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Drug Free Clubs of America Officers

This is the second year Four County Career Center is participating in Drug Free Clubs of America which was created to help students make wise choices. Students in this over 145 student membership club join voluntarily and become members by paying a membership fee and passing a 12 panel drug test. Eight students have been chosen to lead this organization as the 2019-2020 Drug Free Clubs of America officers. These officers assist with testing and rewards days as well as various other activities throughout the year.

The 2019-2020 Drug Free Clubs of America officers are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Sierra Gault (Wauseon) Health Careers; Taylor Farias (Edon) Interior Design; Hannah Gustwiller (Holgate) Health Careers; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Roger Worthington (Fairview) Automotive Technologies; Cameron Kollar (Edgerton) Specialized Mechatronics & Robotics Technology; Garret Lambert (Fairview) Carpentry; Deacon Crates (Hicksville) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; and Austin Ochoa (Napoleon) Fire & Rescue.


2019-2020 Student Ambassadors

Four County Career Center’s Students Ambassadors are seniors chosen each year based on their teacher’s recommendations and leadership abilities. They represent the school in a variety of capacities including hosting future students and parents as well as area elected officials and members of the community to the Career Center. The 2019-2020 Student Ambassadors are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Michael Roumell (Napoleon) Computer Design/3D Modeling; Starr Anteau (Patrick Henry) Culinary Arts Management; Mercedes Palladino (Defiance) Early Childhood Education; Maggie Weller (Napoleon) Veterinarian Assistant; Kalen Rauch (Liberty Center) Veterinarian Assistant; Cade DeLong (Patrick Henry) Welding Fabrication; (MIDDLE - LEFT TO RIGHT) Adriel Nelson (Wauseon) Health Careers; Joshua Brueshaber (Patrick Henry) Ag/Diesel Mechanics; Kendra Reeder (Defiance) Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; Angelina Bowman (Bryan) Accounting & Business Management; Ethan Thompson (Fairview) Computer Programming & Game Design; Carley Horst (Archbold) Auto Collision Repair; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Elizabeth Vetter (Fairview) Cosmetology; Rhiana Short (Pettisville) Culinary Arts Management; Breyer Zachrich (Pettisville) Computer Networking & Cybersecurity; Kaleb Sampson (Bryan) Computer Design/3D Modeling; Cade Keefer (Hilltop) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Kelby Sapp (Edon) Electrical; Amanda Wayne (Edgerton) Cosmetology; Makinzi Loutzenhiser (Fairview) Medical Office Technologies; and AJ Canady (Fairview) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics. Absent from the photo is Silas Sanchez (Wauseon) Visual Art & Design.


2019 Wall of Fame & Distinguished Service Award Ceremony

Four County Career Center celebrated the annual Wall of Fame/Distinguished Service Award induction program.
Ellie Cichocki, Workforce Development/Job Placement Coordinator, served as Master of Ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cade Keefer, a Law Enforcement and Security Tactics student from Hilltop, and a Student Ambassador. Superintendent Tim Meister gave special introductions and thank yous. The Invocation was led by Adriel Nelson, a Health Careers student from Wauseon, and a Student Ambassador.
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 22nd 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 6th 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 Carmen L. Cummins, retired Administrator at the Career Center.
Shown above following the ceremony holding their plaques are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Carmen L. Cummins; Jade Crossland; Rodney Miller; David Klingshirn; Susan (Sager) Myers; Jason Michael Pfund; and Rex E. Robison.
Carmen L. Cummins retired from the Career Center in 2011 after serving in several capacities for thirty-nine years. Throughout the years, he was also very active in career-technical education at the district and state levels. Carmen lives in Bryan with his wife Ann.
Jade Crossland came to the Career Center from Napoleon High School and enrolled in the Industrial Maintenance program from which he graduated in 1998. Jade is currently the Operations Manager for North American Stamping Group. Jade lives in Napoleon with his wife Sarah and their four children.
Rodney Miller attended the Career Center from Hilltop High School and graduated in 1974 in the Building Trades program. Rodney is currently a retired Journeyman Bricklayer/Foreman, Williams County Sheriff Special Deputy/Mounted Division, and substitute teacher at the Career Center. He lives in West Unity with his wife Michelle.
David Klingshirn enrolled at the Career Center from Holgate High School, entered the Appliance Service program and graduated in 1982. He is the Co-owner of Vince’s TV and Appliances, LLC and lives in Holgate with his wife Tammy.
Susan Sager-Myers came to the Career Center from Patrick Henry High School, entered the Early Childhood Education program and graduated in 1991. She is currently the Early Childhood Education instructor at Four County Career Center and resides in Defiance with her husband Brad and two children.
Jason Michael Pfund enrolled at the Career Center from Wauseon High School and graduated in 2001 in the Work Transition program. Jason is currently a production worker at Triangular Processing and lives in Wauseon.
Rex E. Robison attended the Career Center from Montpelier High School, entered the Building Trades program and graduated in 1981. He is currently the Residential Building Official/Zoning Commissioner for the City of Defiance and lives in Defiance with his wife Lori.
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.


