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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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Student Run School Store at West Ashley HS Reopens After Renovations

This week marked the reopening of the Cat Shack at West Ashley High School, the student run school store that offers logo apparel, snacks, and other items for students to purchase between classes and at lunch.

The students operating the store are overseen by Mr. Terry Stutts, the Marketing teacher and adviser for the WAHS DECA student organization. The Cat Shack’s profits help students participate in DECA events at the local, regional and national levels.

The store recently got some welcomed upgrades, including a larger space and some new fixtures. IMG_0006 (1)

“The students welcomed the reopening of the store this week and sales were brisk – we’re very thankful to have these renovations complete,” said Mr. Stutts.

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DECA President Haley Bauer provided the following overview of the Cat Shack renovation and the impact it will have on their efforts to raise funds for the Career and Technology Student Organization:

“The Cat Shack is owned and operated by West Ashley High School’s DECA Chapter. DECA is a club that prepares high school students to be leaders and entrepreneurs is marketing, finance, hospitality and management. These students have the opportunity to take classes such as Marketing, Merchandising, Professional Development and Leadership, and Work-based Learning. All of these classes work together to manage and work in our recently renovated school store.

The Cat Shack now has new light fixtures, slat walls, display cases, and has been expanded. For the past month, employees have determined the store layout, merchandise, prices, and employees work schedule. Finally, everything has come together and the Cat Shack was opened on Wednesday, September 27th. All of the money earned from the store goes straight towards DECA needs. It is considered to be one of our biggest fundraisers. So. Wish us luck this year!”

The Cat Shack is well positioned for another great year of sales at West Ashley High School, but the real winners are the students that get to practice customer service and other skills prized by local employers!

 

Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day 2017

CCSD Students Put Their Names on the Dotted Line at Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day

North Charleston, SC – Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day might not have the same national notoriety as National Signing Day. However, in the Lowcountry, this regional collaborative effort with school districts, businesses, and organizations is picking up steam.

The 4th Annual Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day was held at Trident Technical College (TTC) August 8, 2017. Sixty-one students, including 27 from Charleston County School District (CCSD), made their commitment to local businesses “official” by signing a document.

“Our Youth Apprenticeship Program is just one of many ways that CCSD prepares students to be college, career, and citizenship ready,” said Rich Gordon, CCSD’s Career and Technology Education Executive Director. “Apprenticeships, aligned with the appropriate classroom instruction, provide rigorous and relevant academic, technical, and employability training for a wide variety of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand 21st century careers.”

Modeled after National Signing Day, where high school student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent to colleges or universities where they will play a sport, Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day gives students who are going into the workforce at a young age a similar experience when it comes to excitement and importance.

“This event provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the most exciting educational initiative I have experienced in my entire career,” said Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley. “It is exciting because this program has power. It has the power to change lives in remarkable ways and the power to accelerate our economy and build a strong community. It is also exciting because it is a shining example of the type of change that can occur when multiple organizations work together in a united effort to achieve a common goal.”

Special thanks to signing day’s  keynote speaker Amy Firestone from the US Department of Labor.  And special thanks to Debbie Meuli, formally with local manufacturer IFA Rotorion, for sharing the story on how the Charleston region’s Youth Apprenticeship program began over 4 years ago with a meeting she hosted after the president of her company asked, “Where are my Youth Apprentices?”

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Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and their Accelerate Greater Charleston initiative, the participating students’ college tuition and fees were taken care of for the inaugural cohort, and this wonderful support for the Charleston’s Youth Apprenticeship program continues today!

