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Construction Tech Students Nab Summer Internships

Five students in the Construction Technology program at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) are good examples of the advantage career technical education can offer to students and to the workplace.  Students at ACWHCC and other career centers filled out applications for work with Kokosing Construction and Adena Corporation last spring and the “ACWHCC Five” were among the deserving few who were chosen to interview for summer internships.  Now they find themselves well on their way to possible careers in the construction industry. 

District Plans Summer Day Camp for Middle Schoolers

               ACWHCC will hold a three-day day instructional event in mid-August that is designed to encourage middle school students to continue their interest in science, technology, engineering and math.  
                Engineering Technologies teacher Tom Close hopes to have 30 current seventh and eighth grade students mainly from the Career Center’s five member school districts participate in the program, which will run August 11-13 from 8 4:30 p.m. on the 750-acre Joe Zupan property north of Ashland.  Activities will include compass training, building a wooden tower using lashing techniques, surveying techniques, geocaching, bio projects, creation of a “Rube Goldberg” device and small instructive experiments.  For more information, click Read More.  For application, click here.  

Adult Education Recognizes May/June Students of the Month

ACWHCC's Adult Education Department announces the Adult Education Students of the Month for May and June, Tayler Stevens of Mansfield in the Medical Assisting program and Sonya Benshoff of Ashland in the Dental Assisting program.  For more on these deserving ladies, click Read More.  
Parties interested in the Dental Assisting or Medical Assisting programs should contact the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center at 419-289-3313 (toll free at 800-686-3313) or visit the website at

Board of Education Conducts June Business

                The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Board of Education has approved pay raises for exempt support staff, administrative staff and the treasurer that are similar to those given to teachers earlier this month.  The action followed an executive session at the end of the board’s regular meeting Thursday (June 19).
                The board approved one percent base pay raises in each of the next three years, starting with the 2014-2015 contract year, for the principal, assistant principal, special projects coordinator, maintenance supervisor, assistant maintenance supervisor, technology supervisor, adult education director and all confidential secretaries.  The percentage is consistent with the increases granted in a new contract with the Ashland Vocational Teacher’s Association.  To finish this story, click Read More.

Adult Education Salutes Director's List

The Ashland County West-Holmes Career Center’s Director’s List is published quarterly to acknowledge adult students who have maintained above a 90% average in both attendance and academic achievements.  Click Read More for the list of students who are recognized for their accomplishments.  The Adult Education Department wishes them continued success.

Graphics Students Receive Awards

Hannah Singleton, senior in Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center ‘s Graphic Communications program, missed being inducted into the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society on May 13 for a good reason.  Singleton and thirteen of her fellow Graphic Communications students were in Tallmadge, OH, being honored by the Northeast Ohio Craftsman’s Club which is made up of graphic and image design professionals who annually recognize promising student work.  Singleton from Loudonville, received a silver award for her poster created for the category of Child Abuse Awareness. For the other awards, click Read More.


Honor Roll Named for Final Grading Period

For a complete list of ACWHCC students who achieved Honor Roll status for the 4th grading period, click Read More.  

Perfect Attendance Announced for Final Grading Period

Thirty-three ACWHCC students achieved perfect attendance for the fourth grading period but six of those students also achieved Perfect Attendance for all of the 2013-2014 school year. Those six are:
Christopher Bonfiglio (Ashland)
Olivia Dziak (Mapleton)
Ryan Eyster (West Holmes)
Shannon Sherman (Hillsdale)
Casy Barnhart (Ashland)
Hope Thomas (Ashland)
For the complete list of ACWHCC students who achieved Perfect Attendance for the fourth 9-week grading period of the 2013-2014 school year, click Read More.

Adult Education Honors Graduates

The Adult Education Department recognized over one hundred graduates of its various programs at a ceremony on May 21st.  Students were honored for their career development completion achievements including the Adult Basic and Literacy Education students who received their GED this past year.

 Photo:  Former Medical Assisting instructor Carol Hale, current instructor Margaret Dalton, and assistant instructor and former graduate Heather Harrison pose with this year's recipient of the Carol Hale Award.  

