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  •   A North Canton company has been hired to do building renovation work for the new Animal Veterinary Science program that will start in the fall at the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  The Career Center Board of Education voted at its regular meeting March 16 to award a $493,980 contract for the work to CCI Commercial Construction LLC, which had the lowest figure of four companies after school officials decided on options.

                The project involves turning the former Resource Conservation area into space for the new Animal Veterinary Science program.  Conceptual plans presented last month by SoL Harris/Day Architects of North Canton included a large multi-purpose area for instruction and animal treatment demonstrations, six kennels and an outdoor area for dogs,...

  • Don't miss the Interact Club's annual Spring Fish Fry this Thursday, March 23rd from 5 - 7 PM.  It's some of the best whitefish you'll ever taste and it's all-you-can-eat fish with french fries, cole slaw or applesauce, roll, dessert, drink.  Adults - $8;  Senior citizens - $7; children under 12 - $6.  Come and enjoy the food and lots of camaraderie with other community members.  

  • The following Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center students achieved Perfect Attendance for the third 9-week grading period of the 2016-2017 school year.
     
    Juniors

    Billy Ball (Ashland)

    Jacob Farley (Black River)

    Riley Finley (Ashland)

    Jackson Gatliff (Ashland)

    Alexander Gray (Ashland)

    Hannah Grissinger (Ashland)

    Noah Murphy (Ashland)

    Destani Pegues (Ashland)

    Forrest Pratt (Mapleton)

    Luke Purdy (Ashland)

    Hannah Yerian (Hillsdale)

     

    Seniors

    ...

  • The Culinary Careers Management class has been researching a variety of cultures and their cuisine.  Join them on Wednesday March 22nd, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for “A Taste of Culture, Foods from Around the World.”   The students will prepare and serve a variety of “samples” from the following countries.  Each food will have a ticket value.  Tickets are $1.00 each and may be purchased from any culinary student, or in the Pendulum restaurant.  Join them for a taste of the international.

    Japan:  Miso Soup, Yakisoba

    India:  Kulcha with Curry and Chutney

    France:  Cassoulet, Ratatouille, Chocolate Mousse

    Italy:  Risotto Milanese, Cannoli

    Morocco:  Chicken...

  • Sarah Pryor received the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Adult Education Alumni
    f the Year Award in 2016.  Now it's time to be thinking about who should receive the award for 2017!
     
    Do you know a past graduate of ACWHCC Adult Education who has excelled in their career?  If so, consider nominating them for this award!  
     
    Send your nomination, including a short summary stating what you think qualifies them to be the award winner to Adult Education Director, Melisa Carr, at:
  • Students in the Career Based Intervention program dressed the part as they participated in mock interviews recently.  Several community leaders brought their expertise to ACWHCC as they helped CBI students sharpen their skills in preparation for job hunting.  

  •  Felicity Etzwiler, West Holmes High School and Lilly French, Mapleton High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for March.

    Etzwiler, in the Career Center’s Graphic Communications program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Melissa Pierce and resides in Millersburg.

    French, in the Career Center’s Cosmetology program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Scott and Lisa French and resides in Ashland.

    Both students and their families will be invited to the regular meeting of the Career Center’s Board of Education on March 16, 2017, where each will be presented with a certificate and pin in recognition of this honor. 

  • Have you registered your middle school-aged child for ACWHCC's STEM camp, July 18 - 20, 2017?  If your student likes science and math and is  going into the 7th or 8th grades, they'll want to attend this Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Day Camp being held at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center on Route 60 south of Ashland.  Seventh graders can prepare for a fun approach to science and engineering at a low cost of $25.  Eighth graders will be experimenting with VEX robotics, building and programming a robot like the one shown in this picture.  The 8th grade program will be taught by VEX robotics specialists for a student fee of $40.  Don't miss a great summer break and a chance to meet others with the same interests in science and...

  • Every few weeks Early Childhood Education's preschool is visited by the Ashland Public Library Bookmobile and preschoolers are given the opportunity to choose some books for classtime reading.  Some books are read aloud to the entire preschool classes but some are set aside for quiet, comfy, one-on-one reading time.  When all books have been read, they are returned to the bookmobile and reading time is refreshed with a new selection of reading material.  

  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center’s Construction Technology program has again chosen Ashland County’s “Bookcase for Every Child” as a community service project.  In an effort to encourage reading and improve literacy, local volunteers annually provide select children with a variety of books and a custom made bookcase.  In the last three weeks, Construction Technology students took time out from their house construction project to complete forty hand-made bookcases which will be customized with the children’s name plates before being presented.  Photo:  Junior CT students show some attitude with their wall of bookcases.  

  • A team of culinary students from Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) took second place among eight teams in the 2017 Culinary Affair with Pork Cook-Off at Wayne Schools Career Center on Feb. 8th.  Culinary Careers Management students Gabrielle Frazee, Senior, Mapleton, and Makayla Keene, Junior, Ashland, collected prize money of $250 along with a $5,000 Sullivan University scholarship.  

  •  Makayla Cummings, Black River High School and Koltan Boughman, West Holmes High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for February.

    Cummings, in the Career Center’s Early Childhood Education program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Mike and Stacy Simmons and resides in West Salem.

    Boughman, in the Career Center’s Power Sports Technology program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Charles and Melissa Boughman and resides in Millersburg.

    Both students and their families will be invited to the regular meeting of the Career Center’s Board of Education on February 16, 2017, where each will be presented with a certificate and pin in...

  • Two teams of students from the Culinary Careers Management program competed in the annual Ohio Pork Producers' Pork Cook-off Contest held at Wayne Schools Career Center on Feb. 8th.  Also in the competition were teams from three other local schools for a total of eight teams.  .  Each team was given the same recipes which they had never seen before and were allowed 1 1/2 hrs to prepare a pork entree, salad, soup, and dessert.  Teams were graded on sanitation, cooking methods, teamwork, taste, and presentation.  

  •  The Ashland County project  "A Bookcase for Every Child." aims to provide a hand constructed bookcase and a supply of books for children in the community and Construction Tech students have once again volunteered to provide some of the quality bookcases.  The project gives students a chance to learn  furniture crafting and finishing techniques along with the precision of assembly-lne production.   CT students are already more than half-way to their goal of fifty completed bookcases.  

  • A ponytail won't keep a student out of Auto Technology.  Girls are welcome to learn automotive basics with the guys in AT and you'll find girls working right alongside the boys in the AT lab.  Way to go, ladies!  

  • The Ohio Department of Education has reviewed the Early Childhood Education Preschool program at ACWHCC and given it an "Excellent" rating, noting the program is in "full compliance" with department rules and regulations.  Parents can feel confident their preschoolers are in a quality program at ACWHCC.  Congrats!

  • When a child in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) preschool program was diagnosed with a very serious illness, ECE students and staff rose to the occasion to help the family that has been hit hard by medical and related travel expenses.  Donations overflowed a long table and ranged from food to paper products to diapers for the family's new baby.  Cash donations were also accepted to help with the family's expenses.  Thanks to all who donated.

  • Area construction companies are aware of the quality of  ACWHCC's Construction Technology (CT) program and are tapping into the CT students who will soon be entering the workforce.  Companies such as Kokosing, Adena, Simonson, etc. are making mid-winter visits to ACWHCC to interview CT students for summer and permanent jobs.  Photo:  Dan Moore of Simonson Construction Co. conducts an interview with a promising CT student.  

  • The Cosmetology program recently hosted a local stylist, Sabrina Valentine, the owner of Affinity Hair Studio in Ashland.  Valentine spent one morning demonstrating the "stack" cut to juniors and seniors in the program, giving special hints and tips for a successful cut.   Valentine completed ACWHCC's Cosmetology program in 1991and currently employs an ACWHCC senior as an intern. 

  • Students in the Engineering and Design Technology program are putting their knowledge and skills to work as they design cars that operate on "mousetrap power."  In this photo, they are tinkering with the orange truck which was created via 3D printer technology and is powered by a mousetrap.  

  • Brighten up your January lunches with a visit to ACWHCC's Pendulum Restaurant.  Students in the Culinary Careers Management program put together the tempting menus each week and are anxious to use their skills in preparing and serving customers just like you.   The student-run restaurant is open on Thursdays and Fridays this month from 10:45 - 12:15.  For this week's menu, click here.  

  •   The Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center is going to develop a marketing and advertising strategy to improve communications, enhance the school’s image and attract more students to both secondary and adult programs.  The Career Center Board of Education voted at its combined organizational and regular meeting Thursday, January 12 to approve a $22,000 contract with Spire Advertising of Ashland to help with the strategies and develop a new school web site.

                “We have been talking a lot about being a school of choice and we need to engage in active advertising and active marketing to recruit students into our building,” said Superintendent Mike Parry.  “We talked with two firms about our anticipated outcomes and what we were looking to do, which was essentially to...

  • The following Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center students achieved honor roll status with all A’s for the second nine-week grading periods of the 2016-2017 school year.

