners were: 1st place:$250.00 Keenan White – Keenan presented his plan for a lawn care business. His business is currently in operation. , 2nd place:V$150.00 Angelica Reynolds – Angelica created a business plan for digitally enhanced photo books with animation, and 3rd place: $100.00 Jabari Jenkins – Jabari presented his plan for a sneaker restoration business.

13 students in my entrepreneurship class created a business plan. This is a big deal for my students. Many of them never heard of entrepreneurship back in August. Now, they have had the experience of learning skills that they can use now, and in the future. As a business teacher I am proud to share knowledge and learn with, and from my wonderful students.

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North Charleston HS Culinary Students Invest Time at Lowcountry Foodbank

Ms. Cindi Welsh’s culinary arts students from North Charleston High School recently got to spend time at the Lowcountry Foodbank. They enjoyed a facility tour and got to assist with some of the projects the foodbank undertakes daily to serve our local community.

Here are some pictures of her students in action:

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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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21 CCSD Students Starting Youth Apprenticeships with Local Companies

Congratulations to the 21 CCSD students that have been hired as Youth Apprentices and accepted at Trident Technical College for job related education – here is the roster by school:

Student # Program Grad Year School Hired by
1 Computer Programming 2017 Academic Magnet BCSD
2 Industrial Mechanics 2016 Charleston Charter Cummins
3 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy High Cotton
4 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy The Vendue
5 Industrial Mechanics 2017 Garrett Academy VTL
6 Machine Tool Tech. 2016 James Island Charter TorqTek
7 Hotel Operations 2017 Military Magnet Charming Inns
8 Culinary 2016 North Charleston The Vendue
9 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
10 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
11 Boat Manufacturing 2017 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
12 Hotel Operations 2016 R.B. Stall Holiday Inn Express
13 Culinary 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
14 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
15 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
16 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Mills House Wyndham
17 Computer Networking 2017 Wando CCSD
18 Culinary 2017 Wando Wild Dunes
19 Computer Networking 2016 West Ashley City of Charleston
20 Culinary 2017 West Ashley Post House
21 Industrial Mechanics 2017 West Ashley BOSCH

Students in this program are interviewed and hired by local companies in 7 pathways:
Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Hotel Operations Youth Apprenticeships
Culinary Arts Youth Apprenticeship
Manufacturing
Boating Manufacturers’ Youth Apprenticeship
Industrial Mechanics Youth Apprenticeship
Machine Tool (CNC) Youth Apprenticeship
Information Technology
Computer Networking Youth Apprenticeship
Computer Programming Youth Apprenticeship

Learn more about this wonderful partnership between local industry, Trident Technical College, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and all 4 local school districts HERE.
Read the story on youth apprenticeships recently published in the Post and Courier HERE.

 

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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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CCSD Students Starting Summer Internships

Congratulations to 29 students from throughout Charleston County School District that have recently begun their summer internships.

These students are earning a paycheck and high school credit while working in a position aligned with their career interests.

Thanks to the following partners for hosting interns this summer:

Company Students Hired  School
JMO Woodworks 1 St. Johns HS
Team Craft Roofing 1 Garrett Academy
Half Moon Outfitters Warehouse 1 N. Charleston HS
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge 2 Wando HS (1) ; Academic Magnet (1)
CCSD SMAART Camp 5 Garrett Academy (4) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Human Resources 1 West Ashley HS
CCSD Accounting 1 Garrett Academy
CCSD Information Technology 2 West Ashley HS (1) ; Wando HS (1)
CCSD Personalized Learning 2 Garrett Academy (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Plant Operations / Facilities 3 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Communications 1 West Ashley HS
CCSD Federal Programs 3 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1) ; Baptist Hill MHS (1)
Lowcountry Tech Academy 3 West Ashley HS (1) ; St.Johns (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Planning Dept. 1 R. B. Stall HS
CCSD Office of Teacher Effectiveness 2 Garrett Academy (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
29 Total

Here are some pictures from our recent Summer Interns’ Orientation meeting.

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CCSD Teams Compete in SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

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The event was a terrific success thanks in part to an amazing group of volunteers from SPAWAR and other Lowcountry STEM Collaborative partners.

Thanks to all the business partners, community volunteers, educators, and parents for supporting this sensational project-based learning opportunity.

C. E Williams Middle School placed first overall in the middle school division.

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West Ashley High School placed first overall in the high school division.

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Here is a gallery of pictures from the day: