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Nominations Being Taken

Nomination forms for the Four County Career Center Wall of Fame and the Distinguished Service Award are now being taken. Either go to the website at www.fourcounty.net and fill out either of the forms electronically or print them out and send in a hard copy to Four County Career Center at 22-900 State Route 34, Archbold, Ohio 43502. Or, if you wish, you can call the school at 1-800-589-3334 and request a nomination form be mailed to you.

The deadline for submitting nominations is July 1, 2015. These awards are presented at the Fall Four County Career Center Advisory Committee reception. The requirements for the Wall of Fame are that the nominee has successfully completed his or her career program at least five years ago and has been successful in their career. The requirements for the Distinguished Service Award is someone who has been committed to bettering the school through their contributions to the Career Center and the communities it serves.

Four County Career Center currently has 100 outstanding members in its Wall of Fame and one Distinguished Service Award member who continue to inspire all of us..

5th Quarter Ag Academy

Area students considering a career in the agriculture industry recently participated in the 5th Quarter Agriculture Academy 2015 sponsored by Four County Career Center. Students who attended the week-long, free academy had the opportunity to learn hands-on basic skills in Floriculture. Shown above is (RIGHT) Kloee Chase (Tinora) experiencing hands-on training at the Career Center with (LEFT) instructor Florence Willeman.

Summer Camp

Four County Career Center recently sponsored a week long “Summer Camp” for 7th, 8th and 9th graders in the four county area. Students had the opportunity to explore the vast areas of science, math, animation and game programming, and promotion and distribution from experienced instructors. Students worked on projects throughout the week. Shown is hands-on learning in the Math: Easy as Pi, Game On!, Science of Sports and Recreation, and Make Me Famous! classes.







Summer Work Experience

To keep our career and technical training programs up-to-date with state-of-the-art technology, Four County Career Center instructors are eligible to participate in a Work Experience program sponsored by the Career Center. Instructors have the opportunity to participate with a local employer in an internship experience in the career and technical area of their expertise. Following their internship time, the instructors include the up-to-date training methods into their curriculum to give the best possible education to students attending the Career Center. The local internship site is not responsible for wages to instructors during their training. Through these types of partnerships with local businesses, Four County Career Center exists to serve the people of northwest Ohio.

Shown above is Stephanie Pippin, Veterinarian Assistant instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Nature’s Nursery in Whitehouse. Stephanie is shown working with Victoria Fisher, Intern in Pre-Vet from the University of Findlay (LEFT). Stephanie will utilize the training she received to better train the students at the Career Center the proper care of wildlife using exotic medicine, charting, and the proper safety techniques when handling wildlife. Nature’s Nursery works with over 2,800 wildlife a year as well as offering educational training programs for students.


Shown above is Lisa Hall, Interior Design instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at the Old Red Barn in Defiance. Lisa is shown working with Linda Fetter, Owner (LEFT). Lisa will utilize the training she received to better train the students at the Career Center the techniques of working with various types of finishes for repurposing and refinishing furniture for resale, and what area employers are expecting of new employees in the workforce.

Retirement Reception/Employee Service Awards

Four County Career Center held their annual Retirement Reception and Employee Service Awards honoring staff members for years of service to the school district.

Words of appreciation were given by Superintendent Tim Meister and plaques were presented to staff members with a total of 171 years of experience who retired from the Career Center during the past school year. Shown above are retirees (LEFT TO RIGHT) James Battershell, Jr, Career & Technical Supervisor (31 years); Edward Houck, Buildings & Grounds Assistant Supervisor (41 years); Michael Yeager, Computer Networking & Repair Instructor (30 years); Christine Pullen, Accounting Specialist (35 years); and Edwin Springer, Carpentry Instructor (26 years). Absent from the photo is Jennifer Bonner, Treasurer (8 years).

Those recognized for years of service include:
Five years - Doug Beck, Director of Adult Education; Mary Jane Kline, Intervention Specialist; Tami Kunesh, EMIS/Career & Technical Supervisor; Alan Leininger, Powersport Engine Technology Instructor.
Ten years - Robert Gubbins, DIT Coordinator; Robin Hill, Health Careers Instructor; Jennifer Hutchison, Educational Aide; Mary Lillemon, Cafeteria; Kathy Mansfield, In-School Studies Monitor; Lea Newton, Science Instructor; Bill Parlsey, Social Studies Instructor; Rebecca Plummer, Cafeteria; Abby Readshaw, Agriculture Instructor; Michelle Rohrs, Computer Design/3D Modeling Instructor.
Fifteen years - Robin Courtney, Job Coach; Kim Dunbar, Cosmetology Instructor; Eric Hite, Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies Instructor; Amy Kolb, Adult Education Secretary; Susan Myers, Early Childhood Education Instructor; Doug Tyas, Hospitality Services Instructor.
Twenty years - Todd Gambler, Social Studies Instructor; Mike Meyer, Math Instructor; Christine Short, Accounting & Business Management Instructor.
Twenty-five years - Nancy Gray, Adult Education Secretary.
Thirty years - Janet Knierim, Public Relations Coordinator; Doug Posey, Automotive Technologies Instructor; Kim Waldvogel, Industrial Services Instructor; Michael Yeager, Computer Networking & Repair Instructor.
Thirty-five years - Christine Pullen, Accounting Specialist

Healthiest Companies in America Award

Four County Career Center announced that they are the recipient of national recognition as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” by Interactive Health, the country’s leading provider of health management solutions. The Career Center was one of 158 honorees from across the United States that is recognized for embracing the mission of implementing life-changing preventative health care in the workplace. This is the first year the Career Center has received this award.