    Sophomores

    Saige Parks (West Holmes)

    Juniors

    Nathan Bigley (Hillsdale)

    Autumn Breslin (Ashland)

    Cheyenne Christine (West Holmes)

    Hannah Dewitt (Loudonville)

    Casey Freeman (Triway)

    Hannah Grissinger (Ashland)

    Gordon Herndon (Loudonville)

    Cody Kiner (West Holmes)

    Cadence Metcalf Seffens (Loudonville)

    ...
  • The following Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center students achieved Perfect Attendance for the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
    Sophomores

    Joshua Butler (West Holmes)

    Juniors

    Kiana Byers (West Holmes)

    Makayla Cummings (Black River)

    Jacob Farley (Black River)

    Preston Frazee (Ashland)

    Alexander Gray (Ashland)

    Hannah Grissinger (Ashland)

    Jacob Grose (West Holmes)

    Noah Murphy (Ashland)

    Cory Norris (Loudonville)

    Destani Pegues (Ashland)

    Ian...

  •   Casey Freeman, Triway High School and Hannah Strickling, Hillsdale High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for January.

    Freeman, in the Career Center’s Auto Body program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Brian and Linda Freeman and resides in Wooster.

    Strickling, in the Career Center’s Automotive Technology program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Wendy Strickling and resides in Jeromesville.

    Both students and their families will be invited to the regular meeting of the Career Center’s Board of Education on January 12, 2017, where each will be presented with a certificate and pin in recognition of this honor. 

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  • Cosmetology students from Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) had a banner day on Nov. 21st as they participated in the National Association of Beauticians annual State Beauty School Student Competition in Columbus.  Five ACWHCC seniors walked away with five first place awards in the contest which showcased talents of high school students from around the state.  Liz Henley, Loudonville, was awarded first place in the Mohawk Avante Mannequin Garde category while the four person Career Center team was named the first place overall team.   Elyse Kulka, Ashland, was the model for the team while Makayla Roush, West Holmes, received the first place Hair award, Lilly French, Mapleton, placed first in Nails, and Ashley Pay, Mapleton, was the first place winner in...

  • ACWHCC students introduced groups of area sophomores to career-technical education on Dec. 6th and 7th as part of the district's outreach to advance the importance and value of career-tech careers.  Visiting students each chose three program areas of particular interest and spent time in each, getting hands-on introduction to the programs and what they do.  The visitation will wrap up on Thursday evening with a chance for sophomores to bring their parents to visit the programs of most interest to them.  

  • Matthew Trayter, Ashland High School and Shane Cook, Hillsdale High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for December.

    Trayter, in the Career Center’s Construction Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  He is the son of David and Meribeth Trayter and resides in Ashland.

    Cook, in the Career Center’s Criminal Justice program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of John and Carolyn Cook and resides in Perrysville.

    Both students and their families will be invited to the regular meeting of the Career Center’s Board of Education on December 15, 2016, where each will be presented with a certificate and pin in recognition of this honor.  ...

  • The 2016-2017 Fall Director’s List acknowledges adult students who have attained a 90 percent average in attendance and academic achievements.   Congratulations!

    Dental Assisting- Kayla Chandler of Perrysville; Martin Reneman and Sydney Saffle of Ashland and Nicole Reischman of Wooster

    Maintenance Training- Leonard Kaiser of Rochester; Jeffrey Olmstead of Loudonville and Ray Roope and Tory Steele of Ashland.

    Business Office Technologies- Sybil Bull, Kaylee Kohler and Janeen McCurry of Ashland; Windy Clark of Wooster and Bonnie Granneman of New London

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration- Donald Ball and Andrew Hawk of Mansfield; Jared Eby of Shelby and...

  •    Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Treasurer Julie Smith says the school still is not where it should be in terms of state funding even though officials are “seeing good things” happening.  Smith gave a positive report as she reviewed the latest update on the school’s five-year financial forecast at the Career Center Board of Education’s regular meeting Thursday (November 17).

                Smith told the board that an increase of 50 full time equivalent secondary students this school year has resulted in a 50 percent reduction in state transitional guarantee funding the Career Center is receiving as Ohio moves to a weighted funding formula for vocational education.  She said the loss of transitional funds does not mean...

  • A dozen guidance counselors and administrators from Ashland, Hillsdale, Loudonville-Perrysville, Mapleton, and West Holmes school districts spent the morning of Nov. 16th at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center (ACWHCC) in response to a “Counselor’s Day” invitation issued by the Career Center.  Said Career Center Superintendent Mike Parry, “As we considered the updates being made to our career-technical programs, we looked for a way to keep our constituents informed.  We work closely with counselors and administrators in our home schools and we settled on a Counselors’ Day as a means to communicate with them, bringing them here to give them a personal understanding of what our programs are about and what our students are doing.” 

