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Wando HS Mechatronics Students Solve Special Project

Students in Cecil Gainey’s Mechatronics program at Wando High School were given a special project recently in motor alignment -
“I told the students to use the provided model as a guide and their lab manual, and using generic parts from various vendors,  build a similar mechanism”, Gainey said describing the assignment.
“The students figured out a way to use the supplied single phase motor and attached it to a 3/4 horsepower air compressor pump by using a direct shaft coupling and motor belt pulley speed reduction” said Gainey.  “The results have been astounding. The students really used there heads with a little help from me”, Gainey added.
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Charleston School of the Arts Student Enjoying Spring Internship with Charleston Stage Company

Charleston School of the Arts student Paris Scott’s reflection on her spring semester internship with Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theater:

“At my internship with Charleston Stage I get to learn how a real theater costume shop works. I get to work on costumes for the shows that are put on at the Dock Street Theater. I have learned sewing techniques that combine the efficiency needed when making costumes with the strength needed to keep them together on stage.”

Her teacher at School of the Arts Catherine Yackey said, “Work-based Learning experiences, like this one Miss Scott is maximizing, empower students with the skills needed to succeed in their future career.”

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – Wando ProStart Wins 1st Place at National Conference!

Congratulations Wando’s NATIONAL CHAMPION ProStart Management Team: Tanner Crunelle, Anna Ware, Talbot McGee – they brought home the trophy with their 1st place finish in Management at the 2015 National ProStart Invitation in Anaheim California last weekend.

Chef Bill Twaler, Wando ProStart adviser said, “I could not be more proud of these amazing students and their success at the national level!”

More on this national event here:
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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Clemson Research Institute

IMG_0906 Dr. Barbara Leaonard’s West Ashley High School PLTW engineering students truly enjoyed their tour of the Clemson University Wind Turbine Testing Facility  and their E-Grid on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

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Special thanks to the amazing staff at the Clemson University Research Institute for all the time and effort they invest in CCSD students!


Rising Juniors & Seniors Earn & Learn through Youth Apprenticeships throughout Charleston – Apply ASAP!

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Rising Juniors & Seniors Encouraged to Apply ASAP –

Check out this awesome video from the
Youth Apprenticeships Signing Day event last summer!

March 26, 2015 – Businesses from around the Lowcounty are offering 11th- and 12th-grade students unprecedented opportunities to learn while they earn. With the collaboration of economic and educational leaders in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, Trident Technical College (TTC) has established a Youth Apprenticeship Program aimed at training and educating the next generation of highly-skilled workers across a broad spectrum of industries.

Partnering companies listed on each sheet. Students should discuss this opportunity with their guidance counselor and teachers, as well as their parents before applying. Click on the sheet below that aligns with your career interest!

Hospitality and Culinary Arts 
Hotel Operations Youth Apprenticeships | Coursework Chart
Culinary Arts Youth Apprenticeship Coursework Chart

Boating Manufacturers’ Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart
Industrial Mechanics Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart
Machine Tool (CNC) Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart

Information Technology
Computer Networking Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart
Computer Programming Youth Apprenticeship | Coursework Chart


SAVE THE DATE – June 9, 2015 is Youth Apprenticeships Signing Day!

From culinary and hospitality to manufacturing and information technology, approximately 40 area companies from these sectors have joined forces with TTC and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce to offer positions to high school students in four local school districts.

TTC and Apprenticeship Carolina, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, facilitated the creation of this collaborative approach to career readiness and workforce development. The programs begin in August, and students are encouraged to apply now for an apprenticeship in their preferred field. Those selected for a position will gain invaluable skills and experience under the individualized guidance of an industry mentor.

Apprenticeships are open to any qualifying high school junior or senior interested in computer programming, computer networking, culinary arts, fiberglass finishing, hotel operations and industrial mechanics or machining. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training through part-time employment with participating companies while attending high school and taking college-level industry-related courses at TTC as dual-credit students. All tuition and costs associated with the relevant TTC courses are paid for by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Students who successfully complete the two-year program will receive a high school diploma, a certificate from TTC that can be applied toward an associate’s degree and a journeyman credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Manufacturing partners ready to hire youth apprentices include Aero Precision Products, Briteline Extrusions, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Detyens Shipyard, Excel Apparatus Services, IFA Rotorion North America, Key West Boats, Robert Bosch, Scout Boats, Sportsman Boats, TorqTek Design & Manufacturing, Thrace LINQ, Venture Aerobearings, VTL Precision (Charleston) and Zeltwanger, LP.

Partners from the culinary and hospitality industries include Charleston Cooks, Halls Chophouse, High Cotton, Post House, Rita’s Seaside Grill, Slightly North of Broad, The Vendue, Tides at Folly, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Wild Dunes, Courtyard Charleston Mt. Pleasant, Fulton Lane Inn, Hyatt Place Charleston Airport/Convention Center, King Charles Inn, Kings Courtyard Inn, Rutledge House, The Mills House Wyndam Grand Hotel and Wentworth Mansion.

Information technology partners include Berkeley County School District, Charleston County School District, City of Charleston, Santee Cooper Electric and Trident Technical College.

