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Fashion Design Students from School of the Arts Get “Hand’s On” at Vapor Apparel

Fashion’s Future is in Creative Hands

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Historic Navy Yard, North Charleston, SC: The future of fashion is digital. While historical design and decorating processes will continue to be used, it is digital technologies and just-in-time printing that are the fastest growing parts of fashion today.IMG_2627

These technologies were on display for Caroline Baker’s costume and fashion design class from the Charleston County School of the Arts. She brought her high school students to spend the morning learning about the business of fashion at Vapor Apparel. “We had a real world conversation about how innovation and clothing design connect to create profit.” says Christopher Bernat, co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel. “It was great to help the students make the connection to real business applications and their skill sets.”

The students spent time talking about trends in the business of clothing. One of the dominant themes was the exponential growth in online sales and mass customization of creative contents to maximize revenue. After round-table discussions, the students were given hands on access to many of today’s digital print platforms including sublimation and direct-to-garment printing for cotton. The students got a lesson in the science of the technologies they were seeing in action.

“Our students were introduced to the “wow factor” of digital textile production today,” says SOA Instructor Caroline Baker. “Nothing gets young creatives excited like a hand’s on experience in a dynamic company.”

“It is a privilege to share digital printing and sublimation technology with these great students, many of them for the first time.” Says Todd Hirshman, Art Director at Vapor Apparel. He went on to say that Vapor Apparel is committed to the development of these skills here in the Low Country and looks forward to working with the School of the Arts and other educational institutions in the area.IMG_2637

Founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 2004, Vapor Apparel is the industry leader in customizable performance apparel. The company is head quartered in Charleston, SC with manufacturing operations in Union, SC. Vapor Apparel is recognized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Impressions Magazine, Wearables magazine, and the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) for award winning product development, print quality and a commitment to innovation in the apparel industry.

Story by Christopher Bernat with Vapor Apparel

 

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Trident Tech Chef Instructor Visits Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Lab

Instructor Chef Scott Stefanelli and one his students from Trident Technical College recently visited Chef Joseph Crompton’s culinary arts classroom at Military Magnet Academy for a live demonstration and lecture.

Chef Stefanelli serves on the culinary arts advisory board for Military Magnet Academy and actively supports many local workforce development organizations, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Students from MMA are scheduled to visit the Culinary Arts program at Trident Technical College in mid April.

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Also, Chef Crompton was recently named Teacher of the Month at Military Magnet Academy – Congratulations Chef Crompton!

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Local Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Professionals Lead Lesson in R. B. Stall HS Engineering Classroom

Professionals in the local chapter of ACE (Architects, Construction, and Engineers) served as mentors this week in Mrs. Kimberly Pickett’s Pre-engineering class at R. B. Stall High School.

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Students got to do a lesson led by LS3P Project Architect Ben Anderson.  “They learned how to identify different areas in a set of actual project plans.” said Mrs. Pickett.

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Thanks to these volunteers for investing their time and talents in the students at R. B. Stall High School! 100_0011 100_0013 100_0014

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West Ashley High School Culinary Arts Serves Up Seasonal Selections in Wildcat Cafe

Today in the Wildcat Cafe at West Ashley High School, students served up colorful king’s cake and zesty jambalaya.

This student run cafe operates once a week under the supervision of culinary art instructor Chef Jason Wheless.

Students not only prepare and serve the food, but also work the counter taking orders and come up with marketing strategies to increase sales.

Their school based enterprise’s profits help to pay for students to compete in ProStart student organization competitions.

Learn more about Chef Wheless’ Culinary Arts program at West Ashley HS here:

http://westashleyhigh.ccsdschools.com/faculty___staff_directory/career_and_technology_education/jason_wheless

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R. B. Stall HS Students in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Class Enjoy Visit from Boeing SC Engineers

The Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class at R. B. Stall High School kicked off February’s National CTE Month with a visit from 3 Materials & Processes Engineers from the Boeing South Carolina Research & Technology Center in North Charleston (BR&T).

Special thanks to the following Boeing SC professionals for investing their time at R. B. Stall High School: 

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  • Tom Gonze-Materials and Processes Engineer
  • Tu Hoang-Materials and Processes Engineer
  • Sam Knutson-Materials and Processes Engineer

The guest speakers shared  their educational and professional path for their current position with Boeing SC and an overview of the type of work they get to do at the local BR&T. They even brought samples of their work made from various materials they work with daily.

Sam Knutson worked on the Apache program and Tom Gonze on the Chinook and V-22.  They discussed where and how different types of composites are used and how their processing experience with Autoclave, oven process, and resin infusion influences their work.

Mrs. Kimberly Picket, CIM class instructor and CTE department chair at R. B. Stall HS said, “The students were actively engaged and enjoyed handling the samples and asking a multitude of questions concerning the paths each of them pursued to get where they are today!”

