Last week on June 16th was the end of our IgniteCS camp sponsored by Google , Kelly Reed and her wonderful team it was amazing teaching these students (this is only half of them btw) HTML & CSS to create some amazing websites. This was a learning experience teaching students about HTML but also learning from them as the 3 weeks flew by! Thanks again google! #igniteCS
Tremell Parker; Google IgniteCS Lead Mentor at Google
Spring 2017 Capstone Project As a member of the West Mecklenburg High School Career Academy, I participated as a Mentor to a group of students under the direction of Social Studies Teacher, Raymond Beamon. Learning Objective was for the students to create a graduate level poster presentation on the various economic impact of NC House Bill 2. Student focus was on the business, hospitality, and tourism industry in the greater Charlotte area. Working in small teams, the students focused on various subtopics of the overall project. Due to HB2, how has the lost of economic investment effected potential economic opportunities was the essential question? I am pleased to confirm the student presentations were extraordinary.
The students were dressed professionally with presentations that confirmed their research that was additionally well articulated. The posters were visually appealing as shown by the attached photos. Congratulations to Mr. Beamon and Academy students. The presentations took place on May 9th.
By Lois Johnson,
Advisory Board Member
West Mecklenburg's Advisory Board strategically plans for next school year with Dr. Gwen High. West Mecklenburg's AB has big plans for the 2017-18 year. The AB completed the #SWOT which helped provide clarity on how they will support the CTE Academies. Sixteen of the twenty members spent Friday, June 16 planning. I am excited for their vision. #VolunteerBoard #Time #Treasure #Talent #NAF #CTE #AOHT & #AOBE
Shoutout to #DiscoveryEducationStudio they are the best Community Partner. It is an honor to work with the board as the #AcademyDirector
Below are extensive details about the program;
*Encourage possible first generation students to pursue higher education
*Allow our mentees a head start in the CS/CT career fields
*Expose them to mentors at both the college and work field level
*Increase confidence and interest in Computer Science and Information Technology fields.
Session 1: Introduction to CS/IT and Mentors/Mentees
Session 2: Introduction to HTML (What is HTML, HTML Tags & Web Browsers)
Session 3: Page Structure, Headings, Paragraphs, Links, Images
Session 4: Attributes, Formatting/Styles, Background colors,
Session 5: Colors
Session 6: CSS
Session 7: Create Website
Session 8: Continue working on website with Mentors/ Mentors evaluate website and student progress
Session 9: Finalize website
Session 10: Present website, program evaluation and program closing ceremony
The program will be hosted from May 30th - June 16th from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (on Weekdays) on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. Students will be provided with dinner, snacks and learning materials and we have arranged a shuttle to pick them up from their schools. This program is a collaboration between JCSU and Google under the supervision of the JCSU Dean of STEM. Parents are also provided with the option to pick up and drop students off. Students are allowed to sign up, up until June 2nd 2017.
The program is targeted towards high school students, we aim to recruit 20 students, each two students will be assigned a JCSU mentor who will be responsible for ensuring that students meet the program and their personal goals.
Age range: 8 to 11
Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, beginner-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals and how to build games in a fun, hands-on environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, and collaboration. The camp also lets them give and get constructive feedback with others, exercise their logic and critical thinking skills, and test games and resolve challenges with Kodu Game Lab features. Don’t miss this chance to learn and have fun. This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. As a beginner-level camp, it is recommended for kids ages 8 to 11.
Learn to Code Flatverse
Age range: 12+
Campers will build their own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp. Kids learn coding fundamentals, then get hands-on instruction on how to read and write basic code themselves. They’ll even learn how to publish their game, so others can play it on their computer or mobile device. Kids will love this opportunity to exercise their problem-solving and logic skills while having fun and making new friends.
This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This intermediate-level camp is recommended for kids ages 12+.
Start Your Own Business
Age Range: 8-12 and 13+
Be inspired in this free, interactive camp that offers entrepreneurial kids the knowledge, tools and support to make their business idea a reality. Learn key concepts from testing their product or idea to protecting it, and receive training on how to create their own business pitch. All graduates will leave with a basic business plan and polished pitch, and the opportunity to present their idea to local entrepreneurs. This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This camp is for kids both ages 8-12 and ages 13+ and requires a Microsoft account.
Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10
Age Range 8-12
Be inspired in this free, interactive camp that offers entrepreneurial kids the knowledge, tools and support to make their business idea a reality. Learn key concepts from testing their product or idea to protecting it, and receive training on how to create their own business pitch. All graduates will leave with a basic business plan and polished pitch, and the opportunity to present their idea to local entrepreneurs.
This four-day camp lasts two hours per day, and campers must attend the days consecutively. This camp is for kids both ages 8-12.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What if my child cannot attend all the camp days? Camps run Monday-Thursday. It is very important that campers are present for the entire camp since each day builds upon the next. If you know in advance you are unable to attend all four days, please contact me to reschedule your camp date.
2. How much does the camp cost? There is no cost to attend the camp. YouthSpark programs are free!
3. I have two children, but only registered one. Can my other child attend? Perhaps, if there is still availability. Each participant must be registered individually. You will need to go back to the registration page, select to “Register without signing in.” This selection will allow you to sign up a maximum of 10 children with the same email address. If there is no availability online, please contact me by email.
4. My child has a friend who has not registered, can we bring them along? We cannot guarantee any child who is unregistered will have a seat in the class, however if there are last minute cancellations or no-shows we will gladly add the friend to the space.
