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Students from Daniel Jenkins Academy Visit HVAC Lab at Trident Technical College

Students in Ms. Shekema Hamm’s Career and Technology Education program at Daniel Jenkins Academy recently received a campus tour of Trident Technical College from recruiting representative, Mr. Mark Yearty.
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Mr. Yearty stressed the importance of 3 things to the students interested in attending TTC after high school:
  1. Completing their application for admission on time
  2. Submitting their high school transcript with grades they can be proud to share
  3. Earning qualifying test scores on the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer tests for admission

Students enjoyed a quick visit to the Culinary Arts facilities on the way to their primary destination for the day: The HVAC lab.

Students got to see live demonstrations by the HVAC Program Coordinator, Mr. Pressley Baker.

“Mr. Baker was awesome with the students”, said Ms. Hamm. He shared the high demand for HVAC skilled workers in Charleston, and throughout South Carolina. He encouraged the students to find out more about the Youth Apprenticeship program. The students were very interested to learn how graduates of his TTC program can find good paying jobs just about anywhere they want to live across the nation thanks to over 9,000 jobs available for HVAC workers available.  The entry level pay and future earning potential for skilled HVAC technicians is truly excellent in Charleston, and beyond!? Ms. Hamm said, “This Structured Field Study experience was a huge success. One student says he definitely wants a career in HVAC. Another student said that he is definitely considering HVAC as a career option!”

Check out these additional pictures of the students’ visit to Trident Tech –

Thanks to all that made this work-based learning opportunity possible!

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CCSD Culinary Students Compete in 2016 Fall Cornucopia Cook-Off

Charleston, SC — On Friday, November 11, 2016, local culinary students from different high schools around the county competed in a live cook-off at the Culinary Institute of Charleston showcasing their fall produce recipes.2nd-place

Participants in the cook-off were hand-chosen by their program’s director based on their recipe. Finalists cooked their dish in front of a panel of judges including Executive Chef Michelle Weaver from Charleston Grill, Post & Courier food reporter and restaurant critic Hanna Raskin, Weston Fennell with Limehouse Produce, and Marion Sullivan from the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.

Congratulations to the following students who competed in this year’s cook-off:

  • 1st Place: Michelle Hammock, West Ashley HS Senior, Pumpkin pie with kabocha squash ice cream1st-place
  • 2nd Place: Andrew Thai, Wando HS Sophomore, Spaghetti squash carbonara with pear jam chicken
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  • 3rd Place: Shannon Lemmon, Wando HS Junior, Acorn squash soup
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  • Honorable Mention: Abigail Delgado, West Ashley HS Senior
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“Limehouse takes pride in engaging our customers and community in outreach efforts that promote fresh, healthy eating and seasonal awareness as it relates to produce,” said Weston Fennell, Lead Buyer at Limehouse Produce. “The Fall Cornucopia Cook-off taps into a vital audience: our future chefs studying culinary arts in high school. Cooking before esteemed judges like Hanna Raskin and Michelle Weaver provides these students with an exciting opportunity to test their creativity and skills. We hope the experience comes full circle when they visit Charleston Grill and see what goes on in a top-notch professional kitchen.”

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For first place, Hammock received $125 courtesy of Feed the Need, a behind-the-scenes tour with Chef Weaver, including dinner at Charleston Grill, and the opportunity to be featured in a Local Palate magazine ad. All finalists were awarded cash and prizes.

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“We are extremely thankful for the support of Limehouse Produce, Trident Tech, and all the others that make this excellent work-based learning experience possible for our students,” said Chad Vail, CTE Work-based Learning Partnerships Coordinator.

For more information about the Fall Cornucopia Cook-Off, visit www.limehouseproduce.com.

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Thank you to the professionals in the Charleston County School District Department of Communications for sharing this terrific CTE Success Story.

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West Ashley HS Graduate Stephen Maddy Receives SC Technology Champion Award

Congratulations to West Ashley High School graduate Stephen Maddy who received his SC Technology Champion award at the SC Education & Business Summit June 26th in Greenville for South Carolina’s most exemplary CTE students!

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Trident Tech Chef Instructor Visits Military Magnet Academy Culinary Arts Lab

Instructor Chef Scott Stefanelli and one his students from Trident Technical College recently visited Chef Joseph Crompton’s culinary arts classroom at Military Magnet Academy for a live demonstration and lecture.

Chef Stefanelli serves on the culinary arts advisory board for Military Magnet Academy and actively supports many local workforce development organizations, including the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Students from MMA are scheduled to visit the Culinary Arts program at Trident Technical College in mid April.

