Regional Business Advisory Board meeting notes 12.5.17
Attendees: Dustin Haynes/HTFCU, Donald Smith/ Hendrick, Caitlin Roark/Levelwing, Karen Thompson/CCPRC, Shari Shultz/Greater Summerville Chamber, Brittany Russell/SAOS, Patrice Lawson/Moultrie Middle, Maria Williams/FDHS, Sarah Buncum/SJHS, Jemie Meachum/Bank of America, Melonie Hazelton/Summerville HS, Gerald Taylor/FDHS, Ward Mungo/Mungo Homes, Patrick Withers/Stratford HS, Erin Queen/Berkeley HS, Chad Vail/CCSD CTE, Laganna Lawrence/CCSD CTE, Mindy Sturm/City of Charleston, Cory Werkheiser/College of charleston.
Angela Gordon: Reality of Money simulations are offered at no cost for all school districts. Students receive a scenario profile including gross income, job, and family size. They visit tables staffed by field experts and determine their needs and purchases.
The Soft Skills project in Berkeley County School District involved approximately 500 students.
Students developed resumes and cover letters and received interviewing tips from professionals.
A clothing company demonstrated appropriate dress and what is not appropriate for interview attire.
Students can add their resumes to their STEM Premier profiles (software is free to students).
STEM Premier is a company that started in Charleston. It can be described as Linked In but built for use by teens. Students can highlight themselves, skills, employability, scholarships, and there is a quick button to prints/sends their resume. Companies can recruit for jobs and internships on the site.
Patrice: Berkeley Electric participated in mock interviews with Sara Buncum’s classes at St. john’s HS. They covered professional dress, presenting resumes and interview skills.
Pat Bradley: invited a team of professionals for national career Development Week and Shari Schultz was involved in simulations about employability.
What academy partners are doing…
Jemie: bank of America formed a volunteer committee to assist teachers with mock interviews, personal budgeting with Khan Academy, financial literacy, and provides classroom materials.
Ward: Mungo Homes is working with FBLA at Fort Dorchester HS.
Donald: delivering social media and ethics presentations at Stall HS.
Karen: CCPRC delivering soft skills, interview skills and mock interviews.
Shari: Worked with Ashley Ridge HS students to build resumes, workplace behavior, soft skills, professional development on professionalism is the emphasis.
Mindy: City of Charleston is connected with career academies by offering internships, IT apprenticeships, building industry pipeline, Groundhog Job shadow Day for 15-20 students in their particular area of interest and they see what the workplace looks like.
Fort Dorchester HS needs assistance with students practicing presentations for competitions for FBLA.
TTC Youth Apprenticeship event is 2.3.18. Rising juniors and seniors are targeted for youth apprenticeships.
Do teachers participate in apprenticeships? Yes, teachers can recommend students for apprenticeships. Stratford HS is holding and apprenticeship workshop for students on 2.2.18.
Goose Creek HS in looking for presenters on resume building, soft skills, and communications skills for middle and high school students on 1.20.18.
Laganna: CCSD Liberty Hill schools project: STEM initiative to make parents and students aware of STEM careers. Boeing is involved.
Petra: providing career awareness for elementary and middles schools, alternatives to college, career exploration. High Schools: Social media presence, using charleston empowers website for scavenger hunt activities, Lunch and learns.
Maria Williams: Fort Dorchester business academies need speakers in accounting, entrepreneurship (financial calculations), marketing of a business plan. DD2 is incorporating Microburst learning EmployABILITY Skills program in CTE classes.
Sara: St. John’s HS needs speakers about business plans, finances, marketing, entrepreneurship, job shadows.