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Power Equipment Students Qualify for State Contest

ACWHCC Power Equipment students in FFA participated in District 2 Small Engine competition at Lorain County JVS on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  The following students received awards and qualified to advance to state competition on April 22 at the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.  Congratulations to all three students.  
·         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.

Pendulum Offers Lunch Buffet - April 9th

Want to treat a special friend, business associate, spouse, etc. to a fantastic lunch? ACWHCC's Culinary Careers Management students will be offering an Italian Buffet on Wednesday, April 9, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Pendulum Restaurant.  The buffet will include:  Italian Wedding Soup, Italian Tossed Salad, Bread Sticks, Fresh Pasta with Choice of Three Sauces (Tomato with Sausage, Alfredo, Creamy Tomato), BLT Tortellini, Chicken Picatta, Risotto, Asparagus and Dessert Table.  The price for the buffet is $7.95 per person (beverage and gratuity not included).  Stop by and enjoy this wonderful feast!  Click Read More for more information.

March Students of the Month Named

Cierra Strawser and Audra Blue, both in the Graphic Communications program, were named Career Center Students of the Month for March.
Strawser, Loudonville High School, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Chris and Cindi Strawser and resides in Howard.
Blue, Mapleton High School, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Mike and Joyce Daugherty and resides in Polk.

Third Grading Period Honor Roll Announced

Click Read More for a list of ACWHCC students who achieved honor roll status for the third nine-week grading period of the 2013-2014 school year.

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.  

Perfect Attendance for Third Grading Period

Congratulations to the ACWHCC students who achieved Perfect Attendance for the third 9-week grading period of the 2013-2014 school year.  For a list of these students, click Read More.

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.

February Students of the Month

 Corey Anderson and Cala Morrison, both Loudonville High School students, were named Career Center Students of the Month for February.
Anderson, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Connie Easterday and resides in Perrysville.
Morrison, in the Career Center’s Criminal Justice program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Micha and Heidi Morrison and resides in Loudonville.

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.  

Construction Tech Into Bookcases Again

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 .  

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Graphics Students Show Off Writing Skills

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!

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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