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Teams from 3 CCSD High Schools Compete in Inaugural “Build A Shed” Competition

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural Build A Shed Competition for students in Charleston County School District, Berkeley County School District, and Dorchester District 2 on April 27, 2018. The event was staged at the Exchange Park fairgrounds in Ladson.

3 schools from Charleston County School District participated in the construction themed competition: Wando High School, R.B. Stall High School, and Charleston County School of the Arts.

The goal of the competition was to highlight the high demand jobs in the Architecture & Construction Career System.

All participating students earned their OSHA 10 Certification in preparation for the build day event.

Through the building competition process students had opportunities to work directly with local professionals in the construction industry. Special thanks to

Check out this link for a full recap from the Charleston Metro Chamber on the event! This truly was  a fantastic work-based learning opportunity for our students! Special thanks to ABC Carolinas for their support and leadership in cooperation with the chamber for this event!

At the end of the competition, overall awards were given to

–    1st Place: Fort Dorchester High School

–    2nd Place: R.B. Stall High School

–    3rd place: Wando High School

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Lambs Elementary Students Assist City of Charleston with Food Pantry Project

Students from Lambs Elementary School had the opportunity to assist professionals from the City of Charleston Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, & Families with a service learning project.  Students assembled bags of food for the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project.

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Youth Apprenticeship Success – West Ashley HS Graduate Stephen Maddy’s Pathway to Employment with City of Charleston IT Department

Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeships logoStephen Maddy, a 2017 graduate of the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, was hired by the City of Charleston as a Computer Networking youth apprentice in 2015.

He graduated West Ashley High School in 2016 and has worked full time since March 2017 as a PC Support Technician with the City of Charleston.Stephen Maddy Named Technology Champion of the Year (1)

Stephen was recently promoted to Network Engineer. The announcement about his promotion came from Wes Ratterree, Chief Information Officer for the City of Charleston, Department of Information Technology:

“Stephen was competing with candidates who possessed bachelor and master’s degrees. Stephen knew he didn’t have those qualifications, but because of the experience he acquired through the youth apprenticeship, he decided to apply anyway. Also, because of his outstanding work ethic, he was eventually chosen as the most qualified candidate for the position. And that promotion came with a $20K annual salary increase from his previous position”, said Ratterree.

Stephen plans stephen maddy to continue his education at the College of Charleston to pursue a baccalaureate degree in computer science. Because of the youth apprenticeship program, together with some need-based grants, Stephen was able to go to college at Trident. Without the opportunity offered through the Charleston Regional Youth Apprenticeship program, the professional success he has attained so early in his career would not have been possible, and higher education would have been beyond his financial reach.

Thanks to Ellen Kaufman, Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator at Trident Technical College for sharing this success story!

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St. Johns HS Seniors Empowered with Financial Literacy & Life Skills Workshops

Thanks to a partnerships with Next Steps of South Carolina and Wells Fargo, seniors from St. Johns High School participated in a week of workshops to help prepare students for their upcoming adventures into the world of college and career. IMG_0995

Professionals from Wells Fargo led financial literacy sessions focused on budgeting, investing, the dangers of credit and debt, FAFSA, importance of saving and properly using checking accounts.

Volunteers from Next Steps of SC covered resume writing, interviewing skills, life skills, community assistance resources and important documents needed for “adulting” (birth certificate, social security cards, etc.).

IMG_0993“The students were thankful to have the opportunity to learn about and discuss these valuable real world skills with the community volunteers”, said Niki Smith, the Career Specialists at St. Johns HS.

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West Ashley HS Students Learn from Local Professionals at Annual Career Fair

IMG_4716 IMG_4714Students in 9th and 10th grade at West Ashley High School recently got the chance to meet local professionals from a variety of career pathways during the school’s annual Career Fair.

Each Career and Technology Education Program of Study at the school was featured during the event. Representatives from local companies and colleges spoke with students at their tables during the event.  

Students also enjoyed classroom discussions led by the visiting professionals. Mr. Jenkins welcomed Mr. Green from KIZ Studios, a local video game design company to his Game Design & Development class. IMG_4713

Mr. Green described his industry and the strong career prospects in the Charleston region for programming, networking, and cyber security professionals. There are Youth Apprenticeships in these areas that students can participate in prior to graduation from high school!

Thank you to the following local businesses that invested their time in this event:IMG_0115

  • Chick-fil-A
  • Publix
  • Zaxby’s
  • KIZ Studios
  • Select Physical Therapy
  • STEM Premier
  • Live for Wellness Chiropractor
  • Google
  • Charleston RiverDogs
  • SC Ports Authority

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  • Paul Mitchell School
  • Trident Technical College
  • American College of the Building Arts
  • Charleston Southern University
  • Art Institute of Charleston
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Citadel
  • College of Charleston

Check out these additional pictures from the event – Thanks to all that made it possible for our students!

Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Students Brings Home 1st Place in Chili Cook Off Event

​​IMG_0245Military Magnet Academy student Camren Budzynski placed 1st place this past weekend in a Chili Cook Off contest. He prepared his chili that he made for his final exam in Culinary Arts.

His fellow MMA students gave him rave reviews when they tried it, so he decided to enter the recipe in the contest and came away with first place!  He knows that being a great cook goes along with being a firefighter! The event was sponsored by the St. Joseph Church.  Camren is a junior firefighter and named his Chili- Fireman’s Chili.
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Culinary Arts Students from Military Magnet Academy Visit Culinary Institute of Charleston

Chef Kimberly Ortego, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy arranged for 21 culinary arts students to visit the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College’s Rivers Avenue campus on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Participating MMA students got to tour of the culinary labs and classrooms, and were treated to a cooking demonstration on proper knife skills by Chef Ward Morgan.  In addition, students had the opportunity to experience Relish Restaurant, the TTC dining room lab and enjoy beef bourguignon, caesar salad, and various desserts prepared by TTC Culinary Students and hosted by Chef Donald Barickman.

Chef Oretgo said, “The Trident Tech team is amazing, and the students were wowed by the whole experience, but the highlight of the visit was a presentation of  $250 scholarships to 4 of our students that volunteered with a CIC fundraising event that took place on Friday January 26th!”

Latavia Colimon, Ja’Nyshia Lewis Johnson, Heather Washington, and Isaiah Ford volunteered, working in the kitchen, plating food for the patrons of the “Night in the Valley” fundraiser that raised almost $500,000 in one night for Trident Tech students and programs.

“Our students felt very appreciated for their efforts to support the recent fundraising event” said Chef Ortego.

The students were also invited to shadow college classes during their upcoming Spring Break and work right alongside other CIC students in the culinary labs!

“Thank you to that made this opportunity for our students possible! It was truly a great opportunity for them!” Chef Ortego added.

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Military Magnet Academy Students Gain Valuable Experience at FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics State Championship

002Congratulations to the RoboEagles FIRST Robotics Team #7021 on their participation in the FTC State Championship that was held at Gaffney High School, February 2-3, 2018. The RoboEagles placed 17 out of 22 in the state-wide event.

076The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

035The FIRST mission, along with Military Magnet Academy’s mission of achieving academic excellence, to develop citizenship and to promote self-discipline in a military environment, go hand-in-hand.

RoboEagles FTC Team #7021 Coach Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark said, ” I’d like to give a special thank you to TSgt White, and Mrs. Sally-Ann Archice who helped make this amazing experience possible for our students!”

“​Let’s give it up for our FIRST Tech Robotics Team #7021 RoboEagles!! We are true leaders of the 21st Century!” Ms. Ferrette-Clark added.

 

 

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Baptist Hill MHS Students Complete Welding Internship with Stevens Towing Shipyard in Yonges Island

DSCN5626Students from Baptist Hill Middle High School in Hollywood recently completed their welding internships at Stevens Towing shipyard.  The interns studied pertinent vocabulary, math and measurement, safety compliance, and proper use of hand and power tools in addition to basic techniques in SMAW “Stick” and GMAW “MIG” welding.  Structured with a duality of classroom instruction and hands-on practice in the shipyard, the curriculum is based on the SC Standards for Welding Technology I and II.  

DSCN5644William Holmes, a graduate of Baptist Hill High School and retired supervisor at Stevens Towing instructs the interns in welding, using a grinder, and oxy-fuel cutting.  Additionally, guest speakers cover topics such as OSHA safety standards, fire fighting, 401Ks, and artistic welding.   

Opportunities for learning are everywhere in the shipyard.  Interns observe a myriad of activity DSCN5610such as a barge being blasted and repaired, a tugboat being drydocked, or a hatch cover being fabricated.  The outdoor classroom is located in the center of the shipyard surrounded by all of the activity. It is an exciting place to learn and ameliorate their job skills.

st-logosVery special thanks to Stevens Towing Shipyard for hosting another cohort of students for this amazing work-based learning opportunity this school year!

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Military Magnet Academy Alumnus Returns to Speak with CTE Students about Entrepreneurship

MMA 1January 26, 2018 – Charleston, SC – This morning, a former Military Magnet Academy student, DeQuan Washington visited and spoke with students in Ms. Amy Brunson’s class. DeQuan attended MMA 6 years ago and since, he has graduated from college and owns a business – True Hospitality Partners LLC, out of Atlanta, GA.MMA 2
Mr. Washington’s consulting business deals with revenue management for hotels throughout the U.S. and Canada. He shared with students how his week started with a client in Toronto and is ending in SC. He explained how he uses everything he learned in our business courses on a daily basis. In addition, he shared how everything his former MMS teacher Sgt. Mitchell taught him in ROTC – such as character, integrity, being truthful, going by the book, not cutting corners and being respectful – are aspects he applies to his business daily.
He ended his discussion by encouraging the students to reach for the stars and remember that the little things matter.
Special thanks to Mr. Washington for investing in the students at his former high school, Military Magnet Academy.