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West Ashley HS Culinary Arts Students Prepare Lunch for CTE Department Chairs Meeting

Students in Jason Wheless’ culinary arts program at West Ashley High School prepared and served a tasty lunch to Career and Technology Education Department Chairs from schools throughout the district.

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The menu included homemade chicken salad, croissants, pasta salad, fruit, and green salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed iced tea complimented the meal perfectly, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and espresso brownies were served for dessert.

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Thank you to Chef Wheless and his amazing students for a wonderful lunch!

And, thanks to the amazing CTE department chairs for all their hard work ensuring their school’s equipment requests are properly submitted for the local plan!

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St. Johns HS Partners with Local Architecture, Construction & Engineering (ACE) Professionals for Visit to Historic Preservation Worksite

ACE Program focuses on Architecture, Construction Management and Structural Engineering

Students from St. Johns High School recently took a tour of a live historic renovation project located at 1 Broad Street in downtown Charleston.Mr. Darwin Shorters and his students interacted with the Project Manager and the HVAC Engineer in addition to other contract workers on site.
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Students were lucky enough to meet the Project Owner who happen to stop by the project. The students enjoyed learning about the history of the building and all the pros and cons to working on a renovation project of a historical building as opposed to work on a completely new build project. The history lesson included a story about the hole in the flooring on the second floor along with some charring of wood beams resulting from a cannon ball during one of the many siege events on the peninsula of Charleston.

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The renovation project  included removing a vault from the building that previously housed a bank. The students also explored a very unique hand craft roof system from the 1800’s.
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Lastly, the students were able to have a little design time on their own project plan with the ACE mentors,  and left with a new project of their own.  In the next 3 weeks the students will sketch (architecture), develop construction timelines and budget (construction management), as well as complete the load calculation (structure engineering) for a Mobile Survival Shelter to help the homeless.
The presentation of this project will be given during the Annual Banquet May 17 at the Woolfe St. Playhouse 6:00 PM with Mayor Tecklenburg as the keynote speaker.

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Future Scientists from Baptist Hill MHS Visit High Purity Standards Science Labs

A group of future chemists and bio-engineers from Baptist Hill Middle High School recently enjoyed a facility tour of High Purity Standards, a regional manufacturer of basic elements used in a wide range of applications.

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Thanks to Connie Hayes and her wonderful HPS staff for hosting these students for a rare visit to a working laboratory.

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North Charleston HS Culinary Program Hosts West Ashley HS ProStart Competition Practice

The North Charleston High School’s culinary arts program recently hosted a practice event for the West Ashley High School ProStart team that will soon head to Dallas, Texas to compete in the ProStart 2016 National Competition.

Chef Jason Wheless and his state champion WAHS ProStart team ran through their entire process of food prep and plating. Chef Bill Twaler from Wando’s Culinary Arts program was also on hand to offer support and guidance.

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North Charleston HS culinary students are excited to start their competition journey next year at the regional event. They all volunteered to help clean the kitchen after the event.”It was an awesome day for our students, and an experience they will not soon forget”, said Chef Cindi Welsh who leads the NCHS Culinary Arts program.

“We are very thankful – This practice will help our team immensely as we look to bring home a ProStart national championship!” said Chef Wheless.

Thanks to Doug OFlaherty with South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association for organizing the opportunity for WAHS to practice prior to their trip!

 

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Students Meet Local Professionals at Lincoln Middle High School Career Fair

Students in grades 6 through 12 from Lincoln Middle High School enjoyed spending time Tuesday, March 22 with local business professionals from a wide range of career pathways at the school’s annual Career Fair.

Thanks to everyone that made this terrific event possible for Lincoln Middle High School students!

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CCSD Students Excel at SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

Over 130 students from throughout Charleston competed in the 2016 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event.

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CCSD Schools included:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Haut Gap MS
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • Military Magnet MS
  • Morningside MS
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

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Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered the keynote message before the competition began.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours.

Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA

CCSD K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Rodney Moore led the planning efforts and day of event coordination for this event.

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event.

 

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MUSC Hosts Campus Visit and Career Fair for Lowcountry High School Students

Charleston, SC – March 4, 2016 – Hundreds of students from throughout the Charleston region were invited to visit the Medical University of South Carolina for an event called “Discover MUSC – from Classroom to Career”.

