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North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center Hosts Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy

April 6, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education class at Daniel Jenkins Academy received an extensive behind the scenes tour of a working hotel and convention hall thanks to Hope Hudson, Director of Human Resources for North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.banquet room tour

“Ms. Hudson was a terrific tour guide for this interesting and thorough exploration of jobs available in our local hotel industry”, said Ms. Hamm.

Ms. Hudson also provided timely career advice for the students. She discussed two common errors with submitted applications; not knowing the position applied for, and listing relatives as references instead of professional references. She said that students in school should list their teachers or pastors as professional references. Most employees truly enjoy their jobs and have been employed at the property for 10+ years she said.

The following qualities are highly sought after in new hires according to Delis Britton, Assistant General Manager:

    • Dependability
    • Stable Work Experience
    • Positive Attitude
    • People Friendly
    • Team Oriented
    • Multi-task Well
    • Like a Fast-paced Environment

Delis Britton, Assistant General Manager, gave the students an inspirational speech on what it takes to be successful at Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center. Mr. Britton worked his way up from the front desk to his current position in management in 8 years.

TOUR ROOMStudents got to see each of the following essential spaces at the property, learning about the importance of each one:

      • Main Lobby
      • Guest Room
      • Convention Center
      • Banquet Rooms
      • Convention Center Kitchen
      • Hotel Kitchen
      • Administrative Offices
      • Hotel Laundry
      • Engineering

MEET THE CHEF?????????????????????????The students learned it only takes about 15-20 minutes to serve 100-200 people in a banquet room and about 10 wait staff, if done by experienced professionals like the pros at Embassy Suites. The prep work for banquets is always done a day ahead, and all fresh ingredients are used.
No food is wasted. Leftovers go to the local food bank and any waste goes into the compost bin to be recycled.

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The students enjoyed an appetizer, entree, and dessert. Two students want a career in the local hospitality industry and are applying to work at North Charleston Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center this summer!

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Stevens Towing Holds Ceremony Celebrating Baptist Hill Middle High Students’ Success

st-logosMay 11, 2017 – Yonges Island, SC  – Five students from Baptist Hill Middle High School completed their spring internship program at Stevens Towing Company with a special ceremony.
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The students’ capstone project were these grills they made themselves by putting their learned welding skills to use. “The students did an excellent job and really worked hard”, said Libby Singletary, Human Resources Director at Stevens Towing.

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One student even designed and built a meat smoker!

The students were proud to display their welding coupons, which are small examples used to demonstrate their welding techniques.

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Students were empowered during the semester-long work-based learning opportunity with instruction in welding techniques and best practices.

Check out these additional stories on the students progress throughout this work-based learning experience:

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Thanks to the entire team at Stevens Towing Company for hosting this amazing work-based learning opportunity for these students from Baptist Hill MHS!  Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for facilitating the connection that led to this experience for these students.

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the celebratory end of semester event.

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Marketing Students from R. B. Stall HS Create New Business with Junior Achievement Volunteers

Students in Mr. Breedlove’s marketing class at R.B. Stall High School have enjoyed working with Junior Achievement volunteers Jackson Haskell and Justin Jackrel on starting a new business. Special thanks to Ms. Jeni Becker with Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina for her help facilitating this excellent opportunity for Charleston County School District students!

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Attend Federal Agencies Expo May 5

Students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy were among the attendees for the 3rd Annual Federal Agencies Informational Exhibition on May 5, 2017, hosted by FEA of Greater Charleston.

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R???????????????????????????????epresentatives from various federal agencies educated the public about the many ways the federal government serves the community and makes life better for Lowcountry citizens.

25 federal agencies and military organizations had displays highlighting their mission, programs and initiatives. Professionals from each participating organization were available to answer questions. “Some of the displays included a mini C-17 airplane, passport fair, law enforcement dogs, survey boats, robots from SPAWAR, an authentic fire suit, transport vehicles, and much more”, said Ms. Hamm.
“I am so thankful my students had the opportunity to participate in this terrific event”, Ms. Hamm added.
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Trident Tech hosts Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy for Tour of Industrial Mechanics Labs

May 8, 2017 – Charleston, SC - Several students from Ms. Shekema Hamm’s CTE class at Daniel Jenkins Academy visited Trident Technical College’s Industrial Mechanics Department today.

Each of the participating students completed a career assessment earlier in the semester that indicated a strong interest in Industrial Mechanics, and related career pathways.

The students participated in a simple machine demonstration of how to produce torque. “The students remarked some of the equipment looked complicated, but they were confident they could learn how to properly use the equipment.” said Ms. Hamm.

Mr. David Perkins, Program Coordinator for Industrial Mechanics at Trident Technical College, explained to the students that there are traits all employers are looking for in their employees. He told students if they made it a point to show up early and prepared to work the whole shift as scheduled, they could enjoy a long and productive career with many local companies.  He also stressed that experience or knowledge will get you in the door but commitment and dedication will keep you there and allow for promotions.

The students left with a clear understanding of the important role Industrial Mechanics serve repairing and maintaining commercial / industrial machinery in buildings, or in a plant or factory setting. The students were excited to learn the job outlook for this industry is extremely bright in the Charleston region, and that these jobs pay extremely well.

Thanks to Mr. Perkins at Trident Tech for hosting this work-based learning experience, and for sharing the seamless pathway for students to complete high school and earn their industry certifications and associates degree.

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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.

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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

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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.