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Also, Chef Crompton was recently named Teacher of the Month at Military Magnet Academy – Congratulations Chef Crompton!

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16-17 Youth Apprenticeships Information Session Schedule

GET PAID TO LEARN THROUGH TTC!

Paid Youth Apprenticeship Opportunities

Trident Technical College together with regional employers are offering rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get paid to learn as youth apprentices. Apprentices receive paid on-the-job training with in-the-classroom instruction as dual credit students through TTC’s Workforce Academies. All tuition and costs for youth apprentices are covered by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Apprenticeship opportunities are available in the following areas:

Culinary Arts                           Boat Manufacturing/Fiberglass Finishing                                   HVAC

Hotel Operations                           Junior Computer Programming                  Computer Networking        Medical Office Assisting                   Machine Tool Technology                           Industrial Mechanics

Interested students and parents are encouraged to attend one of our Parent Night Information Sessions in the spring to find out more information and meet participating employers:

MANUFACTURING Boat Manufacturing, Industrial Mechanics, Machine Tool Technology THURSDAY, JANUARY 14

6:00pm-9:00pm

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM Culinary Arts, Hotel Operations THURSDAY, JANUARY 21

6:00pm-9:00pm

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Jr. Computer Programming, Computer Networking THURSDAY, JANUARY 28

6:00pm-9:00pm

HEALTHCARE Medical Office Assisting THURSDAY,FEBRUARY 4

6:00pm-9:00pm

HVAC THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11

6:00pm-9:00pm

All Information Sessions will be held at:

Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Avenue, Charleston, SC 29406 Building 970, Room 106

LINK TO MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION

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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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3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Camp a Success at Lowcountry Tech Academy

The 3rd Annual Palmetto Cyber Security Summer Camp was staged last week at Lowcounty Tech Academy.

Special thanks to Bill Littleton for serving as camp director, and to the lead sponsors of the camp, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Charleston (SPAWAR) and Trident Technical College!

Over 80 students participated in various tracks, including the  “Junior Cyber Warrior” track, new for this year for middle school aged students.

The Junior Cyber Warrior campers enjoyed sessions on Computer Deconstruction, Scratch Programming, Command & Control Systems, Building PowerPoint Slides, Internet Security, Trebuchet, LEGO Robotics, Cyber Espionage, Snap Circuits, and a “Clash of Clans” style cyber security challenge.

In the Cyber Espionage challenge, students were assigned to recover key intelligence from a USB drive containing stolen information after searching a potential spy (manakin). Once they found the suspicious item on the spy, they examined the data for valuable secrets using popular cryptography and forensics tools.

Check out these students’ hand-built trebuchets – they loved practicing and competing:

Other campers enjoyed sessions like Computer Deconstruction, Installing & Securing Linux, Networking, Installing & Securing Windows, Vulnerabilities & Threats, HTML Programming, Java Script Design, Raspberry Pi, and a Cyber Challenge led by SPAWAR volunteers.

Students interested in Engineering and Robotics were treated to a VEX Robotics program packed with hands-on project-based learning activities.

Students also got to experiment with a small drone as they tried to navigate through various obstacles. Check out this video!

The purpose of the camp was to bring together subject matter experts, local businesses, community organizations and most importantly students, our future cyber warriors, to learn about cybersecurity.  The organizer’s  ultimate goal was to provide each participant with specialized focused sessions and ample opportunities to experience hands-on activities in different aspects of cybersecurity.

This year’s camp theme was “Defend Your Domain” to embraces the notion of protecting cyber “domains”.  Students learned the importance of being ever vigilant in protecting themselves against cyber-criminals.

Here are some pictures from the end of camp awards ceremony – view even more pictures from the camp here!

CCSD Career and Technology Education would like to give a huge thanks to Jim ‘N Nicks catering, SPAWAR, Trident Technical College and all the other community partners that invested their time, talent, and support to make this year’s camp successful.

Thank you to Joseph Bullinger with SPAWAR for sharing the pictures for this story.

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Learn & Earn with Paid Youth Apprenticeships – Applications Due ASAP

 

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CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

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!

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

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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

Manufacturing 
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

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP APPLICATION CHECKLIST & FORMS (MS Word)

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 tanisha.hook@tridenttech.edu or Ellen Kaufman at843.574.6990 or ellen.kaufman@tridenttech.edu.

 

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

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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.

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

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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: http://www.tridenttech.edu/academics/quest/index.htm