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The students were treated to an opening informational session, a large career fair with interactive exhibits and professionals from well known and lesser known components of MUSC’s “city within a city.”

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“My students loved the hands-on opportunities to see things like a real human brain and spinal cord, and my students also enjoyed learning about the diverse range of non-medical professions MUSC needs to serve our community,” said Lucia Watson, Health Science Instructor a Garrett Academy of Technology.

Participating CCSD schools included:

  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS
  • Lincoln MHS
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Burke HS

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After the career fair held in the MUSC Wellness Center gym, the students were split into small groups with an MUSC student guide and treated to a campus tour followed by a lunch and learn session with leading physicians. One presentation was on modern dentistry and the amazing tools and software used at MUSC to create same day crowns and veneers. Another presentation was on the fast growing field of tele-medicine, providing healthcare remotely in real-time.

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To conclude the terrific day of experiential learning, students participated in a wrap-up session and had the chance to win prize packages full of MUSC swag.

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The day was truly an ideal experience for students considering a profession in health care and the many other supporting career pathways at MUSC.

Thanks to the many generous professionals at MUSC for investing their time in local students, and thanks to the Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Health Advisory Board for Career Academies for their important role in facilitating the event.

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West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Host Students from Baptist Hill MHS for Salon Day

Recently, students in the Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School  hosted students from Baptist Hill MHS for a “salon day”.
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All the visiting students enjoyed the salon and then got to tour other additional WAHS Career and Technology programs. They drove robots, looked at airplanes, and snacked with Culinary students!

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Enjoy Professionals’ Tour of Ravenel Bridge

Local professionals from several engineering firms, all members of the West Ashley High School STEM Advisory Board, recently led Dr. Barbara Leonard’s students on a special tour of the Ravenel Bridge of the Cooper River. Tyler talking to Steven

“The Ravenel Bridge Walk, led by engineers who specialize in building and inspecting the bridge, was the highlight of Engineers Week,” said Dr. Leonard.Group on the bridge

“Seeing the bridge through the eyes of these knowledgeable engineers was an opportunity for the PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture students to experience firsthand the connection of their lessons at school to a world-class project of incredible magnitude,” Dr. Leonard added.

Entire Group under the Bridge

 

Special thanks for these excellent pictures to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS 

 

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Fashion Design Students from School of the Arts Get “Hand’s On” at Vapor Apparel

Fashion’s Future is in Creative Hands

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Historic Navy Yard, North Charleston, SC: The future of fashion is digital. While historical design and decorating processes will continue to be used, it is digital technologies and just-in-time printing that are the fastest growing parts of fashion today.IMG_2627

These technologies were on display for Caroline Baker’s costume and fashion design class from the Charleston County School of the Arts. She brought her high school students to spend the morning learning about the business of fashion at Vapor Apparel. “We had a real world conversation about how innovation and clothing design connect to create profit.” says Christopher Bernat, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel. “It was great to help the students make the connection to real business applications and their skill sets.”

The students spent time talking about trends in the business of clothing. One of the dominant themes was the exponential growth in online sales and mass customization of creative contents to maximize revenue. After round-table discussions, the students were given hands on access to many of today’s digital print platforms including sublimation and direct-to-garment printing for cotton. The students got a lesson in the science of the technologies they were seeing in action.

“Our students were introduced to the “wow factor” of digital textile production today,” says SOA Instructor Caroline Baker. “Nothing gets young creatives excited like a hand’s on experience in a dynamic company.”

“It is a privilege to share digital printing and sublimation technology with these great students, many of them for the first time.” Says Todd Hirshman, Art Director at Vapor Apparel. He went on to say that Vapor Apparel is committed to the development of these skills here in the Low Country and looks forward to working with the School of the Arts and other educational institutions in the area.IMG_2637

Founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 2004, Vapor Apparel is the industry leader in customizable performance apparel. The company is head quartered in Charleston, SC with manufacturing operations in Union, SC. Vapor Apparel is recognized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Impressions Magazine, Wearables magazine, and the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) for award winning product development, print quality and a commitment to innovation in the apparel industry.

Story by Christopher Bernat with Vapor Apparel