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High School News

Cruise-In Time - May 2nd

It's almost time for ACWHCC's 10th annual Cruise-In on the school grounds, rain or shine.  Mark the date and make plans to come on out from 10 am to 2 pm for a day of family-friendly fun!  For more info, click HERE.

Dunk Tank Fun - 2015

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.  

Two Houses To Be At Auction in May

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.  

Spring Student Advisory Committee Meeting

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.  

Dinner With the Teacher Draws Crowd

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.  

New Manufacturing Program To Be Rolled Out

         ACWHCC Superintendent Mike McDaniel says the school is on track for starting a new Manufacturing Technologies program in the 2015-2016 school year even though initial enrollment is very low.  McDaniel gave a progress report to the Career Center Board of Education at its regular meeting Thursday (April 16).
                McDaniel told the board it appears the program will be a good risk in the long run if it is launched on schedule because it meets eight of nine criteria used in the recent past to establish new programs.  They include sufficient job opportunities aligned with skills, sustainable wages in established career paths, recognized and valued credentials, a post-secondary partner with an appropriate credentialing pathway, an instructor with appropriate credentials and experience, necessary facilities and equipment, students who are prepared academically, student interest and minimal negative effect on existing programs.  For more of this article, click Read More.  

STRIVE Award Winners Named

The 2015 Rotary Club-sponsored Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education (STRIVE) scholarship winners have been named. Pictured here with ACWHCC Superintendent Mike McDaniel are Laverena (Rena) Wienclaw, senior at Ashland City Schools and Cierra Strawser, senior in the Graphic Communications program at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  Both young ladies will received a $1,500 scholarship to be used toward tuition in an institution of higher education.  For the STRIVE program, the local Rotary Club works with a high school for the purpose of motivating students to improve their school performance during their senior year.  The major aspect of the program is that it is student driven and facilitated by Rotarians.   

Bioscience Students Collect Honors Credits

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.  

Senior Projects Wrapping Up

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.   

ACWHCC Students Off to Contests

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.  

April Students of the Month Named

Amanda Boss, Ashland High School and Dale Sherman, Jr., Hillsdale High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for April.
Boss, in the Career Center’s Criminal Justice program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Brian and Beatrice Boss and resides in Ashland.
Sherman in the Career Center’s Engineering program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Andrea Pipher and resides in Ashland. Click Read More for the rest of the story. 

New Robotic Equipment Demonstrated for Board of Education

 ACWHC has purchased some new robotic and computerized equipment that will help give students an advantage when looking for work in today’s high tech job market.  Engineering Technology instructor Tom Close and student Andrew Liska demonstrated three of the four items at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting on March 19th.
                One of the presentations involved a Mechatronic work station that allows Close to introduce students to industrial electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic flow software and helps teach ladder logic in machine programming.  Liska showed the board how the work station operated after it was set up and programmed to simulate a conveyor belt used to sort metallic from plastic items.
                “This is designed to be a miniature version of what you would see on a factory or plant line,” Liska said.  “We saw a lot of conveyor belts and the same equipment as this when we toured LuK (in Wooster).  They were even using the same programming system.”  Click Read More for the rest of the story.  

Honor Roll Released for 3rd Grading Period

ACWHCC has announced the names of students who achieved honor roll status for the third nine-week grading periods of the 2014-2015 school year.  For the complete list, click Read More.

Enroll NOW for 2015-2016 Preschool

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.

Engineering Students Exhibit at Ohio's State House

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.

Resource Conservation Installs Bluebird Boxes

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.  

Perfect Attendance for Third Grading Period

For a list of students who achieved Perfect Attendance for the third 9-week grading period of the 2014-2015 school year, click Read More.
 
Sophomores
Chloe Ernst (Loudonville)
Bryce Kelley (West Holmes)

ACWHCC Named 2015 Education Business of the Year by Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce

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.  

FCCLA Regional Winner

ACWHCC's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students participated in regional competition at the Lorain County Community College on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  Alyssa Spreng, Loudonville Senior in Early Childhood Education, received a Gold Medal in the Language and Literacy category.  FCCLA Advisor is Mrs. Shirley Meehan (Early Childhood Education teacher).
 

March Students of the Month Named

Seth Lugli, Mapleton High School and Alyssa Spreng, Loudonville High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for March.
Lugli, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Denis Lugli and resides in New London.
Spreng in the Career Center’s Early Childhood Education program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Mr. Chris Spreng and resides in Loudonville.   Click Read More for the rest of the story.

SkillsUSA and Other Contest Winners Announced

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) SkillsUSA students participated in regional competition at Wayne County Career Center on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  The following students received awards and qualify to compete at the State SkillsUSA Competition in Columbus, Ohio on April 14 and 15, 2015. 
·    Sierra Coffman, Cosmetology, Ashland, Senior, 1st Place – Cosmetology
*  Sarah Currie, Graphics Communications, Ashland, Junior, 1st Place - Graphic Communications
·    Meghan Dawson, Auto Body, West Holmes, Senior, 3rd Place – Automotive Refinishing
·     Dillon Lykins, Auto Body, Hillsdale, Senior, 2nd Place – Collision Repair
·   Ryan Markley, Construction Trades, West Holmes, Senior, 2nd Place – Carpentry
·   Jacob Tyner, Networking & Electronics Technologies, Ashland, Junior, 3rd Place – Information Technology  
Best wishes to these students as they participate in their respective Skills Ohio Contests in Columbus on April 14 and 15.  
 

Culinary Students Participate in Pork Cook-Off

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.  

Graphics Students Create Lasting Momentos

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juniors in ACWHCC's Graphic Communications (GRA) program put together some lasting and unique momentos for Ashland High School girl's basketball seniors.  Using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, GRA students created a collage of each girl's basketball photos in the shape of the first letter of their name.  The collage was then glued onto the letters along with a hanger so the finished product can be displayed on a wall.  Holding the letters are the students who worked on this project 
 

ACWHCC Receives Auditor of State Award

ACWHCC's  recent financial audit  by the Auditor of State’s office has returned a clean audit report.  ACWHCC’s excellent record keeping has earned it the Auditor of State Award.  The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit.  
 
ACWHCC Superintendent Mike McDaniel stated, “This Auditor of State Award is an important verification of the district’s commitment to maintain continuous fiscal responsibility and integrity.  I commend our Treasurer Julie Smith and her staff as well as all Career Center employees for their cooperation and combined efforts that contributed to this achievement.”  For the rest of this article, click Read More. 

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!!  

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.  

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.

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.     

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