The following CCSD students and graduates participated in the 2017 Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day:

Academic Magnet HS
Kevin Boyd, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Jared Lipton, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with East Cooper Medical)
Burke HS
Sheniah Everson, Classic of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Charleston Charter School of Math and Science
Jackson Beall, Class of 2019 (Industrial Mechanic with Bosch)
Nicholas Brennan, Class of 2017 (Networking with Trident Technical College)
Charles Gries, Class of 2018 (EMT with North Charleston Fire Department)
Garrett Academy of Technology
NyAsia Green, Class of 2019 (Bookkeeping with Greystar)
James Island Charter HS
John C. Geiger, Class of 2017 (Industrial Mechanic with VTL Precision)
Magjholy Miller, Class of 2018 (Culinary Arts with Kiawah Partners)
R.B. Stall HS
Joshua Blackwell, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Kyra Kriseman, Class of 2017 (Hotel Operations with Hyatt Place)
Cameron Lattimore-Johnson, Class of 2017 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Kyle Masterson, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanic with Cummins)
Wando HS
Marco Barrera, Class of 2018 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)
Frederica Baldassarre, Class of 2017 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)
Patrick Boyle, Class of 2018 (Programming with NetGalaxy)
Holt Davis, Class of 2017 (EMT with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Callie Drinko, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)
Parker Frontz, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
Porter Rice, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)
Allison Shipp, Class of 2018 (Civil CAD with Meador)
Colin McIntire, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)
West Ashley HS
Julian Aycock, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with MINI of Charleston)
Tyler Brooks, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Jones Ford)
Briana Brown, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)
Ashley King, Class of 2017 (Networking with Blackbaud)
Tre Scott-Johnson, Clas of 2018 (Security / Pre-Law Enforcement)

CCSD Youth Apprentices hired in 2016, now continuing into their 2nd year of the program:

Academic Magnet HS
Michael Pi, Class of 2018 (Programming with Boeing SC)
Damon Otero, Class of 2018 (Networking with Kotori)
Garrett Academy of Technology
Ty’Celia M. Young, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with VTL Presicion)
James Island Charter HS
Robert D. Paige, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with Bosch)
R.B. Stall HS
Ian K. Cole, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with IFA Rotorion)
West Ashley HS
Khaseem Capers, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Limric)
Malik Miller, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Cullum)
Keenah Saunders, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)

Special thanks to all the amazing partners that ensure this opportunity is available for students in the Charleston region, including: the host companies in 16 career pathways, Trident Technical College, Apprenticeship Carolina, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the US Department of Labor, and educators in schools throughout the community.

To learn more about Youth Apprenticeships, please visit this page on the Trident Technical College website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston Hosts Summer Career Camp for CCSD High School Students

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted an Architecture Career Camp from July 17 – 21, 2017 for high school students from Charleston County School District interested in architecture as a career path.

The camp was held a location that is still relatively new for the extension of the Clemson University campus in Charleston,  701 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29403, also known as the old Cigar Factory building downtown.

The camp was led by Clemson faculty member David Pastre, a licensed architect intimately familiar with architectural design in the Charleston region. Ms. Roxann Phillips, the architecture instructor and CTE department chair at Garrett Academy of Technology  also helped lead the week long camp. CAC.C director Ray Huff led the creation of this work-based learning career camp for students to learn and explore, and hopes to expand the opportunity next summer.

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Students received introduction to drawing and modeling methods, and explored the nature of scale, rhythm, proportion, context, and functional elements of architecture. Students were engaged in sketching, dimensional drawing architectural analogues, modeling both full size and scale modeling, and other exciting project-based learning opportunities throughout the camp hours, 8am to 1pm.IMG_3167

A downtown walking tour led by Robert Stockton allowed the students to see many historically significant buildings through an architectural lens. Students also visited local architecture firm LS3P’s Charleston offices and met with working professionals.

On the last day of the camp, students presented their designs for a very special project to be located not far from the building that hosted their camp. They showed off their ideas for a park and shelter that would serve as a trail-head of sorts for people walking the Ravenel Bridge.

Thanks to a wonderful partnership between CCSD and the CAC.C, there was no cost for students to participate in this career camp.

After this very successful pilot, plans are being discussed to expand the opportunity to more students next summer – Thanks to everyone that made this work-based learning experience available for CCSD students!

