by John Steinberger | February 22, 2019 7:56 am
West Ashley High School (WAHS) showcased its programs Thursday evening at the Taste of West Ashley night. Invitations went out to all West Ashley elementary and middle school students and their parents to participate. Academic programs, Career and Technology Education (CTE) offerings, athletics and fine arts programs were all on display.
WAHS offers 14 CTE career fields. The award-winning robotics and mechatronics programs were prominently displayed. Students in those programs have won state championships in proficiency competitions. Students learn commercial applications for drones, including taking real estate photos. The culinary arts program has business partners with local restaurants and 20% of its students already work in the industry. The marketing program features its own retail store, the Cat Shack, where students can buy Wildcat gear and snacks. Cosmetology, web design, health sciences and engineering were among the other featured CTE programs.
Students and parents were able to learn about Advanced Placement, dual credit and other academic offerings. The athletics and fine arts programs were also on display. Student tour guides led the younger students and their parents around the school. WAHS currently has an enrollment of about 1700 students. A career school will be added on the Wildcat Boulevard campus in 2021, which will also be available to high school students from the sea islands. The school’s principal is West Ashley native Lee Runyon.
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