Area Sixth Grade Boys Learn More About Career Tech

Area Sixth Grade Boys Learn More About Career Tech

Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center  high school students hosted more than two hundred forty-five sixth grade boys who donned blue shirts and black backpacks stuffed with donated goodies for this years “Guys With Gloves” .   Boys from four area schools, Ashland, Loudonville-Perrysville, Mapleton, and Hillsdale, spent either a morning or an afternoon at the Career Center as they explored career-technical education through hands-on demonstrations and activities. 

The boys chose four programs to visit and we did our best to get them into as many of these as possible. The hands-on
activities in the laboratories included things such as: using a virtual welder (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing), operating the Ashland County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad robot (Criminal
Justice), learning body organs (Health Technology), making “dessert sushi” (Culinary Careers), taking a virtual tour of the human body (Graphic Communications) meeting the animals (Animal  Veterinary
Science), coloring their hair and shaving mannequin heads (Cosmetology), taking a ride on the lift (Construction Technology), and making playdough (Early Childhood Education).  Each program had multiple hands-on activities for the boys.  When asked for their favorites, the students’ choices were all over the map with every program being  named.   Many students said their least favorite part of the day was having to leave. 

Teachers accompanying the sixth grade students echoed their approval of the day’s activities saying it was a great day.  More than 50 Career Center students volunteered their day off to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the boys.

Area businesses who donated to the event were:  Simonson Construction, Kokosing, Liquibox, American Augers, Spherion, First Knox, Mansfield Plumbing, Hedstrom, PR Machine/Slick Automation, Mancan, Rayco, Sutton Bank, Centerra, and Brethren Care.  Their support is greatly appreciated.


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