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Rita and Lisa Sayre: Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Award of Excellence

Georgia Anthony, ABLE Instructor

This award is given each year to an ABLE student, instructor, or support staff member who best exemplifies the ABLE teaching career efforts of the legendary mother-daughter team in continuing the ideals of the ABLE program in Ashland and Holmes Counties.  The awardee demonstrates enthusiam, dedication, and hard work.

The free ABLE classes prepare students to take the GED exams.  Instructors register and assess students, create individual study plans, and pretest them. Georgia Anthony's long time dedication and enthusiastic instruction has resulted in many students achieving their goals.  Mrs. Anthony is an instructor at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Ashland.


The Melisa K. Carr Outstanding "Externship" Award

Kayla Oney

This annual award is given in honor of Melisa K. Carr, Adult Education Director. Her vision of externships enable students the opportunity to obtain practical workforce experience prior to the completion of their training programs.   This award is given to an externship site, externship supervisor, or student that has supported the vision.

Kayla Oney was nominated due to her use of YOY (You Own You) and her procurement of a dental assisting job at a site who is excited to have her as an employee.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Roxanne Smith, Phlebotomy Technology Instructor

This award is given to a past graduate of the Adult Education Department.  The recipient must be nominated for their achievements within their career. 

Roxanne Smith, a 2004 Phlebotomy alumnus, was recognized for her achievements at Samaritan Regional Health System (SRHS) as a phlebotomist.  Roxanne, we are so proud of you for your achievements at SRHS but most of all for your return to the Career Center to teach our Phlebotomy Technology program.

The Carol L. Hale, RN, CMA Professionalism Award

Jessica Barnhart

This award is given in honor of Carol L. Hale, our Adult Department’s first Medical Assisting instructor.  The professionalism award is given each year to a deserving medical assisting student who displays outstanding professionalism.  The recipient must possess all of the traits of a true professional; honest, empathetic, flexible, credible, competent, ethical, and perhaps most important, respectful.

Verne and Tanya Mounts Pharmacy Technician Award

Benjamin Young            

This award is given in honor of Verne and Tanya Mounts, local pharmacists, program founders, and first instructors of our Pharmacy Technician program.  An annual award is given to a student who displays promise of professionalism in the field of pharmacy technology.

The Caring Heart Award

DeAnna Reynolds, Dental Assisting Instructor

The Caring Heart Award is given to a staff member, student, community member, or advisory committee member whom displays overwhelming compassion and service within the community.  The recipient consistently puts others before his/her self in a genuine and thoughtful manner.

This year’s award winner is someone whom has helped many of her students not only for their career training but she has exercised YOY with excellence.  Her caring heart and quick wit helps to Make It Happen! for our dental students—DeAnna Reynolds, thank you for your caring heart and congratulations, you are our Caring Heart Award Winner!

Staff Support Person of the Year

 Ruth Zakutni, Evening Secretary

This award is nominated by fellow staff members for someone whom makes a difference for our students, supports our department and district mission, as well as is a positive professional role model.

This year’s recipient was nominated due to her positive attitude, her use of YOY (You Own You), quality of work, and humor at just the right moment.

Bill Mellick Named Adult Educator of the Year

Bill Mellick, Human Resource Development Coordinator/Transitions Mentor

This is a District Award as well as the Adult Education Department award.  The recipient is not necessarily an instructor, but someone within our department which exudes excellence for education.   This year's recipient was nominated for his professionalism, respect, knowledge, work ethic, quick wit, and drive to promote the career center with excellence. Students and staff know him as Mr. YOY! because he models and mentors his students in the life skills philosophy of You Own You.

Adult Education Graduates Seventy-Seven

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. For photos of the night, click Photo Gallery.

Ed McGinnis has Retired!

  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.

TODAY is the day to start preparing for your future!


Adult Education 2014-2015 Brochure & Postcard

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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Adult Education Department Offers Online Courses and Career Training Programs

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 Chosen as 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.  

Winter Adult Education Director's List

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

Adult Education May Be For You

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 

Board of Education Hears Adult Education Report

                   Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center superintendent Mike McDaniel says school officials are going to have to be prepared in the future to deal with changes in the market when it comes to offering adult education training programs.  McDaniel gave the Career Center Board of Education a heads up at its regular meeting August 21 as part of staff reports on the start of the 2014-2015 school year.  For more on this story, click Read More.

Medical Assisting Presents at Senior Citizens Luncheon

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.  

Virtual Welding Comes to ACWHCC

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.  

Special Awards at Adult Education Recognition Night

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


Reynolds Recognized as 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.  

Adult Education Recognizes Graduates

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.  

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