The “Healthiest Companies in America” award is given to select organizations across the nation that have helped transform, and even save, the lives of employees by offering wellness programs that combine thorough health evaluations with fast, personalized results. With the help of these strategic, flexible initiatives, winning organizations like Four County Career Center have accomplished tremendous success in moving employees from high-risk health status to lower risk and achieving remarkably high employee participation.

“These winners are improving health outcomes throughout America,” said Cathy Kenworthy, president and CEO of Interactive Health. “Working with our company, preventive care programs are about much more than just losing weight or quitting smoking. They are a catalyst to transform the way people look at health, well-being and their lives overall. Healthiest Companies in America winners exemplify the long-term positive effects comprehensive wellness programs can have on the health status of large populations. Our work is done exclusively through out people...it’s personal to us.”

Shown receiving a recognition certificate as one of the “Healthiest Companies in America” are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Tim Meister, Superintendent, and Linda Mahnke, School Nurse, from Crystal Meyer, Executive Director at Northern Buckeye Health Plan; Jill Holdgreve, and Danielle Childs, both from Fusion Health in Archbold.

Summer School

Summer school classes for students in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties are again being offered by Four County Career Center.

There are two student start dates - June 8 and July 6, with no enrollees outside of these dates. Once a student begins they do not stop until they are completed with all their course work. Class times are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Enrollment forms will be accepted until June 3.

Summer school is open to current high school students, non-graduates or June 2015 graduates under the age of 21. Students may earn up to three 1/2 credits. Upon successful completion of the first 1/2 credit, the student may begin another half credit. All class work must be completed by July 23.

Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Some member schools provide bus transportation to Four County Summer School.

There will be a student service charge of $60.00 per class which must accompany the application form.

Classes offered are English, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science.

To enroll or for more information, students or parents should contact their local high school guidance office or the attendance office at Four County Career Center at 419-267-2316.

Senior Recognition Day Ceremony

Four hundred forty-five seniors were awarded certificates along with other student achievements and Career Passports marking the end of their career and technical training during Four County Career Center’s 46th annual Recognition Day Ceremony with over 1,800 parents and guests in attendance.

Career and Technical Education Director Rick Bachman was Presiding Chairman of the ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jared Sanchez (Ayersville) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, accompanied by the Armed Services Recruiters and seniors enlisted in the armed services. Superintendent Tim Meister introduced Board of Education members. Rebecca Addington (Archbold) Early Childhood Education, Chloe Gebers (Fairview) Veterinarian Assistant, and Grace Norden (Napoleon) Veterinarian Assistant, announced the community service achievements. Guest speakers for the Recognition Day Ceremony were senior students Jai-Lynn McBride (Napoleon) Commercial Art, and Reiley Smith (Holgate) Medical Office Technologies.

Forty-eight students were named Outstanding Seniors for exemplary performance in their career and technical and academic programs and presented with award plaques by their department supervisors. Awards and scholarship monies of over $650,000 to be used to further students’ education at community colleges and universities were also awarded during the ceremony.

Students receiving awards from Defiance county included (LEFT TO RIGHT) Hunter Notestine (Fairview) Computer Design/3D Modeling; Brandon Notestine (Fairview) Computer Design/3D Modeling; Alex Urivez (Defiance) Auto Collision Repair; Jasmin Stone (Hicksville) Cosmetology; Hailee Price (Hicksville) Floriculture; and Thomas Mabus (Tinora) Diesel Mechanics. Absent was Ben Stephan (Fairview) Carpentry.


Students receiving awards from Fulton county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Samantha Hawkins (Delta) Cosmetology; Alexandra Barber (Pettisville) Early Childhood Education; Erin Betz (Pettisville) Health Careers; Ciara Krutz (Wauseon) Fire & Rescue; Justin Gleckler (Evergreen) Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jorge Robles-Garza (Archbold) Pre-Engineering; Dustin Sierra (Archbold) Commercial Art; Jesse Rocha (Archbold) Health Careers; Mark Maginn (Fayette) HVAC & Plumbing; and David Miller (Archbold) Carpentry. Absent was Jamie Hicks (Evergreen) Work Transitions.

