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Career Exploration Days

On Thursday and Friday, Four County Career Center hosted the annual Career Exploration Days for over 1,800 sophomores from the 22 member schools in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Williams counties. Each sophomore visited two career and technical programs and heard presentations about the programs from Career Center junior and senior students and instructors. The Career Exploration Day is an opportunity for sophomores to learn more about the programs to make decisions about attending the Career Center during their junior and seniors years of high school. Students can register to attend the Career Center at www.fourcounty.net. Open House for parents and students will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 


2018-2019 HOSA Officers

Four County Career Center’s HOSA - Future Health Professionals Chapter members include over ninety Health Careers and Sports Fitness & Exercise Science students. These students work on chapter projects, compete in district, state, and national leadership and skill competitions, and sponsor student assemblies throughout the school year. Officers of the Four County Career Center HOSA Chapter include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) President - Kayla Dusek (Archbold) Health Careers; State Vice President - Kevin Myles (Napoleon) Health Careers; State Reporter - Aliyssa McCormick (Edgerton) Health Careers; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Paula Pickle (Napoleon) Health Careers; Hannah Gustwiller (Holgate) Health Careers; Shawn Pedersen (Delta) Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; Sabryn Camp (Napoleon) Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; and Brookelyn Dye (Montpelier) Health Careers. Career Center Advisors include Robin Hill, Health Careers; Karen Walker, Health Careers; Donna Badenhop, Health Careers; and Mike Nye, Sports Fitness & Exercise Science.


2018-2019 FCCLA Officers

Executive Officers of the over 100 member Four County Career Center Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Hailey Shackelford (Fairview) Culinary Arts Management; Bailey Bowen (Edgerton) Interior Design; Bobbie Jo Machnicki (Evergreen) Chef Training; Cierra Downey (Hicksville) Hospitality Services; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT)Savannah Corrao (Hicksville) Hospitality Services; Mindy O’Neill (Delta) Early Childhood Education; Alexia Long (Hilltop) Interior Design; and Kylee McMahan (Napoleon) Early Childhood Education. Among the chapter projects this year are fund raising and assisting with local community projects, participation in regional, state, and national FCCLA leadership and skill competitions, and sponsorship of student assemblies. Membership in the organization is limited to family and consumer science students. FCCLA Advisors include Michele Nafziger, GRADS Instructor; Susan Myers, Early Childhood Education instructor; Lisa Hall, Interior Design instructor, Peter Herold, Chef Training & Culinary Arts Management instructor; and Doug Tyas, Hospitality Services instructor.


Students of the Month - November

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Makinzi Loutzenhiser from Fairview High School as Student of the Month. Makinzi is the daughter of Misty Mekus and is a junior in the Medical Office Technologies program at the Career Center. Makinzi was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Beilharz. She is a member of Business Professionals of America, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. After Makinzi graduates, she plans to attend college in the medical office field.

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Audreana Schwiebert from Patrick Henry High School as Student of the Month. Audreana is the daughter of Andrew Schwiebert and is a junior in the Early Childhood Education program at the Career Center. Audreana was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Myers. She is a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. After Audreana graduates, she plans to attend Bowling Green State University and major in early childhood.

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Johnny Spangler from Liberty Center High School as Student of the Month. Johnny is the son of Johnny and Bobbi Spangler and is a junior in the Electrical program at the Career Center. Johnny was nominated by his instructor, Mr. Williams. He is a member of Skills USA, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. At Liberty Center High School he does archery and is a member of the bowling team. After Johnny graduates, he plans to work in the electrical field.

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Elizabeth Strong from Hicksville High School as Student of the Month. Elizabeth is the daughter of Don and Sherri Strong and is a junior in the Law Enforcement & Security Tactics program at the Career Center. Elizabeth was nominated by her instructor, Mr. Thomas. She is a member of Skills USA, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. At Hicksville High School she is a member of the marching and pep band. After Elizabeth graduates, she plans to attend college and major in psychology.

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Owen Terry from Liberty Center High School as Student of the Month. Owen is the son of Mark and Kimberly Terry and is a senior in the IT Academy - Computer Programming and Game Design program at the Career Center. Owen was nominated by his instructor, Mr. Geiger. He is a member of Business Professionals of America, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. After Owen graduates, he plans to work in the information technology field.

Students who achieve this recognition throughout the 2018-2019 school year are honored with a certificate of recognition.


ECHO for 8th Graders - Archbold

Archbold 8th graders participated in “Exploring Careers Hands On for 8th Graders” (ECHO for 8th Graders) held at Four County Career Center. Career Explorers from the Career Center guided the students through several careers that were of interest to the 8th graders as they are looking forward to planning for their future. Shown in the Health Careers lab are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Archbold 8th graders Wyat Fryman, Ella Bowman, Olivia Patterson, Carly Grime and Logen Bowerman with Career Explorers Gibson Burkholder, and Hanna Rabe. ECHO for 8th Graders is made available to all 8th graders in the four county area.


