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CTE Professional Development Success

March 13, 2015 – Charleston, SC – CTE Administrators from CCSD high schools gathered in the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce board room Friday for an informative overview of CTE best practices and resources.

The CTE Support Team, led by Ginger Reijners, Director of Career and Technology Education for the district, provided specific tips and tools for each building administrator to share with their school’s faculty and students.

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Thanks to the Chamber for hosting the meeting, and thanks to all the CCSD administration leaders that attended!


CCSD Teams Enjoy Strong Showing in Annual Quest Academic Competition at Trident Tech


Students from 42 public schools throughout the Trident Region battled for top honors at the 29th Annual Quest Academic Competition recently held at Trident Technical College on Main Campus.

Students participated in four levels of competition: Level I-grade 6, Level II-grades 7-8, Level III-grades 9-10 and Level IV-grades 11-12. Students competed and earned points in team competitions in math, science and social studies, and in individual competitions in composition, public speaking and visual arts. Schools whose students earned the most total points won overall awards at each level. Special competitions that did not contribute points toward the overall awards were held in automotive, computer aided design, computer programming, culinary, engineering design and construction, French, horticulture, Spanish, video/film and welding.


Chef Bill Twaler, Culinary Arts instructor at Wando High School provided these pictures of his award winning students -


Wando High School Culinary Arts Students Maci Brown, Lucy Williamson,
and Savannah Walker earned 2nd place in their Quest Competition!

Overall awards were given to 13 schools. At Level I (grade 6), Moultrie Middle School won first place.  At Level III (grades 9-10), Academic Magnet High School and Ashley Ridge High School tied for second. At Level IV (grades 11-12), Academic Magnet High School won first place.

Approximately 1,200 students participated in this year’s QUEST. The competition was developed by TTC to promote academic excellence, provide an academic challenge to students and recognize top students, teachers and schools. The 2015 QUEST competition was sponsored by The Post and Courier. 

This info is from an event summary posted on the TTC website here:


R. B. Stall Hosts Student Job Fair

March 12, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – R. B. Stall High School staged a job fair for students that included employers from throughout the region ready to interview and hire on the spot!
One of the event organizers,  Mr. Andres Casson provided this summary on the planning and execution of the job fair:
“Mr. Wilson has great insight in regards to the academic and social needs of our students. We made a decision early first semester to design a job fair after the career fair. We’ve had a lot of student express the interest/need for employment and sometimes our students just don’t know how to initiate the search. We thought it would be ideal to bring the jobs to them.
We prepared the students throughout the week with information and academy lessons on resume building, application completions, career preparation, job interview skills and all the other peripheral skills. The employers arrived at 9:00 am for sign in. They were given their packets and assigned their tables. Mr. Carrick addressed the employers thanking them for their participation. Students were then brought down in 3 different waves. Students were prepared with a folder with 10 copies of their resumes, a completed universal job application and a written good luck message.
The students entered into the auditorium where they met with the employers and interviewed. employers gave out stickers for students who were impressive enough for a second interview. Those students were corralled into the Media center where they used the computers to complete online applications. Once all three waves were completed the employers met with the students selected for the final interviews. Some students were hired and most were called for interviews at the employers locations.”IMAG7213[1]
The participating employers included:
  • East Bay Deli (Dorchester, North Charleston)
  • Sonic
  • Chic-fil-A
  • Domino’s (Multiple locations)
  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Target

Thanks to everyone that helped make this amazing opportunity possible for students at R. B. Stall High School!



R. B. Stall HS Health Science Student Named Outstanding HOSA Member at State Conference

HOSA-Rebrand-Logo-Standard-med-resCongratulations to Zhonkia Carter, a senior in Ms. Erin Shiver’s Health Science program at R. B. Stall HS on being named an Outstanding Member of Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) at the recent state conference.

While at the conference, Miss Carter also made a connection with the “Be the Match”organization She has already started on a community service project to help with sickle cell anemia research and treatment efforts, blood cancers and others similar illness. a project directly aligned with her Health Science career major.

Here are some pictures from the HOSA Conference –

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Student Summer Employment Opportunities from Palmetto Community Action Partnership

Project Pride is now accepting applications for
Summer Youth Works! 2015!

Want to work in the medical field? 
Think you’ve got what it takes to run an office?
Have a desire to work with children?  

