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Wando Spring Business Plan Competition Winners Annouced

David Fralix, Personal Finance CTE Teacher at Wando High School, shared the following recap and pictures from the Wando High School In-class Business Plan Competition, presented by Glasspro on Friday, April 21.
First and second place winners receive $250 and $150, respectively, from YEScarolina and Glasspro and go on to compete in the countywide business plan competition at the College of Charleston, Tate Center, May 9.  Third place winners receive $100 and will also attend the May competition.
Spring 2017 winners were as follows:

First Place:  Ben Rusnak:  IOP Ice  
Second Place: Mills Thompson:  The Sock Store
Third Place:  Matt Baker:  MB Flips

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L to R: Ben Rusnak, Mills Thompson, Matt Baker

Congratulations to all students who presented their business plans in class between April 18 and April 21, and a special thank you to Glasspro and YESCarolina for their financial support, as well as for providing judges for the competition.

Judges for the event were:
Mr. Paul Heinauer, Founder and CEO of Glasspro
Mr. Matthew Bennett with Poston & Co. Realty
Chip Eiserhardt of The Cassina Group

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Glasspro sponsored the event, providing a prize of $250 for first place, $150 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place.

Congratulations to all who participated and presented business plans, and thank you to YEScarolina for supporting Wando HS students through this terrific event!

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West Ashley HS Pre-engineering Students Enjoy Visit to Ravenel Bridge with Local Engineers

Dr. Barbara Leonard, West Ashley High School’s PLTW Engineering instructor, provided the following description and pictures from her students recent visit to the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River and the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront park with local professionals from the engineering community. 
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The 2017 Engineering Tour of the Ravenel Bridge was a great success. Nine engineers led walking tours for 27 pre-engineering students from West Ashley High School on Friday, April 21st. Companies represented included Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. and Stantec Consulting Services of Charleston. IMG_7641 IMG_7619

Thank you to the local STEM professionals that invested their time to ensure this powerful work-based learning experience was possible for students from West Ashley High School!

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Students from Wando High and Several CCSD Middle Schools Participate in Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

The Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC) is staged each spring by volunteers from SPAWAR in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA).

The goal of the event, started in 2013, is to energize middle and high schools, colleges, and their students to focus on the development of technical skills in the area of networking and cyber security that will help in preparations for exciting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

This year’s PCDC event was held April 8th at Trident Technical College.

  • Eight teams of six members each operate a live network and protect it from real hackers with the help of a SPAWAR mentor
  • Mentors work with students in the areas of networking, risk mitigation and operating systems
  • Creates awareness of the Information Assurance/Cyber Security profession
  • Fosters teamwork and opportunities for leadership and crisis management
  • Creates an opportunity for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and its Corporate Partners to see South Carolina’s finest STEM students in action

“Students from Wando’s Cyber Defense Team 1 truly enjoyed the event”, reported team adviser and cyber security teacher Rae Ellen Greenberg.

Eric Holmi won 1st place in the high school PCDC-CTF individual high school competition!  The following Wando HS students competed in thePCDC Team and PCDC-CTF Individual (Computer Forensics) competition:

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  • Noah Wright
  • Matthew Pitts
  • Hunter Ross
  • Morrison Baldwin
  • Alex Emory
  • Taylor Horst
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  • Justice Davis
  • Eric Holmi
And, this year’s event also included middle school students for the first time. Middle school students got a chance to see the event up close, meet professionals from supporting organizations, and participate in their own interactive activities.

Check out these pictures of our participating middle school students in action from the following schools:

  • Cario Middle School
  • CE Williams Middle School
  • Military Magnet Academy
  • Buist Academy
  • Laing Middle School

Thanks to all the volunteers that made this event possible again this year, especially SPAWAR volunteerss and AFCEA members, and to Trident Technical College for hosting! Thanks to ECPI University for supporting the teachers that chaperoned this event the Saturday before spring break! Read more about the event here on the PDCD website and in the excellent Charleston Regional Business Journal article.

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Butcher & Bee Hosts North Charleston HS and West Ashley HS Students for Work-based Learning Visit

Butcher and Bee SignStudents from West Ashley High School and North Charleston High School enjoyed a wonderful field trip facilitated by YEScarolina to Butcher & Bee restaurant in downtown Charleston on March 30, 2017. 

The group for this structured field study experience was comprised of students from Ms. Eva Rutiri’s Entrepreneurship class and Fundamentals of Web Page Design class at WAHS and Ms. Carolyn Southall’s entrepreneurship students from NCHS. Both Ms. Rutiri and Ms. Southall are YEScarolina Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers.

Students enjoyed a tour of the facility and informative presentations from the owners, Michael and Melody Shemtov.

Additional presenters included an entrepreneur, Lee Deas, from Oblivouslee Marketing, a local business that excels in web design and public relations.

Just when the students thought the presentations for the day and concluded, they got a surprise visit from a Top Chef participant in Charleston, Sylva Senat (http://www.bravotv.com/people/sylva-senat).File_000(2)

My students had a terrific experience at the Butcher & Bee – we are very very appreciative of Michael and Melody Shemtov’s time.” said Ms. Southall after the visit.

“We thank Butcher and Bee for hosting us and serving us a delicious meal for lunch.” added Ms. Rutiri.

Work-based learning opportunities like these help ensure Charleston County School District students are College and Career Ready – Thanks to YEScaolina, the business professionals that invested their time, and everyone else that made this excellent field trip possible. Check out more info on this WBL experience here on the YEScarolina website.

