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New Staff

The Career Center is welcoming eight new staff members for the 2015-2016 school year.

Marissa Ferry is the new Accounting Specialist at the Career Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Defiance College and an associate’s degree from Northwest State Community College. She was a tax associate at H & R Block and most recently a Bill and Cash Application Specialist at Biljax. Marissa lives in Bryan with her husband, Christopher.

The substitute Spanish Instructor is Erin DeGroff. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing with a background in Spanish Education from Bowling Green State University. Erin has previously held substitute teaching positions in Defiance and Williams counties and has been a volunteer private Spanish tutor since 2007. Erin lives in Edgerton with her husband Brian and their three children.

Taking the position of Financial Aide and Program Assistant in the Adult Workforce Development Department is Angie Fahy. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Defiance College. Angie has worked in the Marketing Department at Sauder’s, the Defiance College, and most recently in the Financial Aid office at Bowling Green State University. Angie lives in Napoleon with her husband, Tom and they have two children and two grandchildren.

The new Custodian is Alysia Fickel. Alysia obtained her associate of arts degree from Northwest State Community College and attended Bowling Green State University in the Middle Childhood Education program. She has recently worked for Defiance County Maintenance. Alysia lives in Defiance with her husband, Doug.

Tim Ricketts is the new Computer Networking & Repair Instructor at the Career Center. He holds an associate’s degree in network/systems support specialist from Northwest State Community College, a bachelor’s degree of Science from Ohio Northern University, and a masters of education degree from the University of Toledo. Tim has been in education for the past twenty-five years as a high school instructor, technology coordinator, and network/systems support specialist at Northwest Ohio Computer Association. Tim lives in Napoleon with his wife, Renee and their two children.

Taking the position of Powersport Engine Technology Instructor is Larry Soles. Larry obtained his ICS Motorcycle Repair Certification and has spent the past fifteen years running Soles Motor Sports. He will be obtaining his teaching certification from the University of Toledo. Larry lives in Stryker with his wife, Teresa and they have four children.

Matt Dye is the new Carpentry Instructor at the Career Center. Matt is a past graduate of the Career Center and has spent the past twenty-four years working in the building trades at Matt Dye Construction. He will be obtaining his teaching certification from the University of Toledo. Matt lives in Montpelier with his wife, Jennifer and they have five children.

The new Career & Technical Supervisor is Brandon Readshaw. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and a master’s degree in education supervision and administration. He has worked in education for the past thirteen years at Northridge Local Schools and Liberty Center Schools in Agricultural Education. Brandon lives in Napoleon with his wife, Abby and they have four children.

New staff members shown above are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Marissa Ferry, Accounting Specialist; Erin DeGroff, Substitute Spanish Instructor; Angie Fahy, Financial Aide & Program Assistant; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Alysia Fickel, Custodian; Timothy Ricketts, Computer Networking & Repair Instructor; Larry Soles, Powersport Engine Technology Instructor; Matt Dye, Carpentry Instructor; and Brandon Readshaw, Career &Technical Supervisor.

Opening Day

Opening day for all Four County Career Center students is Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The Career Center takes the concept of career and technical education beyond the traditional concept of focused training for a single profession and expands it to include clusters of training in a career field. The 2015-2016 school year at Four County Career Center is opening its’ doors to over 1,000 new and returning students.

Upon completing their training, students receive a Career Passport containing a certificate documenting their training along with verification of employability skills. If they meet the graduation requirements of their high school and pass the required state examinations, they also receive a diploma from their associate high school.

Students attend the Career Center classes starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. Four County Career Center follows a closed lunch period policy requiring all students to either purchase a lunch in the cafeteria or carry their own. Lunches conform to federal governmental standards for a nutritious student lunch.

All Four County Career Center associate districts provide bus transportation for students enrolled in the Career Center. Students are urged to use the transportation provided by their local district. For students who must drive cars to school, a parking area is provided at the northwest side of the school building.

School closing and delays will be broadcast over the Archbold, Bryan, Defiance, Montpelier and Napoleon radio stations as well as WTVG-13 TV and WTOL-11 TV in Toledo.

Additional information regarding the 2015-2016 school year including the Student Handbook can be found on the Career Center website at www.fourcounty.net.

Packet Pick-Up Days

Students registered to attend Four County Career Center this fall can pick up their schedules and other important 2015-2016 school information during Packet Pick-Up Days at Four County Career Center August 4, 6 and 10. Students should stop in on the following program days: August 4 - Accounting & Business Management, Chef Training, Commercial & Graphic Arts, Computer Networking & Repair, Culinary Arts Management, Early Childhood Education, Health Careers, Medical Office Technologies, Software Design & Web Development, Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; August 6 - Agricultural Diesel Mechanics, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technologies, Building Trades/Carpentry, Diesel Mechanics, Electrical, Floriculture, HVAC & Plumbing, Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies, Powersport Engine Technology, Veterinarian Assistant; August 10 - Cosmetology, Computer Design/3D Modeling, Fire & Rescue, Hospitality Services, Industrial Services, Interior Design, Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, Pre-Engineering, Welding Fabrication. Students may also pay their school fees, pick up their technology device and check on uniform orders at this time.

Packet Pick-Up hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all three days. Student Services staff members will be at an information table in the multi-purpose room to distribute packets and answer questions. Students who wish to locate their classrooms and career labs may do so on these days.

Fall classes begin Tuesday, August 18, 2015 for all students. Classes start at 9:00 a.m. at the Career Center.

For more information about Packet Pick-Up Days, call the Student Services Office at
1-800-589-3334, Ext. 2701.

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.