ACWHCC Recognizes 2014 Seniors

Seniors said good-bye to ACWHCC at the 2014 Senior Farewell Assembly on May 22nd.  One hundred thirteen students completed their career technical education and received their Career Passports in front of a large crowd of family and friends in the ACWHCC Commons.  Graduates hailed from the five "home schools" and also from Ashland County Community Academy and from surrounding districts such as Mansfield Senior, Lucas, Black River, etc.  For photos of the day's festivities, click Photo Gallery.  Photo:  Brittany Workman, Health Technologies Cluster, was named Student of the Year.  

Culinary Students Cook Up Awards

Six students in the Culinary Careers Management program at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) recently competed in the annual Ohio Culinary Invitational contest hosted by Wayne County Career Center.  Participating students had the opportunity to win awards three different ways – individually, as an ACWHCC team, or as a member of a sponsor’s team, working with students they didn’t know.  Six of the ACWHCC Culinary students received medals in the competition and four of the six also received scholarships ranging from totals of $7,000 to $500.
Top awards went to Sara Kelly, Ashland Senior, who had the top score among all thirty participants and received a $1,000 Johnson & Wales Culinary School scholarship.  Kelley was also a gold medal winner and was on a third place team, entitling her to a $2,000 scholarship to Sullivan University and another Johnson & Wales scholarship of $500.   For a complete list of award winners, click Read More.  

High School Students Honored

Though other commitments, sports, and jobs kept a number of deserving honorees away,  ACWHCC recognized all of them at the annual Student Awards & Recognition night.  Three new members were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, joining two seniors who were inducted last year.  Other awards were passed out including three for Outstanding Technical Achievement, eight perfect attendance awards for this school year, student activity awards, and fifteen Students of the Month.  Forty students were recognized for achieving honor roll status for three of the four grading periods.  Photo: National Technical Honor Society members for 2014.  Absent was senior Hannah Singleton who was receiving an award elsewhere.  For more photos of the evening event, click Photo Gallery.

McGinnis Receives Pentagon Award

Ed McGinnis, former administrator and guidance counselor at ACWHCC, was honored with the prestigious Pentagon Award at ACWHCC's annual Awards & Recognition night.  McGinnis, ironically, was the person who conceived the idea of the Pentagon award twenty years ago and this time he was on the receiving end for his outstanding contributions to the school through the years.  McGinnis was one of the first employees when ACWHCC opened 41 years ago and has spent 50 years in education.  

Also honored was ACWHCC Outstanding Alumnus Dewey J. Meyer who was a student during McGinnis' tenure in the building.  Meyer, who was unable to attend, is a successful farmer in the Ashland area with a dairy and a booming hatchery business that ships world-wide.  

Staff Members Receive Recognition

Special staff members were recognized at ACWHCC's annual Awards & Recognition night on May 13th.  

Principal Rod Cheyney handed out the award to Secondary Educator of the Year Mary Ritz who teaches Consumer Economics.  Cheyney praised Ritz for setting a good example for new teachers.  Also honored was Staff Support Person of the Year Christine Hootman who Cheyney noted is one who has worn hats both as a classroom aide and as a custodial support person.  

Adult Education Director Mrs. Melisa Carr honored the Adult Educator of the Year, Deanna Reynolds, Dental Assisting instructor.  Reynolds has been with the Adult Education Department since 2010.  

For photos of all honorees, click Photo Gallery

Bioscience College-NOW Students Collect College Degrees

A second class of ACWHCC Bioscience students has collected their associate degrees in Bioscience at North Central State College as result of the College-NOW program.  ACWHCC and NCSC collaborate in offering ACWHCC students college-level classes while they complete their high school program.

Preschoolers Graduate to Bigger Things

ACWHC's Early Childhood Education program graduated a dozen preschoolers on May 1st.  Superintendent Mike McDaniel addressed the children and handed out their "diplomas."  Following the graduation ceremony, the children enjoyed a balloon launch.  For more photos, click High School Programs, Early Childhood Education, and Photo Gallery.  

