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Latta Visits Career Center

Four County Career Center was pleased to host District 5 Congressman Bob Latta as he visited the Career Center and talked to students about the training they are receiving in their labs and their future plans. Congressman Latta is watching as students demonstrate equipment used in their labs. Four County Career Center appreciates the support that Congressman Latta gives to the Career Center and for the time he spent touring the campus.






50th Anniversary Celebration

Four County Career Center celebrated its 50th Anniversary by hosting an Open House and Celebration Program combined with the annual Wall of Fame/Distinguished Service Award inductions honoring its history, students and staff--both former and present--during the program.

Ellie Cichocki, Workforce Development/Job Placement Coordinator, served as Master of Ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Emily Pippin, a Health Careers student from Liberty Center, and a Student Ambassador. Superintendent Tim Meister gave special introductions and thank yous. Former superintendents Dr. David Nicholls and William J. Spiess both spoke of the support and success of the Career Center over the years. Proclamations were made by the Ohio House of Representatives, presented by Rep. James Hoops, Rep. Derek Merrin, and Rep. Craig Riedel and the Ohio Senate presented by Sen. Robert McColley, and Sen. Randy Gardner. Governor John Kasich also sent a Proclamation recognizing the Career Center’s 50 years of service to Northwest Ohio. Also present was Congressman Robert Latta who presented Superintendent Meister a Proclamation from the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. flag that flew over the Capital.
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 21st annual “Wall of Fame” awards program. Nominations for this honor are based on the areas of significant contributions to the individual’s career, the community, education, and Four County Career Center.
This was also the 5th 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 William J. Spiess, retired Superintendent at the Career Center.
Shown above following the ceremony holding their plaques are (LEFT TO RIGHT) William J. Spiess; Lori Deem, Todd Henricks, Tiffany (Dennie) Kennerk, Bradley E. Mangas, Shelly Reagle, and Gregory C. VanDyke.
William J. Spiess retired as Superintendent from the Career Center in 2012 after thirty-eight years in education. He has continued to be active in many educational and community organizations following retirement and is a member of the FCCC Endowment Committee. William lives in Orland, Indiana and Sebring, Florida with his wife Debra.
Lori Deem came to the Career Center from Hicksville High School and enrolled in the Data Processing program from which she graduated in 1984. Lori is currently the Owner of Deem Insurance Agency, LLC in Jonesville, Michigan. Lori lives in Jonesville with her husband Michael.
Todd Henricks enrolled at the Career Center from Edgerton High School, entered the Small Engines program and graduated in 1981. He is the Owner of Todd’s Auto Collision and lives in Bryan with his wife Kathy.
Tiffany (Dennie) Kennerk attended the Career Center from Edon High School and graduated in 1997 in the Health Occupations program. Tiffany is currently the Medical-Surgical Director of Nursing at the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan and lives in Edgerton with her husband Toby and their two children.
Bradley E. Mangas came to the Career Center from Ayersville High School, entered the Machine Trades program and graduated in 1987. He is currently the Owner/Operator of B.E. Mangas & Son, LLC and Buffalo Wild Wings of Northwest Ohio and resides in Defiance with his son.
Shelly Reagle enrolled at the Career Center from Fairview High School and graduated in 1972 in the Cosmetology program. Shelly is Owner of N.L.S. Hair Boutique in Ney and she lives in Sherwood with her husband Marty.
Gregory C. VanDyke attended the Career Center from Fairview High School, entered the Drafting & Design program and graduated in 1985. He is currently the Owner of Culligan Sales & Service of Northwest Ohio in Bryan and lives in Hicksville with his wife Rhonda.
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.


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.

50th Anniversary Open House & Celebration

Four County Career Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is hosting a community Open House and Celebration Program on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Ten superintendents met in 1965 to discuss the possbility of organizing a vocational school district in the four county area. A survey was conducted and in 1966 twenty-nine school districts formed the Four County Joint Vocational School District and Technical Institute. Levy and bond issues were passed and land was purchased in 1967. The first class of 205 seniors started school in 1968 and the school building was dedicated the next year.

The evening will begin with an Open House which is open to the public from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. There will be memorabilia to view as well as displays from each of our 30 career and technical programs and adult workforce education. During this time heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available for everyone’s enjoyment.

The Celebration Program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Career Center cafeteria. During the program, special guest speakers will include our State Legislators - Senator Robert McColley, Senator Randy Gardner, Representative Derek Merrin, Representative James Hoops, and Representative Craig Riedel. Legislators will present Proclamations from Ohio Governor John Kasich as well as the Senate and House of Representatives. Former Superintendents, Dr. David Nicholls and William Spiess, will also be present to say a few words about their tenure at the Career Center.

