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Digital Art and Design Students from Lowcountry Tech Academy Partner to Create 2016 C5ISR Banner

Lowcountry Tech Academy (LTA) began as technical career academy program in Charleston County School District and recently merged with Burke High School as part of a four academy campus.CDCA_logo

As part of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Career Academies workforce readiness initiative, Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) has been working closely with LTA students for two years in a variety of content areas including Cyber Security, IT and Digital Art.

The CDCA volunteers’ investment of time and resources has helped provide hands-on and programmatic assistance, including work-based learning site visits and a state of the art cyber security camp.  These real world experiences help make academic content truly come to life for students.

Last spring, students in the Digital Art and Design major classes worked directly with CDCA on a joint project to create banners for CDCA’s Mobile App contest. The banners were displayed during the C5ISR conference. Students discussed the project requirements with professional designers from Mag Design.

LTA Digital Art and Design teacher Julie Zeigler provided guidance as students crafted several working drafts. The design process continued and included meeting with the designers to hear feedback and gain suggestions. Students redrafted their designs, and finally a winner was chosen to represent the collaborative work of the students.

“The ability for students to work directly with designers and receive one-to- one feedback in a relevant setting that would be used in a real world application helped motivate students. We appreciate the opportunity for students to develop technical and 21 st century skills so valuable to employers”, said Zeigler.

Thanks to all that made this terrific project-based learning opportunity possible for CCSD students!CDCA 1 header CDCA 2

 

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West Ashley HS Graduate Stephen Maddy Receives SC Technology Champion Award

Congratulations to West Ashley High School graduate Stephen Maddy who received his SC Technology Champion award at the SC Education & Business Summit June 26th in Greenville for South Carolina’s most exemplary CTE students!

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Summer Internships Providing Excellent Experience for CCSD Students

Congratulations to 25 high school students from schools throughout Charleston County School District working in their summer 2016 internships.

These students are earning a paycheck and high school credit while working in a position aligned with their career interests.

Thanks to the following summer 2016 internship hosts:

Internship Host Students Hired  School(s)
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge 1 Wando HS (1)
CCSD Procurement 2 Wando HS (1) ; West Ashley HS (1)
CCSD SMAART Camp 5 Garrett Academy (2) ; R. B. Stall HS (2), James Island CHS (1)
CCSD Human Resources 1 Baptist Hill MHS (1)
CCSD Science Dept 2 James Island CHS (2)
CCSD Information Technology 1 West Ashley HS (1)
CCSD Personalized Learning 2 West Ashley HS (1) ; R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Plant Operations / Facilities 2 Baptist Hill MHS (1) ; Garrett Academy (1)
CCSD Communications 1 R. B. Stall HS (1)
CCSD Federal Programs 1 R. B. Stall HS (1)
Lowcountry Tech Academy 3 James Island CHS (1), R. B. Stall HS (1) ; Military Magnet (1)
CCSD Ed Tech 2 R. B. Stall HS (1) ; James Island CHS (1)
CCSD Office of Teacher Effectiveness 2 R. B. Stall HS (2)
25 Total

Here are some of the interns at their orientation hosted by Lowcounty Tech Academy, at their work sites, and at the annual staff picnic and field games at the CCSD Bridge View Drive Operations offices just before the Independence Day holiday.

Special thanks to recent Baptist Hill MHS graduate and 2015 summer intern Richae Haynes for coming back to speak to 2016 interns at their orientation meeting – Best of luck at Clemson University Richae!

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West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Earn First Place at Fantasy Nails Event

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Tech students recently participated in the Fantasy Nails competition staged by the SC Cosmetology Association in Myrtle Beach.

The West Ashley High School students were the overall winners of the event, earning a trophy and a Certificate of Appreciation.

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Rose Wilgus, the model for the Fantasy Nails Competitions and Delia McNeil the student that competed.

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Ms. Shepherd said, ” I am so proud of them and the hard work they displayed representing West Ashley High School and the school district.”

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Rose Wilgus and Delia McNeil in front of the South Carolina Cosmetology Hall of Fame.

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(Left to Right) D’Naja Simmons, Shayla Nguyen, Delia McNail, Latavia Drayton-Fabor, Rose Wilgus, De’Asia Edwards, and Jamaesia St Louis.

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Delia McNeil with the trophy WAHS was awarded for first place at the event.

Congratulations to Ms. Shepherd and her students on this achievement.

Learn more about WAHS Nail Tech CTE program here. 

 

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CCSD Students Earn Awards at SC Economics Luncheon

Students, teachers, parents and community members from across South Carolina were in attendance for the 27th Annual Awards Luncheon for SC Economics on Friday, May 20, 2016.  Students from Charleston County School District had great representation in the achievement of awards.

Students from Wando High School, coached by Mr. Kirk Beilke, won first, second, and third places for the 2015-16 SC Stock Market Game competition!
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Wando High School took 1st place in the 2015-16 SC Economics Challenge.  Participants included Kate Harper, Walker Hoisington, Jeffrey Williams, Abigail Wright, and Coach Tamie Betsill.
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Caleb Milligan was named as one of five 2016 SC Young Entrepreneurs for his business idea “The Next Generation of Magic”.  He is a student at West Ashley High School  and Eva Rutiri is his Entrepreneurship teacher.

