Military 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.
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: https://www.lowcountryfoodbank.org/give-money/chefs-feast/
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.
Students 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.
William 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 such 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.
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.
The 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. Students 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. 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.
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!
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.
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|
|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|
|Mediterranean Shipping Company|
|MSC Mediterranean Shipping (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration|
|North Charleston Fire Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|North Charleston Police Department (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Nucor Steel Berkeley|
|Pinnacle Construction & Directional Boring|
|Robert Bosch (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Roper St Francis (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|Safran Electrical and Power|
|SC Society of Professional Land Surveyors|
|South Carolina Aquarium|
|SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic|
|St Johns Fire Dept (TTC Apprenticeship)|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
Mr. 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.
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
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.
THE PLAN BELOW IS NOW IN YEAR TWO!
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.
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.
- The purpose of the SC CURE summer research component is two-fold:
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.
This week marked the reopening of the Cat Shack at West Ashley High School, the student run school store that offers logo apparel, snacks, and other items for students to purchase between classes and at lunch.
The students operating the store are overseen by Mr. Terry Stutts, the Marketing teacher and adviser for the WAHS DECA student organization. The Cat Shack’s profits help students participate in DECA events at the local, regional and national levels.
“The students welcomed the reopening of the store this week and sales were brisk – we’re very thankful to have these renovations complete,” said Mr. Stutts.
DECA President Haley Bauer provided the following overview of the Cat Shack renovation and the impact it will have on their efforts to raise funds for the Career and Technology Student Organization:
“The Cat Shack is owned and operated by West Ashley High School’s DECA Chapter. DECA is a club that prepares high school students to be leaders and entrepreneurs is marketing, finance, hospitality and management. These students have the opportunity to take classes such as Marketing, Merchandising, Professional Development and Leadership, and Work-based Learning. All of these classes work together to manage and work in our recently renovated school store.
The Cat Shack now has new light fixtures, slat walls, display cases, and has been expanded. For the past month, employees have determined the store layout, merchandise, prices, and employees work schedule. Finally, everything has come together and the Cat Shack was opened on Wednesday, September 27th. All of the money earned from the store goes straight towards DECA needs. It is considered to be one of our biggest fundraisers. So. Wish us luck this year!”
The Cat Shack is well positioned for another great year of sales at West Ashley High School, but the real winners are the students that get to practice customer service and other skills prized by local employers!
North Charleston, SC – Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day might not have the same national notoriety as National Signing Day. However, in the Lowcountry, this regional collaborative effort with school districts, businesses, and organizations is picking up steam.
The 4th Annual Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day was held at Trident Technical College (TTC) August 8, 2017. Sixty-one students, including 27 from Charleston County School District (CCSD), made their commitment to local businesses “official” by signing a document.
“Our Youth Apprenticeship Program is just one of many ways that CCSD prepares students to be college, career, and citizenship ready,” said Rich Gordon, CCSD’s Career and Technology Education Executive Director. “Apprenticeships, aligned with the appropriate classroom instruction, provide rigorous and relevant academic, technical, and employability training for a wide variety of high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand 21st century careers.”
Modeled after National Signing Day, where high school student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent to colleges or universities where they will play a sport, Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day gives students who are going into the workforce at a young age a similar experience when it comes to excitement and importance.
“This event provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the most exciting educational initiative I have experienced in my entire career,” said Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley. “It is exciting because this program has power. It has the power to change lives in remarkable ways and the power to accelerate our economy and build a strong community. It is also exciting because it is a shining example of the type of change that can occur when multiple organizations work together in a united effort to achieve a common goal.”
Special thanks to signing day’s keynote speaker Amy Firestone from the US Department of Labor. And special thanks to Debbie Meuli, formally with local manufacturer IFA Rotorion, for sharing the story on how the Charleston region’s Youth Apprenticeship program began over 4 years ago with a meeting she hosted after the president of her company asked, “Where are my Youth Apprentices?”
Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and their Accelerate Greater Charleston initiative, the participating students’ college tuition and fees were taken care of for the inaugural cohort, and this wonderful support for the Charleston’s Youth Apprenticeship program continues today!
The following CCSD students and graduates participated in the 2017 Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day:
|Academic Magnet HS|
|Kevin Boyd, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)|
|Jared Lipton, Class of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with East Cooper Medical)|
|Sheniah Everson, Classic of 2019 (CNA/Pre-Nursing with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)|
|Charleston Charter School of Math and Science|
|Jackson Beall, Class of 2019 (Industrial Mechanic with Bosch)|
|Nicholas Brennan, Class of 2017 (Networking with Trident Technical College)|
|Charles Gries, Class of 2018 (EMT with North Charleston Fire Department)|
|Garrett Academy of Technology|
|NyAsia Green, Class of 2019 (Bookkeeping with Greystar)|
|James Island Charter HS|
|John C. Geiger, Class of 2017 (Industrial Mechanic with VTL Precision)|
|Magjholy Miller, Class of 2018 (Culinary Arts with Kiawah Partners)|
|R.B. Stall HS|
|Joshua Blackwell, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)|
|Kyra Kriseman, Class of 2017 (Hotel Operations with Hyatt Place)|
|Cameron Lattimore-Johnson, Class of 2017 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)|
|Kyle Masterson, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanic with Cummins)|
|Marco Barrera, Class of 2018 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)|
|Frederica Baldassarre, Class of 2017 (EMT with Dorchester EMS)|
|Patrick Boyle, Class of 2018 (Programming with NetGalaxy)|
|Holt Davis, Class of 2017 (EMT with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)|
|Callie Drinko, Class of 2019 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)|
|Parker Frontz, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)|
|Porter Rice, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Anderson Automotive)|
|Allison Shipp, Class of 2018 (Civil CAD with Meador)|
|Colin McIntire, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Hendrick Automotive)|
|West Ashley HS|
|Julian Aycock, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with MINI of Charleston)|
|Tyler Brooks, Class of 2018 (Auto Mechanic with Jones Ford)|
|Briana Brown, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)|
|Ashley King, Class of 2017 (Networking with Blackbaud)|
|Tre Scott-Johnson, Clas of 2018 (Security / Pre-Law Enforcement)|
CCSD Youth Apprentices hired in 2016, now continuing into their 2nd year of the program:
|Academic Magnet HS|
|Michael Pi, Class of 2018 (Programming with Boeing SC)|
|Damon Otero, Class of 2018 (Networking with Kotori)|
|Garrett Academy of Technology|
|Ty’Celia M. Young, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with VTL Presicion)|
|James Island Charter HS|
|Robert D. Paige, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with Bosch)|
|R.B. Stall HS|
|Ian K. Cole, Class of 2018 (Industrial Mechanics with IFA Rotorion)|
|West Ashley HS|
|Khaseem Capers, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Limric)|
|Malik Miller, Class of 2016 (HVAC with Cullum)|
|Keenah Saunders, Class of 2017 (Medical Office Assistant with Roper St. Francis Healthcare)|
Special thanks to all the amazing partners that ensure this opportunity is available for students in the Charleston region, including: the host companies in 16 career pathways, Trident Technical College, Apprenticeship Carolina, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, the US Department of Labor, and educators in schools throughout the community.
To learn more about Youth Apprenticeships, please visit this page on the Trident Technical College website: http://www.tridenttech.edu/career/workforce/car_youth_apprenticeships.htm