Do you have a passion for fashion?
We’ve got a job for you!

Summer Youth Works! 2015 Work Sites
  • Berkeley County Department of Social Services
  • Berkeley County First Steps
  • Cannon Street YMCA
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood
  • Charleston Women’s Wellness Center
  • Family Life Center at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
  • Florence Crittenton of SC
  • Goodwill Industries of Lower SC
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Jubilee Market
  • Miracle Academy
  • Palmetto Project
  • Palmetto Community Action Partnership
  • Palmetto Youth Connection
  • SC Works Career System
  • St. Stephen Elementary
  • Trident United Way
In order to participate you must meet the following criteria: 
  • Reside in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County
  • Be an 11th grader taking College Preparation classes or
  • Be a 12th grader planning to attend college in the Fall semester of 2015 or
  • Be a currently enrolled college student at any accredited community, junior or four-year college who will be living in the Tri-county area between mid-May and early August and will be returning to college in the Fall semester of 2015.

*If you fall under the planning to attend college category you will be required to provide your letter of acceptance from the college you will be attending.*

Click HERE for job descriptions!   Click HERE to learn more about the program!  Click HERE to apply!

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Baptist Hill Middle High School Hosts Interactive Career Day

March 11, 2015 – Hollywood, SC – Business partners from throughout the community invested their time this morning in Baptist Hill Middle High School classrooms.

Students moved through several rotations and heard from a variety of career day speakers. The event, organized by the BHMHS Guidance Department, allowed students in middle and high school grades to learn about a wide variety of careers and the steps each presenter took to achieve their success.

A common set of traits echoed in each classroom – Work ethic, finding your passion, and continuous life-long education.













Tony Deering, CEO and President of Pegasus Steel advised students to read as much as they could, and strive to be the best in every position they will hold. “Today, there is more opportunity for young people than ever to earn success”, Deering said.

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At the wrap-up luncheon for career day speakers, school principal Ms. Kala Goodwine was surprised by a impromptu donation of $1000 from Sylvester Hester, Vice Chairman and Chief Operations Officer, Key Logistics & Global Automotive LLC.

Participating companies included: The Iron Yard, Floyd Brace, Charleston County Transportation, Verizon Wireless, Pegasus Steel, Boeing SC, SCE&G, St. Paul Fire Department, Charleston Riverdogs, Global Automotive, Marchant Chevrolet, Salon 331, National Guard, Marine Patrol, Food Lion, Key Logistics, CCSD Operations, and more.

Thank you to everyone that made this career day event at Baptist Hill Middle High School a terrific success today!

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West Ashley HS VEX Robotics Team #9623 Places 2nd at State Competition

After finishing in 1st place at the regional Lowcountry VEX Robotics Challenge on February 21, 2015, the West Ashley High School Robotics Team #9623, competed and finished 2nd overall out of 45 teams from throughout the state in this past weekend’s state competition held at Spring Valley HS in Columbia!

WAHS VEX Robotics team adviser Mr. Nicholas Holmes gave this recap: “part of the event requires teams to partner with teams from other schools,  and we selected the team “Combined IQ” from Oakbrook Prep School to be our ally (just as we did at the Lowcountry VEX Challenge).  We swept the first and second round of playoffs.  The finals were a “best-of-3″ match against a team from Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center (ACTC).  The first match went to ACTC and we won the second match.  The state championship came down to a single tie-breaker game, which we ultimately lost.  Despite this heartbreaking loss, WAHS is very proud to be ranked as the #2 robotics program in the state of SC!”

Here are some additional pictures from the event – Congratulations to Mr. Holmes and his amazing students on their success at the statewide VEX Robotics event!

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Wando Culinary Arts Enjoys Success in ProStart Competition

Congratulations to Mr. Bill Twaler and his culinary arts students from Wando High School on their success at the recent ProStart competition held at the N. Charleston Convention Center.  “The students truly enjoyed the experience of competing”, said Mr Twaler.

Picture below are Wando’s 1st place ProStart Management Team, Tanner Crunelle, Anna Ware, Talbot McGee…2 years in a row!!


Pictured below are Chef Twaler, Dominique Evans, Chloe Seay, Byrone Porcher, Brock Shattuck, and Thomas Bell who earned 3rd place in their competition.