DSC03895Kate McCabe, a third grade student at Ashley River Creative Arts Academy, was also named as one of the 2016 SC Young Entrepreneurs for her business “Kate’s Candles”.

Congratulations to all these amazing CCSD students on their success through SC Economics, and thank you to the teachers and parents that supported their participation.

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ACE Mentors Banquet Celebrates Student Achievement at R. B Stall HS, St. Johns HS, and Lowcountry Tech Academy

ACE_horizontalStudents, parents, educators, and professionals from throughout the community gathered downtown at the Woolfe Street Playhouse to celebrate another successful year of ACE Mentors impact in CCSD classrooms.

The ACE Mentor Program connects Charleston area architects, contractors, and engineers with local schools for special project-based learning opportunities and field trips.

Three teachers welcomed ACE Mentors into their CCSD classrooms this year: Kim Pickett from R. B. Stall HS, Darwin Shorters from St. Johns HS, Michael Crosby from Lowcountry Tech Academy.

Each class came up with a project to design, and with the assistance of their assigned ACE Mentors, created detailed plans including material costs. Each student presented their part of the class project at the banquet. Check out the collection of pictures of their presentations in the gallery below!

The keynote speaker for the event was the Honorable John Tecklenburg, Mayor of the City of Charleston. He shared encouraging words for the students, and challenged them to continue their education to ensure Charleston’s future work force will be prepared to keep up with construction demands. Mayor Tecklenburg also thanked the volunteers that make the ACE Mentors program possible in our schools.

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Three CCSD students were recognized at the end of the event with $1000 scholarships to continue their education in college:

  • Abraham Montero – R. B. Stall HS
  • Danielle Newsome – R. B. Stall HS
  • Roxanne Archie – Lowcountry Tech Academy

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Thank you to Rob Turner, local chairperson of the Charleston ACE Mentors chapter, and all the generous ACE Mentors for their investment of time and talent in CCSD students this year!

 

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R. B. Stall HS Business Students Visit AT&T Offices

Mr. Micheal Breedlove’s students from R. B. Stall HS recently visited the Charleston AT&T offices for a tour and interactive activities.

The students received certificates for completing the same instructional program the associates in the retail stores go through. The training program covers customer service, contracts, and company upward mobility.

“Work-based learning experiences like these truly empower our students to make wise decisions as they prepare for college and career”, said Mr. Breedlove, a business teacher and athletics coach at R. B. Stall High School in North Charleston.

“AT&T has been a terrific business partner,” Breedlove added.

 

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North Charleston High School CTE Completers Enjoy Special Recognition Luncheon

The North Charleston CTE Department, led by Department Chair Ladora Waters and CTE Administrator Vanessa Denny, hosted a special luncheon for “CTE Completers” graduating this year.

The students and educators, along with several guests from the district and community, enjoyed a taco bar and cupcakes.

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Each students was presented with their silver Completer Cord to be worn with their cap & gown at graduation, and a special certificate of completion.  ??????????????????????????????? IMG_2043 ???????????????????????????????
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Each of the NCHS students recognized as CTE Completers successfully finished four courses in their chosen CTE Program of Study, also knows as their Career Major.

 

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China Adams
Akira King
Italia Bennett
Dexter Middleton
Raven Bess
Tierra Sampson
Shelby Binnarr
Ashtin Stroud
Jeremiah Bolden
Shytra Brisbane
Kelcy Gailliard
Web & Digital Communications
Jaime Coakley
Shakeria Frazier
Shawna Ross
Business Information Management
Khala Jenkins
Kathleen Thomas
Family and Consumer Science
Kathleen Hines
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SPAWAR Hosts Local High School Students for IT Shadowing Day

Students and educators from throughout the Charleston region were invited to get an in depth behind the scenes tour of the Space and Naval Warfare Atlantic Systems Center, known as SPAWAR in Charleston.

Each participant received a badge and detailed instructions prior to their facility tour; “there are top secret missions underway behind the gates” they were told.

The day included on site tours of the Vehicle Integration Bay, the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Lab, and the Air Traffic Control simulation and training center, which also happens to include the Meteorology and Antarctica Remote Operations Facility, where air traffic is controlled for the the South Pole!SPARWAR

Commanding Officer Captain Scott Heller addressed the students over lunch and encouraged them to persist through college to be best prepared for the many career pathways available at SPAWAR and throughout the world, both for enlisted military and civilian contractors.

Special thanks to the event organizers team led by LaKeisha Williams and the wonderful SPAWAR education team.

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Teams from West Ashley HS and Wando HS Represent South Carolina in National ProStart Competition

Teams from West Ashley High School and Wando High School competed in the National ProStart Invitational held in Dallas, Texas April 29 – May 1.

Both CCSD teams earned the opportunity to compete in this event, staged by the National Restaurant Association and many other supporting sponsors, by winning their respective state events.

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Chef Twaler and his students from Wando HS.

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Culinary students from West Ashley HS