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.
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!
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.
Student 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 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!
Students showing off their award after the event with their coaches: Eva Stratos, SAIL Teacher, BHES and Heath Olinger, Boeing SC Volunteer.
Thank you to the Venture Aerobearings team for hosting 40+ 7th graders from Mr. John Shell’s pre-engineering program at C E Williams Middle School in West Ashley for a site visit to their lean & clean manufacturing facility.
This work-based learning experience was divided into two days to serve over 40 students –
One group visited on Nov. 2 and another visited on Nov. 3.
Opportunities provided by Venture Aerobearings associates during the students’ visit included:
- Learning about employment opportunities with the company
- Understanding how the manufacturing process works
- Exposing students to state of the art machines used to create
- Relating classroom experiences with real world job experiences by using CAD Design to create usable working 3-D models
- Competing with classmates in a team building exercise using STEM skills as well as 21st Century Skills to create a bridge model
Students got to meet with several industrial technicians and engineers to discuss the pathways to a career in manufacturing. They also got an extensive tour of the manufacturing floor.
“My students were completely engaged the entire time; we will reference this experience many many times in our classroom”, said Mr. Shell about the visit.