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Inaugural TEALS Class at West Ashley High School

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce is committed to addressing the workforce gaps in the IT/Tech sector, which is why we have partnered with TEALS, which stands for Technology Education and Literacy in School, as part of the Regional CS Advisory Board (part of Career Academies). The CS Advisory Board’s mission is to increase both the number of Computer science courses offered in our high schools and the number of students in those classes.

Volunteers Needed!

This year in SC, TEALS was in three schools, two of which are in the Charleston region. We are excited that in the upcoming 2018/19 school year there will be five participating schools in the Charleston region!

Which is where you come in. One thing that comes along with growth in a program like TEALS is the increased need for volunteers. We need volunteers for the following classes:

  • West Ashley High School AP CS A and AP CS Principles (2 volunteers)
  • Hanahan High School Intro to CS (4 volunteers)
  • Academic Magnet High School AP CS Principles (2 volunteers)
  • Wando High School Exploring CS (6 volunteers)
  • R. B. Stall High School Intro to CS (4 volunteers)

The ideal volunteer is:

  • Part of an organization that does not farm out their IT, or is an IT company (computer science focused)
  • Willing to be a part of a team of four that will rotate and teach first period of every day for the entire school year

“Learning computer science (CS) empowers young people to compete in the global economy and pursue careers across all sectors because it teaches students computational thinking and problem solving skills applicable in any industry. Students want to learn computer science yet most high schools are unable to offer rigorous CS courses.” –TEALS

We are thrilled that Blackbaud, Boeing, ECPI University, State Ports Authority and Trident Technical College have generously offered to provide the professional volunteers who will support a TEALS expansion in our region for the 2017/18 school year,  including two AP classes at West Ashley High School and an Intro to Computer Science course at Hanahan High School.

West Ashley High School AP CS Principals class
West Ashley High School AP CS Java class
West Ashley High School AP CS Java class
Hanahan High School Intro class
Hanahan High School Intro class

We first invited TEALS to the Charleston region back in October 2014 because their mission so closely aligned with ours. Our goal is to help districts drive momentum for more Computer Science classes in our region’s high schools and to buildup student desire and teacher capacity for these classes. Started in 2009, TEALS is now creating a ripple effect in over 225 schools in 25 states.

In August 2016, the first local TEALS pilot in our region launched at West Ashley High School. Two IT professionals, Gary Scott, recently retired after 34 years at SPAWAR, and Michael Buhler, Javascript Developer at Voltteware, came to the first period AP Computer Science class every school day to teach students and help build a sustainable computer science program.

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