High School News
One hundred nine seniors received their Career Technical Portfolios at ACWHCC's 2015 Senior Farewell Assembly while family and friends packed the Commons to support their graduates. Scholarships were awarded by the Ashland Vocational Teachers Association, North Central State College, Rotary Club's STRIVE, and three private scholarship donors. National Technical Honor Society honorees received their honor cords and the Student of the Year was named. For photos of the morning, click Photo Gallery.
Certificates of achievement were the the order of the night for seventy-seven adults who completed programs in ACWHCC's Adult Education Department. The graduates now are ready for the job market with skills in areas such as Administrative Medical Office Specialist, Dental Assisting, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC), Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technology, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), and Welding Technology. The evening also honored more than sixty adult students who have completed or are enrolled in one of ACWHCC's General Educational Development programs in Ashland or Millersburg. For photos of the night, click Adult Education/Photo Gallery.
Seven ACWHCC Graphic Communications students competed in the 16th Annual Student Gallery of Superb Printing Student Award Ceremony hosted by the NEOCC (Northeast Ohio Craftsman Club) on May 12th. Competition was stiff from eight other northeast Ohio counties but the seven ACWHCC students brought home nine gold, silver, or bronze awards in varying graphic/photographic/creative design categories. Senior Cierra Strawser was chosen from all participants to receive a $4,000 college scholarship. Congratulations!
ACWHCC's annual Student Recognition night doesn't just recognize student achievement. At the awards ceremony on May 14th, announcements were made for Secondary Educator of the year, Cosmetology Instructor Mrs. Molly Shea; Adult Educator of the Year, Transitions Mentor Bill Mellick; and Support Staff Person of the Year, Cafeteria Aide Sherri Dickerson.
Also recognized was Ms. Angela Patterson Cragel, a 1988 graduate who studied Information Processing at ACWHCC. Ms. Cragel has gone on to earn her Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting and is working on her Masters in Business Administration. She is currently employed at Atlas Bolt and Screw, Ashland and was hailed by Superintendent Mike McDaniel as a wonderful example of how much ACWHCC graduates can achieve.
Congratulations to students in the Bioscience College-NOW program who received their Associate Degrees in Bioscience from North Central State College on May 8th - before they received their high school diplomas! These students have a two-year head start on a bachelor's degree and are prepared to go on to other related careers such as medicine, pharmacy, public health, and nutrition. Way to go, graduates!!
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer day camp sponsored by Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) has received a boost in the form of a $3,000 grant via the Ashland County Community Foundation (ACCF). STEM education is designed to stimulate excitement and interest in science-related subjects in an effort to encourage students to choose these career paths. ACWHCC’s STEM camp which is offered to students entering 7th and 8th grades is set for its second year. ACWHCC was notified of the grant by ACCF chairman Jim Cutright who offered congratulations saying, “ACCF is very much committed to creating and financially supporting programs and activities that educate, inspire and encourage leadership development in our youth…In this instance, we appreciate the opportunity to provide funding and recognize the ACWH Career Center’s STEM Summer Camp as an excellent use of available 2015 grant dollars.” To read the rest of this article, click Read More.
The Early Childhood Education program held its preschool graduation on Thursday, May 7th with eight children moving on to kindergarten next fall. Students in the ECE program planned the ceremony which included special guests Mark Kohler, NCSC, Sarah Cleland, Ashland Public Library, and Kristy Spreng, Loudonville Public Library, along with ACWHCC administrators, Principal Rod Cheyney and Superintendent Mike McDaniel. These children have had a great start on their education and we wish them the best!
A near perfect weekend greeted the 10th annual ACWHCC Cruise-In that had been designed and planned by students in the Auto Body Tech program. Added help came from the few Criminal Justice students who patrolled the grounds and Graphic Communications students who sold made-to-order Cruise-In t-shirts. Prizes were awarded in several categories. CarQuest Auto Parts sponsored the trophies and dash plaques for the first 100 vehicles registered. For a list of winners, click Read More. For photos of the days activities, click Photo Gallery.
The annual Graphic Communications dunk tank fund raiser meant fun for students and a damp day for volunteer administrators and teachers who were the "dunkees." For photos and video, click Photo Gallery and Video Gallery.
The Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee held its spring and final meeting of the year over pizza and chips in the Board Room. Supt. Mike McDaniel and Student Liaison Deb Gilson updated the students on changes that have been made this year per the committee's suggestions. The recent Career Fair was judged a success by students while suggestions were made for improvement. "Robbie's Voice," a program about drug abuse, was also critiqued and suggestions were made by students for other assembly programs. For more about the meeting, click Read More.
Dozens of students and their parents crowded the Commons on Thursday night for the annual Dinner with the Teacher event. New students who are enrolled for next fall brought their parents and were invited to spend some quality time with next year's program teacher over dinner and later in their respective labs. For more photos of the event, click Photo Gallery.
Three students in the Bioscience College-NOW program are on their way to an honors diploma through extra work and research. These BIO students displayed their research results at North Central State College on April 22nd. Fifteen credits are needed for the honors diploma. To be considered for this program, students must have at least a 3.25 grade point average and their projects must be related to a current class they are taking though it may not be about a topic covered in class. This means hours of extra work for these high school students who are already enrolled in college and who will receive an associate degree in bioscience if they complete all requirements.
ACWHCC seniors are breathing a little easier as they finish up their career-technical education with senior projects. Months ago students chose a project within their area of study and began researching it. They were required to write a term paper, minimum of five pages, about the project and make an eight to ten minute oral presentation in front of a panel of judges who graded them on appearance, knowledge of material, etc. Photos: A Criminal Justice senior presents his project on the history of fire fighting equipment while a senior in Auto Body Technology talks about the repairs he made to this vehicle. For more photos of projects in other programs,click Photo Gallery.
Several ACWHCC students participated in the state SkillsUSA contest in Columbus on April 14th - Cosmetology (1), Engineering (7), Auto Body (2), Networking/Electronics (1), and Building Trades (1). Pictured here are students in Power Equipment, FFA (3) and Graphic Communications, SkillsUSA (1) who competed earlier at the state level. For more photos of those who qualified for state competition, click Photo Gallery. Absent is a photo of the Building Trades student.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.