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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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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.

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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!