State Auditor Visits ACWHCC

State Auditor Visits ACWHCC

Keith Faber, Auditor of the State of Ohio, was a visitor to the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center in the afternoon of Thursday, April 11th.  According to Treasurer Julie Smith, the Auditor’s staff notified school officials the prior week that the local career-technical school would be a stop on the “Listening Tour” he is taking around the State.  Two or three days a week are set aside for the newly-elected state official to travel the State spending time with state governmental agencies including schools, townships, counties, etc.  The top auditor and his staff are looking at the three “e’s”, i.e. efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in operation as he conducts what he calls “performance audits.”  These tours may consist of a roundtable, a facility tour, attending a meeting, etc. as he reaches out to agencies that are the subject of state audits. 
Career Center Interim Superintendent Rodney Cheyney and Treasurer Smith led the building tour, visiting five Career Center programs before the students were dismissed and touring other sections of the building after dismissal.  
Instructor John Staats and students in the Construction Technology program showed off the house they have built for the auction to be held on May  11th.  The auditor was full of questions about the construction process and praised the program for recouping the house construction cost through sale of the house. 
The next stop was the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering & Design Technology labs where students demonstrated their skills with robotic arms, “Rob” the robot, and the robodrill.  One of instructor Jim Simmering’s students presented the auditor and his staff with personalized wooden card holders made by the program’s robodrill plus the program’s signature laser-cut key chains. 
The Automotive Technology program also played host as Instructor John Burkholder and the auditor discussed the way donated vehicles act as training models before students tackle work on personal vehicles.
The final stop with students present was the Animal & Veterinary Science program where the lab classroom was busy with clean-up before spring break.  Faber marveled as instructor Anne Leidigh shared the success the program has achieved in the two years since its launch.  He also was interested in the cooperation the program has enjoyed with the local humane society, veterinarians, and community members.
Though Faber did not have time to visit the Career Center’s six satellite programs, Cheyney shared their success along with the cooperation the Career Center receives from associate schools and colleges.  He also outlined how the College Credit Plus program is benefiting career-technical students, something Faber would like to see happening more often. 
Faber ended the tour saying, “I was impressed.  Everything is well organized and well run.  The students are learning and are happy, and the instructors are engaged.  It seems like a first-class operation.” 

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