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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!


Military Magnet Academy Computer Science Students Visit College of Charleston Computer Science Classrooms

Today, students from Military Magnet Academy’s Computer Science program had the opportunity to visit The College of Charleston’s Computer Science Department. Upon arrival, students were greeted by Sebastian Van Delden, Department Chair and Professor of computer science, Admissions and Financial Aid coordinators, and current student volunteers. IMG_0232
The Department of Computer Science at the College of Charleston is well positioned to supply the ever growing talent needs of Charleston growing information technology sector. Charleston is consistently named as one of the fastest growing cities for software and internet technology in the United States, and has earned the nickname “Silicon Harbor.” IMG_0267
Students learned about the different undergraduate programs such as:
  • Computer Science – Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Science – Bachelor of Arts
  • Computer Information Systems – Bachelor of Science
  • Computing in the Arts – Bachelor of Science
  • Data Science – Bachelor of Science

Professor Van Delden gave the students a tour of the facility and explained the specifics of the mechanical arm for mechatronics, 3D Printer, and drilling tool. The students also had fun while learning by enjoying the VR (virtual reality) room, and gaming equipment. The field trip was extremely informative. Students were advised that a degree in computer science is highly valued by industry, governments, entrepreneurs, and graduate schools. With a computer science degree, jobs are plentiful and starting salaries range between $50K and $60K in the Southeast region.

Thanks to their Computer Science Program Instructor Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, the team at College of Charleston, and everyone that made this awesome work-based learning experience possible for these Charleston County School District students!

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West Ashley HS and Charleston Math & Science Students Visit City of Charleston Departments for Day of Job Shadowing

IMG_4741Students from West Ashley High School and Charleston Charter School for Math & Science had the opportunity to shadow various departments in the City of Charleston municipal team today.

The morning began in the historic Charleston City Hall’s Council Chambers. Surrounded by priceless paintings and other treasures, students got a personal welcome from Mayor John Tecklenburg. He explained the value of relationships and teamwork. He also shared the history of the location of City Hall, along with the court house, post office and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, make up the “Four Corners of Law“, a famous landmark in Charleston. IMG_4746

Then students were connected with representatives from their job shadowing host departments to begin a deep dive into various professions.

Host departments included:

  • Mayor Tecklenburg
  • Recreation
  • Municipal Court
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Traffic & Transportation
  • Geographic Information SystemsIMG_4789
  • Charleston Fire Department
  • Charleston Police Department
  • Charleston Fire Marshall
  • The Mayor’s Office for Children Youth & Families
    (Organizing dept for this annual job shadowing day)

After the students completed their visits to their host departments, everyone reconvened at the City of Charleston offices on the third floor at 75 Calhoun Street for a debriefing luncheon. Special thanks to Kickin’ Chicken for donating the box lunches for this event!

After the students shared stories about their job shadowing experiences, Jason Mitchell with the city’s Human Resources department addressed the students. He asked each student about their career aspirations, and provided excellent feedback and pointers tailored to their replies.

Mr. Mitchell encouraged the students to surround themselves with the type people they wanted to become, including their time online.

IMG_4777He also provided memorable quotes to add to their toolbox like, “there are riches in niches”, i.e. putting in the work to become a specialist in a specific niche profession is a path to long term success.IMG_4786

Special thanks to all the City of Charleston departments that invested theirtime in CCSD students today to make this work-based learning opportunity possible, especially the MOCYF team led by Mindy Sturm, Jason Mitchell from HR, and Mayor Tecklenburg.


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.

Military Magnet Academy Culinary Students Serve with Local Chefs at Lowcountry Food Bank Event

lowcountryfoodbankMilitary Magnet Academy’s culinary arts instructor Chef Kimberly Ortego and 13 of her amazing students recently assisted with a large scale fundraising event benefiting the Lowcountry Food Bank called Chef’s Feast. chefs feast

Check out this slide show with highlights from the event prepared by Chef Ortego and her students:

To learn more about the Chef’s Feast event and the Lowcountry Food Bank, please visit this website: 


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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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 Students Enjoy STEM Themed Event at SC State Fair

On Tuesday, October 17th, Mr. Blaney’s students from Military Magnet Academy attended a special event called “R.L. Childer’s Midway Physics Day” at the South Carolina Fair.

