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Baptist Hill High School Students Visit Steven’s Towing to Learn About Internship Positions Available

st-logosDecember 13, 2016 – Yonges Island, SC – Students from Baptist Hill Middle High School interested in working in the marine towing, rigging and welding industry got a terrific facility tour today at Stevens Towing Company.

The entire leadership team and many supporting team members welcomed the students to the ship yard. They shared stories of their path to Stevens Towing, and the family atmosphere that kept them there for most, if not all of their career. Many of the employees shared they were graduates of Baptist Hill High School, and had worked their way up in the company from entry level positions to senior leadership and tug boat captain responsibilities.

The students were given safety vests, glasses, and hard hats, and got to walk the active ship yard with senior team members sharing the details of each job.

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Students were invited to apply for a paid spring semester internship in one of three specific areas of the business: Mechanic, Welding, or Rigging.  More info HERE on the internship opportunity.

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Thanks to all that made this special opportunity possible at Stevens Towing, and to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for their support of this and many other work-based learning partnerships for CCSD students!

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MUSC Hosts Campus Visit and Career Fair for Lowcountry High School Students

Charleston, SC – March 4, 2016 – Hundreds of students from throughout the Charleston region were invited to visit the Medical University of South Carolina for an event called “Discover MUSC – from Classroom to Career”.

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The students were treated to an opening informational session, a large career fair with interactive exhibits and professionals from well known and lesser known components of MUSC’s “city within a city.”

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“My students loved the hands-on opportunities to see things like a real human brain and spinal cord, and my students also enjoyed learning about the diverse range of non-medical professions MUSC needs to serve our community,” said Lucia Watson, Health Science Instructor a Garrett Academy of Technology.

Participating CCSD schools included:

  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS
  • Lincoln MHS
  • Garrett Academy of Technology
  • Burke HS

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After the career fair held in the MUSC Wellness Center gym, the students were split into small groups with an MUSC student guide and treated to a campus tour followed by a lunch and learn session with leading physicians. One presentation was on modern dentistry and the amazing tools and software used at MUSC to create same day crowns and veneers. Another presentation was on the fast growing field of tele-medicine, providing healthcare remotely in real-time.

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To conclude the terrific day of experiential learning, students participated in a wrap-up session and had the chance to win prize packages full of MUSC swag.

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The day was truly an ideal experience for students considering a profession in health care and the many other supporting career pathways at MUSC.

Thanks to the many generous professionals at MUSC for investing their time in local students, and thanks to the Metro Chamber of Commerce Regional Health Advisory Board for Career Academies for their important role in facilitating the event.

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Enjoy Professionals’ Tour of Ravenel Bridge

Local professionals from several engineering firms, all members of the West Ashley High School STEM Advisory Board, recently led Dr. Barbara Leonard’s students on a special tour of the Ravenel Bridge of the Cooper River. Tyler talking to Steven

“The Ravenel Bridge Walk, led by engineers who specialize in building and inspecting the bridge, was the highlight of Engineers Week,” said Dr. Leonard.Group on the bridge

“Seeing the bridge through the eyes of these knowledgeable engineers was an opportunity for the PLTW Civil Engineering and Architecture students to experience firsthand the connection of their lessons at school to a world-class project of incredible magnitude,” Dr. Leonard added.

Entire Group under the Bridge

 

Special thanks for these excellent pictures to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS 

 

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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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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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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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21 CCSD Students Starting Youth Apprenticeships with Local Companies

Congratulations to the 21 CCSD students that have been hired as Youth Apprentices and accepted at Trident Technical College for job related education – here is the roster by school:

Student # Program Grad Year School Hired by
1 Computer Programming 2017 Academic Magnet BCSD
2 Industrial Mechanics 2016 Charleston Charter Cummins
3 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy High Cotton
4 Culinary 2017 Garrett Academy The Vendue
5 Industrial Mechanics 2017 Garrett Academy VTL
6 Machine Tool Tech. 2016 James Island Charter TorqTek
7 Hotel Operations 2017 Military Magnet Charming Inns
8 Culinary 2016 North Charleston The Vendue
9 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
10 Boat Manufacturing 2016 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
11 Boat Manufacturing 2017 R.B. Stall Key West Boats
12 Hotel Operations 2016 R.B. Stall Holiday Inn Express
13 Culinary 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
14 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
15 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Kiawah Island
16 Hotel Operations 2017 St. John’s HS Mills House Wyndham
17 Computer Networking 2017 Wando CCSD
18 Culinary 2017 Wando Wild Dunes
19 Computer Networking 2016 West Ashley City of Charleston
20 Culinary 2017 West Ashley Post House
21 Industrial Mechanics 2017 West Ashley BOSCH

Students in this program are interviewed and hired by local companies in 7 pathways:
Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Hotel Operations Youth Apprenticeships
Culinary Arts Youth Apprenticeship
Manufacturing
Boating Manufacturers’ Youth Apprenticeship
Industrial Mechanics Youth Apprenticeship
Machine Tool (CNC) Youth Apprenticeship
Information Technology
Computer Networking Youth Apprenticeship
Computer Programming Youth Apprenticeship

Learn more about this wonderful partnership between local industry, Trident Technical College, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, and all 4 local school districts HERE.
Read the story on youth apprenticeships recently published in the Post and Courier HERE.

 

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CCSD High Schools Partnering with Chamber for Career Academies

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With 39 programs in 11 CCSD High Schools, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce “Career Academy” initiative is kicking off the 15/16 academic year with strong partnerships for CTE programs throughout the district.

Thanks to all the terrific business partners that have agreed to invest their time and support in Charleston County schools!

Link to MORE INFO on Career Academies, including the list of business partners already committed to help.

Here is a list of the programs with Career Academy partnerships by school:

Academic Magnet HS

  • Computer Science

Baptist Hill MHS

  • Business Information Management

Garrett Academy of Technology

  • Health Professions

Lincoln MHS

  • Building Construction
  • Culinary

Lowcountry Tech Academy  

  • Computer Science

Military Magnet Academy

  • Culinary Arts
  • Computer Science

North Charleston HS

  • Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Professions
  • Law Enforcement
  • Business

St. Johns HS

Charleston School of the Arts

  • Fashion Design and Apparel Construction

R. B. Stall HS

  • Engineering
  • Health Professions

Wando HS

  • School of Mathematics Science and Engineering
  • School of Business and Information Systems
  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Health Human and Public Services
  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Business Information Management
  • Arts and Communications
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance
  • Education and Training
  • Health Science
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Marketing

West Ashley HS

  • Engineering
  • Mechatronics

 

 

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Garrett Academy Welcomes Principal for a Day: Capt. Marvin L. Jones

This week, leaders from throughout the Charleston area are spending “A day in the life” of a Lowcountry school principal, thanks to the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Principal for a Day initiative. IMG_2261IMG_2262

Garrett Academy of Technology’s assigned principal for the day was Captain Marvin L. Jones, MSC, USN,  who has been the commanding officer of the Naval Health CliIMG_2259nic Charleston since September 2013.

When captain Jones arrived to Garrett Academy, he saw his name on the school sign and his own parking spot designated by a special sign!  In the school’s front lobby a large color sign custom designed by Mr. Butler’s Digital Arts & Design class welcomed him to the school.

Captain Jones shadowed Garrett Academy principal Charity Summers today and saw first hand how the school operates.

New this year for the chamber’s Principal for a Day program is the opportunity for the principals to return the favor – principals will be shadowing their assigned community leader this summer at their place of business.

This wonderful program is structured to foster and sustain important relationships between schools and the key decision makers in the community.