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Middle & High School Students Visit SPAWAR for “Day at the Lab” Experience

SPAWAR STEMSPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic held its annual “Day at the Lab” on February 28th. Middle and high school students from throughout the Charleston region were invited for a behind the scenes tour.

Students were welcomed by Rear Admiral Lewis in the Command Briefing Theater. He described the many high demand, high wage STEM career opportunities in both military and civilian positions right her in Charleston.

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Students got to participate in activities like an Electrical Engineering Exercise using Snap Circuit Kits and an introduction to algorithms using a Rubik’s Cube.

Students also got an extensive facility tour including stops in the Anechoic Chamber, the Environmental Testing Lab, and the Digital Forensics Lab. They also got to see the Multidisciplinary Research Center (MRC) as well as climb the stairs to the the Air Traffic Control Tower Simulation Lab.

High school students enjoyed a special session on internship opportunities in Charleston and similar facilities throughout the country.

The students came back together in the end for a pizza lunch and a debriefing session with the amazing SPAWAR volunteer team that helped make this work-based learning experience possible!

Thanks to everyone at SPAWAR for hosting students from the Charleston region for the Day at the Lab event, and for investing in our future homegrown workforce!

Participating CCSD middle & high schools included: 

James Island Charter High School
Moultrie Middle School
North Charleston High School
St. Johns High School
Wando High School
West Ashley Advanced Studies Magnet School

Thanks to Justin Johnson from North Charleston HS and Tralice Reddock from the CCSD CTE Support Team for serving as chaperones for the participating CCSD students.

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Culinary Students from Military Magnet Academy Assist with Chef’s Feast Event in Support of Lowcountry Food Bank

chefs feastMilitary Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 7 of her students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast.

Students assisted with preparations prior to guests’ arrival alongside professionals from throughout the local hospitality and tourism industry. They also assisted with serving during the event as well as replenishing supplies as needed for various tables.IMG_3473

“This work-based learning experience was wonderful for my students”, said Chef Ortego. IMG_3467

“Thanks to the event organizers and the Lowcountry Food Bank for including students in this amazing event!” Ortego added. IMG_3455Read more information about this annual event here: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/get-involved/chefs-feast  LFB logo

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Local ACE Mentors Chapter Connects CCSD Students with Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Professionals for Project-based Learning

AceProgramLogoThe following update was provided by Rob Turner with Charleston Engineering who serves as Chairman of the Board of ACE Mentors of Greater Charleston. 

The ACE Mentors are in full swing at all three schools this semester!

Check out this terrific video of students in Mr. Darwin Shorter’s class at St. Johns High working in a Project-based Learning (PBL) activity with their ACE Mentors:

Harry Pecorelli of Stantec led the PBL exercise where the students formed teams, each with a project manager, to build buildings with Legos.  “The activity included a lot of curve balls and it is fun to watch them react to change orders and other project challenges”, remarked Mr. Turner.

Thanks to all the amazing and generous ACE Mentors for investing their time at Burke HS, St. Johns HS, and R. B. Stall HS this year!

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Co-Team Leaders:
LaShaun Key – Architect
Bobby Teachey – Construction Project Manager
Teacher of Record / Champions:
Michael Crosby
Roy Joe Kemp
Mentors:
Zach Aument – Architect
Laura Slagel – Architect
Jonathan Sigman – Structural Engineer
Michael Cunningham – Structural Engineer
Irving Fordham – Electrical Engineer
Jarret Hudson – Architect
Kendall Roberts – Architect
Bryan Shiver – Construction Manager
Chandra Jones – Construction Manager
Amanda Page – Mechanical Engineer
Victor Fallon – Mechanical Engineer
Sam Young – Electrical Engineer
DJ Coblentz – Electrical Engineer

R. B. Stall High School

Co-Team Leaders:
Ben Anderson – Architect
Wayne Butler – Architect
Teacher of Record / Champion: Kimberly Pickett
Team Mentors:
Mark Dillon – Structural Engineer
Zac Smith – Construction Civil Engineer
Todd Altman – Construction Manager
Tom Magee – Construction Project Manager (will float between both schools)
Steve Marek – Mechanical Engineer
Derek Hensley – Elec. Engineer