    At the opening convocation, Parry...

  •  Resource Conservation students and students in Environmental Science classes spent an afternoon at the Mohican River electrofishing with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Several fish species were collected and identified as part of a biodiversity unit.

  • For the past several years, career-technical students at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center have had an open line to the superintendent’s office via the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. The Council was formed under former Superintendent Mike McDaniel to do just that – to establish a way for students to have direct input into decisions that impact them. In the past, council input has helped resolve everyday issues like improving cafeteria food and service and most recently they advocated for formation of a school choir that gave its first official performance at last May’s Senior Recognition Day assembly.

    The decision to continue the committee was not a difficult one for ACWHCC’s new superintendent Mike Parry. “Listening to the voice of the customer is essential for...

  • Adult Education's Medical Assisting program made a presentation at the annual Superintendent's Senior Citizen luncheon.  Information was shared about the accredited program and the careers to be gained by successfully completing the hours needed to obtain certification.   

  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center instructors John Staats and David McMillen recently spent three days at a JLG workshop in Pennsylvania, a hands-on experience which followed four weeks of online classes.  Staats and McMillen teach the Construction Technology (main campus) and Building Trades (West Holmes High School campus) programs respectively.  The JLG Manufacturing Company, an Oshkosh Corporation company, manufactures various types of aerial platforms and telehandler equipment .  Both Staats and McMillen had the opportunity to learn to operate a variety of JLG equipment and are now qualified to give JLG equipment certifications to students in their programs who meet the requirements.   ...

  • The Cosmetology Salon is now open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:15 - 11:30 AM.  Students in the Cosmetology program offer a variety of services - cuts, perms, color, manis, pedis, facials, and other full-service salon services (with the exception of acrylic nails).  Instructors provide oversight and the ladies are anxious to make you look your best.  Call for an appointment or walk in for your new look.  

  • Two of the prestigious Pentagon Awards were bestowed at the 2016 Annual Awards and Recognition night.  The awards recognize outstanding contributions made to the school by businesses, individuals, etc.  The first award went to the North Central Workforce Alliance of Ohio for their work and help in determining and developing programs to meet area workforce needs.  the second award went to retiring Superintendent Mike McDaniel for his 37 years of visionary work at ACWHCC.  Congratulations to both winners.   

  • The Construction Technology and Building Trades programs recently hosted their second annual "Equipment Day" complete with lunch in the Construction Technology lab.  In attendance were several local construction companies and suppliers along with interested area legislators.  Various pieces of equipment that were loaned to the school to enable students in these programs to learn operating procedures, practice operation, and gain certifications in those areas.  ...

  • The Air National Guard Unit at Mansfield Lahm Airport recently hosted ACWHCC's Criminal Justice students for an informative field day.  Military personnel demonstrated various pieces of survival equipment, assorted firearms, and air and land transportation along with providing information about military security duties.  

  • Ashland University's Science Dept. played host to students in the Sports Science program recently.  Dr. Merrill Tawes gave ACWHC students an up close and personal visit with the department's four cadavers.  Students had the opportunity to do some elementary dissecting with guidance from Tawes and handle real human organs after they successfully completed the "put-the-bones-in-the-correct-order" game.  It was a fantastic learning experience and ACWHCC thanks AU for opening the cadaver lab to these students!   ...

  • Local business, Custom Hoists of Hayesville, celebrated Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 7th, as the company welcomed students from the Engineering and Design Technology and Manufacturing Technology programs at Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center.  Both programs were given an overview of the business, its market, and its product via a power point presentation by Alan Nastasi, Chief Engineer, and John Wentworth, Application/Service Engineer. 

    Vice President of Operations, Ben Humrichouser, and Design Engineer, A.J. Leon led students through the factory as they pointed out the up-to-date, technical equipment required to produce quality telescopic and single stage hydraulic cylinders.   Students were able to see practical applications of the equipment installed in...

  • ACWHCC's Early Childhood Education program opened its doors today with a wagon ride on the school's 56 acres.  Thanks to the Resource Conservation program for the use of their wagon and their driver.  

  • Ashland County Prosecutor Chris Tunnell is always looking for state-approved ways to allocate money collected from drug busts and drug-related confiscations in Ashland County.  So when Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center’s (ACWHCC) newly-formed Drug Free Club came to his attention, he decided to donate $3,000 of drug seizure monies to help with the new organization’s start-up costs.  Said Tunnell, “Our focus is on taking away drug dealers’ means to traffic – their car, their cell phone, and their cash” which leads to the county’s collecting a cache of drug-related money in a “seizure account.”    The State of Ohio puts limits on how the money can be spent and of those approved ways, Tunnell admits he is a bit partial to worthy activities that address drug abuse prevention. 

