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Military Magnet Academy Students Empowered by After School Entrepreneurship Program

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently completed business plan competitions in cooperation with YEScarolina.
Military Magnet Academy students formulated their business plans after school 3 days a week for 6 weeks. Their after school teacher Carolyn Southall said, “I am so proud of the students at the Military Academy. Their energy and enthusiasm for business was so refreshing.”
Here is a link to a story published on the LowcountryBizSC website: http://lowcountrybizsc.whosonthemove.com/yescarolina-reaches-title-i-middle-school-students-in-an-afterschool-setting/

 

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Water Treatment Facility

West Ashley High School’s Project Lead the Way Engineering classes led by Dr. Barbara Leonard enjoyed a field-trip to Hanahan Water Treatment Plant on Dec 16th. This excellent work-based learning experience for student was hosted by professionals from Charleston Water Systems, a business partner of the STEM Career Academy at WAHS.

Thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber for their help in facilitating this business partnership, part of the ongoing Career Academy initiative at CCSD schools.

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Charleston Area Students Enjoy Hands-on Learning at Inaugural STEM Career Fair

December 10, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Approximately 1000 students from throughout the Charleston region attended the inaugural High School STEM Career Fair held at Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Career Fair header

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Over 40 local companies brought interactive exhibits with a goal of sharing the high demand, high wage workforce opportunities available right here in their community.

Acutec Industries, LLC Excel Apparatus Services Roper St. Francis
Airgas / Lincoln Electric Google Santee Cooper
American Metal Casting Consortium Hendrick Automotive Group SC Aquarium
American Society for Metals Hubner Manufacturing Corp. Scout Boats
Atlatl Software Ingevity SCRA
Berkeley Electric Coop Lincoln Electric / Airgas SPAWAR
Blackbaud Liquid Box STEM Premier
Boeing South Carolina MAHLE Behr Charleston STEM Visions
Charleston Defense Contractors Association Medical University of South Carolina Streit USA Armoring
Charleston Southern University ModernTech Tighitco
Cummins Turbo Technologies Nucor Steel Trident Technical College
Daimler Vans Manufacturing Palmetto Construction Group UEC Electronics
ECPI Robert Bosch LLC USC College of Engineering and Computing
and more!

From electrical linemen doing demonstrations on utility poles to armored vehicles – there were many highlights to see before the students even entered the expo building!

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High school robotics teams from West Ashley HS, Cane Bay HS, Fort Dorchester HS, and Ashley Ridge/Summerville HS demonstrated their creations and even launched t-shirts into the crowds!

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Participating CCSD schools included:

R. B. Stall HS West Ashley HS Garrett Academy of Technology
Burke HS Baptist Hill MHS Military Magnet Academy
St. John’s HS North Charleston HS Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
Lincoln MHS Wando HS

Check out this excellent article on the event published in the Charleston Regional Business Journal:
http://charlestonbusiness.com/news/56487-stem-career-fair-gives-students-hands-on-experience

Thanks to Sonic Drive-In Dorchester Road, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Summerville, Sam’s Club, and Coastal Coffee for the food & beverages.

Thanks to all the cooperating school districts, economic development offices, and local colleges for their support for the event!

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Thanks to the Exchange Park Fairgrounds for hosting the event, to Grady Johnson & the AMAZING SC Biz / Charleston Regional Business Journal Team for being the presenting sponsor, and all the sponsors and exhibitors that made the career fair possible – looking forward already to year #2!

 

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Wando HS Broadcasting Students Earn National Scholastic Press Association Award

Students in Ms. Shawntell Pace’s broadcasting class at Wando High School recently attended the National Scholastic Press Association Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Tribe Talk, Wando HS’s student produced news program, placed 6th overall in the “Best of Show” category.

Wando’s Tribe Talk program was also one of the finalist for a Pacemaker award, which Ms. Pace described as the Pulitzer Prize for high school news shows.

Ms. Pace shared these pictures of the students from their trip, and below is a video showcasing the Tribe Talk staff.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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