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New Robotic Equipment Demonstrated for Board of Education

 ACWHC has purchased some new robotic and computerized equipment that will help give students an advantage when looking for work in today’s high tech job market.  Engineering Technology instructor Tom Close and student Andrew Liska demonstrated three of the four items at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting on March 19th.
                One of the presentations involved a Mechatronic work station that allows Close to introduce students to industrial electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic flow software and helps teach ladder logic in machine programming.  Liska showed the board how the work station operated after it was set up and programmed to simulate a conveyor belt used to sort metallic from plastic items.
                “This is designed to be a miniature version of what you would see on a factory or plant line,” Liska said.  “We saw a lot of conveyor belts and the same equipment as this when we toured LuK (in Wooster).  They were even using the same programming system.”  Click Read More for the rest of the story.  

Honor Roll Released for 3rd Grading Period

ACWHCC has announced the names of students who achieved honor roll status for the third nine-week grading periods of the 2014-2015 school year.  For the complete list, click Read More.

Enroll NOW for 2015-2016 Preschool

Parents:  You are invited to check out the ACWHCC preschool program conducted by students in the Early Childhood Education program overseen by Ohio-certified instructor Shirley Meehan.  The preschool offers: 

  • Classes three days a week - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Two sessions - AM - 9:00 to 11:00 (3-4 year olds) --- PM - 12:15-2-15 (4-5 year olds)
  • The oversight of the Ohio Department of Education
  • Observation booth available for parents
  • Kindergarten-ready instruction
  • Curb-side preschool drop-off service

For more information and application call ACWHCC 419-289-3313 or stop at ACWHCC to observe the current program at work.

Engineering Students Exhibit at Ohio's State House

Four senior students in the Engineering and Design Technology (ENG) program at ACWHCC had the opportunity to visit the Ohio State House on April 12th as part of a Student Technology Showcase sponsored by the Ohio Association of Career Technical Education (ACTE)    The Engineering program’s students discussed mechatronics and robotics with Senator Larry Obhof and some state representatives and displayed their NAO robot ROB.  An attention getter, ROB was programmed by the students to dance the Macarena and perform other activities.  For the rest of the article, click Read More.

Resource Conservation Installs Bluebird Boxes

In another example of community service, students in the Resource Conservation program have installed bluebird boxes on the grounds of Hospice of North Central Ohio, Ashland.  The boxes were constructed by RC students while they were confined to the classroom during bad winter weather days.  With spring near, it was time to get the boxes to the birds just in time for spring nesting.  

Perfect Attendance for Third Grading Period

For a list of students who achieved Perfect Attendance for the third 9-week grading period of the 2014-2015 school year, click Read More.
Chloe Ernst (Loudonville)
Bryce Kelley (West Holmes)

ACWHCC Named 2015 Education Business of the Year by Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

ACWHCC was named the 2015 Outstanding Education Business of the Year at the Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards on Thursday, March 12th.  A judging committee from the Medina Area Chamber of Commerce chose ACWHCC from three candidates, basing their selection on the school's performance and standing, customer service strategies and practices, community involvement, and promotion of Ashland County and the surrounding area.  Supt McDaniel accepted the award and praised all ACWHCC students and staff , high school and adult education, for their dedication to excellence and to the community.  

FCCLA Regional Winner

ACWHCC's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students participated in regional competition at the Lorain County Community College on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  Alyssa Spreng, Loudonville Senior in Early Childhood Education, received a Gold Medal in the Language and Literacy category.  FCCLA Advisor is Mrs. Shirley Meehan (Early Childhood Education teacher).

Pendulum Restaurant Schedule Announced

The Pendulum Restaurant will be open on Thursday and Friday, March 12th & 13th.  To check their specialty menu, click here.  

The Pendulum will be closed the weeks of March 16th, 23rd, and 30th and will reopen on April 9th for an International Tasting Event and April 10th for the second annual "Opening Day" buffet.   More information will be coming!!  

March Students of the Month Named

Seth Lugli, Mapleton High School and Alyssa Spreng, Loudonville High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for March.
Lugli, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Denis Lugli and resides in New London.
Spreng in the Career Center’s Early Childhood Education program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Mr. Chris Spreng and resides in Loudonville.   Click Read More for the rest of the story.

Board of Education Hears Report on New Manufacturing Tech Program & Workforce Collaborative

   The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center will meet a March 1 deadline for submitting plans for a new Manufacturing Technologies program that will be started in the 2015-2016 school year.  Principal Rod Cheyney outlined the program and Superintendent Mike McDaniel and officials of a business consulting firm presented information on a related multi-county workforce collaborative at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday (February 19).
    Cheyney told the board the program will focus on four areas including manufacturing operations and gas metal arc welding in the sophomore year and computer integrated manufacturing and machine tools the junior year.  A student’s senior year would be spent in a pre-apprenticeship program, a co-op, and internship or an externship at an area company.  Video of the presentations can be found in the Video Gallery.

