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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston Hosts 2 Career Exploration Camps for CCSD High School Students

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Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston (CAC.C) hosted two very special week long career camps this summer for students considering a career in architecture. These two camps allowed twice the number of students to attend this summer after a very successful pilot camp last summer. 

A total of 23 CCSD high school students completed the 2018 Architecture Career Summer Academy.  The first of the week long camps targeted rising freshmen and sophomores,  and the second week targeted rising juniors and seniors.IMG_5184

“The program was enormously well received by the students.” said Ray Huff, Director of the CAC.C.  Prof. David Pastre, assisted by Ms. Roxann Phillips from Garrett Academy of Technology, coordinated the two one-week programs.

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Students in the camps participated in many activities including fabricating a “concept room” from pre-cut wood, visiting the LS3P office in downtown Charleston, a walking tour of Charleston’s historic architecture, sketching concepts for various projects, using tools like a 3D printer and a laser cutter to create a model of their concept, including developing the design proposals for a small urban park that was reviewed in the traditional architecture jury format with many parents attending.

Students also got to visit Clemson’s new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center located on the old Navy Base in North Charleston adjacent to the Clemson University Restoration Institute, Warren Lasch Conservation Center and Energy Innovation Center’s wind turbine testing facility.

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“The goal in offering these career camps was to excite young students about the valuable role of architecture in our everyday experiences, so that they may consider architecture as a career,  shared Huff. “Even if they chose not to study architecture, the academy presented them an opportunity to develop an appreciation of good design in their lives,” Huff added.

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The camp was held a location that is still relatively new for the extension of the Clemson University campus in Charleston,  701 East Bay St. Charleston, SC 29403, also known as the old Cigar Factory building downtown.

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Check out these additional pictures from both weeks of this wonderful career camp – Thanks to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning opportunity possible!

 

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C. E. Williams Middle School Hosts SeaPerch Under Water Robotics Camp for Girls

Rising seventh and eighth grade girls from C. E. Williams Middle School participated in a special camp this summer.

Led by CTE educator John Shell, participating students got to design and build their very own SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

Thanks to the Shadowmoss Neighborhood Pool for hosting the students and their underwater robots for a SeaPerch style event at the end of the week.

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Successful Summer Camp at Buist Academy Encourages Female Students to Learn Computer Coding

Buist3Students participated in a whirlwind of fun, engaging, and hands-on computer science activities during the “Yes, We Code” Girls Coding Camp held at Buist Academy this summer. Participants had the opportunity to experiment with different computer programming languages, website development, game design and 3-D computer animation.

Students used CSS and JavaScript to create a website and silly wanted ad posters. They explored Blockly coding and even created their very own a Flappy bird game for their smartphone. They defeated enemies while learning python programming through educational “gamification”.Students also got to visit the local Apple Store on King Street where they learning about Swift Code programming, and even learned code that made their robots dance!

Thank you Pamela Rijo for sharing this CTE success story!

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Student Run IT Help Desk at Military Magnet Academy Celebrates First Year Success

Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Information Technology  Instructor at Military Magnet Academy provided the following recap of the first year of a student run computer & IT support team formed to provide assistance to teachers and students at their school.

The MMA Eagles Help Desk is our piloted Tier 1 support program. The students that participated in this program took roles as help desk technicians. They supported the faculty and staff at Military Magnet Academy with technical issues that ranged from smart board troubleshooting, printer jams, and school wide equipment inventory just to name a few. The students developed a website which allowed our faculty to submit technical assistance request tickets for tracking as well as customer surveys that would allow feedback to the students (Google Sites, Google Forms). The students were offered a real world experience through problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and communication and collaboration skills.

Participating MMA Students

  • Michael Archie
  • Khalin Brown
  • Benney Fernandez
  • Ernest Gentile Jr
  • Donald Lauer
  • Jacob Rowe

The program was establish through an agreement between Military Magnet Academy administration, Ms. Judith Wyndham, Director of Customer Support Information Technology (aka CCSD Help Desk) and Ms. Darcy Stewart with CCSD Information Technology.

Participating students had the opportunity to experience in-service training sessions on troubleshooting techniques and tips, mock interviews, and a host of other activities that would assist with increasing their technical skills.

We greatly appreciate the support given by our wonderful Technology Department and look forward to the future of this program. Last Friday, Ms. Wyndham, Ms. Stewart, and Mr. Welch came in to close out the semester with a session with the students on employability skills and a wonderful lunch for the students. The students were also presented with awards and recognition during our Annual Senior Awards Night

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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

Thank you to the following schools & colleges for participating:IMG_0102

  • 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.