SkillsUSA State Contest Winner

ACWHCC's SkillsUSA students participated in state competition in Columbus, Ohio on April 15, 2014.  Codee Bebout-Valentine, Sr, Loudonville, earned 2nd place in Computer Maintenance.  Besides his state contest recognition, Bebout-Valentine's senior project was chosen as ACWHCC's best senior project.  He presented at North Central State College's Stakeholders' meeting and received a $500 scholarship.  

Seniors Show Off With Final Projects

ACWHCC seniors had all their ducks in a row to present their final projects which included a research paper and an oral presentation.  The projects were graded by community judges who came from various areas of expertise and also by academic teachers.   Photo: This student in Auto Body Technology worked with fiberglass to repair an automobile hood and she also painted the finished project.  For more photos, click Photo Gallery.  

Adult Education April Student of the Month

The ACWHCC Adult Education Department recently recognized William Lee, from New London, as the April 2014 Adult Education Student of the Month.  Lee is a current student in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC) class, an 850-hour program where he is learning:  principles of heating and cooling technology – design and operation testing – inspection and maintenance procedures – installation and operation procedures – report preparation – and much more!
Lee was nominated by his Instructor, John Whitmer, for his exemplary work ethic and positive attitude. Congratulations to William Lee for a job well done!

April Students of the Month Named

  Celeste Strawser and Tommy Lane, both Loudonville High School students, were named Career Center Students of the Month for April.
Strawser, in the Career Center’s Graphic Communications program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Chris and Cindi Strawser and resides in Howard.
Lane, in the Career Center’s Power Equipment Technologies program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Virgil and Lisa Lane and resides in Perrysville.

Graphic Communication Sponsors Dunk Tank

What's so amusing to these ACWHCC people?  Graphic Communications sponsored their annual Dunk Tank fundraiser to raise money for SkillsUSA contest fees and students lined up to purchase tickets to douse their favorite staff members.  To see which administrators/staff members volunteered to be "dunkees" (and to see what happened to them!) click Photo Gallery and to watch the action click Video Gallery.     

Dinner with the Teacher Night - Success!!

The third annual Dinner with the Teacher event was a roaring success attended by dozens of students enrolled for the 2014-2015 school year along with their parents.  The dinner gave parents and students a chance to ask questions and get acquainted with their students' next-year teacher.

Power Equipment Students Qualify for State Contest

ACWHCC Power Equipment students in FFA participated in District 2 Small Engine competition. One team placed second in the Outdoor Power Contest and qualified to advance to state competition at the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.  The following students placed 18th in the state FFA Outdoor Power Contest:   
·         Clay Kahl, Jr, Hillsdale, 2nd Place – Team Competition
·         Nick Kelly, Sr, Hillsdale, 2nd Place – Team Competition
·         Thomas Vojtush, Sr, ACCA, 2nd Place – Team Competition
Mr. John Donnersbach is the Power Equipment Technology instructor and FFA advisor.

Adult Education Medical Assisting Receives 10 Year Accreditation

Congratulations to the ACWHCC Adult Education Medical Assisting program on being granted ten more years of accreditation.  For over a year teacher Margaret Dalton and her aide Heather Harrison collected, organized, and facilitated the extensive assembly of required documentation for their program audit.  The audit occurred in October, 2013 when the audit team concluded their on-site review and reported no findings.  The auditors shared that it is very uncommon for them to have no findings.  Click Read More for the rest of the story.  

Adult Education Salutes Director's List

ACWHCC's 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 these students for their accomplishments and wishes them continued success.  For a complete list, click Read More.

Looking For Recent ACWHCC Students

Dear Former Student (Parent or Guardian):
We hope all has been going well since you moved on from schooling here at the Career Center.  The Ohio Department of Education mandates that ACWHCC follow-up with all former (recent) students by asking them a few questions about what they have been doing since leaving high school.  We need your help in accomplishing this.  If you have not already responded to our survey, please take a few moments, list your answers on the form found under the "Alumni" sidebar at the right, and mail it, drop it off at the school, or send it to  This would be greatly appreciated.   Please call Rachelle Lane at (419) 289-3313 ext. 2293 with any questions.