Adult Education Announces Winter Director's List

The ACWHCC Adult Education Director’s List is published quarterly to acknowledge adult students who have maintained above a 90% average in both attendance and academic achievements.  The Adult Director recognizes Adult Education students for their accomplishments and wishes them continued success.  For a complete list of students honored, click Read More

SkillsUSA and Other Contest Winners Announced

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) SkillsUSA students participated in regional competition at Wayne County Career Center on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  The following students received awards and qualify to compete at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus, Ohio on April 14 and 15, 2015. 
·    Sierra Coffman, Cosmetology, Ashland, Senior, 1st Place – Cosmetology
*  Sarah Currie, Graphics Communications, Ashland, Junior, 1st Place - Graphic Communications
·    Meghan Dawson, Auto Body, West Holmes, Senior, 3rd Place – Automotive Refinishing
·     Dillon Lykins, Auto Body, Hillsdale, Senior, 2nd Place – Collision Repair
·   Ryan Markley, Construction Trades, West Holmes, Senior, 2nd Place – Carpentry
·   Jacob Tyner, Networking & Electronics Technologies, Ashland, Junior, 3rd Place – Information Technology  
Best wishes to these students as they participate in their respective Skills Ohio Contests in Columbus on April 14 and 15.  

College Credit Plus Meeting Rescheduled

Mark your calendars for the College Credit Plus Meeting at 6:30 pm in the McGinnis Group Room on March 10th. This is a mandatory meeting for anyone considering College Credit Plus (formerly Post Secondary Enrollment Option and Dual Enrollment) for the 2015-2016 school year.  If this educational option is in your sights, don't miss this meeting.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Garverick, School Counselor, at 419-289-3313 ext 2212.

Pentagon Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for ACWHCC's prestigious Pentagon Award.  The award is given each spring to a person, group, company, etc. that has made outstanding contributions to ACWHCC in the last year.  Click the link for a nomination form.  Forms are due in the Superintendent's office on March 26th.  

Culinary Students Participate in Pork Cook-Off

Ten teams of culinary students from four schools competed Feb 11th in the annual "Culinary Affair with Pork Cook-off" sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Pork Producers.   The student chefs had ninety minutes to prepare a pork dish and other dinner courses from two trays of ingredients and recipes that they had never seen before.  A half-hour planning period allowed students to get organized and assign tasks from chopping, to sauteing to choosing the china, but the real test came in the kitchen with the clock ticking.  Finished products were judged by five culinary professionals.  ACWHCC's two teams received a fifth place medal and an honorable mention at the end of the contest.  For photos of the event, click Photo Gallery.  

Graphics Students Create Lasting Momentos

Juniors in ACWHCC's Graphic Communications (GRA) program put together some lasting and unique momentos for Ashland High School girl's basketball seniors.  Using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, GRA students created a collage of each girl's basketball photos in the shape of the first letter of their name.  The collage was then glued onto the letters along with a hanger so the finished product can be displayed on a wall.  Holding the letters are the students who worked on this project 

February Students of the Month

     Kyle Graham, Loudonville High School and Tim Sprunger, Ashland High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for February.
Graham, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of John Graham and resides in Loudonville.
Sprunger in the Career Center’s Graphic Communications program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Glenn and Sue Sprunger and resides in Ashland.

Honor Roll Students Named

The names of ACWHC students who achieved honor roll status with all A’s for the second nine-week grading periods of the 2014-2015 school year have been released along with names of students who received all A's and B's.  For the complete list, click Read More.

Perfect Attendance Student Lists Released

The list of ACWHCC students who achieved Perfect Attendance for the first semester of the 2014-2015 school year has been released along with those who had perfect attendance for the second 9 week grading period . To access the lists, click Read More.


Gage Bragg (Ashland)

Doyle Burgett (West Holmes)

Michael Cheuvront (Loudonville)

Kaylie Ellington (Ashland)

Board of Education Organizes, Approves Budget for 2015, Conducts Regular Business

    The ACWHCC Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting just before its regular January 15th meeting, electing West Holmes School District representative Dave Kick as president and Mapleton Local School District representative Tom Donley vice president.  The board also voted to continue to hold regular meetings on the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room.   
    The Career Center Board also approved a general fund tax planning budget totaling nearly $5.4 million for fiscal 2016, which starts July 1,  The figure includes over $2.5 million in estimated property tax revenue and more than $2.7 in estimated state educational funding. For more information about this meeting, click Read More.  

