Baptist Hill Middle High School Partnering with Susan G. Komen Lowcountry for Presentation Skills Mentoring

Lisa Jones and Lucy Spears, Susan G. Komen Lowcountry, delivered formal and informal presentation skills to Kylene Gerideau-Grant’s classes at Baptist Hill Middle High School, as well as provided some one on one coaching.



Students will prepare a team project on a topic related to breast cancer awareness. This partnership is an excellent example of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Career Academy program, and has been a wonderful enhancement to the learning that takes place in CTE business classrooms at BHMHS.


West Ashley High School Holds CTE Programs Fair for PLTW Engineering and Mechatronics

Students at West Ashley High School were recently treated to a PLTW Engineering / Mechatronics / Robotics Demo Fair during their math classes in Media Center.

The Algebra and Geometry students were introduced to the courses offered in Career and Technology Education PLTW Engineering and Mechatronics programs at WAHS and learned about projects and highlights. They also had an opportunity to operate VEX robots with members of the WAHS Robotics Club.

Through this and other recruitment efforts, the CTE classes at West Ashley High School are consistently filled with eager students. Check out these pictures provided by Dr. Barbara Leonard of the event:


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Future Marine Biologists from St. Johns HS Enjoy Behind the Scenes Look at SC Aquarium

Ms. Melissa Davis’ Marine Biology class from St. Johns High School recently visited the SC Aquarium for a a behind the scenes tour of the sea turtle hospital.

Students learned about sea turtles and enjoyed a hands-on mock diagnosis of two sick turtles including stomach analysis, blood work and physical exam.

Work-based learning opportunities like this help students connect their academic studies with their future careers.

Thanks to the SC Aquarium staff for welcoming CCSD students from St. Johns HS and many other schools throughout the Charleston region into their facility for compelling and educational programming!

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Engineering Students from R. B. Stall HS Tour Scout Boats Manufacturing Facility

SScout Boats Logocout Boats, a local boat manufacturer, invited students from R. B. Stall High School to tour their facility and learn more about the operations.

Mrs. Kimberly Pickett’s students were treated to an extensive tour of the manufacturing facility that produces boats from 17′ to 41′ in length for customers worldwide.


With the strong demand for quality boats, Scout Boats has been steadily increasing production capacity and hiring new team members monthly.

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Scout Boats also participates in the Youth Apprenticeship program, and students were encouraged to consider applying.

Thank you to everyone at Scout Boats for providing this terrific work-based learning opportunity for these students!

Here are additional pictures from the tour:


Blackbaud Hosts Students in St. Johns HS’s Project Lead the Way Program for Work-based Learning Experience

Students in Mr. Darwin Shorters’ Project Lead the Way class at St. Johns High School recently visited Blackbaud’s international headquarters on Daniel Island for a day of work-based learning.Students participated in “ignite sessions” where members of the Blackbaud team shared their professional and educational journeys as well as specifics of their jobs at Blackbaud.

Speakers held a wide array of positions in the corporation and really enlightened the students about how different skill sets can all be utilized at a large corporation including students who are gifted in the humanities (the Oprah Winfrey’s), business (the Sean Combs) and Computer Science (The Mark Zuckerberg’s) and how really, some jobs are a combination of multiple intelligences.

The trip ended with students taking part in a lego challenge where they were given specifics and had to work in teams to try to create the desired product. Students learned about the importance of teamwork, creating a business plan, and product delivery.

“It was an incredible experience for my students to visit Blackbaud’s beautiful office building and interact with the professionals working there,” said Mr. Shorters.

Thank you to all the terrific Blackbaud associates for investing in our students!

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R. B. Stall High Welcomes HVAC Professional from Total Comfort Solutions for Career Presentation

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for speakers from Total Comfort Solutions, a regional HVAC company to speak on careers in their industry at R. B. Stall High School on Friday October 30th.

Students were invited to the assembly based on the alignment of their Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) with a job goal similar to that type of work.

The speakers from Total Comfort Solutions were Pat Garner and R. B. Stall graduate Johnny Cobb. The students had a great time talking with both professionals.

Special thanks to both speakers for TCS, and to the chamber for making the connection!

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R. B. Stall Aerospace Engineering Class Visits Charleston Airport Control Tower and Summerville Airfield

Mrs. Kimberly Pickett’s Aerospace Engineering class from R. B. Stall High School had a full day last Thursday visiting two local airports.

First they visited the Air Traffic Control Tower at the Charleston International Airport. Students got to see first hand the technology used to ensure safety in the skies every day.


Then they visited the Summerville Airport. The students got to meet five local pilots and see their airplanes up close in their private hangers.

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The students also got to launch the rockets they’d been working on in class that afternoon – they tested and documented the results in the field behind the school.

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Overall, it was a fantastic day of work-based learning & project-based learning for students in the Aerospace Engineering program at R. B. Stall HS!

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CCSD Middle School CTE Classrooms Equipped with New Tech Tools

littlelogoOver the summer, CCSD middle school teachers created new curricula for four classes: Google Basics, Multimedia Basics, Financial Literacy, and Digital Literacy.  This project was initiated due to a need for relevant and engaging content for these courses.

The great work done by these middle school teachers made it clear that additional equipment was needed in each classroom. The district’s Career and Technology Education Support Team led by Director Ginger Reijners agreed, and CTE funds were used to purchase the supplies required for the middle school classrooms!

Each CTE middle school business teacher received:

  • a classroom set of headphones with built in microphones
  • 1 document scanner
  • 3 digital video cameras
  • 7 digital cameras.

When the items were delivered to each classroom by members of the CTE support team, the teachers and students were very excited!   They were greeted with hugs, cards, and sincere thanks.

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Student from Donna Thomas’s Multimedia Basics class at Laing Middle School showing off their projects created with the new equipment.

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Students from Danita Gause’s class at Haut Gap Middle School created a thank you card for the CTE department.

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Wando Culinary Arts Students Assist with Les Dames d’Escoffier Autumn Affair Event

Students in Chef Bill Twaler’s culinary arts program at Wando HS were recently invited by the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) to assist in food prep and service at one of the organization’s upcoming gatherings.

LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy.

But the upcoming event was not a typical local meeting, it was actually the LDEI National Conference that was being held in Charleston!

The students prepared special biscuits for the guests and assisted in other aspects of the food services required at the event.


“We jumped at the opportunity for this work-based learning opportunity for the students”, said Chef Twaler on the opportunity to partner with LDEI.


Students’ & professionals’ quotes from the event:
  • “After shucking 600 oysters I don’t know if I’ll be able to use my hand again,” said Cliff Beilke.
  • “Chef this was so much fun I can’t wait to do another function,” said Brenden LaFave.
  • “Chef stop eating my desserts,” said Azlynn Butler.
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West Ashley HS Nail Tech Students Take Part in Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Technology students from West Ashley HS recently participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School. The WAHS Nail Tech students performed nail services for event participants.

“We had a wonderful visit with the school and the staff, students and community really enjoyed us as much as my students enjoyed them”, said Ms. Shepherd.  “We did pink hair and pink nails to represent Breast Cancer Awareness”, Ms. Shepherd added.

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