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St. Johns High Announces 17 Student Professional Certifications in the Hospitality and Tourism Program

Johns Island, SC — St. Johns High School is honored to announce that 17 students enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism Program earned their Guest Service Professional Certification from the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute.

In addition to the classroom training that began in October, students in the Hospitality and Tourism Program have benefited from visits for training at Kiawah Island Resort and additional professional development training from representatives at Charleston County Parks and Recreation, Trident Technical College, and Palmetto Community Action Partnership.

St. Johns High is honored to recognize the following students for their accomplishment:

  1. Angel Arriaga
  2. Ahleah Bonneau
  3. Latisha Cuthberth
  4. James Grant
  5. Emoni Mack
  6. Jailah Mack
  7. Essence Middleton
  8. Alexander Salgado
  9. Curtis Smith
  10. Sole Stanley
  11. Jamara Tillmon
  12. Talaisha A. Wright
  13. Daneisha Gladden
  14. Khamil Green
  15. Tyleah Legare
  16. I’muniqe McDade
  17. Angelica Zamudio

For more information about the American Hotel & Lodging Education Institute’s Certified Guest Service Professional program, visit https://www.ahlei.org/Programs/Guest-Service-Gold%C2%AE/.

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Students Thriving in School of the Arts Internships Program

15 students from Charleston County School of the Arts are working in work-based learning internships aligned with their career interests. Each student works a minimum of 120 hours and turns in a weekly journal on their experiences along with other assignments to to their Teacher of Record Ms.Cherie Godwin.

Special thanks to Mr. Bill Smyth, a recently retired teacher at School of the Arts, for continuing to facilitate the internship program he helped establish at the school.

On the value of the internship program at SOA, Smyth said, “I wish all students this age had an internship. I think it would make the world of difference in their lives. School subjects would be more meaningful. Students would begin to focus on a career path. Students would get practical experience in work they’re interested in.”

Companies hosting SOA student interns this year include:

9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Ascue’s Auto Body and Paint Shop
Charleston City Paper
Charleston Community Sailing
Charleston Museum
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
Creative Edge Dance Center
Gibbes Museum of Art
MUSC Nursing
MUSC Pharmaceutical Research
MUSC Radiology Dept.
MUSC Regenerative Medicine
Post and Courier
Roper St. Francis Hospital West Ashley

Thanks to all the host companies, the students and their families, and the wonderful faculty at Charleston County School of the Arts for supporting this terrific work-based learning program!

 

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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit Ascue’s Auto Body & Collision Center

December 14, 2017 – North Charleston, SC – Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education class at Daniel Jenkins Academy got to visit Ascue’s Auto Body to explore career opportunities today.bmw-repair
Students got to see first hand how the professionals at Ascue’s prepare and properly mix paint for their repair work. Students also got to see how to replace bumpers and how to ensure the hood and bumpers area balanced. Then, students saw a demonstration on how to tell the difference in the material used to make hoods.
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The business aspect of the shop was also discussed, including the how to organize a repair and how to estimate each part of the whole repair job for maximum efficiency.tools-introduction
“My students truly enjoyed our visit the auto repair shop today. Thanks to Mr. Craig Ascue and his terrific team for ensuring my students got so many hands-on learning opportunities.” said Ms. Hamm about the visit.welding-metal
Thanks to everyone that made this work-based learning opportunity possible today for students from Daniel Jenkins Academy. 

 

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Burke High School Culinary Students Meet Professionals from Starbucks Coffee Company for Mock Interviews and More

Students in Chef Ira Hill’s and Chef April Mazyck’s Culinary Arts program at Burke High School recently enjoyed a very special visit from senior leaders within the Starbucks Coffee organization.

After completing regional meetings with store managers from North and South Carolina, over a dozen professionals generously gave their time and talents building important relationships with high school students studying to prepare for the ever growing hospitality & tourism workforce needs of our region.

Students enjoyed hearing the varied background of each of the professionals, including their educational and career pathways. Then, one by one, the students shared their plans for career and college.

Students then led tours of the new culinary arts space at Burke HS, and the visiting professionals were amazed at the resources available for instruction.

To wrap up the visit, students were paired with Starbucks professionals for mock interviews and one on one discussion.

The relationship was sparked after a fortuitous meeting between Mr. Daron Calhoun from College of Charleston’s Race and Social Justice Initiative at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Robert Fleming, District Manager with Starbucks Coffee Company.

Thanks to all that made this experience possible for Burke High School students.

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Garrett Academy of Technology Pre-Engineering Students Visit Clemson Energy Innovation Center

Students in Ms. Aisha Jeffrey’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering class at Garrett Academy of Technology enjoyed a Structured Field Study experience at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston this week.

They toured the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center and wind turbine testing facility, and got to visit the brand new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning experience possible for these future engineers!

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Wando HS and Burke HS Students Visit Bulls Island for “Over the Horizon” Experience

Charleston, SC – November 16, 2016 – 15 students from Burke High School boarded their activity bus early on a foggy Wednesday morning with their chaperones. It didn’t take long for their bus to arrive at the first stop for the day, Wando High School.