1017171142bThe work-based learning activities at this event were designed to enhance students’ understanding of physics, physical science, and life sciences, and the careers aligned with those academic subjects.  1017171153_HDRStudents were given the opportunity to select from various activities. They were invited to help build a working accelerometer, and several other instruments used by science and engineering professionals.1017171150 Students also got to practice processes of scientific inquiry to develop understandings of science content.  After participating in the lab activities and demonstrations, students were allowed to partake in the park rides and completed STEM-based activities involving the rides.1017171145


3rd Annual High School STEM Career Fair Highlights Youth Apprenticeships – 2000+ Students Attend

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Over 2000 students arrived on buses from throughout the Charleston region, one after another – these students were chosen by their school to attend the 3rd annual STEM Career Fair at the North Charleston Convention Center October 12.


Students got to speak directly with professionals from companies keen on doing their part to develop the next generation of high skilled talent for the growing economy in the Charleston region.

Thank you to West Ashley Robotics for providing the wonderful video above! 

Hands on activities sparked conversations, and many students began professional relationships that could lead to a paid youth apprenticeship while still in high school!20171012_101134

Check out the list of participating businesses and schools below, along with a ton of pictures from the event.

But before the students began arriving, the day started with a special breakfast and panel discussion aimed at businesses interested in joining the regions robust Youth Apprenticeship program.

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Ms. Carla Whitlock with Apprenticeship Carolina was the moderator and the expert panel made up of David Hall, Operations Manager for Environmental Express, Inc., Mitchell Harp, Dean of Apprenticeships at Trident Technical College, Karen Winningham, Senior Human Resources Specialist with Robert Bosch Charleston, and Curtiss Schall, a current apprentice with Robert Bosch Charleston.




Thanks to the following businesses that invested their time to make the 2017 STEM Career Fair possible:
(Companies currently offering Youth Apprenticeships in cooperation with Trident Tech identified) 

Accutec Industries (TTC Apprenticeship)
Berkeley Electric Coop (and TTC Apprenticeship)
Blackbaud (TTC Apprenticeship)
Boeing South Carolina (TTC Apprenticeship)
Build Your Career / CAGC
Charleston County Consolidated 911 Center
Charleston County Government (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission (TTC Apprenticeship)
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston Southern University
Choate Construction
City of Charleston Police Department
City of North Charleston City Planner
Cummins (TTC Apprenticeship)
Davis & Floyd
DC Machine (TTC Apprenticeship)
Embassy Suites (TTC Apprenticeship)
Floyd Brace Company, Inc
Greystar (TTC Apprenticeship)
Hendrick Automotive (TTC Apprenticeship)
Kiawah Partners (TTC Apprenticeship)
Leatherwood Manufacturing, Inc
MAHLE Charleston
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Mercedes-Benz Vans
MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nephron Pharmaceuticals
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)
Nucor Steel Berkeley
Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring
Project HOPE
Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)
Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)
Safran Electrical and Power
SC Cyber
SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors
South Carolina Aquarium
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)
STEM Premier
Stier Supply Company
Streit USA Armoring
Transworld, Inc Electrical Contractors (Apprenticeships Available)
Tri-County Cradle to Career
Trident Health (TTC Apprenticeship)
Trident Technical College (TTC Apprenticeship)
UEC Electronics
US Dept of Agriculture
Venture Aerobearings (TTC Apprenticeship)
Verizon Costomer Service Center
Volvo Car US Operations
Zeltwanger CNC Mfg LP (TTC Apprenticeship)













Check out this list of participating schools:

