High School News
The annual Graphic Communications dunk tank fund raiser meant fun for students and a damp day for volunteer administrators and teachers. For photos and video, click Photo Gallery and Video Gallery.
ACWHCC will be offering two brand-new houses at auction in the month of May. The first auction will be held on May 9th at 10 AM at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center , 1783 State Route 60, Ashland and the second auction will be held on May 16th at West Holmes High School, 10909 State Route 39, Millersburg, OH. The houses have been constructed by students in the Construction Technology program (Career Center location) and the Building Trades program (West Holmes campus.) Both houses will be open for inspection – the Career Center house on Saturday, May 2nd from 10 AM to 2 PM, and the house at West Holmes on Friday, May 8th from 9 AM – 3 PM. For more information on the houses, click Read More. For photos of the construction process, click High School Programs/Construction Technology or Building Trades/Photo 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.