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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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West Ashley HS Students Compete at Technology Student Association State Event

Technology Student Association LogoStudents from West Ashley High School recently participated in the annual state competition event for Technology Student Association (TSA).

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service.

West Ashley HS TSA adviser Robert Stone said “This year’s state conference was a success. We competed in both the CO2 Dragsters and Future Technology Teacher events.”

“One of our team members, Matt Baumgardner placed 3rd in the state for the Future Technology Teacher category. This was awesome considering it’s only our first year as a TSA chapter”, added Mr. Stone. In the Future Technology Teacher category, competing students investigate technology education preparation programs in higher education and test their potential as a future technology educator.

Thank you Mr. Stone for sharing this CTE Student Success Story, and congratulation Matt on your well deserved trophy – It’s wonderful that you’re preparing for a career working as a STEM Educator!

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Nail Technology Students from West Ashley High School Showcase their Designs

Ms. Helen Shepherd shared these samples of the creative work her students are doing in the Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School.

Students can earn their Nail Technician license in this CTE Program.

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Thanks to Ms. Shepherd for sharing the excellent work of her students Kasey Cunningham, Kinsley Kemp, Elisa Dillon, Em Dinh, and Lindsey Clarkson.

 

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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 in Computer Science Class at Military Magnet Academy Learn About Networking from Local ECPI University Professor

Ms. Ferrette-Clark’s Exploring Computer Science students at Military Magnet Academy recently enjoyed a lesson on network cabling from a representative from ECPI University.

IMG_6490IMG_6489 “Mr. Powers from ECPI had my students fully engaged in creating CAT5 network cables”, said Ms. Ferrette-Clark.  Thanks to Mr. Powers for investing his time in the Exploring Computer Science class at Military Magnet Academy. IMG_6497 IMG_6495
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AT&T Store Hosts Marketing and Entrepreneurship Students from R. B. Stall High School

Students in Mr. Michael Breedlove’s Marketing and Entrepreneurship classes at R. B. Stall HS recently visited an AT&T  retail store for work-based learning experiences.IMG_0349

Students had the opportunity to see the different positions at the retail store and how they interact with other divisions of AT&T.

Students also got valuable suggestions on how to deliver anti-cyber-bullying materials to middle school students. IMG_0350 Thanks to the professionals at AT&T for welcoming these students for this valuable work-based learning experience.

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Wando Graduate and CTE Completer in Horticulture Lands Job Caring for MLB Seattle Mariners Turf

Katie Donohoe, Horticulture Teacher at Wando High School shared this wonderful CTE Success Story about one of her recent graduates:

Dylan Gress has already compiled quite a resume since graduating from Wando HS as a CTE Completer in horticulture.

As a member of the Horry-Georgetown Tech Turf Management Program, he helped maintain the Coastal Carolina baseball team’s field.

When the baseball team recently won the NCAA National Championship at the College World Series, Dylan was among the staff members that received a College World Series Champion Ring!
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And, he’s just landed a new turf management job with the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball!

We are very proud of Dylan and all his success!

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Stevens Towing Providing On-the-Job Training in Welding for Baptist Hill MHS Spring Interns

st-logosStudents from Baptist Hill Middle High School are receiving on-the-job training in welding as a part of their spring semester internship program with Stevens Towing in Yonges Island. 

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Huge thanks to all the professionals at Stevens Towing that are mentoring these young men in this terrific work-based learning partnership!