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Academic Magnet Students Visit SPAWAR Labs for Work-based Learning Experience

spawar logoPLTW Instructor Jamie Corson and his students from Academic Magnet HS were welcomed by Ms. Michelle Rehr-Matash, SPAWAR Public Affairs officer for a day of interactive learning.

Students got to visit several different working labs, including the Communications & Wireless Lab, Research & Development Lab and Computer Forensics Lab.  Then over lunch, students participated in a computer forensics activity with Mr. Bill Littleton, an accomplished SPAWAR computer scientist . The students enjoyed the activity involving meta data & GPS data integrated into photographs.

“The opportunity to visit SPAWAR offered students the ability to meet with a wide range of engineers and technicians.” said Mr. Corson.  “They left with a better understanding about the various projects taking place behind the guard gate, and the important role the organization serves in our national security”, added Corson. The students also learned about opportunities for federal internships and co-op programs aimed at both high school and college students.

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Blackbaud Hosts Students in St. Johns HS’s Project Lead the Way Program for Work-based Learning Experience

Students in Mr. Darwin Shorters’ Project Lead the Way class at St. Johns High School recently visited Blackbaud’s international headquarters on Daniel Island for a day of work-based learning.Students participated in “ignite sessions” where members of the Blackbaud team shared their professional and educational journeys as well as specifics of their jobs at Blackbaud.

Speakers held a wide array of positions in the corporation and really enlightened the students about how different skill sets can all be utilized at a large corporation including students who are gifted in the humanities (the Oprah Winfrey’s), business (the Sean Combs) and Computer Science (The Mark Zuckerberg’s) and how really, some jobs are a combination of multiple intelligences.

The trip ended with students taking part in a lego challenge where they were given specifics and had to work in teams to try to create the desired product. Students learned about the importance of teamwork, creating a business plan, and product delivery.

“It was an incredible experience for my students to visit Blackbaud’s beautiful office building and interact with the professionals working there,” said Mr. Shorters.

Thank you to all the terrific Blackbaud associates for investing in our students!

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Charleston Water System Engineers and Managers visit West Ashley HS CTE Department

Engineers & Managers from Charleston Water System toured the West Ashley High School CTE department yesterday as part of the outreach of the Charleston Metro Chamber STEM Academy Advisory Board.

Charleston County School District CTE programs are best when business partners and educators collaborate!

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R. B. Stall HS Students Complete New Employee Training for Workforce Academy Program at Palmetto Goodwill

goodwill logoAugust 14, 2015 – North Charleston, SC – A new partnership between Palmetto Goodwill and R. B. Stall High School called Workforce Academy is offering students the opportunity to earn their diploma AND an hourly wage at the same time!

Each of the 14 students in the first cohort of the Workforce Academy program have a unique class schedule. Some will go to school and work at Goodwill on alternate days, and some will work after school hours.

Each participating student will earn high school work-based learning credit and a paycheck from their employer, Palmetto Goodwill. ???????????????????????????????

With every job comes certain requirements for new employees – Goodwill held their new employee orientation & career skills training class from August 4-14 for the participating students.

Enjoy these pictures from the ceremony held Friday August 14 at the Goodwill Training Center on Rivers Ave – the students enjoyed pizza and cake after the ceremony that was also attended by many of their high school teachers.

We could not be more proud of these students’ achievements, and their commitment to completing this important training prior to the start of the school year.  Thanks to Palmetto Goodwill and the administrative leadership at R. B. Stall High School for their dedication to making this personalized learning opportunity possible for these students!

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R. B. Stall Health Science Program Visits Horizon Bay Assisted Living

IMG_1242February 25, 2015 – Today, students in Ms. Erin Shiver’s Clinical Studies program at R. B. Stall HS enjoyed an interactive visit to the assisted living and memory care units at Horizon Bay.

They learned that assisted living residents have their own individual living spaces (and vehicles if desired and appropriate) and their care can range from help with only meals to personal care. The students shadowed caregivers, interacted with residents and helped serve lunch.
The memory care unit provides in depth care for residents diagnosed with Alzheimers/dementia. This is the area that most students love and want to stay. The students are directly shadowing caregivers (medical assistants, physical therapists, nurses​, med techs, administration​ ) assisting with the patient transport and activities for brain stimulation​.
 
​Ms. Shiver said, “The impact from this experience was enlightening. I could see a sparkle in their eyes and a pep in their step​. My students were motivated and empowered to take action now in pursuit of their careers in health care. I was witnessing their future becoming their present as they asked for volunteer applications and schedules. This 2-hour experience was filled with more information and reality than they were expecting and I was gratified!”  “​They all dressed and acted the part; 100% dressed in scrubs and wearing ID’s and carrying their clipboards and pens with their job shadowing worksheets attached”, Ms. Shiver added.
2014 MUSC Nursing Camp

Summer Nursing Career Camp Highlighted in MUSC Newspaper


Health Science majors from throughout Charleston County School District were highlighted in the Aug 29 edition of the MUSC Catalyst for their participation in this summer’s MUSC Nursing Career Camp.

2014 MUSC Nursing Camp

Students examine various medical instruments and nursing equipment, trying to guess the name and purpose of each piece as part of an exercise. Campers worked with nurse educators getting career advice and professional training. photo by Emily Upshur, MUSC Public Relations