For information about how to apply for the Youth Apprenticeship Program, students should talk to their high school guidance counselor. Students and parents may also contact Tanisha Hook in TTC’s Office of High School Programs at 843.574.6061 or or Ellen Kaufman at843.574.6990 or


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West Ashley High School DECA Hosting Inaugural 5K Run/Walk

West Ashley High School DECA is hosting the 1st Annual WA 5K:WAHS Logo
A Dash Thru the Den on May 23rd at 8:30am on West Ashley High’s campus.

Who:  This is a fun event for anyone and everyone who enjoys running or walking and would like a tour of the West Ashley High campus.


What: The WA 5K: A Dash Thru the Den is a run / walk hosted by West Ashley High School DECA.  The entire event was conceived by students, is being planned by students, and will be directed by students.  The event was created to serve two purposes: 1) To create an annual community-wide event on our campus where people could come together and have a great time with their friends, and 2) To help raise funds to pay for members of DECA to attend the annual International Career Development Conference.  This year 15 West Ashley High students are going to the conference in Orlando!  They hope to be able to take even more students to the conference next year in Nashville.


The race will begin at 8:30am on the track in Wildcat Stadium before taking participants on a “tour” of the West Ashley High campus (or The Den as it’s known by the students).  There will be awards for the Top 3 Male and Female runners / walkers and we will have special awards / giveaways for categories like Best Costume, Most Wildcat Spirit, etc.


Prices are as follows:

  • WAHS Faculty and Students – $20
    • To sign up, please pick up a race packet from a DECA member in the Cafeteria during 3rd period beginning April 14th. Faculty and Students should return their race packet to a DECA member in the Cafeteria along with their registration fee before May 19th.
  • Community Members – $25
    • To register for the WA 5K, please click HERE.
  • Walk Ups – $30
    • Runners / walkers can register on race day between 7am – 8am.

*All race packets include a race bib and an official WA 5K t-shirt.*


If you would like to be a Sponsor for the WA 5K, you can download a Sponsorship Packet HERE.


When: May 23rd at 8:30am beginning on the track in Wildcat Stadium


Where: West Ashley High School
4060 West Wildcat Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29414


More info: Contact the West Ashley High School DECA Program at for more information.

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R. B. Stall HS Health Science Students Visit Southeastern Institute

The faculty and students at Southeastern Institute on Goer Drive in North Charleston graciously hosted Ms. Erin Shiver’s Health Science 2 and Clinical Studies students from R. B. Stall High School recently. “It truly was an awesome, educational, and engaging experience for all.” Ms. Shiver said.


Southeaster Institute offers certifications in:

-Pharmacy Technology
-Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
-Medical Coding and Billing
-Medical Assisting
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Lowcountry Tech Academy Offering 11 Summer Camps for Middle & High School Students

Lowcountry Tech Academy has an impressive selection of summer camp opportunities for middle and high school students for Summer 2015!

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  • 2 sessions of IT Fundamentals Camps
  • 2 sessions of Innovative Graphics Camp
  • 2 sessions of Code Camp
  • Entrepreneurship Camp
  • IT Girls Camp
  • Advanced Robotics Camp




Two additional options at LTA this Summer: 

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Lowcountry Tech Academy Cyber Patriot Team Earns 3rd Place at Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

This past Saturday, students from Lowcountry Tech Academy  won 3rd Place in the 2015 PCDC competition.
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Team adviser and Information Assurance and Networking instructor John Williams said, “The team did very well in the event – the difference between 1st Place and 3rd Place was 3 points!”

Special thanks to Bill Littleton from SPAWAR for all his help with the students!

The Palmetto Cyber Security Competition is sponsored by the Atlantic SPAWAR Command (
Additionally, the top 5 teams in the state who qualified in US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition were invited to compete.
The LTA team placed 3rd in the State in the US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition!
Team 2015 PCDC & Team US AFA Cyber Command Cyber Patriot Competition:
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Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Kaylani Jordan WAHS
Dhruval Patel WAHS
Joe Ingram WAHS
Michael Lanier WAHS
Mongy Mostafa WAHS
Josh Moore WAHS
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Mathew (Logan) Blalock WAHS
Jonathan Garcia WAHS
Edward Bryce Washington St. Johns
Jessi Hernandez-Gomez WAHS
Monica Washington WAHS

Both teams were coached my LTA Teachers Mr. John Williams & Mr. Keith Bex

Congratulations to everyone on their success in these events!

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West Ashley HS Student and Garrett Academy Counselor Win Regional CTE Recognition

April 16, 2015 – Charleston, SC – Mrs. Suzi C. Raiford, SC Regional Career Specialist for the Trident Region, announce the following regional winners today from Charleston County School District under consideration for a state-wide award to be presented at the annual SC Business and Education Summit:

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Stephen Maddy, Webpage Design & Development, West Ashley High School

Stephen’s nomination has been submitted to the State Dept. of Education Office of Career and Technology Education where a selection committee will review state-wide nominations to determine the S.C. Work-based Learning Student of the Year.  One student winner will be recognized at the annual SC Education and Business Summit June 21-24 in Greenville.


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Celeste Bearden, Director of Gudiance, Garrett Academy of Technology

Ms. Bearden’s nomination has been submitted to the State Dept. of Education Office of Career and Technology Education where a selection committee will review State-wide nominations to determine the S.C. Counselor of the Year.  One counselor winner will be recognized at the annual SC Education and Business Summit June 21-24 in Greenville.


Congratulations to Stephen Maddy and Celeste Bearden on being recognized at the regional level – best of luck on the state-wide award!