4 Military Magnet Academy Students Complete Internship Program at Lowcountry Food Bank

Charleston, SC – May 21, 2015 – Four students from Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts program led by Chef Joseph Crompton enjoyed a special ceremony this morning in recognition of their spring semester internship completion.

Here is a video from this morning’s special program held at the Lowcountry Food Bank facility:

Huge thanks to Chef Kim Ortego and Erin Fisher at the food bank, and to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning experience possible for these students!

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Wando Culinary Students & ProStart National Champs Work Kickin’ Chicken Kitchen for Night of Fundraising

On Tuesday, 5/19/15, the Kickin’ Chicken team in Mt Pleasant hosted the National ProStart Invitational’s Winning Culinary Management Team from Wando High School as guest managers for the night. All sales during their time at the restaurant were donated back to their program.

THANK YOU Kickin’ Chicken for supporting Wando Culinary Arts students, and for all you do for our community!

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Wando Students Participate in Business Etiquette Breakfast

Rosemary Bianchi, a CTE Teacher at Wando High School, recently hosted a Business Etiquette breakfast with her Web Development & Design I and II students. Since many of her students are graduating this year, Ms. Bianchi sought to share the critical importance of essential work place skills related to meals. For many of the students, it was the first time they’d had formal instruction on the correct use of various table settings and how to engage in healthy and appropriate conversation with other professionals.

West Ashley High School Celebrates 85 CTE Completers at Breakfast Event

Story by Donnie Newton, PR Coordinator West Ashley HS

Charleston, SC —  85 seniors from West Ashley High School were recognized recently as Completers in a particular CTE Career Major at the CTE Completer Breakfast on April 22nd. West Ashley High School offers 14 different Career & Technology Education (CTE) Majors, ranging from Accounting, Marketing, Sports Medicine, or Web & Digital Communications. At the CTE Completer Breakfast, the food was prepared and served by West Ashley High’s own Culinary Arts students led by their teacher Chef Jason Wheless.

The students received a silver cord to wear at graduation to symbolize their achievements within the CTE Department and a certificate that exhibits the completion of their chosen major. Principal Lee Runyon, Associate Principal Ryan Cumback, and Assistant Principal Gayle Dorsel presented the completers with their awards. Ginger Reijners, the CTE Director for CCSD, and Chad Vail, the Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator, were also present for the event.

Studies have shown that students who complete a rigorous academic core combined with a career pathway perform better in high school, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are more likely to continue on to receive a post-secondary education.

Click here for a complete list of all CTE Majors at West Ashley High School




R. B. Stall High School Celebrates CTE Completers with Recognition Breakfast

May 14, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – Graduating seniors at R. B. Stall High School were presented their silver Completer Cords this morning for successfully completing four Career and Technology courses in their major.


Congratulations to all the CTE students on their achievement! And, thank you to CTE Department Chair Kim Pickett and the amazing CTE Teaching Team at R. B. Stall HS on another fantastic year!


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Charleston Elks Lodge Hosts Students for Job Shadowing Day with Local Municipalities

May 14, 2015 – Charleston, SCElks Lodge 242 hosted over 35 students from area high schools for a day of job shadowing experiences with local municipalities.

Students from Burke HS, Lincoln HS, Military Magnet Academy, Charleston Charter School for Math & Science, R. B. Stall HS, and West Ashley HS arrived at the Elks Lodge in West Ashley and were treated to juice and muffins by Elks volunteers.


Each student was given their assigned destination and Elks members ensured they got to the locations – The Town of Mt. Pleasant, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, and City of Hanahan provided opportunities for students to shadow various municipal professionals for the morning. Each students career interests were matched with their assignment.


After spending the morning with the assigned job shadowing hosts, everyone gathered in the Elks main hall for a special luncheon.

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Micheala Bennekin, a senior at Burke High School got to shadow in the Mt. Pleasant mayor’s office, and received a proclamation from Mayor Linda Page appointing her Honorary Mayor for the Day!


Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was the keynote speaker, and several Elks Members spoke also. Students were also invited to the podium to share about what they’d learned during the experience.

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Special thanks to Jennie Sirisky and Tim Bussey  for their excellent  planning for the day, and all the other Elks members that made this amazing career exploration opportunity a reality for participating students.

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Military Magnet Academy Law Students Visit SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia

Recently, students in Mr. Ernest Cooper’s Law & Protective Service program at Military Magnet Academy had the opportunity to visit the SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.DSC_0905

Students got to experience the only authorized law enforcement training facility in the State of South Carolina first hand.