Academic Magnet High School
Baptist Hill Middle High School
Berkeley High School
Buist Academy
Burke High School
Camp Road Middle School
Cane Bay High School
Carver Bay Middle School
CE Williams Middle School
Charleston Charter School for Math and Science
Coastal Montessori Charter School
Cross High School
Cyber Academy of SC
Daniel Jenkins Academy
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center
Dorchester County Career and Technology Center, Trolley Road
Fort Dorchester High School
Garrett Academy of Technology
Georgetown Middle School
Goose Creek High School
Hanahan High School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Island Charter High School
Military Magnet Academy
Montessori Community School
Morningside Middle School
Northwoods Middle School
R B Stall High School
RB Stall High School
Rosemary Middle School
SC Whitmore School, Virtual School
St. James-Santee Elementary Middle School
St. John’s High School
Stratford High School
Timberland High School
Waccamaw Middle School
West Ashley High School
West Ashley Middle School
Woodland High School
Zucker Middle School


IMG_3714Mr. Tremayne Smith, an educator from Daniel Jenkins Academy said, “The Career Fair was a great opportunity for our students at Daniel Jenkins to experience the various career options in the workforce. The exposure also generated interest in areas that our students may have never experienced or even considered. It is rewarding to see their interaction with the employees of the various companies and the way they handled the conversation.”


The event also included student led Robotics Team demos from:

  • Team 342: Fort Dorchester High School “Burning Magnetos”
  • Team 3489: Summerville/ Ashley Ridge High Schools “Category 5”
  • Team 3490: Cane Bay High School “Viper Drive”
  • Team 9623 West Ashley High School “WARP Drive”

Thank you to all the sponsors that enable this event to be staged at NO COST to our students – here are the event’s lead sponsors:

  • Charleston County Economic Development
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • City of North Charleston
  • Trident Technical College
  • Charleston Regional Business Journal / SC Biz
  • Apprenticeship Carolina

Please enjoy these additional pictures taken during the event – Even more pictures taken by SC Biz staff member available here.

SC CURE Achievement Ceremony - Group Photo 5-31-2017

Burke HS Students Benefit from MUSC Grant to Increase Underrepresented Students in Medical Professions

Photo above: SC CURE scholars are presented with certificates at the End of Term Ceremony at Burke High School for completion of Part I of the SC CURE Spring course, which focused on Cancer Biology and Cancer Epidemiology.

Dr. Marvella Ford and Dr. Dennis Watson, and their team at the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, have been working hard on an important project in direct benefit to students interested in medical careers in Dr. Michael Goler’s Health Science program at Burke High School.

The project is called: South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE) Program for Underrepresented High School Students


SC CURE scholar Ms. Christen (Samone) Carter learns clinical skills in the MUSC Simulation Lab during the SC CURE “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student’ event, co- sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine.

Dr. Ford provided the following original plan for the deployment of the SC CURE program, and the selection of the scholars that would participate, in cooperation with many stakeholders – thankfully the student have completed the first year, and the second year of the program is presently progressing as planned in cooperation with Dr. Goler and others in the Burke HS faculty.


Aim 1. Deliver an annual 18-week cancer-focused course at Burke High School taught by MUSC-HCC scientists. Part I, Year 1 of the course will focus on general principles related to cancer biology and epidemiology. Part II, Year 2 will focus on cancer disparities and the social and biological contributors to these disparities as well as the research underway to address them.

  • Part I/Year 1 of the course will begin in January 2017 and will cover general cancer biology and epidemiology principles building and applying the Scholars’ knowledge from their basic biology and/or chemistry course experience at Burke High School.
    • Part I of the course will be developed during the Fall of 2016 by Dr. Watson working with MUSC-HCC faculty as well as with Burke High School science teachers. This will be essential to ensure South Carolina educational core competencies are met by the course.
  • Part II/Year 2 of the course will begin in January 2018 with a focus on cancer disparities and the social and biological contributors to these disparities as well as the research underway to address them.


    SC CURE scholar Ms. Raven Rivers learns clinical skills in the MUSC Simulation Lab during the SC CURE “A Day in the Life of a Medical Student” event, co-sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine Dean’s Office.