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  • The Building Trades program at West Holmes High School has been at work on the house they're building, taking advantage of the good weather. Wiring was the order of the day last week.  Seniors are pictured here. Click on the story for more pics. ...

  • ACWHCC's new "career wear" was the order of the day today.  Students arrived sporting new polo shirts, color coded to their career-technical program, along with black or khaki slacks. The school district purchased two sets of the workplace-appropriate clothing for each student and students may order more at a reasonable cost.  

  • Students in the MFG program took the floor to demonstrate the new up-to-date equipment in the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) lab at the official invitation-only open house to dedicate the facility.  State and local officials were in attendance and interacted with the students.  

  • With just four short years until high school graduation, eighth graders from area middle schools visited ACWHCC last week as they begin to think about their future.  ACWHCC students led the middle-schoolers on a tour of the school and the visitors spent some time in each program to find out exactly what ACWHCC students do as they prepare for careers.  Students in the photo are hearing about the Veterinary/Animal Science Technology program which will be launched in the fall of 2017.  

  • A group of senior citizens from Ashland's Brethren Care facility visited the preschool program at ACWHCC recently.  The group included one retired Early Childhood Education program teacher who spent sixteen years teaching at ACWHCC.  The seniors engaged in crafts with the children and later were entertained by their songs.  

  • The Adult Education Maintenance Training students completed their program this week.  
    Two of those students received certification in Stainless Steel TIG Welding.  What a great accomplishment!  
    Other certifications the class received includes: MIG, stick, Steel TIG, Depco CNC Machine, and OSHA.
     
    YOU could earn these same certifications and head off to a new career!  Give us a call to learn more about your options.
    We have a class beginning November 14th!
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              The Ashland County-West Holmes Joint Vocational School District (JVSD) Board of Education is accepting nominations for its 2016 Distinguished Service Award.  All district employees, including secondary teachers, adult education teachers, administrators and support staff are eligible to receive this award.

              The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor that the Ashland County-West Holmes JVSD...

  •   Makala Etzwiler, Ashland High School and Andrew Campbell, West Holmes High School, were named Career Center Students of the Month for November.

    Etzwiler, in the Career Center’s Health Technology program, was named the Junior Student of the Month.  She is the daughter of Sheri Shire and resides in Ashland.

    Campbell, in the Career Center’s Networking & Electronics Technology program, was named the Senior Student of the Month.  He is the son of Adam Campbell and Lori Kowatch and resides in Millersburg.

    Both students and their families will be invited to the regular meeting of the Career Center’s Board of Education on November 17, 2016, where each will be presented with a certificate and pin in recognition of...

  • Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center Adult Education Maintenance Training class finished their program today and are headed off to their new career!

    Want to restart your career too?

    Are you bored with retirement and want to explore a new option?

    Do you want to make a difference to the world around you?

    Come in and talk to one of our staff about how you can accomplish your goal in gaining the skills for a new career choice!

    Check out our Maintenance Training course that begins November 14th, here or read about other opportunities in Adult Education.

  • The following Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center students achieved honor roll status with all A’s for the first nine-week grading periods of the 2016-2017 school year.

    SOPHOMORE

    Saige Parks (West Holmes)

    JUNIORS

    Nathan Bigley (Hillsdale)

    Summer Brightbill (Hillsdale)

    Forrest Pratt (Mapleton)

    Kailyn Ritenour (Mapleton)

    Wylynn Skelly (Loudonville)

    Alexis Wilson (Ashland)

    SENIOR

    Alexis Burgess (Ashland)

    The following Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center...

  • Students in Adult Education's Medical Assisting program practiced taking blood pressures and pulses prior to the annual Superintendent's Senior Citizen's luncheon.  Thanks to the seniors attending from around the area who were more than happy to "lend an arm" for the good of students in the program.  

  • The following Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center students achieved Perfect Attendance for the first 9-week grading period of the 2015-2016 school year.
     
    Sophomores

    Joshua Butler (West Holmes)

    Juniors

    Sydney Anderson (Loudonville)

    Michael Bentley (Ashland)

    Nathan Bigley (Hillsdale)

    Kiana Byers (West Holmes)

    Makayla Cummings (Black River)

    Felicity Etzwiler (West Holmes)

    Jacob Farley (Black River)

    Preston Frazee (Ashland)

    Alexander Gray (Ashland)

    Hannah Grissinger...

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