 

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Medical University of South Carolina Hosts Summer Healthcare Career Camp

For the 4th summer in a row, local health care professionals from the MUSC School of Nursing hosted rising seniors on track to be CTE Completers in Health Science from schools throughout Charleston County School District for an interactive career camp.

The 3 day MUSC Summer Healthcare Camp provided an introduction to various health sciences professions through the use of interactive presentations, hands‐on skills lab opportunities, and exposure to the healthcare environment.

Check out these pictures of the students during the camp and at their closing ceremony:

Thanks to everyone that made the camp possible for students again this summer!

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Students Complete First Half of Summer Internships with CCSD Departments

It is the mid-point for 28 students working with Charleston County School District departments this summer.

They’ve all settled in to their roles working alongside district professionals in positions aligned with their future career interests.

To earn the available work-based learning course credit, each student intern must work a minimum of 120 hours, turn in a supervisor review at the mid-point and end of the summer, and submit weekly journals about their experiences.

Taylor Kahn-Perry, a rising senior at Charleston School of the Arts, submitted the following for her first week’s journal:

I started my internship with the CCSD Office of Strategy and Communications this Tuesday, June 20 at 8 a.m. My supervisor, Ms. Lauren Gandy, whom I met at our Orientation, was out of the office this week. Because Ms. Gandy was the only person I knew in the office before my first day, it caught me off guard a little bit to have no familiar faces in the office. However, everyone was warm. Mr. Andy Pruitt met me in the front and gave me a great introduction to the office, reminding me that internships are what you make of them. Ms. Erica Taylor took time out of her very busy day to make sure I felt comfortable, and Ms. Maggie Dangerfield helped me get started on my first few assignments.

I am looking forward to seeing Ms. Gandy next week, though, because it seems she has a more structured set of assignments for me ready to go. While I have spent this week working diligently to complete all my assignments, I want to focus next week on pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I want to, like Mr. Pruitt said, get as much as I can out of this internship by asking for new assignments when I have down time from a variety of people in the office. Everyone here does something slightly differently, and there is much to learn from everyone so long as I put myself out there.

I am very excited to learn as much as possible this summer, Taylor

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Taylor Kahn-Perry, left with fellow summer intern Latalia Brown, right.

Students from 8 different CCSD high schools are working in 17 various departments throughout the district.

Just before the Independence Day holiday, district staff including summer interns gathered for a summer picnic at the Bridge View Drive Operations Center. Student interns participated in the field day games and enjoyed the hamburgers, ice cream, and fellowship.

Check out these pictures and videos from the terrific day of team building:

Student interns were also invited to participate in a special round-table discussion to offer input on our schools to Charleston County Schools Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. Check out these pictures and this article in the Post & Courier.  Thanks to the Strategy and Communications Department for these pictures from the Student Listening Session.

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27 Students Begin Summer Internships with CCSD Departments

Congratulations to all 27 students from high schools throughout Charleston County School District on their summer internships!

Each student went through an interview process and completed all required CCSD Human Resources requirements.

This past week, the summer interns participated in an Orientation meeting and a Student Retreat.

At the Orientation meeting, students completed their requirements for employment, met with their supervisors, and learned about the KRONOS time clock system. The students and their supervisors met to discuss the specific expectations for the summer work-based learning experience.IMG_4076IMG_4091IMG_4081

At the Retreat, students got to know their fellow interns through various activities including a personality assessment. They also heard about best practices in the college scholarship application process from a former student intern currently in college on a full scholarship.???????????????????????????????NCHS ???????????????????????????????