Part II of the course will be developed by Dr. Ford and MUSC-HCC faculty and will be a modification of an existing Cancer Health Equity Research Course that has been developed for the NCI R25E targeted for undergraduate students.

  • Scholars participating in these 18-week/two semester courses will receive didactic instruction at Burke High School, ninety minutes per day, from MUSC-HCC cancer researchers, who collectively will present interdisciplinary perspectives on state-of-the-art cancer science.
    • The course will include quizzes, examinations, oral presentations, group laboratory projects, and a capstone paper each semester.
    • Each Scholar will receive at least 15 MUSC college credits for successfully completing both courses.

Aim 2. Conduct a seven-week, hands-on research project experience in an MUSC-HCC laboratory or research setting during two consecutive summers.

  • Twenty rising sophomores and juniors from Burke High School will be competitively selected to participate in the seven-week SC CURE summer research experience which will take place over two consecutive summers.
    • The purpose of the SC CURE summer research component is two-fold:
      1) to expose and inform SC CURE Scholars about the many career options in biomedical sciences and the education paths to realizing these careers; and
      2) to convey MUSC-HCC’s commitment to apply science/research to address cancer and cancer disparities in the state.

Aim 3. Offer enrichment activities throughout the two-year SC CURE Program tailored to stimulate the interest of Burke High School students in pursuing a biomedical research career.

  • Spring Break Year 01 (Day in the Life). During spring break, the SC CURE Scholars will spend one day touring the MUSC hospital and research facilities and meeting with underrepresented graduate students from MUSC’s Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dental, Health Professions, Pharmacy, and Cancer Biology/Graduate programs. Topics of discussion will include a day-in-the-life of an MUSC student, steps to take in high school and college, the college and medical/graduate school application process, etc.
  • The SC CURE Scholars will be divided into small groups of five and given the opportunity to spend an afternoon meeting with MUSC-HCC faculty scientists (physician scientists, population scientists, or laboratory scientists) in their laboratories or research settings with the goal of identifying their mentors for the summer research experience.
  • Examples of small-group experiences might include:
    • 1) meeting with an MD/PhD radiation oncologist and touring the state-of-the-art radiation therapy facilities where he treats lung and GI cancer patients and then visiting his laboratory where he is conducting research on the impact of smoking on cancer treatment outcomes;
    • 2) visiting the MUSC-HCC Genomics Shared Resource to observe researchers performing genomic profiles of patients and then meeting with a multidisciplinary faculty team that includes a bioinformatics specialist, laboratory researcher, and clinician to learn how these genomic profiles are driving the delivery of personalized medicine; and 3) meeting a biochemist who is working on the development of a new compound discovered in the Antarctic Ocean for the treatment of cancer using animal models and advanced imaging technology.
  • Cultural Enrichment Activity. As part of SC CURE program, each Scholar will also participate in a cultural enrichment experience at the Penn Center in historic Beaufort, SC, a Sea Island community. During the Scholars’ spring break in Year 2, Dr. Ford will coordinate this field trip, paid for by MUSC-HCC, and she will moderate a health-related dialogue between the students and residents of this Sea Island community. The mission of the Penn Center is to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Sea Islands.

Initial Program Participants

  • Sophomore and junior-level Burke High School Students
  • To apply, students must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a biomedical science career and have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • The SC CURE student application will include:
    • 1) a brief written statement expressing their interests in biomedical research and/or cancer research;
    • 2) two letters of recommendation from teachers at Burke High School with at least one from a science course teacher; and
    • 3) copy of previous semester report card.
  • Ford and Watson and the Principal will assess each applicant based on these materials to determine the top candidates, including a wait list in the case of dropouts. If an additional level of review is required, SC CURE Program leaders will conduct interviews to make the final selections.
  • Based on this process, a cohort of 20 Scholars will be chosen to participate in the two-year SC CURE Program. It is expected that selected Scholars will commit to the entire two years. In the case of a dropout, students from the wait list will be invited to join the Program.