High SchoolAdult Education
Electrical Hosts Guest Speakers

As part of the Four County Career Center’s Electrical career and technical education training, students recently had the opportunity to host several guest speakers from First Energy/Toledo Edison. They talked to the students about the PSI (Power Systems Institute) program that is offered through First Energy at Owens Community College. They also showed the students the lineman trucks and some of the tools of the trade.

Shown following the presentation are (KNEELING - LEFT TO RIGHT) Elijah Alvardo (Archbold); Nate Smith (Fayette); Tristan Armstrong (Tinora); Jeremy Burt (Patrick Henry); Taylor Trent (Hilltop); Zach Hendricks (Bryan); Gary Keys (Toledo Edison Wauseon Branch Manager); Kimberly Wechter (First Energy PSI Workforce Development Rep); Carlos Flores (Defiance); Isaac Hutchinson (Montpelier); Doug Alberts (Delta); Dakota Mason (Edon); Colin Ashbaugh (Wauseon); Trevor Zachrich (Stryker); Josh Whetstone (Liberty Center); James Flickinger (Toledo Edison Lineman); and Jeff Vincent (Toledo Edison Lineman). Scott Williams, Electrical instructor, made the arrangements for the presentation.

Leadership Conference at Defiance College

Fourteen Four County Career Center students recently participated in the 29th Annual Northwest Ohio Student Leadership Conference held at the George M. Smart Athletic Center at Defiance College. In an effort to recognize the importance and encourage area high schools to work more closely together on leadership activities, students in leadership roles from 35 high schools in the seven county area attended the day event. The keynote speaker for the day was Judson Laipply, award-winning speaker and inspirational comedian. He uses his passion to both entertain and educate audiences all over the world to blend the realities of life with side-splitting humor.
Shown with Laipply are Career Center students (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Miranda Flory (Ayersville)Early Childhood Education; Cassandra Carpenter (Fairview) Medical Office Technologies; John Piasecki (Hicksville) Software Development & Game Design; Devin Dockery (Montpelier) Computer Networking & Repair; Andrew Steffel (Tinora) Carpentry; Laipply; Shawn Ramey (Bryan) Hospitality Services; Alicia Roberts ( Montpelier) Hospitality Services; Alayna Delany (Fairview) Accounting & Business Management; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Robert Montgomery (Patrick Henry) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Caleb Wooley (Archbold) Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; Alyssa Imm (Edgerton) Carpentry; Elisabeth Posey (Delta) Health Careers; Sara Greek (Archbold) Health Careers; and Emma Brown (North Central) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics.

Distinguished Service Award & Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Four County Career Center honored six graduates from the Career Center who have had success in their careers and who will serve as outstanding representatives for the school at the 19th annual “Wall of Fame” awards program Monday evening. Nominations for this honor are open to the public and based on the areas of significant contributions to the individual’s career, the community, education, and Four County Career Center.

This was also the third year for the “Distinguished Service Award” presented to the individual who has displayed on-going dedication and commitment to the Career Center and to the communities served by the Career Center. This year’s recipient is Karen Maassel, retired Instructor at the Career Center.

The new members were inducted during the annual advisory committee dinner where Ellie Cichocki, Workforce Development/Job Placement Coordinator, served as Master of Ceremonies. Superintendent Tim Meister formally welcomed everyone and gave special introductions. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jaryd Hobbs, a Automotive Technologies student from Archbold, and a Student Ambassador. Ashley Martin, an Early Childhood Education student from Defiance and a Student Ambassador, gave the invocation.

Shown above following the ceremony holding their plaques are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Karen Maassel; J. Mark Holbrook; Tom Riegsecker; Michelle M. Pelland-Semer; Steve Slattman; Chuck Wallace; and Shannon K. Zellers.
Karen Maassel retired as GRADS Instructor from the Career Center in 2009 after twenty-five years in education. She has continued to be active in many educational and community organizations following retirement over the next seven years and is a member of the FCCC Endowment Committee. Karen lives in Napoleon with her husband Don.
J. Mark Holbrook came to the Career Center from Bryan High School and enrolled in the Printing program from which he graduated in 1982. J. Mark is currently Founder/Director of The Acacia Alliance in West Unity. J. Mark lives in West Unity.

Tom Riegsecker enrolled at the Career Center from Pettisville High School, entered the Auto Mechanics program and graduated in 1971. He is the owner of Tom’s Welding & Repair and Delta Truck Sales and lives in Delta.
Michelle M. Pelland-Semer attended the Career Center from Defiance High School and graduated in 1989 in the Cosmetology program. Michelle is currently an Independent Contracting - Pedicurist, Manicurist & Cosmetologist - Specializing in Elderly People and lives in Bryan.
Steve Slattman came to the Career Center from Bryan High School, entered the Small Engine Repair program and graduated in 1984. He is currently the Transportation Manager at Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Stryker and resides in Bryan.

Chuck Wallace enrolled at the Career Center from Edgerton High School and graduated in 1985 in the Auto Body program. Chuck is the General Manager at Best One Tire & Service in Bryan and he lives in Edgerton.
Shannon K. Zellers attended the Career Center from Napoleon High School, entered the Early Childhood Education program and graduated in 1989. She is currently the Program Manager at Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Stryker and lives in Napoleon.

A picture/plaque of each “Wall of Fame” and “Distinguished Service Award” recipient will be placed in the main entrance at Four County Career Center. A special “Thank You” is extended to all area businesses who continue to employ Career Center students and give them the opportunity to succeed. Nominations are now being accepted for next year’s “Wall of Fame” and “Distinguished Service Award.” Contact the Career Center at 419-267-3331 for nomination forms or visit the webside at www.fourcounty.net.