We will continue the celebration program as we induct our newest Wall of Fame members - past graduates who have had success in their careers and will serve as outstanding representatives for the school. This year’s inductees include Lori Deem (Jonesville, Michigan); Todd Henricks (Bryan); Tiffany Kennerk (Edgerton); Brad Mangas (Defiance); Shelly Reagle (Sherwood); and Gregory VanDyke (Hicksville). The program will conclude honoring William Spiess, Retired Four County Career Center Superintendent, as he receives the Distinguished Service Award.

National Suicide Prevention Week

During National Suicide Prevention Week, FCCLA members raised money for the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Mikayla Smith Memorial Scholarship. Their goal was to not only raise money but to spread awareness about suicide prevention. Hailey Shackelford (Fairview) Culinary Arts Management and an FCCLA Officer, and Bethany Shirkey, Prevention Specialist for Maumee Valley Guidance Center spent time discussing this important issue with students.

Safety Assembly

A safety assembly for all Four County Career Center students was recently held at the school. The assembly was eared toward promoting safety in the Career Center for all students, personnel, and visitors.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Robert Ashenfelter and Henry County Deputy Sheriff Justen Vocke 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.

Law Enforcement and Security Tactics students are shown with the officers following the assembly (LEFT TO RIGHT) Thomas Laurell (Fairview); Lieutenant Ashenfelter; Deputy Vocke; and Mia Beltran (Defiance).

Cosmetology Salon Opens

Four County Career Center Cosmetology Salon will open to the public on October 4, 2018.

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.

Constitution Day Student Registration

In preparation for the November General Election, students at Four County Career Center participated in Constitution Day student registration. Students who will be 18 years and older by the November election registered. Career Center Government instructors spoke to the students about the voting process before they registered. Registrations were then delivered to each county’s Board of Elections.

Fall Sports Spirit Day

Four County Career Center celebrates Fall Sports Spirit Day. 75 student athletes, cheerleaders and band members from all 22 associate schools were recognized. The Career Center wishes all of its student athletes a successful fall sports season!

Patriot Day

As a tribute to those who lost their lives and to acknowledge the 17th Anniversary of 9-11, Four County Career Center students from the Fire & Rescue and Law Enforcement & Security Tactics classes along with instructors Tonya Fisher and Kevin Thomas, held a Remembrance Ceremony in honor of “Patriot Day.” During the ceremony the National Anthem was sung by Dani Reimund, Firefighter/Paramedic at Highland Township Fire Department. Members of the Color Guard included Law Enforcement & Security Tactics students Cheyenne Wyse (Delta); Makayla Joseph (Delta); Mia Beltran (Delta); Nick Rowland (Liberty Center); and Fire & Rescue student Dalton Richards (Delta). Color Guard Law Enforcement & Security Tactics students lowered the flag to half mast in respect for the day. Following a moment of silence in respect for those who have sacrificed so that we may be safe, Taps was played by Ellie Cichocki, Job Placement/Workforce Development Coordinator. Also present during the ceremony were representatives from Archbold Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, State Highway Patrol, and the Ridgeville Fire Department. Always Remember--Don’t Ever Forget---09-11-01.

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $4,945 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant to Four County Career Center in Archbold for Technology Education and Mathematics Focus. The Career Center is one of 608 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant during its Fall 2018 grants cycle for improvement projects.
With this grant and through the Technology Education and Mathematics Focus, the Career Center was able to purchase desks, stools and calculators for students to use as they continue their education in their career and technical field of study. “Hands-on learning is an important part of our curriculum at Four County Career Center,” said Mathematics instructor Brittany Rohda. “We look forward to the new opportunities these items will provide for our students to become more engaged in mathematics.”
Since its inception in 2005, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $60 million in grants to more than 13,000 schools, benefiting more than 6 million schoolchildren. Grants are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement projects.
Shown above thanking Joseph Wilson, Lowe’s representative and store manager at Lowe’s of Defiance, are students at the Career Center (LEFT TO RIGHT) Gabriel Bland (Hicksville) Accounting & Business Management; Sydney King (Ayersville) Welding Fabrication; Gabe Caley (Hicksville) Welding Fabrication; Wilson; Brittany Rohda, Mathematics instructor; Devon Williams (Defiance) Fire & Rescue; and Cristina Acevedo (Defiance) Visual Art & Design.