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Get Behind the Scenes Tour of Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

Charleston Place Logo“The field trip was a great success!”, Ms. Shekema Hamm said after her students from Daniel Jenkins Academy got a behind the scenes tour from top to bottom of the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel from Mickey Bakst, General Manager of the Charleston Grill.

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Mr. Bakst greeted the students in the grand hotel’s lobby and spent some time getting to know them before the multi-stop tour commenced.

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Students got to see the amazing facility up close with Mickey’s expert explanation of what it takes to make each space 5 star –  students saw:

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  • The exclusive club room
  • The luxurious spa
  • The indoor pool
  • The convention and banquet rooms
  • The amazing kitchen
  • And the award winning Charleston Grill restaurant

Students got to meet many of the employees also. Each said that they loved their job and shared their length of employment, most having been with the company for 20 or more years!

Students even saw a celebrity at the pool, one of the teachers that was in all the Harry Potter films! Mickey explained he was there under an alias name, but he generously greeted the students.

Ms. Hamm said , “Mr. Bakst was extremely down to earth as he shared his realistic viewpoint on life. He shared his story of being homeless, dropping out of high school, completing his GED, not finishing college and then working his way to success. He said the key to success was to come to early everyday and work hard. He said that the students should never say that “there are no jobs or “I can’t make more money.”

view from the top floor roomMs. Hamm shared that Mr. Bakst had the students look down from the spa on the landscape of downtown Charleston and say out loud “I want this life and I believe that I can have it.”

Ms. Hamm shared that after the trip, several students said they definitely want to pursue a career in culinary arts in a hotel environment. Mr. Bakst encouraged the students to apply for a position on their 18th birthday.

Thanks to everyone that made this work-based learning opportunity possible for these students, especially Mr. Mickey Bakst. 

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Celebrity Chef from Latvia Provides Cooking Demo for Military Magnet Academy Culinary Students

Students in Chef Kim Ortego’s Culinary Arts CTE Program at Military Magnet Academy were treated to a visit from a celebrity chef from Latvia on Tuesday, March 28th!

Chef Karlis Visockis provided an interactive cooking demo focused on European cuisine.

Stephen Wyatt with the CCSD Department of Communication put together this amazing INTERACTIVE PHOTO GALLERY  showing the unmistakable impact the project-based learning experience had on the participating culinary arts students.

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Special thanks to Chef Ilze Astad, Chef Karlis’ sister for organizing this experience, and for all she does as a strong business partner for Military Magnet Academy. Mr. Townsend, Military Magnet Academy Principal welcomed the Chef Karlis in the classroom.

Thanks to MMA Culinary Arts instructor Kim Ortego for all her hard work in hosting this opportunity for her students!

Here are more pictures – thanks to Amy Bruson, CTE Department Chair at Military Magnet Academy for sharing the pictures she took to add to this gallery:

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit HVAC Lab at Trident Technical College

Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education program at Daniel Jenkins Academy recently received a campus tour of Trident Technical College from recruiting representative, Mr. Mark Yearty.
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Mr. Yearty stressed the importance of 3 things to the students interested in attending TTC after high school:
  1. Completing their application for admission on time
  2. Submitting their high school transcript with grades they can be proud to share
  3. Earning qualifying test scores on the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer tests for admission

Students enjoyed a quick visit to the Culinary Arts facilities on the way to their primary destination for the day: The HVAC lab.

Students got to see live demonstrations by the HVAC Program Coordinator, Mr. Pressley Baker.

“Mr. Baker was awesome with the students”, said Ms. Hamm. He shared the high demand for HVAC skilled workers in Charleston, and throughout South Carolina. He encouraged the students to find out more about the Youth Apprenticeship program. The students were very interested to learn how graduates of his TTC program can find good paying jobs just about anywhere they want to live across the nation thanks to over 9,000 jobs available for HVAC workers available.  The entry level pay and future earning potential for skilled HVAC technicians is truly excellent in Charleston, and beyond!? Ms. Hamm said, “This Structured Field Study experience was a huge success. One student says he definitely wants a career in HVAC. Another student said that he is definitely considering HVAC as a career option!”

Check out these additional pictures of the students’ visit to Trident Tech –

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning opportunity possible!

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Students in Computer Science Class at Military Magnet Academy Learn About Networking from Local ECPI University Professor

Ms. Ferrette-Clark’s Exploring Computer Science students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a lesson on network cabling from a representative from ECPI University.

IMG_6490IMG_6489 “Mr. Powers from ECPI had my students fully engaged in creating CAT5 network cables”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark.  Thanks to Mr. Powers for investing his time in the Exploring Computer Science class at Military Magnet Academy. IMG_6497 IMG_6495
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AT&T Store Hosts Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students from R. B. Stall High School

Students in Mr. Michael Breedlove’s Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes at R. B. Stall HS recently visited an AT&T  retail store for work-based learning experiences.IMG_0349

Students had the opportunity to see the different positions at the retail store and how they interact with other divisions of AT&T.

Students also got valuable suggestions on how to deliver anti-cyber-bullying materials to middle school students. IMG_0350 Thanks to the professionals at AT&T for welcoming these students for this valuable work-based learning experience.

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Stevens Towing Providing On-the-Job Training in Welding for Baptist Hill MHS Spring Interns

st-logosStudents from Baptist Hill Middle High School are receiving on-the-job training in welding as a part of their spring semester internship program with Stevens Towing in Yonges Island. 

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Huge thanks to all the professionals at Stevens Towing that are mentoring these young men in this terrific work-based learning partnership!