State Qualifier in Early Childhood Education

ACWHCC's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students participated in regional competition at the Lorain County Community College on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  Sheena May, Sr, Early Childhood Education, West Holmes, received a Gold Medal in the Language and Literacy category. 
May qualifies for FCCLA State Competition in Columbus, Ohio on April 23-25, 2014.  FCCLA Advisor is Mrs. Shirley Meehan (Early Childhood Education teacher).

Culinary Careers Students Place in "Affair With Pork"

Students in ACWHCC's Culinary Careers Management program competed in the “Culinary Affair with Pork” contest sponsored by the Northeast Pork Council Women on February 12, 2014.  Seniors Sarah Kelly, Ashland, and Wesley Hawkins, Hillsdale, both were awarded 5th place in the competition.  Kathy Diederich is the program instructor.

Skills USA Regional Contest Winners

ACWHCC SkillsUSA students participated in regional competition at Cuyahoga Valley Career Center on Saturday, March 1, 2014.  The following students received awards: 
·         Codee Bebout-Valentine, Loudonville, Sr, 1st Place – Computer                               Maintenance
·         Fred Kimbrell, III, West Holmes, Jr, 3rd Place – Criminal Justice
·         Courtney Leedy, Ashland, Sr, 2nd Place – Photography
·         Dillon Lykins, West Holmes, Jr, 3rd Place – Auto Body Collision Repair
·         Jordan Shank, Ashland, Sr, 3rd Place – First Aid/CPR
All of the students qualify to compete at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus, Ohio on April 15 and 16, 2014. 

Preschool Celebrates Male Role Models

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) recently celebrated the importance of positive male role-models in childrens' lives. Children in the ECE preschool invited their fathers/grandfathers/guardians to join them for activities planned by students in the ECE program – an animal scavenger hunt, story time, fun activities, brunch, and simple science demonstrations by ACWHCC's Engineering and Design Technologies program. 

Ashland Sheriff's Dog Visits Preschool

Nicky, a police dog from the Ashland County Sheriff's Dept., visited the Early Childhood Education afternoon preschool.  Nicky, born, raised, and trained in Czechoslovakia, lives and works with his Ashland County Deputy partner and handler.  Preschoolers learned about police dogs and were allowed to pet Nicky who loves chilcren.  For more photos of Nicky's visit, click High School Programs/Early Childhood Education/Photo Gallery.  

Project Completed!

Construction Tech students completed their community service project  - 30 bookcases for the Ashland County "Bookcase for Every Child" initiative.  This is the third year for ACWHCC Construction Tech students to give back to the community through this project.  The bookcases will be given to local children along with a selection of books to encourage reading.

Sports Science Provides Means for Staff Wellness

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) employees have the opportunity to get healthier thanks to the school’s Wellness Committee and the means to that end is being supplied by the ACWHCC Sports Science career-technical program.
Seniors in the Sports Science program are offering personal training, group fitness, cardio workouts, massage, and paraffin and relaxation techniques with the oversight of teacher/certified personal trainer Dana Paden.  According to Paden, four seniors are currently filling the personal trainer role.  Photo:  Senior trainer helps staff member strengthen her ankles using the BOSU ball.  For the rest of the story, click Read More.

ACWHCC Students Gain Industry Interviews

ACWHCC recently was an important stop on the five- school interview circuit of Kokosing Construction Co.  Two Kokosing staff members spent a cold February morning interviewing ACWHCC students for summer jobs that may possibly lead to full time employment with the construction giant.  Seven Construction Technology students applied and were chosen to be interviewed along with one student from the Power Equipment program.  Of the eight, six students are juniors and two are seniors. For the rest of this article, click Read More.  

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ACWHCC Board Honors Burkholder With Distinguished Service Award

Auto Tech instructor Jon Burkholder has been a leader in improving instruction and adapting to ever changing technologies in his 23 years at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center in addition to his activities to promote citizenship and community service in his students through being active in United Way and his church.  Those were the main reasons cited when he was presented with the school’s 12th Distinguished Service Award at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday night (December 19).  Photo:  ACWHCC Board of Education president Wm Anderson (right) congratulates Jon Burkholder on his award.  Click Read More for the rest of the story.  