MMA students in Mr. Cooper’s class also recently visited the courtroom of the Honorable Deadra L. Jefferson at the Charleston County Judicial Center on Broad Street downtown. Judge Jefferson welcomed them and explained her role in the judicial system.

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Learn & Earn with Paid Youth Apprenticeships – Applications Due ASAP


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Excellent student information session today on Youth Apprenticeships at Burke Middle-High School –
Thank you Mitchel Harp &  Lara McKenna from Trident Tech for sharing the good news with students!

Rising Juniors and Seniors should apply ASAP for their spot
in this amazing opportunity to Earn & Learn!

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CCSD Students Win Top 3 Prizes in Regional Business Plan Competition

May 7, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Over $15,000 was awarded to student competitors as seed money yesterday at the 4th Annual Regional Business Plan Competition presented by Motley Rice. Through community partnerships with Motley RiceMWVSuntrustParker Poe, The Bakker Family, & The Exchange Club of Charleston,YEScarolina was able to award startup cash to thirty five young entrepreneurs that presented their ideas and innovations to judges throughout the day. Hosted at the College of Charleston School of Business, future business owners competed in several rounds of competition before the six finalists landed themselves in the closing challenge round. The six local business leaders that made up the final judge panel were Earl Bridges of Good Done Great, Shauna VanBogart of Best Kept Self, Rebecca Vaughan of MeadWestVaco, Badge Humphries of Lewis Babcock Griffin Attorneys, Will Jamieson of Geekin Ventures, & Josh Wright of Merrill Lynch.

Connor Simonson, a senior at Wando High School, won the coveted first place prize of $1,000 for his innovative business idea, Deep Fried Dyes. Connor moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC from Seattle, WA just one year ago and his enthusiasm for lacrosse followed him. His business provides lacrosse players with professional string and dye jobs. Since fourth grade Connor has been playing lacrosse and his passion for the sport is evident in his business plan presentation and daily life.

Second place prize of $500 went to Matthew Root of James Island Charter High for M&B ATM LLC. Matthew has been an entrepreneur since birth! He is constantly networking and there is no doubt we will see him as a future business leader in our community and beyond.

Maddy Bessinger of West Ashley High School won the third place prize of $250 for her business Eat, Sit, Play. Maddy has been running her business for several years and her clients have nothing but positive things to stay about her pet sitting service.

The runners up were Hunter Price of West Ashley High School for Bag-a-Field, Kinley DuRant of James Island Charter for MMM Services, & Christian Davis of Ashley Ridge High School for Cultural Cooks.

These six young entrepreneurs now advance to the State Business Plan Competition presented by the Mark Motley Foundation June 17th at the College of Charleston School of Business in addition to twelve students from around the city and state. The public is encouraged to attend and watch the entrepreneurship challenge finals at 5:30 pm where the first place winner will receive $3,000, second place $2,000, & third place $1,000. The first place winner will also advance to the NFTE National Challenge.

Other CCSD schools with students participating in this event included St. Johns High School, Lincoln Middle-High School and Baptist Hill Middle-High School.

Picture above by Boncek Images – Top 3 winners of Regionals w/ Becky Vaughan of MWV & Yescarolina board member, YEScarolina Vice President Harriett Lee, and YEScarolina Program Coordinator Molly Crete.

About YEScarolina:

YEScarolina, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is the only organization in the state of South Carolina dedicated to teaching youth the principles of entrepreneurship and free enterprise. YEScarolina has helped thousands of young people from communities statewide build business skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. To date, YEScarolina has trained and certified over 725 South Carolina teachers, free of charge, on the subject of entrepreneurship. These educators in turn have touched and inspired thousands of young South Carolinians with a thirst for entrepreneurship. Contact Harriett Lee for more information hlee@yescarolina.com or 843-556-1909.


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Moultrie Middle School PLTW Class Benefits from Statewide DonorsChoose.org Gift

About 1000 teachers throughout South Carolina got a terrific surprise yesterday – their Donors Choose classroom projects were funded by Charleston native and soon to be CBS Late Show host  Stephen Colbert, Greenville-based ScanSource and Share Fair Nation.

This gift of $800,000 and will go directly to specific classroom projects like this example at Moultrie Middle School in Mt. Pleasant: The Project Lead the Way program there got the VEX Clawbot Kits they requested!

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Check out the full story here: http://gsabusiness.com/news/54445-stephen-colbert-joins-in-funding-s-c-school-projects