He graduated West Ashley High School in 2016 and has worked full time since March 2017 as a PC Support Technician with the City of Charleston.
Stephen was recently promoted to Network Engineer. The announcement about his promotion came from Wes Ratterree, Chief Information Officer for the City of Charleston, Department of Information Technology:
“Stephen was competing with candidates who possessed bachelor and master’s degrees. Stephen knew he didn’t have those qualifications, but because of the experience he acquired through the youth apprenticeship, he decided to apply anyway. Also, because of his outstanding work ethic, he was eventually chosen as the most qualified candidate for the position. And that promotion came with a $20K annual salary increase from his previous position”, said Ratterree.
Stephen plans to continue his education at the College of Charleston to pursue a baccalaureate degree in computer science. Because of the youth apprenticeship program, together with some need-based grants, Stephen was able to go to college at Trident. Without the opportunity offered through the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, the professional success he has attained so early in his career would not have been possible, and higher education would have been beyond his financial reach.
Thanks to Ellen Kaufman, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at Trident Technical College for sharing this success story!
Students from West Ashley High School and Charleston Charter School for Math & Science had the opportunity to shadow various departments in the City of Charleston municipal team today.
The morning began in the historic Charleston City Hall’s Council Chambers. Surrounded by priceless paintings and other treasures, students got a personal welcome from Mayor John Tecklenburg. He explained the value of relationships and teamwork. He also shared the history of the location of City Hall, along with the court house, post office and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, make up the “Four Corners of Law“, a famous landmark in Charleston.
Then students were connected with representatives from their job shadowing host departments to begin a deep dive into various professions.
Host departments included:
- Mayor Tecklenburg
- Municipal Court
- Housing and Community Development
- Traffic & Transportation
- Geographic Information Systems
- Charleston Fire Department
- Charleston Police Department
- Charleston Fire Marshall
- The Mayor’s Office for Children Youth & Families
(Organizing dept for this annual job shadowing day)
After the students completed their visits to their host departments, everyone reconvened at the City of Charleston offices on the third floor at 75 Calhoun Street for a debriefing luncheon. Special thanks to Kickin’ Chicken for donating the box lunches for this event!
After the students shared stories about their job shadowing experiences, Jason Mitchell with the city’s Human Resources department addressed the students. He asked each student about their career aspirations, and provided excellent feedback and pointers tailored to their replies.
Mr. Mitchell encouraged the students to surround themselves with the type people they wanted to become, including their time online.
He also provided memorable quotes to add to their toolbox like, “there are riches in niches”, i.e. putting in the work to become a specialist in a specific niche profession is a path to long term success.
Special thanks to all the City of Charleston departments that invested theirtime in CCSD students today to make this work-based learning opportunity possible, especially the MOCYF team led by Mindy Sturm, Jason Mitchell from HR, and Mayor Tecklenburg.
Each Career and Technology Education Program of Study at the school was featured during the event. Representatives from local companies and colleges spoke with students at their tables during the event.
Students also enjoyed classroom discussions led by the visiting professionals. Mr. Jenkins welcomed Mr. Green from KIZ Studios, a local video game design company to his Game Design & Development class.
Mr. Green described his industry and the strong career prospects in the Charleston region for programming, networking, and cyber security professionals. There are Youth Apprenticeships in these areas that students can participate in prior to graduation from high school!
- KIZ Studios
- Select Physical Therapy
- STEM Premier
- Live for Wellness Chiropractor
- Charleston RiverDogs
- SC Ports Authority
- Paul Mitchell School
- Trident Technical College
- American College of the Building Arts
- Charleston Southern University
- Art Institute of Charleston
- Medical University of South Carolina
- The Citadel
- College of Charleston
Check out these additional pictures from the event – Thanks to all that made it possible for our students!
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!
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.
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|
|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|
|Mediterranean Shipping Company|
|MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
|North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Nucor Steel Berkeley|
|Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring|
|Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Safran Electrical and Power|
|SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors|
|South Carolina Aquarium|
|SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic|
|St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
Mr. 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.
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 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.
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!
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?”
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)|
|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)|
|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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.