January's Students of the Month Named

    Shi Warner, Mapleton High School and Ryan Eyster, West Holmes High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for January.
   Warner, in the Career Center’s Cosmetology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the granddaughter of Harold Lawrence and resides in Nova.  Eyster in the Career Center’s Networking & Electronics Technologies program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Thomas and Liane Eyster and resides in Millersburg.  Click Read More.

ACWHCC Receives Auditor of State Award

ACWHCC's  recent financial audit  by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report.  ACWHCC’s excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award.  The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.  
ACWHCC Superintendent Mike McDaniel stated, “This Auditor of State Award is an important verification of the district’s commitment to maintain continuous fiscal responsibility and integrity.  I commend our Treasurer Julie Smith and her staff as well as all Career Center employees for their cooperation and combined efforts that contributed to this achievement.”  For the rest of this article, click Read More. 

Board of Education Award Goes to Gilson

    A staff member who was described as having a “respectful and motherly connection with students” has been honored with the highest award that can be given to an employee of the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  School mental health and social service liaison Deb Gilson received the school’s Distinguished Service Award at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday night (December 18).
   Gilson is the 13th recipient of the award, which recognizes an employee’s outstanding contribution as a positive role model and/or an exemplary representative of the district.  She has served many years as an aid to at-risk students and students with home or personal problems and is the advisor to the Interact student service club.  For more on the award and the December Board of Education meeting, click Read More.  

December Students of the Month Named

   Keaton Morehead, Ashland High School and Payson Jones, Hillsdale High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for December.

   Morehead, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Tom and Beckie Morehead and resides in Ashland.

   Jones in the Career Center’s Graphic Communications program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Rachel Rowe and resides in Jeromesville.

Food Drive Over the Top

Students in Auto Technology conducted their annual food drive in conjunction with Armstrong Utilities of Ashland and came out waaaaay over their goal of 1700 items.  The collection which will be donated to Associated Charities numbered 3267 items of canned/boxed food.  Auto Tech students led the way in donated items followed by students in the Criminal Justice program.  Photo:  Auto Tech and Criminal Justice students pose with the display of donated food items in the Auto Tech lab.  

Cosmetology Student Winners

Three students in the ACWHCC Cosmetology program took honors at the Ohio Association of Beauticians Annual Student "Combout" contest.  Two students took first and third places in the fantasy art category and one student was awarded first place in Consumer Day-Styling.  You can check out a photo of one example of the detail and creativity put into their fantasy art.  Congratulations to our winners!!  

Sophomores Investigate Career Tech

Sophomores from ACWHCC's member schools recently spent time checking out career-tech programs and considering their next two years of high school.  Visiting students spent time in three programs of their choice watching current ACWHCC students and teachers (and an alumnus in the case of Culinary Careers/Management) present their respective programs.  Visitors then had a chance to do some hands-on activities to get a feel for each program. Photo:  Sophomores try out welding with the oversight of Auto Body Technology students.  For more photos of the visit, click Photo Gallery.

Painting Meets Digital Art in Graphics Communications

In a recent project, Graphic Communications (GRA) students used the latest technology to create traditional art.   

       A new feature of Adobe Illustrator called Image Trace can take a photograph and break it up into 3, 6, or 16 spot colors. GRA students chose a favorite celebrity photo, separated the photo into 6 colors (or “swatches”) in Illustrator, and gave an original name to each of the colors. They printed this sample as their guide. Then, they removed the colors, applied a thin black outline to the sections, and printed the outline onto posterboard.  Click Read More for the rest of the story.  

Board of Education Hears Parent Survey Responses

                 Parents are very satisfied with the way their students are being treated and educated at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  Superintendent Mike McDaniel released the results of the school’s annual parent survey at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday (November 20).
                Ninety-four percent of the parents who returned surveys said the overall climate at the school was a positive one for young people to learn and that they were pleased with the education their son or daughter received.  “Where do you go with that?” McDaniel asked.  “These are probably the two most important questions we ask, so it’s a good sign that we’re moving in the right direction as far as the parents are concerned.”  For more on the survey results and the board's actions, click Read More.  

Auto Tech Serves At Hospice

TheAutoTechnology program took some time for community service at Hospice of North Central Ohio, Ashland.  Fall clean-up was the order of the day with leaf raking, cleaning flower beds, and general pre-winter preparation with the supervision of teacher Jon Burkholder.  Hospice posted a big thank you to the students.

ACWHCC Recognizes American Augers

The American Augers Company of West Salem was honored recently by Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) for their generous donation that helped to make this past summer’s ACWHCC Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) camp possible.   American Augers joined forces with ACWHCC for this first camp in an effort to encourage students to become more interested in and comfortable with the areas of science, math, and engineering. 
Photo:   A plaque bearing the photo of 2014 STEM camp student participants was presented to American Augers General Manager and Divisional President Dave Hammond  along with Sharon Oliver, Human Resources Director,  by ACWHCC’s Tom Close from Engineering Tech (second from left) and Jim Cox, programs direction advisor (far right). 

