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Digital Art and Design Students from Lowcountry Tech Academy Partner to Create 2016 C5ISR Banner

Lowcountry Tech Academy (LTA) began as technical career academy program in Charleston County School District and recently merged with Burke High School as part of a four academy campus.CDCA_logo

As part of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Career Academies workforce readiness initiative, Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) has been working closely with LTA students for two years in a variety of content areas including Cyber Security, IT and Digital Art.

The CDCA volunteers’ investment of time and resources has helped provide hands-on and programmatic assistance, including work-based learning site visits and a state of the art cyber security camp.  These real world experiences help make academic content truly come to life for students.

Last spring, students in the Digital Art and Design major classes worked directly with CDCA on a joint project to create banners for CDCA’s Mobile App contest. The banners were displayed during the C5ISR conference. Students discussed the project requirements with professional designers from Mag Design.

LTA Digital Art and Design teacher Julie Zeigler provided guidance as students crafted several working drafts. The design process continued and included meeting with the designers to hear feedback and gain suggestions. Students redrafted their designs, and finally a winner was chosen to represent the collaborative work of the students.

“The ability for students to work directly with designers and receive one-to- one feedback in a relevant setting that would be used in a real world application helped motivate students. We appreciate the opportunity for students to develop technical and 21 st century skills so valuable to employers”, said Zeigler.

Thanks to all that made this terrific project-based learning opportunity possible for CCSD students!CDCA 1 header CDCA 2

 

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Summer Internships Providing Excellent Experience for CCSD Students

Congratulations to 25 high school students from schools throughout Charleston County School District working in their summer 2016 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 summer 2016 internship hosts:

Internship Host Students Hired  School(s)
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge 1 Wando HS (1)
CCSD Procurement 2 Wando HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1)
CCSD SMAART Camp 5 Garrett Academy (2) ; R. B. Stall HS (2), James Island CHS (1)
CCSD Human Resources 1 Baptist Hill MHS (1)
CCSD Science Dept 2 James Island CHS (2)
CCSD Information Technology 1 West Ashley HS (1)
CCSD Personalized Learning 2 West Ashley HS (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Plant Operations / Facilities 2 Baptist Hill MHS (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Communications 1 R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Federal Programs 1 R. B. Stall HS (1)
Lowcountry Tech Academy 3 James Island CHS (1), R. B. Stall HS (1) ; Military Magnet (1)
CCSD Ed Tech 2 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; James Island CHS (1)
CCSD Office of Teacher Effectiveness 2 R. B. Stall HS (2)
25 Total

Here are some of the interns at their orientation hosted by Lowcounty Tech Academy, at their work sites, and at the annual staff picnic and field games at the CCSD Bridge View Drive Operations offices just before the Independence Day holiday.

Special thanks to recent Baptist Hill MHS graduate and 2015 summer intern Richae Haynes for coming back to speak to 2016 interns at their orientation meeting – Best of luck at Clemson University Richae!

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ACE Mentors Banquet Celebrates Student Achievement at R. B Stall HS, St. Johns HS, and Lowcountry Tech Academy

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The ACE Mentor Program connects Charleston area architects, contractors, and engineers with local schools for special project-based learning opportunities and field trips.

Three teachers welcomed ACE Mentors into their CCSD classrooms this year: Kim Pickett from R. B. Stall HS, Darwin Shorters from St. Johns HS, Michael Crosby from Lowcountry Tech Academy.

Each class came up with a project to design, and with the assistance of their assigned ACE Mentors, created detailed plans including material costs. Each student presented their part of the class project at the banquet. Check out the collection of pictures of their presentations in the gallery below!

The keynote speaker for the event was the Honorable John Tecklenburg, Mayor of the City of Charleston. He shared encouraging words for the students, and challenged them to continue their education to ensure Charleston’s future work force will be prepared to keep up with construction demands. Mayor Tecklenburg also thanked the volunteers that make the ACE Mentors program possible in our schools.

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Three CCSD students were recognized at the end of the event with $1000 scholarships to continue their education in college:

  • Abraham Montero – R. B. Stall HS
  • Danielle Newsome – R. B. Stall HS
  • Roxanne Archie – Lowcountry Tech Academy

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Thank you to Rob Turner, local chairperson of the Charleston ACE Mentors chapter, and all the generous ACE Mentors for their investment of time and talent in CCSD students this year!

