High School News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the third year the Construction Technology program at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) is diving into the Ashland County “Bookcase for Every Child” project. The project was set up as a way to encourage reading by putting books and a beautiful custom-made bookcase into the homes of preschoolers in Ashland County. Last year the Construction Technology program built fifty bookcases as a service to the community. For more on this story click Read More. Photo: Construction TechTeacher Mr. Staats offers some advice about book shelf assembly .
Four students in the Graphic Communications program recently submitted writing entries to the 14th annual Wayne College Student Writing Awards. Participants include: Hillsdale junior Sara Bentley (Poetry: "If I Could Find a Place", Short story: "Images"); Mapleton junior Leslie Culler (Poetry: "Wrath of a Lover Scorned"); Loudonville junior Celeste Strawser (Short story: "The Graveyard Victims"); and Loudonville senior Hannah Singleton (Poetry: "Troubled Eyes," Short story: "Dollhouse"). Entries will be judged and winners announced in March 2014. Good luck, girls!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.