Levy Information

Four County Career Center has a 1.0 mill operating levy on the November 8 ballot. This is the first operating levy Four County has asked for since 1987. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $2.92 a month.

Four County serves 22 different school districts and over 1,000 students and 2,000 adults students each year. Money generated from the levy will be used for the daily operations of the school.

“This is the first time since 1987 Four County has asked for any new operating money. Schools need to be good stewards of the tax payer’s dollars, and I feel 30 years between a levy speaks volumes about Four County being that good steward. This levy is vital if we are to continue the outstanding education and workforce development training for our area.”, states Four County Superintendent Tim Meister.

Blood Drive

Four County Career Center students and staff recently donated blood during the HOSA Future Health Professionals sponsored Red Cross Blood Drive. HOSA members planned and coordinated the drive and assisted with donor registration, testing, and blood donations.

Car Fit Opportunity

Four County Career Center’s Automotive Technology students were part of the “Road to Wellness,” the 8th annual health care conference for mature adults and caregivers sponsored by the Fulton County Aging Consortium, by participating in the Car Fit Opportunity. The conference was held at St. Casper’s Catholic Church in Wauseon. Throughout the day, the students checked the attendees cars for safety issues and fluid levels. Shown getting his checked is Tom Dorn (Toledo) by (LEFT TO RIGHT) Joe Fenter (Bryan); instructor Toby Kennerk; Mark Barett (Defiance); and Brandon Franks (Hilltop).

Carpentry Community Service Project

Four County Career Center Carpentry students recently refurbished park benches in the park by the Napoleon High School as part of a community service project and their lab training. Shown with the finished benches are Carpentry students (LEFT TO RIGHT) Ethan Eberley (Wauseon); Ethin Thacker (Defiance); Brandon Pepple (Hicksville); Adrian Ortiz (Defiance); and Kody Horne (Bryan). Matt Dye, Carpentry instructor, coordinated the project.

Cosmetology Salon Opens

Four County Career Center Cosmetology Salon will open to the public on October 7, 2016.

Salon hours this year are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Thursday and Friday that the Career Center is open. Walk-ins and appointments are accepted during these hours. No appointments or customers will be accepted after 1:00 p.m. and no chemical service appointments after 12:00 noon.

Being a full service salon, we offer the following services--perms, nails (including the new gelish polish), manicures, pedicures, facials, hair color services, haircuts and hair styling.

All services are performed by Four County Career Center Senior Cosmetology students under the supervision of licensed cosmetologists, senior instructor Kim Dunbar, and junior instructors Krista Whetro and Jill Westhoven, using the newest procedures and equipment.

Clinic patrons are charged a minimal cost to cover materials and supplies.

To make an appointment or for information call the Four County Career Center Cosmetology Salon at 1-800-589-3334, Ext. 2234. Reserved parking is available near the entrance to the salon, which is located on the east side of Four County Career Center.

Ohio 1st Vote

In preparation for the November General Election, students at Four County Career Center participated in the Ohio First Vote student registration. Students who will be 18 years and older by November registered. Tim Monico, Regional Liaison Northwest Ohio from Ohio Secretary of State’s office, spoke to the students about the voting process before they registered Registrations were then delivered to each county’s Board of Elections. Career Center Government instructors coordinated the day.

Paramedic Graduation

Four County Career Center Adult Education Division recently had 15 students graduate in the Paramedic Programs held at the Career Center and Arrowhead in Maumee.

The eighteen month program includes classroom and lab training, clinical rotation at area hospitals and trauma centers in Toledo, and ride time with area EMS life squads. Dan Frederick, Public Safety Coordinator and Tom Samson, Paramedic Education Program Director, coordinated the program. Superintendent Tim Meister welcomed graduates and guests. Keynote speaker for the evening was Chrys Peterson, former Toledo news anchor and ProMedica consultant and correspondent for ProMedica’s HealthConnect website.

Shown following the graduation program are Paramedic graduates with Peterson (LEFT TO RIGHT) David Dubry (Wauseon); Paul Nieberding (Delta); Tyler Ellis (Toledo); Jamie Eisenbrandt (ProMedica Transport Network); Sarah Dempsey (Napoleon); Tim Miller (ProMedica Transport Network); Wade Bockert (Toledo); Dillon Flick (Northwood); Ken Jackson (ProMedica Transport Network); Ben Lowe (ProMedica Transport Network); Codie Carlisle (Williams county); and Peterson.

Safety Assembly

A safety assembly for over 500 new Four County Career Center students was recently held at the school. The assembly was held to promote safety in the Career Center for all students, personnel, and visitors.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Vern Fisher and Henry County Chief Deputy Arlen Cohrs both stressed the importance of safe driving habits. They emphasized that obeying traffic laws is vital as well as paying attention to speed limits, the actions of other drivers, and avoiding distracted driving through cell phone use.

Kevin Thomas, Law Enforcement & Security Tactics instructor at the Career Center, also spoke to the students about lab safety issues and general school safety procedures on the school grounds.

A film covering the importance of using seat belts was also shown, which included testimonials from sports and other public figures whose lives have been saved because they use their seat belts.

The assembly was organized by the Four County Career Center Safety Committee as a part of a yearlong safety drive.

Throughout the year presentations on tool safety, safety in the workplace, proper handling of industrial materials, and other safety situations will be presented to the students.

Fire & Rescue and Law Enforcement & Security Tactics students are shown following the assembly with the officers.