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Future Nail Technicians Gaining Valuable “Hands-on” Experience at West Ashley HS

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Tech classes at West Ashley High School offer students real Hands-on Learning opportunities to best prepare for their future careers.

“It does not get more hands-on than my class”, joked Shepherd.

“In my class, students practice manicure services, paraffin wax treatments, and application of UV gels nails.” Shepherd added.

Her students also recently enjoyed a visit from a skin care technician from Charleston Dermatology.

Her Level I & Level II students also participated in the recent Taste of West Ashley event and showcased their talents – please enjoy these pictures of CTE students in action:

 

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West Ashley HS Mechatronics Students Accept Assignment to Build T-Shirt Launchers

Charleston, SC – Sept 28, 2015 – Earlier this year, West Ashley High School’s Mechatronics instructor Nicholas Holmes received an exciting request from his principal Lee Runyan, “Build a t-shirt launcher to use at athletic events”.

So that’s what he and his students did – and then they built another version, and another, and even a robot that can launch t-shirts remotely.

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“The experience for the students has been fantastic” said Holmes. “They’ve fully embraced this project-based learning opportunity, and the creative solutions to challenges are flowing freely,”  Holmes added.

 

A logo has been developed  for the project:

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Now, at the WAHS pep rallies, football games, and many other Wildcat athletic events, the launchers help get the crowds cheering!

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“Perhaps the next step is producing these for other schools”, said Holmes.

Check out videos of the T-shirt launchers in action  

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Palmetto Goodwill Partnering with R. B. Stall High School for Workforce Development Program

September 18, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Palmetto Goodwill has partnered with R. B. Stall High School to offer over a dozen students the opportunity to work and go to school at the same time!

The program, dubbed Workforce Academy, began this summer with a job skills training course.

When school started, the students in the Workforce Academy program began working every other day at the Goodwill facility on Rivers Avenue. They each work about 20 hours a week, and on the days the are not working, they are completing their core high school course.

Thanks to this program, these students have the opportunity to earn a paycheck while they are completing their diploma requirements.

Special thanks to everyone at Palmetto Goodwill for welcoming these students on to their team, and to the extraordinary faculty at R. B. Stall HS for ensuring an innovative program like this can become a reality for the students.

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Check out this report that aired in May 2016 on Live 5 News on the terrific outcomes of this partnership:http://www.live5news.com/story/31987385/goodwills-workforce-academy-motivating-students-to-graduate-high-school

 

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R. B. Stall HS Students Complete New Employee Training for Workforce Academy Program at Palmetto Goodwill

goodwill logoAugust 14, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – A new partnership between Palmetto Goodwill and R. B. Stall High School called Workforce Academy is offering students the opportunity to earn their diploma AND an hourly wage at the same time!

Each of the 14 students in the first cohort of the Workforce Academy program have a unique class schedule. Some will go to school and work at Goodwill on alternate days, and some will work after school hours.

Each participating student will earn high school work-based learning credit and a paycheck from their employer, Palmetto Goodwill. ???????????????????????????????

With every job comes certain requirements for new employees – Goodwill held their new employee orientation & career skills training class from August 4-14 for the participating students.

Enjoy these pictures from the ceremony held Friday August 14 at the Goodwill Training Center on Rivers Ave – the students enjoyed pizza and cake after the ceremony that was also attended by many of their high school teachers.

We could not be more proud of these students’ achievements, and their commitment to completing this important training prior to the start of the school year.  Thanks to Palmetto Goodwill and the administrative leadership at R. B. Stall High School for their dedication to making this personalized learning opportunity possible for these students!