ECHO for 8th Graders - Wauseon

Wauseon 8th graders participated in “Exploring Careers Hands On for 8th Graders” (ECHO for 8th Graders) held at Four County Career Center. Career Explorers from the Career Center guided the students through several careers that were of interest to the 8th graders as they are looking forward to planning for their future. Shown in the Fire and Rescue lab are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Wauseon 8th graders Aciano Vielma and Gavin Leahy with Career Explorers Zak VanHoy, Haley Brown and (FRONT) Shelby Moran. ECHO for 8th Graders is made available to all 8th graders in the four county area.


Students Join Drug Free Clubs of America

It was a special day at Four County Career Center as students received their membership cards to Drug Free Clubs of America! To date, there are 125 student members who have joined the club and there will be one more testing date in December. With support from the community, the Career Center is offering an incentive for students to say “no” to drugs through this partnership.

Drug Free Clubs of America is voluntary for students to join. They have to pass an initial 12-panel drug test performed through a partnership with ProMedica in Defiance. A membership fee is required and, once they pass the drug test, they receive their photo ID membership card that gives them access to rewards at the school and out in the community.

The Career Center joined the Drug Free Clubs of America because of its positive message. If a student should test positive, a medical resource officer from Drug Free Clubs of America will contact the parents to determine if a valid prescription could have been the cause of the result. If not, they will provide information about resources that are available locally to help the students. Everything is kept confidential from the school and there is absolutely no penalty from the school.

The club is funded through corporate and individual sponsors and there are currently 13 corporate sponsors supporting the students through monetary donations or rewards. Drug Free Clubs of America charges the school $67 per student from the national club and the student is asked to pay $10 with the sponsors covering the remaining costs.

Current sponsors include Buffalo Wild Wings, Brutus Automated Tool, McDonald’s, Dunham’s Sports, Martin, Burger King, Spanglers, Specialized Inspection Group, MHE, Northwestern Driver Training School, Inc., Taco Bell, ProMedica, and Bryan Area Foundation. For more information on how to join this prestigious group, contact Four County Career Center at 419-267-3331. We appreciate the sponsors and are proud of the students for “Making the Right Choice Easy!”


Neighbors in Need Food Drive

Four County Career Center students, headed by the Skills USA Leadership team, united in a school-wide effort and collected 5,442 servings of non-perishable food items for the annual “Neighbors In Need” campaign sponsored by 105.7 The Bull. All career & technical programs at the Career Center participated in the “Race to Stop Hunger” campaign. Through their involvement, the students hope that families in northwest Ohio will have a happier Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Shown above with the collected items ready to take to Eastland Baptist Church in Bryan, Pioneer Nazarene Church, and St. John’s Lutheran Church’s food pantry in Defiance are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Dalton Joice (North Central) Automotive Technologies; Oakely Demar (Tinora) Cosmetology; Skills USA Advisor Krista Whetro; Trinity Anthony (Bryan)Computer Design/3D Modeling; Amanda Wayne (Edgerton) Cosmetology; Amelia Hancock (Pettisville) Cosmetology; Alivea Valderas (Bryan) Cosmetology; Cade Keefer (Hilltop) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Edith Avalos (Hicksville) Cosmetology; Summer Collins (Ayersville) Specialized Mechatronics & Robotics Technology; and Elizabeth Vetter (Fairview) Cosmetology; with Connie Salisbury from Pioneer Nazarene Church; Rita and Fred Bergman from St. John’s Lutheran Church; and Sandy Dukes and Cindy Schelling from Eastland Baptist Church.


Cosmetology Salon Closed for Holiday

The Four County Career Center Cosmetology Salon will be closed to the public for the Thanksgiving Holiday on November 22 & 23 and sophomore Career Exploration Days on December 6 & 7.

Salon hours 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.


Counselors Tour Career Center

Four County Career Center recently held a Member School Counselors Tour at the Career Center arranged by the Career Center’s Guidance Department.  High School Counselors toured the career and technical labs and saw in-lab demonstrations by the students from their schools who attend the Career Center.



Christmas Display Piece Created

Four County Career Center students recently designed, fabricated and painted Santa’s sled for the Christmas display to be used as part of the Christmas Cruise Thru held at the Defiance County Fairgrounds, November 17 - December 9. Programs included in the production of Santa’s sled are Specialized Mechatronics & Robotics Technologies who used the CNC plasma machine to cut it out, Welding Fabrication who welded the parts together, Auto Collision Repair who did the base painting, and Visual Art & Design who put the finishing touches on. Shown with their holiday display piece is (LEFT TO RIGHT) Auto Collision Repair student Ann Rodriguez (Archbold); Welding Fabrication students Cain Shell (Evergreen) and Jacob Fenter (Bryan); Specialized Mechatronics & Robotics Technologies students Abi Baker (Ayersville) and Summer Collins(Ayersville); and Visual Art & Design student Azelin Shaneyfelt (Liberty Center). Chris Zacharias, Welding Fabrication instructor, coordinated the project.