5. Can I drop my child off and go explore the mall? No. We require a guardian remain in the store for the duration of camp each day. This applies to any child under 13 years of age. There are no exceptions to this rule.
6. What should I do while I wait in the store? There will be activities for you! We have created a several technology experiences that you may try out. We also encourage you to bring in your personal computer to receive a FREE PC tune up or personal training on Office while you wait.
7. Do we have to bring our own device? Headphones and devices will be provided.
8. How many camps can my child attend? Participants will not be allowed to repeat a camp they’ve already completed. However, they may attend another camp if you feel they can keep up with an older group.
9. What if my child has special needs? We are happy to make reasonable accommodations for your child. Please let your camp leader know on the first day if your child requires special attention or special seating.
10. Another child is disrupting my child; how will you respond? Our camp leaders are well prepared to facilitate a fun, creative learning experience. We will refer to the parent to correct any behavior that is disruptive to the group.
Paul is our First PSNC Energy Intern - Way to Go Paul
o Rising Juniors and Seniors
o Paid summer job (June 19 - Aug 11)
o 2.5 GPA
o Reliable transportation
o Satisfactory attendance and punctuality important
We are sending this notice out about a great opportunity for your students that are interested in technical careers. Some of you may already be aware of the Opportunity Scholarshiphttps://cpcc.academicworks.com/opportunities/3335 . As the CTE Coordinators at CPCC Harper Campus and Merancas Campus we would like to assist advisors and coordinators that work with the technical minded students that are graduating this year and subsequent years to move them in the direction of this great scholarship opportunity.
It has immense value for the student that is looking forward to having a great career in the following fields and industries. We want to invite your students to explore these fields; come visit our campuses or invite us to come speak to the students that are good candidates for these opportunities. We want the students to make informed decisions and would like to give them a glimpse of these Associates programs of study and what type of careers and salaries are available. The CTE Coordinators at CPCC are working along with our scholarship committee, advisors, enrollment specialist, recruiters and Summer Bridge advisors, Deans, Department Chairs and instructors to make sure that students successfully move through this opportunity as completers. Let us know where we can assist.
Margaret.Thornton@cpcc.edu 704-330-2722 ext. 7451
Nzingha.Williams@cpcc.edu 704-330-2722 ext. 7105
JA Job Shadow Day with West Mecklenburg Academy Students at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP - Friday, October 28, 2016
On Friday, October 28th Twenty-Eight students enrolled in West Mecklenburg Academy of Hospitality & Tourism and The Academy of Business & Entrepreneurship participated in the JA Job Shadow experience at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.
The students had a three part experience prior to our site visit the student’s completed research on the company, created their 30 second pitch and reviewed Job Tips with the Academy Coordinator Sherri L. Moore.
The second step of the experience the students visited the Uptown Charlotte Office for a day which included presentations from Managers, Recruitment Coordinators, Associates, Partners and an Office Tour meeting various employees. During the Partners presentation the students participated in a Case-Study scenario. Words of Wisdom were provided by Stu Goldstein, Partner “There is no magic wand – you have to make your own opportunities. The grades you make now-count now – do your work- get the best grades you can. If you don’t do it- you will have no options.” “It’s all about Options”
The day also included breakfast and lunch with Associates and Partners with a small-group chat. Each student was able to talk to the Associates during lunch the topics varied.
The third step the students will complete a Career Assessment and the date with be returned to JA our community partner. Special thanks to Amy Korb for the opportunity to participate in this experience.
Cadwalader was impressed with our students’ preparation and behavior we have been invited back to participate in a Women’s Finance Workshop with the Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2017.
November 1, 2016
West Mecklenburg High - The CTE Academy of Hospitality & Tourism and Business & Entrepreneurship hosted its Fall 2016 Career Networking Event on Thursday, November 1, in the school Media Center.
Representatives from more than 20 for-profit, government, and non-profit organizations were available to meet with students regarding careers, volunteer opportunities and future internship opportunities. Registered organizations represent a wide range of fields, and employers include 2HotRadio, Cheryl McCullough Writes, Unique Background Solutions, Mountain Island Library, CMS/HR, CityYear, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, CASHRM, YouthEmpowerment Services, and Divine Essence Total Bodycare amongst other. Students from both Academies, were encouraged to attend.
Matt Sadinsky says, he personally connected with fifteen students. He emphasized the importance of communications, math, computer skills and science classes as they are essential to success in many careers. He goes on to say students were energetic and took notes and turned their notes in for feedback from the Academy Coordinator, Sherri L. Moore. Matt says it was a good morning for partners and students. He will encourage other CASHRM members to come out and speak with students during our Wednesday presentation days for the Academy.
Sherri Moore, Academy Coordinator says the support the stakeholders played is an important role for moving our Academy work forward. Moore says there are various opportunities available to support the Academies at West Meck. On Thursday, November 17 there is a Networking Event hosted with an academy partner, CPCC. To attend this event register https://legacy2020.eventbrite.com. Additional speakers for the “Wednesday Speakers Series” are needed. To register go to https://form.jotform.com/62585003648155.
To Lead Expose Great Attributes of Change in our Youth
The KickOff Experience is an in-classroom service project to help feed the hungry, and more. We are motivated and excited and ready to make an impact in our local community. We prepared meals for more than 100 families, the food was delivered to the Metrolina Food Bank in Charlotte, NC.