 

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SPAWAR Hosts Local High School Students for IT Shadowing Day

Students and educators from throughout the Charleston region were invited to get an in depth behind the scenes tour of the Space and Naval Warfare Atlantic Systems Center, known as SPAWAR in Charleston.

Each participant received a badge and detailed instructions prior to their facility tour; “there are top secret missions underway behind the gates” they were told.

The day included on site tours of the Vehicle Integration Bay, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Lab, and the Air Traffic Control simulation and training center, which also happens to include the Meteorology and Antarctica Remote Operations Facility, where air traffic is controlled for the the South Pole!SPARWAR

Commanding Officer Captain Scott Heller addressed the students over lunch and encouraged them to persist through college to be best prepared for the many career pathways available at SPAWAR and throughout the world, both for enlisted military and civilian contractors.

Special thanks to the event organizers team led by LaKeisha Williams and the wonderful SPAWAR education team.

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West Ashley HS Culinary Arts Students Prepare Lunch for CTE Department Chairs Meeting

Students in Jason Wheless’ culinary arts program at West Ashley High School prepared and served a tasty lunch to Career and Technology Education Department Chairs from schools throughout the district.

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The menu included homemade chicken salad, croissants, pasta salad, fruit, and green salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea complimented the meal perfectly, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and espresso brownies were served for dessert.

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Thank you to Chef Wheless and his amazing students for a wonderful lunch!

And, thanks to the amazing CTE department chairs for all their hard work ensuring their school’s equipment requests are properly submitted for the local plan!

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St. Johns HS Partners with Local Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Professionals for Visit to Historic Preservation Worksite

ACE Program focuses on Architecture, Construction Management and Structural Engineering

Students from St. Johns High School recently took a tour of a live historic renovation project located at 1 Broad Street in downtown Charleston.Mr. Darwin Shorters and his students interacted with the Project Manager and the HVAC Engineer in addition to other contract workers on site.
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Students were lucky enough to meet the Project Owner who happen to stop by the project. The students enjoyed learning about the history of the building and all the pros and cons to working on a renovation project of a historical building as opposed to work on a completely new build project. The history lesson included a story about the hole in the flooring on the second floor along with some charring of wood beams resulting from a cannon ball during one of the many siege events on the peninsula of Charleston.

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The renovation project  included removing a vault from the building that previously housed a bank. The students also explored a very unique hand craft roof system from the 1800’s.
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Lastly, the students were able to have a little design time on their own project plan with the ACE mentors,  and left with a new project of their own.  In the next 3 weeks the students will sketch (architecture), develop construction timelines and budget (construction management), as well as complete the load calculation (structure engineering) for a Mobile Survival Shelter to help the homeless.
The presentation of this project will be given during the Annual Banquet May 17 at the Woolfe St. Playhouse 6:00 PM with Mayor Tecklenburg as the keynote speaker.

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Future Scientists from Baptist Hill MHS Visit High Purity Standards Science Labs

A group of future chemists and bio-engineers from Baptist Hill Middle High School recently enjoyed a facility tour of High Purity Standards, a regional manufacturer of basic elements used in a wide range of applications.

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Thanks to Connie Hayes and her wonderful HPS staff for hosting these students for a rare visit to a working laboratory.

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North Charleston HS Culinary Program Hosts West Ashley HS ProStart Competition Practice

The North Charleston High School’s culinary arts program recently hosted a practice event for the West Ashley High School ProStart team that will soon head to Dallas, Texas to compete in the ProStart 2016 National Competition.

Chef Jason Wheless and his state champion WAHS ProStart team ran through their entire process of food prep and plating. Chef Bill Twaler from Wando’s Culinary Arts program was also on hand to offer support and guidance.

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North Charleston HS culinary students are excited to start their competition journey next year at the regional event. They all volunteered to help clean the kitchen after the event.”It was an awesome day for our students, and an experience they will not soon forget”, said Chef Cindi Welsh who leads the NCHS Culinary Arts program.

“We are very thankful – This practice will help our team immensely as we look to bring home a ProStart national championship!” said Chef Wheless.

Thanks to Doug OFlaherty with South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association for organizing the opportunity for WAHS to practice prior to their trip!

 

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Students Meet Local Professionals at Lincoln Middle High School Career Fair

Students in grades 6 through 12 from Lincoln Middle High School enjoyed spending time Tuesday, March 22 with local business professionals from a wide range of career pathways at the school’s annual Career Fair.

Thanks to everyone that made this terrific event possible for Lincoln Middle High School students!

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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.