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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!!  

Christmas Buffet In Pendulum Restaurant - Dec 12th

ACWHCC's Culinary Careers Management students will be offering a “Season’s Greetings Buffet” on Friday, December 12, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Pendulum Restaurant. The price for the buffet is $7.95 per person (beverage and gratuity not included).   For information call 419-289-3313 ext. 2233 (toll free 1-800-686-3313).  The Culinary Careers Management program instructor is Mrs. Kathleen Diederich. 
Click the attachment for the buffet menu. 

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.  

Adult Education Salutes Fall Director's List

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

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.

November Students of the Month

   Kendra Cline, Hillsdale High School and Daniel Trayter, Ashland High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for November.
   Cline, in the Career Center’s Sports Science program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Mark and Kathy Cline and resides in Ashland.   Trayter, also in the Career Center’s Sports Science program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Dave and Meribeth Trayter and resides in Ashland.

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). 

Nominations Being Taken for Distinguished Service Award

  The ACWHCC Board of Education is accepting nominations for its 2014 Distinguished Service Award.  All district employees, including secondary teachers, adult education teachers, administrators and support staff are eligible to receive this award, the highest honor that ACWHCC bestows on its employees.
  Employees, students and community members may submit employee nominations.  Nomination forms are available at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center in the Superintendent’s Office, Adult Education office or front reception area.  Nominations are due no later than December 1, 2014.  For additional information or questions, please call Pam Bemrose, Superintendent’s Secretary, at 419-289-3313 or toll-free at 800-686-3313, ext. 2205.  Click Read More for the qualifications expected in a nominee.  

Welcome To Halloween at ACWHCC

Students and staff celebrated Halloween in a big way with lots of fun costumes and a spooky buffet prepared by Culinary Careers Management and served to customers in the Pendulum Restaurant.  Photo:  Ladies in the Health Technologies Cluster pose with a skinny friend.  For photos of costumes, click Photo Gallery.  For photos of the Halloween buffet, click High School Programs/Culinary Careers Management/Photo Gallery.  

1st Grading Period Honor Roll

ACWHCC announces the first grading period honor roll for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to these students for their academic achievement. To access the complete list, click Read More.  

Perfect Attendance Announced for First Grading Period

Congratulations to ACWHC students who achieved Perfect Attendance for the first 9-week grading period of the 2014-2015 school year.  For a list of these students, click Read More.

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.  

October Students of the Month Named

  Ambriehl Trayter, Hillsdale High School and Corey Anderson, Loudonville High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for October.
   Trayter, in the Career Center’s Engineering program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Greg and Tracy Trayter and resides in Perrysville.
   Anderson, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of David and Connie Easterday and resides in Perrysville.

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.  

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