Students from the following schools are participating in the CCSD Departments Summer Internship Program:

Acadmic Magnet HS 2
Baptist Hill MHS 2
Garrett Academy 3
North Charleston HS 3
R B Stall HS 6
School of the Arts 1
Wando HS 2
West Ashley HS 8

Thanks to these CCSD departments for hosting a student intern this summer:

Arts & World Languages: SMAART CAMP 4
Business Intelligence & Information Management 1
Capital Programs 1
Early Learning 1
Ed Tech 3
ESOL 1
Exceptional Children 1
Grounds and General Services 4
Human Resources 1
Information Technology – Help Desk 1
Mathematics Department 2
Middle School Learning Community 1
NCHS School Store 1
Nutrition Services 1
Office of Strategy and Communications 1
Office of Teacher Effectiveness 1
Procurement 2

Thanks to everyone that made this summer’s kick off week for the 2017 Summer Interns a success including Sandra Quigley in HR, Ashley Chambers from KRONOS Support, Burke High School for hosting, Carolyn Southall from NCHS, CTE Executive Director Richard Gordon, and all the CCSD dept reps that spoke at the orientation meeting with the student interns. Thanks to Doctors Care for their assistance with the TB test requirements for each intern.

Check out these additional pictures from the Orientation and Retreat meetings.

 

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West Ashley HS Mechatronics Class Constructs Hydraulic Powdered Cardboard Robot

Students in Mr. Nicholas Holmes mechatronics class at West Ashley High School recently tackled a unique project-based learning assignment.

They were shown the following video, and challenged with the question: Can we build it?

No problem! Check out the West Ashley High School Mechatronics class version of the hydraulic powdered robotic arm made from cardboard:

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IMG_4192Thanks to Mr. Holmes and his amazing WAHS students for knocking this Project-based learning assignment OUT OF THE PARK!

 

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West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

West Ashley High students learn about careers in engineering Charleston, SC – From February 21-24, West Ashley High School hosted Wildcat Engineers Week, a week of opportunities for students to learn more about a career in engineering.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is designed to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life and to encourage students to pursue a career in the field of engineering. According to their website, “More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.”
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“The theme of this year’s Engineers Week is ‘Dream Big’,” said West Ashley High Engineering teacher Dr. Barbara Leonard. “That’s really the message we’re trying to impart.” Wildcat Engineers Week started with guest speaker Nancy Jenkins from the Army Corps of Engineers. Jenkins’ presentation focused on architecture, what architects do, how to become an architect, and popular architecture projects. Jenkins presented to Dr. Leonard’s Civil Engineering and Architecture students. She is a graduate of Middleton High School. “We want to engage students and to have students ask questions and learn as much as they can about engineering while they’re still in high school,” said Dr. Leonard. “I think engineering is a stealth profession.”West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (02)

The next event included an on-site visit and demonstration from four Boeing engineers. Each engineer talked about his or her career path, the different planes they’re working on, and then collaborated with the students to complete an activity. The students were divided into groups and had to make a wing of an airplane out of index card-size slips of paper and scotch tape. The wing was placed between two chairs while items like pencils, pens, and coins were placed on top of them to test the durability and strength of the wing each group created. West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (03)

“The Ultimate Driving Machine,” a BMW smart car, made a special appearance on West Ashley High’s campus as well. Students were able to explore the interior of the car and learn more about the special engine under the hood.

West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (04)On Thursday, students went on a field trip to the Joint Base Charleston where they took part in a special Tuskegee Airmen presentation. While there, students listened to a presentation about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, took a tour of all the C-17 training facilities on the base, and spoke with representatives from different colleges and aviation careers that set up tables in one of the hangars. Two Tuskegee Airmen were present during the festivities. Students from elementary and middle schools within Charleston County School District also attended the event. International orange, the color of engineering, was worn by many of those who participated in the week’s events.
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The final Wildcats Engineers Week event consisted of Dr. Leonard and Mr. Robert Stone’s engineering students displaying their course projects in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) hallway. These creations impressed many attendees of West Ashley High and were the perfect way to demonstrate the impact that Engineers Week has on students.

Thanks to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS Public Relations Coordinator for submitting this story.