The 15 students from Burke HS were introduced to 15 students from Wando HS, and after getting to know each other a little bit over breakfast, the whole group boarded the activity bus to ride up 17 North to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

When the bus arrived at Garris Landing to meet their Coastal Expeditions ferryboat, students piled off and grabbed the coolers full of the provisions for the day’s trip to Bulls Island.

These 30 students were chosen by their teachers to participate in a very special structured field study called Over the Horizon.

The idea for the trip was conceived over 5 years ago by a small group of Charlestonians for their Riley Institute Diversity Leadership in Action project, and has endured thanks to several original members’ support. The trip’s focus centers around ensuring high school students understand the value of biological and cultural diversity.

Students got to visit historic sites, walk the famous Bulls Island Boneyard Beach, see many, many alligators, and enjoy lunch at the Dominick House, the island’s only dwelling originally built in the 1920’s as a family hunting cabin. On the beach students participated in team building exercise and had time to explore and collect shells.

The island visit ended with a lively lecture on Gullah culture and the art of sweetgrass basket sewing by local legend Ms. Vera Manigault.

The boat ride back to Garris Landing seemed quick as the group reviewed the day’s events and exchanged contact information to stay in touch.

Two principals from high schools in Horry County participated in the trip and plan to replicate the program in their region.

Huge thanks to Brian Wells for his continued leadership and generous support of the Over the Horizon project. And, thanks to Tricia Midgett, Visitor Services Manager at Cape Romain NWR, the amazing team at Coastal Expeditions, Ms. Vera Manigault, all the volunteers, and the educators and students from Wando and Burke high schools for making it another excellent experience for all involved.

 

 

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West Ashley HS Student Enjoying 4th Grade Classroom Work-based Learning Assignment at Ashley River Creative Arts

West Ashley High School student Margaret Davis Huggins is enjoying her fall internship placement at Ashley River Creative Arts. img_0320She has excelled in her internship with Mrs. Lisa Trott, a 4th grade teacher. She even led a recent lesson on the history of the Macy’s parade in the class and had the students create and decorate their own balloon!
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Margaret assists in Mrs. Trott’s classroom two days each week and then works to create marketing activities for DECA the other three days each week. “She is truly maximizing the work-based learning opportunities she has been given this semester,” said her Work-based Learning teacher Ms. Pennekamp.
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Palmetto Goodwill Empowers Burke High School Students with Professionalism Training

img_2682Student in Ms. Amanda Dukes’ Computer Technology program at Burke High School recently visited Palmetto Goodwill in North Charleston.

“Manish Mazyck, Director of Workforce Development at Goodwill, and her team gave us an interesting & “real talk” presentation about professionalism in the workplace and in job interviews” Ms. Dukes said of their visit.

“She showed the various ways Goodwill can help job seekers prepare & train, and gave us a tour of the facilities.” Ms. Dukes added.

The students were thrilled that Goodwill also provided each of them with $35 vouchers to shop for professional attire in the Goodwill Shop. Students left with some great finds, and plan to use them in their  mock interviews with Mount Pleasant Waterworks coming up soon.
“The students and I think this was an invaluable experience, and one that will definitely help them in the long run”, Ms. Dukes said of their visit. Thanks to the Palmetto Goodwill team for all they do for our community!
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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Construction Site of Sk8 Charleston, New Skateboarding Park

On November 10th, students in Mr. Stone’s and Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Project Lead the Way Pre-engineering program at West Ashley High School got to participate in a Structured Field Study at the construction site for the new Sk8 Charleston skateboarding park.  The students were very thankful to get to wear their hard hats donated by Charleston Water Systems.
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“The engineering project manager that hosted the students at the site said she enjoyed being with such an enthusiastic group, a nice compliment for these future engineers.”  said Dr. Leonard.  “On behalf of myself, Mr. Stone and all of our students at West Ashley High School, we truly appreciate the many people that donated their time and materials to make this work-based learning opportunity possible”, added Dr. Leonard.
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Belle Hall Elementary’s BrainBots FIRST Lego Team Advancing to SC East State Championship

The Belle Hall BrainBots recently competed at the FIRST Lego League Berkeley Qualifier and brought home the first place award for Best Robot Design.

They also placed in the top four teams and earned the right to move forward to the South Carolina East State Championship that takes place in January!​

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Front row L-R:  Jay Mirman (5th grade- BHE), Conner Li (4th grade BHE), Charlotte Halford (5th grade, BHE)
Back Row L-R:  Ariana Lane (6th grade- Moultrie), Connor Kizer (5th grade, BHE), Claudia Mendez (5th grade, BHE), Allie-Grace Cross (5th grade- BHE), Sam Henshaw (6th grade, Moultrie), Jacob Olinger (5th grade, BHE)

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Students showing off their award after the event with their coaches: Eva Stratos, SAIL Teacher, BHES and Heath Olinger, Boeing SC Volunteer.