Treasurer Gives Board of Education 5-Yr Forecast

                                                                                                                                         ACWHCC should be operating in the black for at least the next three years.  Treasurer Julie Smith presented the good news as part of the latest five-year financial forecast for fiscal years 2015 through 2019 that the Career Center Board of Education approved at its regular meeting on Thursday, October 16.
Smith said revenue should remain basically unchanged because state funding will be flat with the school on a guarantee basis.  That translates to about $600,000 per year.
                “If the guarantee is reduced, that figure is up for grabs,” Smith said, adding that there has been no indication of any changes by the Ohio Legislature.   Expenses also are expected to remain flat, with increases offset by retiring personnel being replaced by younger people.
                The school will save about $1,000 per month on health care costs by switching third party administrators for its self-insurance program.  The Career Center Board approved a change from Aetna to United Health Care UMR as part of the Jefferson Health Plan Self Insurance Consortium effective January 1.  For more on this meeting, click Read More.  To see the five-year forecast and the accompanying assumptions, click the Links tab/District Five-Year Forecast.

New Simulator Arrives

ACWHCC has added one more piece of virtual learning equipment to its stable of simulators.  The new Caterpillar hydraulic excavator has arrived and has been installed in the Construction Technology lab though other programs such as Power Equipment & Resource Conservation will have access.  This simulator provides a safe environment for novice operators to become familiar with machine controls and learn proper operating procedures before training on real machinery.  Instant feedback from the simulator allows operators to measure improvement as difficulty of operation is increased.  For a complete brochure on the new equipment click the attachment.  

Supt's Student Advisory Committee Luncheon

If you really want to know what's happening, ask the students.  That's the philosophy of Supt Mike McDaniel as he convened this year's Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee.  The student participants were randomly chosen from the student body with no attention paid to grades or home schools and they definitely had opinions.  They were united in many things as they expressed opinions about things ranging from lunch menus to why they chose to come to ACWHCC (small class sizes, family atmosphere, programs that interested them and offered advantages for their future aspirations, etc.).  The group will meet again in the next couple months.  

2013 Grad Receives Honor

Kevin Lowe, a 2013 graduate of Loudonville High School, was named August 2014 Student of the Month at Ohio Technical College (OTC) in Cleveland.   Kevin received his Career Passport in 2013 at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center where he completed the Automotive Technology program.  Lowe is pursuing training in diesel engines at OTC based on his personal career goal of working on large semi trucks and off road equipment.  Lowe has been a student at OTC for more than a year, and has not missed a single day of class, been late to class, or left early. He maintains 90% GPA and is always willing to help out his classmates or other students who are struggling.  For the rest of the story, click Read More.  

ACWHCC - The Place To Be!

ACWHCC offers many different Tech Prep career-technical programs for students who are interested in a career plus the opportunity to earn college credits.  ACWHCC received "A's" on its 2013-2014 State Report Card with a graduation rate of 94.3% based on students who graduated in 4 years and in post program placement at 90.4%, i.e. the percentage of students who are employed, in an apprenticeship, join the military, or are enrolled in postsecondary education.     

Bioscience Juniors Get to Know NCSC

Juniors just entering ACWHCC's Bioscience College-NOW program took their first trip to North Central State College (NCSC) to get their NCSC ID's.  While touring the campus they met the science department's cadaver and had a chance to see ACWHCC's Bioscience seniors in their college classroom.  Students in this program spend lots of time at the college as they take college-level classes in preparation for the associate degree in Bioscience they will receive when they successfully complete the program requirements. For more photos of the day, click High School Programs/Bioscience College-NOW/ Photo Gallery.  

Criminal Justice Works Mid Ohio Race

Students from ACWHCC's Criminal Justice program were once again invited to direct traffic for the annual weekend-long Mid Ohio Regional Porsche Club of America race at the Mid Ohio Raceway in Lexington.  For more photos and video of a day at Mid Ohio, go to High School Programs/Criminal Justice/Photo Gallery.   

Cosmetology Salon Now Open

The ladies in the Cosmetology program are ready to help you toward a more beautiful you in the ACWHCC Cosmetology Salon.  The salon is open Tuesdays & Fridays from 9:30 am- 12:15 pm and the prices are right for you to get a complete makeover!!  Stop in for a new "do,", a facial, a manicure or pedicure.  

Important Info for Parents of Students with Disabilities

Click Student Resources tab at the top, then Notice for Students with Disabiities

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