St. Johns High School

Co-Team Leaders:
Harry Pecorelli – Construction Manager (owners rep)
Allie Beck – Architect
Teacher of Record / Champion: Darwin Shorters
Team Mentors:
Sarah Glass – Architect
Mary Tran – Architect
Alison Dawson – Architect
Kelsey Powell – Structural Engineer
George Lee – mechanical sales
Aaron Smith – Construction Manager
Rob Turner – Mech. Engineer
William Snider – Electrical
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700+ CCSD Students Enjoy Screening of Hidden Figures Movie Followed by Panel Discussions with Local STEM Pros


Zucker picsFebruary 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC
– Thanks to a hard working group of volunteers from local companies and organizations, over 1000 students were invited to a very special STEM themed event staged at a theater complex adjacent to North Charleston City Hall.

Students arrived by the bus load to an expo style event in the theater lobby where local STEM professionals from NUCOR, Google, SPAWAR, and others set up table top displays. The professionals shared the good news about high demand, high wage careers available right here in the Charleston region!

By 10AM, five theaters were full of excited students and the acclaimed movie Hidden Figures had begun. The wonderfully produced movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit around the earth, and his successful return.

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This was not the first Hidden Figures movie event orchestrated by local STEM Champions Ms. Radia HeywarMs. Anishi Scott, and Ms. Jenna Richardson. With the encouragement of their employers, Ms. Heyward, Ms. Richardson, and Ms. Scott had staged an earlier event on a Saturday that was a huge success with hundreds attending.

Boeing SC Leader Joan Robinson-BerryWhen the movie finished, and while many eyes were still wet with emotion, the lights came up and students were treated to a panel discussion with local professionals like Ms. Joan Robinson-Berry, site leader and lead executive in charge at Boeing South Carolina in North Charleston and Mr. KaMar Galloway, local leader of Google’s CS First computer science program. Not only was the powerful movie discussed, but also the pathway available to students today and the career opportunities that await them in the fast growing Charleston economy.

Thanks to generous support from the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, students were awarded prizes in each theater when they answered questions about the movie correctly.

Students were treated to chicken sandwiches and pizza as they exited the theater thanks in part to the generous support from the City of North Charleston, including volunteers from the police and other departments. By 1:30 PM, the students had all departed.

Participating schools from Charleston County School District included: 

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  2. R B Stall HS
  3. Academic Magnet HS
  4. St. Johns HS
  5. Baptist Hill MHS
  6. Septima P. Clark Academy
  7. Garrett Academy of Technology
  8. West Ashley HS
  9. James Simons EMS
  10. Orange Grove MS
  11. James Island MS
  12. Jerry Zucker MS
  13. CE Williams MS
  14. Montessori Community School
  15. Cario MS
  16. West Ashley MS
  17. Deer Park MS

Over 250 students from Berkeley County Schools also attended.

Special thanks to everyone that made this event possible, especially Ms. Rita Scott and the NYC African American Business Leaders Fund for the movie tickets, City of North Charleston for lunch support, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association for their support of prizes and other supplies for the event.

Read more from Live 5 News: http://www.live5news.com/story/34454797/berkeley-and-charleston-students-to-see-movie-hidden-figures.Volunteers for Hidden Figures Event

 

 

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Over 100 CCSD Culinary Students Attend Hospitality Career Fair Hosted by College of Charleston

On February 6th, students and faculty from the College of Charleston Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosted an amazing career fair at the TD Arena on Meeting Street.

Over 100 students from CCSD culinary arts programs attended. Paula Miller from SMG, the worlds largest operator of coliseums and convention centers, including ours in N. Charleston, shared a terrific lecture on soft skills, including best practices for resumes, interviews, and post interview follow up. She also shared proper communication etiquette.

After Ms. Miller’s presentation, students got to enjoy a special box lunch and then walk around to visit 40+ local colleges, restaurants, hotels, and attraction vendors seeking interns and employees.

Participating CCSD Schools included: St. Johns High School, Wando High School, Garrett Academy of Technology and North Charleston High School.

“For our high school students to get to participate in this event and hear from a soft skills expert was tremendous”, said Chef Twaler who brought his Wando High School culinary students to the event.

Thanks to all the local companies and colleges that participated, and thanks to Jeremy Clement, Wayne Smith, and all the faculty, volunteers and students from College of Charleston for including CCSD students in this event.