Students receiving awards from Henry county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jai-Lynn McBride (Napoleon) Commercial Art; Abby Billow (Patrick Henry) Health Careers; Jocelynn Navarre (Napoleon) Graphic Arts; Amber Wickard (Patrick Henry) Interior Design; Reiley Smith (Holgate) Medical Office Technologies; Job Knepper (Napoleon) Industrial Services; Cory Kwapich (Liberty Center) Welding Fabrication; Clarence Hartzell (Liberty Center) Computer Networking & Repair; Tyler Varner (Patrick Henry) Automotive Technologies; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Brock Hoops (Patrick Henry) Pre-Engineering; Forest Pedraza (Napoleon) Chef Training; Grace Norden (Napoleon) Veterinarian Assistant; Matthew Baker (Liberty Center) Fire & Rescue; Colin Laws (Napoleon) Software Design & Web Development; Brandon Gomez (Napoleon) Hospitality Services; Johnathon Ickes (Patrick Henry) Hospitality Services; and Kyle Kurtz (Patrick Henry) Ag/Diesel Mechanics. Absent was Gregory Schramm (Liberty Center) Commercial Art.

Students receiving awards from Williams county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Kelsie Bartley (Edgerton) Interior Design; Shayla Coffman (Hilltop) Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; Samantha Burdine (Hilltop) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Naomi Diaz (Stryker) Interior Design; Kelsey Frederick (Bryan) Early Childhood Education; Tiffany Baird (Bryan) Health Careers; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Alex Munger (North Central) Powersport Engine Technology; Brooke Vollmer (Bryan) Health Careers; Nicholas Maxson (North Central) Automotive Technologies; Jesse Branham (Edgerton) Diesel Mechanics; and Kelby Grime (Hilltop) Electrical. Absent was Tristen Slicker (Bryan) Accounting & Business Management.


BPA Donates to Special Olympics

As part of the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Chapter awards day the Chapter was honored to present a check to the Special Olympics organizations in the four county area. Over $640.00 was collected throughout the school year and a check was presented to Randy Barnes, Special Olympic Coordinator for Henry County (RIGHT) by Clarence Hartzell (Liberty Center), BPA Chapter President.

FFA Awards

During the local Four County Career Center’s FFA Chapter awards day the following students received awards for contests they won throughout the school year.

FFA award winners from Defiance County include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Hailee Price (Hicksville) Floral Design; Joycelyn Hodge (Fairview) Floral Design; Ashly Brown (Hicksville) Animal Health 2nd Place District; Stefany Johnson (Defiance) Landscape Competition; Sophia Geissinger (Fairview) Aquarium Management 2nd Place District; Chasity Kittle (Fairview) Animal Management 2nd Place District; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Codey Etchen (Fairview) State FFA Degree; Brooks Grine (Fairview) State FFA Degree; Preston Zeedyk (Fairview) State FFA Degree; James Ester (Fairview) Industrial Diagnostics 1st Place District; Caleb Shininger (Fairview) Ag Mechanic Skills 3rd Place District, Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District, State FFA Degree; and Cain Pearson (Fairview) Ag Mechanics Skills 3rd Place District.


FFA award winners from Fulton County include (LEFT TO RIGHT) Liz Morrow (Delta) Floral Design; Hailey Wyse (Archbold) Dog Grooming 4th Place District; Andrew Istefan (Evergreen) Landscape Competition; Jolyssa Tedrow (Delta) State FFA Degree, Prepared Public Speakering 4th Place District, Prepared Public Speaking 1st Place Local, General Livestock CDE; Justin Gleckler (Evergreen) Landscape Competition.


FFA award winners from Henry County include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Courtney Taylor (Liberty Center) Animal Health Individual 3rd Place District, Animal Management 2nd Place District; Lexi Myers (Napoleon) Dog Grooming 1st Place High Individual District, Dog Grooming Competition Member; Jessica Allen (Patrick Henry) Floral Design, Floriculture 4th Place District; Jazzlyn Wright (Holgate) Floral Design, Floriculture 4th Place District (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jacob Whitman (Patrick Henry) Landscape Competition; Kyle Kurtz (Patrick Henry) State FFA Degree; Kyle Spurgeon (Patrick Henry) Industrial Diagnotstics 1st Place District, Ag Mechanics Skills 3rd Place District; and Jeremy Hill (Napoleon) Ag Mechanics Skills 3rd Place District.

FFA award winners from Williams County include (LEFT TO RIGHT) Dorothy Lennox (North Central) Floral Design; Kenzie Stein (Edgerton) General Livestock, Dog Grooming 2nd Place District; May Gilbert (Bryan) Animal Management 2nd Place District, Animal Health 2nd Place District; Paishence Bacon (Montpelier) Aquarium Management 1st Place District; Brandi Hager (Hilltop) Floral Design; Jakob Campbell (Bryan) Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District; and Alex Munger (North Central) Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District Individual, Outdoor Power Equipment 1st Place District.

Four County Career Center’s FFA programs include Agriculture/Diesel Mechanics, Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies, Powersport Engine Technology, Veterinarian Assistant, Diesel Mechanics, and Floriculture and advisors are Denton Blue, Jason Elston, Eric Hite, Alan Leininger, Stephanie Pippin and Florence Willeman.

Job & Career Fair

The 1st Annual Job & Career Fair was recently held at Four County Career Center with over 52 area employers on hand for juniors and seniors to meet with. Over 500 students had the opportunity to discuss their career options with local businesses. Ellie Cichocki, Job Placement Coordinator made the arrangements for the event.