Classroom visits like this are invaluable for students to truly understand the relevance of their academic course work in high school to their future career in a high demand, high wage STEM job right here in Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are come additional pictures from their visit:

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West Ashley HS Robotics Success Continues in Preparation for VEX National Competition

The West Ashley Robotics team continues to enjoy a successful season of competitions.

Just before winter break, they finished in 2nd place and 3rd place in a regional event and earned their very first Excellence Award. “This is the highest possible award that they give out at the robotics competitions” said Mr. Holmes.

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The team is enjoying competing close to home while they prepare for the VEX Nationals in Iowa in April.

To support the team’s trip to nationals, please visit this GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/westashleyrobotics

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West Ashley HS Educators Spend Professional Development Day with Area Businesses

On Thursday, January 15th, over 70 West Ashley HS educators’ Professional Development day included an assignment to visit local businesses. These morning “externship” opportunities were assigned by department, for example teachers from the science department visited High Purity Standards, a local science laboratory that manufactures basic elements for various applications.
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This opportunity for educators to spend part of their PD day learning “off campus” was conceived by West Ashley HS principal Lee Runyon. Principal Runyon said, “the purpose of this activity was 2 fold:
  1. For our faculty to find rigorous, real-world application opportunities of content area skills that can be brought back into our classrooms.
  2. For educators and community partners to reflect on the SC Profile of the High School Graduate relative to our students’ development of World Class Skills ready for college, career and citizenship.

Thank you to all the organizations that hosted educators from West Ashley High School for this experience!

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Verizon Wireless Customer Support Center
Steinway Piano Gallery
Limehouse Produce
Charleston RiverDogs
LS3P Architecture
Mary Joseph State Farm Insurance
Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston / Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Funeral Homes
Venture Aerobearings
WCSC Live 5
Liollio Architecture
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Advantage Media Group
High-Purity Standards, Inc
THANK YOU TO EACH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR HOSTING WAHS EDUCATORS!

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Charleston School of the Arts Students Complete Fall Internships

Mr. Bill Smyth gets to lead a very special class each semester at the Charleston County School of the Arts where students are connected with local business for internships.

His students are required to keep a weekly journal of their internship experiences, turn in time sheets detailing their hours worked, and have a supervisor review meeting at the end of the term. The students must also complete any specific assignments from their work site supervisor.

At the end of the internship, each student’s body of work is graded for an elective course grade on their transcript.

Special thanks to the following SOA internship hosts for the fall semester:

  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Roper St. Francis Hospital
  • Charleston Museum
  • Charleston County Solicitor’s Office
  • Center for Birds of Prey
  • Hybrid Audio Solutions
  • You42 / Kiz Studios
  • Shear Reflections
  • North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
  • St. Andrew’s Math and Science Elementary School
  • Reinvented Ladies Upscale Resale
  • Charleston County Parks and Recreation
  • The Post and Courier
  • Hoppmann Creative

Thanks to each of these local organizations for their investment in SOA students!

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16-17 Youth Apprenticeships Information Session Schedule

GET PAID TO LEARN THROUGH TTC!

Paid Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities

Trident Technical College together with regional employers are offering rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training with in-the-classroom instruction as dual credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies. All tuition and costs for youth apprentices are covered by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:

Culinary Arts                           Boat Manufacturing/Fiberglass Finishing                                   HVAC

Hotel Operations                           Junior Computer Programming                  Computer Networking        Medical Office Assisting                   Machine Tool Technology                           Industrial Mechanics

Interested students and parents are encouraged to attend one of our Parent Night Information Sessions in the spring to find out more information and meet participating employers:

MANUFACTURING Boat Manufacturing, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology THURSDAY, JANUARY 14

6:00pm-9:00pm

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM Culinary Arts, Hotel Operations THURSDAY, JANUARY 21

6:00pm-9:00pm

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Jr. Computer Programming, Computer Networking THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

6:00pm-9:00pm

HEALTHCARE Medical Office Assisting THURSDAY,FEBRUARY 4

6:00pm-9:00pm

HVAC THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11

6:00pm-9:00pm

All Information Sessions will be held at:

Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, SC 29406 Building 970, Room 106

LINK TO MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION

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North Charleston HS Students Excel in Business Plan Contest

Thank you to Carolyn Southall from North Charleston HS for submitting this story about her students success in entrepreneurship!

Recently at North Charleston High School, students received awards for completing a business plan and three of them competed in an in-class business plan competition.

The sponsor for this event was the North Charleston Exchange Club. The winners were: 1st place:$250.00 Keenan White – Keenan presented his plan for a lawn care business. His business is currently in operation. , 2nd place:V$150.00 Angelica Reynolds – Angelica created a business plan for digitally enhanced photo books with animation, and 3rd place: $100.00 Jabari Jenkins – Jabari presented his plan for a sneaker restoration business.

13 students in my entrepreneurship class created a business plan. This is a big deal for my students. Many of them never heard of entrepreneurship back in August. Now, they have had the experience of learning skills that they can use now, and in the future. As a business teacher I am proud to share knowledge and learn with, and from my wonderful students.