 

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700+ Students and Parents Attend Youth Apprenticeships Information Night

Thanks to all the students and parents that attended the information session on our region’s Youth Apprenticeship opportunities on February 2 at Trident Technical College. Attendees got to hear about youth apprenticeships available in 15 career pathways from over 100 local companies!

Over 100 employers in the Charleston region are offering rising high school juniors, seniors, and graduating seniors the opportunity to Get Paid to Learn as youth apprentices.

Youth apprentices will receive paid on-the-job training along with classroom instruction as dual-credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies.

Thanks to the support of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, students in the youth apprenticeship program receive a scholarship worth approximately $6000 to cover all tuition and costs for apprenticeship-related college courses at TTC.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following local careers:

  •      Industrial Mechanics
  •      Machine Tool Technology
  •      Culinary Arts
  •      Hotel Operations
  •      EMT (open only to rising and graduating seniors)
  •      CNA/Pre-Nursing
  •      Medical Office Assistant
  •      Computer Networking
  •      Junior Computer Programming
  •      Cyber-security
  •      Civil CAD Technician
  •      Automotive Mechanic
  •      Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/HVAC
  •      Bookkeeping/Pre-Accounting
  •      Security/Pre-Law Enforcement *

* In South Carolina, law enforcement officers must be at least 21 years of age. This apprenticeship equips students for employment as private security officers, and prepares them to continue their education and training at the police academy.

Students who participate in and complete the two-year program will receive:

  •      Two years of paid employment and mentoring from an industry professional
  •      A high school diploma (if not already granted)
  •      One year of college credit from TTC free of charge
  •      A completion certificate for coursework that may be applied to an associate degree
  •      National credentials from the U.S. Department of Labor
  •      Two years of work experience
  •      Marketable skills for life

Youth Apprenticeship Participation Requirements

  •      To be eligible for a youth apprenticeship, a student must:
  •      Be a rising junior, senior or graduating senior
  •      Be at least 16 years of age
  •      Achieve qualifying ACCUPLACER Placement Test scores*
  •      Demonstrate academic readiness and responsibility
  •      Have reliable transportation to work and to school
  •      Be legally able to work in the U.S.

To start the application process, students must complete and submit all sections of the Youth Apprenticeship Application Packet, including proof of qualifying placement test scores. To schedule an appointment at the TTC Testing Center, call 843.574.6410.

For more information or for the application package, please visit this website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm

 

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Begin Spring Internship with Lowcountry Food Bank

Four students in Chef Kimberly Ortego’s culinary arts program at Military Magnet Academy have started their spring semester internships at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

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“We’re so thankful to partner with the Food Bank again this year for internships” said Military Magnet Academy’s CTE Department Chairperson Amy Brunson.

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Chef Kim Ortego also expressed her thanks for the Lowcountry Food Bank offering this excellent work-based learning opportunity for her students saying, “The experience they’re getting through this internship will be an asset for the rest of their lives!”

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Thank you to all that made this terrific experiential learning opportunity possible for these 4 MMA students.

 

 

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AT&T Retail Store hosts students from R. B. Stall High School’s DECA Student Organization

R. B. Stall High School’s DECA adviser Michael Breedlove provided the following account of his students’ recent work-based learning visit to a local AT&T retail store:

“We had 11 DECA students attend, and were greeted by a host of AT&T employees and the staff of the local retail store.  Students were given a hands on tour of the store working with staff as they helped customers with issues and questions. Students were briefed on the behind the scenes workings of a AT&T retail store.  They also got to meet an AT&T partner that provided some of their equipment. The outing ended with a group luncheon at Smokey Bones.”

Thank you to all the professionals from AT&T that invested their time and talent in these DECA students from R. B. Stall High School!

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6 Baptist Hill High School Students Begin Spring Internships with Stevens Towing

st-logosYonges Island, SC – January 18, 2017 – Six students from Baptist Hill Middle High School began their spring semester internship today with Stevens Towing.

They will be working at the industrial marine yard this semester and gaining valuable experience in welding, rigging and mechanical repair.

Thanks to the team at Stevens Towing for welcome these interns!

Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for their assistance with this wonderful partnership!

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