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Mayor Riley Issues Challenge – 1,000 high school students in summer jobs

Charleston, SC – January 28, 2015:  In his final State of the City speech last night, Mayor Joesph P. Riley, Jr. mentioned several key local programs serving students, and challenged the business community to provide valuable, life shaping employment opportunities to students this summer.

“We are fortunate to be working with our Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative chaired by our wonderful community leader, Anita Zucker. This collaborative helps us focus on initiatives that really pay off in benefiting our children like Communities in Schools, Reading Partners, the Charleston Promise Neighborhood and many others. And tonight, I will challenge us as a community to engage one more initiative and, that is, increasing summer youth employment for our students.

For a teenager, a summer job not only often provides much needed income for college and their families, but lifetime beneficial experiences are gained in the workplace and the students make a great contribution to the organization for which they are working.  I am announcing a regional summer youth employment challenge. Our goal is to have 1,000 high school students in summer jobs. I am working in partnership with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, our regional school districts and we will be reaching out to businesses and local governments. Let’s make the summer of 2015 an especially rewarding one for our youth.”

Read the entire speech herehttp://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?nid=1260

Businesses interested in providing summer employment opportunities can take action here: http://charlestonempowered.com/business-partners/

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Wando Mechatronics Students Visit Cummins Facility

Cecil Gainey’s mechatronics students from Wando High School recently enjoyed an informative and interactive visit to Cummins Turbo Technologies facility in Charleston.

Student were impressed with the size of a 300 pound diesel turbo engine and the research & development, commitment to quality, and local teamwork required to ensure it’s optimal performance. These massive Cummins engines will be installed in a variety of seagoing vessels, sometimes in multiples of 2 or more.

“Thanks to Mr. Z Dixon, and all the local Cummins team members for enabling students to see first-hand the career opportunities that await them in the vibrant manufacturing sector here in Charleston”, said Mr. Gainey after the visit.

 

 

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Automotive Technology Students Getting Hands Dirty in New Building at Wando HS

Mr. Andy Streets’ Automotive Technology program at Wando High School is empowering the next generation of local mechanics with hands-on learning opportunities.

With a new building and state-of-the-art automotive repair equipment, Mr. Streets is building a program that will produce graduates with excellent prospects for local employment.

Students can also choose to continue their studies at Trident Technical College, where Mr. Streets also teaches classes.

To learn more about the Automotive Technology program at Wando High School, or any of the many CTE programs offered there, click this link.

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Wando HS Empowering Next Generation of Charleston Cosmetologists

Ms. Mary Smith’s cosmetology program is shaping up nicely at the Center for Advanced Studies at Wando High School.

Today her students were practicing their skills on mannequins, a required step in their march toward certification.

For more information on the Cosmetology program at Wando, Click Here.

 

 

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Wando Culinary Arts Volunteers at March of Dimes Auction

Oct 2, 2014 – The Charleston Marriott downtown was the host location again this year for the Charleston Signature Chefs Auction benefiting the March of Dimes.

Among the many volunteers that helped ensure the success of this event was Bill Twaler, and his talented culinary arts students from Wando High School. They arrived early and stayed late, and got the chance to work side by side with Charleston’s top chefs!

Chef Twaler said, “It was a terrific experiential learning opportunity, and a nice resume builder for each of the students. This work-based learning opportunity will pay dividends far in to the future for these students.”  Chef Twaler also expressed his thanks to everyone that made their inclusion possible, especially for such a worthy cause.


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MUSC Hosts CCSD Health Science Students for Summer Nursing Career Camp

Congratulations to 14 CCSD Health Science majors on competing the MUSC Nursing Career Camp this summer!

All 14 students are preparing to start their senior years at Stall HS, Wando HS, West Ashley HS, and Garrett Academy.

Special thanks to the amazing professionals at MUSC for hosting them!

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Summer Internships Success

25 CCSD students from high schools throughout the district recently completed their summer internships with various school district departments.

Participating departments included Information Technology, Plant Operations, Fine Arts, Federal Programs, Communications, Accounting, Human Resources, Lowcountry Tech Academy, Contracts Procurement, and Nutrition Services.

At the “End of Internships Celebration” held June 30th at Lowcountry Tech Academy, students and their supervisors shared about their internship experiences.

Mr. Michael Bobby, Charleston County School District’s Chief Financial Officer spoke to the students on the value of what they’d accomplished during their summer internships and encouraged them to draw from their experiences as they make important decisions going forward.