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Adult Education Salutes Director's List

The Ashland County West-Holmes Career Center’s Director’s List is published quarterly to acknowledge adult students who have maintained above a 90% average in both attendance and academic achievements.  Click Read More for the list of students who are recognized for their accomplishments.  The Adult Education Department wishes them continued success.

Adult Education Recognizes May/June Students of the Month

ACWHCC's Adult Education Department announces the Adult Education Students of the Month for May and June, Tayler Stevens of Mansfield in the Medical Assisting program and Sonya Benshoff of Ashland in the Dental Assisting program.  For more on these deserving ladies, click Read More.  
Parties interested in the Dental Assisting or Medical Assisting programs should contact the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center at 419-289-3313 (toll free at 800-686-3313) or visit the website at

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


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.  

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 April Student of the Month

The ACWHCC Adult Education Department recently recognized William Lee, from New London, as the April 2014 Adult Education Student of the Month.  Lee is a current student in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC) class, an 850-hour program where he is learning:  principles of heating and cooling technology – design and operation testing – inspection and maintenance procedures – installation and operation procedures – report preparation – and much more!
Lee was nominated by his Instructor, John Whitmer, for his exemplary work ethic and positive attitude. Congratulations to William Lee for a job well done!

Medical Assisting Program Receives 10 Yr 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.  

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.

Medical Assisting Presents at Senior Citizens Luncheon

Adult Education students in the Medical Assisting program recently gave a presentation at the Superintendent's annual Senior Citizens Luncheon.  Students conveyed their excitement about what they are learning and were able to practice some of their newly acquired skills.  They offered free blood pressure checks and heartbeat checks to the seniors before and after lunch as they study the difference ingesting food makes in blood pressure rates.   For more photos, click Photo Gallery.  

Adult Education 2014-2015 Brochure

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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First-Time GED Test Takers Get a Break

Law Change Will Keep GED Cost From Rising
Test Takers Encouraged to Complete GED Prior to New Version Rollout
COLUMBUS, OH – Language included in the new state budget guarantees that first-time GED® test takers will not have to pay any additional money when costs for the new computer-based version triple in 2014.
According to the legislation “…up to $2 million in each fiscal year shall be used to pay career-technical planning districts for the amounts reimbursed to students” taking the computer-based GED® test for the first time. The goal of the legislation is to offset any additional application or test fees in excess of the current $40 cost.
ACWHCC's Adult Education Department offers GED classes.  Go to Adult Education/Programs & Classes and click on GED for more information on classes and testing schedules.  

Medical Assisting Class Participated in Mock Disaster Drill

The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Medical Assisting class held a mock disaster drill to prepare students for response to natural and man-made disasters.  Mr. Mark Rafeld, Director of Emergency Management Services, was a guest participant in stepping students through the procedures and protocols to follow during a disaster.  It was an exciting and beneficial learning exercise in emergency preparedness for our students in the healthcare field. 


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.  

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 

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. 


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