Adult Education News
Certificates of achievement were the the order of the night for seventy-seven adults who completed programs in ACWHCC's Adult Education Department. The graduates now are ready for the job market with skills in areas such as Administrative Medical Office Specialist, Dental Assisting, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC), Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technology, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), and Welding Technology. The evening also honored more than sixty adult students who have completed or are enrolled in one of ACWHCC's General Educational Development programs in Ashland or Millersburg.
Bill Mellick, who holds the title of Transitions Mentor, was honored as Adult Educator of the Year at ACWHCC's annual awards night. Adult Education Director Melisa Carr praised Mellick, a relatively new employee, for his straight-forward approach as he helps adult students gain the "soft" skills (good attendance, good attitude, ability to work with others, etc.) that are necessary for success in the work place.
Congratulations Mr. McGinnis!
Thank You for Your Service and Dedication!
Ed McGinnis has received many accolades spanning his 42 years of service with the school district. He first retired after 20 years as Director of Guidance and then as Principal in 1996. He then became the Adult Education Guidance Counselor and also served as head of the school’s alumni program. His philosophy that “everyone can” was evidenced in his constantly looking for ways to help students in overcoming obstacles and succeeding in life. In recognition of his commitment to the Career Center and his community activism, on December 16, 2010, the Career Center’s Board of Education recognized Mr. McGinnis’s long-term service by bestowing on him the Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award is the highest honor the career center bestows on its employees. It is given for outstanding contribution as a positive role model and being an exemplary representative of the district and is presented once a year at the Board of Education’s discretion. Mike McDaniel, Superintendent, commented, “There is probably no one other than Ed who has helped more students to graduate, find employment, or get into the right college.” For the rest of the article, click Read More.
The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center's Adult Education 2014-2015 Brochure is available for download. Included in the catalog are descriptions of the Adult Education programs and important details such as length of the programs, start dates, and costs.
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Looking for a new career? Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center has a program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, affordable Online Courses and Online Career Training Programs. Through a partnership with ed2go|GES, you can develop new skills and knowledge in order to stand out in today's competitive job market. This program allows you to enhance your personal and professional skills and prepares you to launch a new career or advance in an existing one, no matter where you’re located. Click "Read More" for further information on these online opportunities.
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.
The ACWHCC 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 Adult Education students for their accomplishments and wishes them continued success. For a complete list of students honored, click Read More
You Could Be an Adult Education Graduate, Too!
Find out more about training/retraining that could help you get a better job. One hundred-twenty-two adults graduated from ACWHCC Adult Education programs last year. Explore the Adult Education website for a list of current classes, start-up dates, and more information
Medical Assisting students got some practice by offering free blood pressure checks at the Supt's Annual Senior Citizens' Luncheon. Two students also gave a brief presentation about their program and testimonials about what led them to ACWHCC's Adult Education Department. For more photos of the ladies at the event, click Photo Gallery.
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center’s Adult Education department recently gave a demonstration for local Superintendents on the newly purchased virtual reality arc welding system. The new equipment will be used in the Adult Education Maintenance Training and Welding Technology programs. With a virtual system such as this, the student can be immersed in his/her environment, with a feeling of being inside and a part of that world and totally focused on the welding experience. The Lincoln Electric VRTex 360 is designed to allow Adult Education students to practice their welding technique and promotes the transfer of skills from the simulator to the welding booth without the waste incurred with normal welding practice. Students using the simulator will wear a specially designed welding helmet with 3D stereo eyepieces and sound, while drawing the sight, sound, and feel needed to make a good weld.
Several special awards were given at the annual Adult Education Recognition Night on May 21st. Pictured is Sondra Shepherd who received the Rita & Lisa Sayre Adult Basic Literacy Education Award of Excellence.
Andrew Fulk - Verne & Tanya Mounts Pharmacy Technician Award
Jessica Ross - Linda E. Reynolds Business Visionary Award
Kaylynn Perry - Carol L. Hale Professionalism Award
Susan Smith - Michael K. McDaniel BioScience Technology Award for Excellence
Vicki Louks, ACWHCC Adult Education Administrative Assistant - Caring Heart Award
Dr. Walter Craske & Dr. Wm Miller - Melisa K. Carr Outstanding Externship Award
Tina Snyder, Adult Education Financial Aid/HRD/GED/Transitions coordinator - Support Staff Person of the Year
Heather Harrison, past Adult Education graduate & Medical Assisting Assistant - Adult Education Outstanding Achievement Award
DeAnna Reynolds, Adult Education Dental Assisting instructor - Adult Educator of the Year
During ACWHCC's annual Awards & Recognition night on May 13th, Adult Education Director Mrs. Melisa Carr honored the Adult Educator of the Year, Dental Assisting Instructor Deanna Reynolds, with an engraved plaque. Carr praised her for her dedication to her program and to her ensuring that her students get a complete experience in their career field. Reynolds has been with the Adult Education Department since 2010.
The Adult Education Department recognized over one hundred graduates of its various programs at a ceremony on May 21st. Students were honored for their career development completion achievements including the Adult Basic and Literacy Education students who received their GED this past year.
Photo: Former Medical Assisting instructor Carol Hale, current instructor Margaret Dalton, and assistant instructor and former graduate Heather Harrison pose with this year's recipient of the Carol Hale Award, Kaylynn Perry. For a complete list of graduates, click the attachment.