Engineering & Design Technologies Student Earns Welding Certification

Seventeen-year old Jessica Berry displays the Tig welding certificate she received through the Adult Education Department at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  Berry, a high school junior from Loudonville, is enrolled in the first-year Engineering and Design Technologies program at the Career Center and showed natural talent when her class spent a day in ACWHCC’s Adult Education welding lab.  Photo:  Adult Education Welding Instructor Jeff Jones (left) and Engineering and Design Technologies teacher Tom Close join Jessica in the welding lab.  Click Read More for the rest of the story.  

ACWHCC Hosts Sophomore Showcase

Since ACWHCC is a school of choice, Sophomore Showcase is an opportunity for sophomores from Ashland, Hillsdale, Loudonville, Mapleton, and West Holmes to scope out career technical education/programs for themselves.  Photo:  Engineering and Design Technology teacher Tom Close closely supervises a sophomore as he places an Engineering program-manufactured item into an acid bath.  For more photos, click Photo Gallery.  For more photos of a specific program, click High School Programs/the desired program/Photo Gallery.   

Cosmetology Student Winners

ACWHCC congratulates senior students in the Cosmetology program who participated in the Ohio Association of Beauticians, Inc. Competition in Columbus on Nov. 25th.  Winning second place in the Fantasy Body Art Competition was Rheanna Glass (West Holmes High School) with her model Kayla Evege (Ashland High School).  In the Consumer Day Wear category, Stylist Sara Roberts (Ashland High School) took third place with her model Hope Thomas (Ashland High School).  Brooke Trivette (Hillsdale) and Shawna May (West Holmes High School) also received a third place in the Ladies Team Competition with their model Haley Wheeler (Mapleton). 

8th Graders Visit ACWHCC

Eight-graders from area schools spent some of their pre-Thanksgiving vacation time visiting and learning firsthand about ACWHCC career-technical programs.   When they are sophomores, these same students will have the option of choosing to attend ACWHCC as juniors to pursue a vocation that can put them ahead of the pack in the world of work or higher technical education.  ACWHCC students took the lead for demonstrations in their respective areas of study.   Photo:  Some 8th graders get a peek at the Auto Body Technology paint booth in action.  For more photos, click Photo Gallery.

Construction Tech and Construction Trades Join Forces

When ACWHCC's Construction Trades program at West Holmes High School needed some extra bodies, who'd they call?  ACWHCC's (on campus) Construction Technology program, of course.  Construction Tech teacher John Staats volunteered his students to help raise the trusses on the West Holmes house so students there can get the house under roof before winter sets in.  For more photos of the day's work, click High School Programs/Construction Tech/Photo Gallery or Constuction Trades/Photo Gallery.

Supt McDaniel Meets With Student Advisors

Lunch was on Supt. McDaniel as he conducted his annual meeting with his ACWHCC Student Advisory Committee.  The committee is made up of students from each program who are are brought together twice a year to let McDaniel know what ACWHCC is doing right - and wrong, from the students' perspective.  The conversation was lively with Interact advisor Deb Gilson asking leading questions and students responding.  Then students had the chance to bring up whatever concerns might not have been addressed already.

Engineering Rocket Launch

Students in the new Engineering Tech program spent a day learning about propulsion and some of Newton's Laws as they shot off liter bottle "rockets" in the field next to the school.  They set a control and gathered various kinds of information about their launches in preparation for further study.  Photo:  Students prepare for rocket lift-off.  For video of rocket launches, click Video Gallery on this page.  For more photos go to High School Programs/Engineering Technologies/Photo Gallery.  

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.  Photo:  Taken for the Annual Career Technical Education  All-Ohio Conference Committee, this photo shows ACWHCC students in the uniforms of their various programs.  The photo will be put into a video and shared at the All Ohio Conference this summer and at future events.  

ACWHCC now on Facebook

Join ACWHCC on Facebook  to stay abreast of school events and to connect with other ACWHCC fans.  Alumni, this is a good way for you to get reconnected!  Look for the school logo to reach the official ACWHCC page. 

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