Fall Blood Drive

Four County Career Center students 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. Ninety-four units of blood were collected.



Service Project for Henry County Sheriff's Department

Four County Career Center’s students in Welding Fabrication & Auto Collision Repair worked on a community service project as part of their lab training. They designed, fabricated, prepped and painted a cargo rack for crash reconstruction equipment for the Henry County Sheriff’s department.

Shown with the new cargo rack are Deputy Sheriff Justen Vocke with Auto Collision Repair student Preston Sines (Edgerton); and Welding Fabrication students Damion Robeson and Carter Meyer (both Napoleon). Four County Career Center is appreciative of the great relationship with the community they serve.


FCCC Receives New Training Tool

Four County Career Center’s Veterinarian Assistant program has just added a syndaver surgical canine to their program for training purposes for the students. The syndaver surgical canine is made of water, salt and plant-based fibers and will be a wonderful tool in teaching the students animal anatomy and surgical procedures as part of their lab training. This will enable the students to have additional hands-on training while they complete the Veterinarian Assistant program at the Career Center.

Shown while learning the training possibilities are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Veterinarian Assistant student Alexis Resendez (Defiance); Veterinarian Assistant instructor Stephanie Pippin; and Project Manager of Veterinary Engineering at Syndaver Labs, Melanie Allen.


FCCC Teams Compete in eSports

ESports is happening at Four County Career Center with 28 students on the eSports Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. As in any sport, these students had to try out for a spot on these teams. They are also required to maintain their GPA and attend regular after school practices to stay a member.

This is the first year that eSports is available to students at the Career Center. ESports involves organized, coached and competitive online video gaming aimed at building largely the same qualities as physical sports at the youth level - teamwork, communication, hard work, strategy and perseverance. Students are currently competing in the Fall eSports matches of League of Legends, Overwatch, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate, all approved for teen players in terms of content. Students compete against one of the 100 teams in Ohio on a weekly basis. ESports also provides an opportunity for non-traditional athletes to compete, allowing them to get involved and motivate them to succeed academically.

Coaches for the teams are I.T. Academy Computer Programming & Game Design instructor, Matt Geiger; and Computer Networking & Cybersecurity instructor, Tim Ricketts. Shown during one of the matches are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Ethan Whaley, Computer Networking & Cybersecurity (Archbold); Hunter Gault, Computer Programming & Game Design (Wauseon); and Jacob Parento, Computer Networking & Cybersecurity (Liberty Center).


Cosmetology Salon Opened to the Public

Four County Career Center Cosmetology Salon is now open to the public.

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.


Suicide Prevention Month Awareness

During National Suicide Prevention Month, 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. Mercedes Palladino (Defiance) Early Childhood Education and an FCCLA Officer, and Jen Lydy, Prevention Specialist RA for Maumee Valley Guidance Center spent time discussing this important issue with students.


Constitution Day

In preparation for the November General Election, students at Four County Career Center participated in Constitution Day student registration. Melanie Gilders and Liz Stuart from the Fulton County Board of Elections and Mary Detmer from the Henry County Board of Elections spoke to the students about the voting process and let them practice on a real voting machine. Students who will be 18 years and older by the November election were able to register. Registrations were then delivered to each county’s Board of Elections.


Drug Free Clubs of America

This is the second year Four County Career Center is participating in Drug Free Clubs of America which was created to help students make wise choices. As the school works to prepare the workforce of the four county area, the issue of being drug-free is especially relevant to us and the employers in the area. The Career Center is teamed up with Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital for all of the drug testing.

Students choose to join voluntarily and become members by paying a membership fee and passing a 12 panel drug test. Over 145 students have signed up so far this school year. Everything is kept confidential and when students pass, they are given a photo ID membership card earning them rewards and privileges at school and rewards in the community.

Drug Free Clubs of America is funded through corporate or individual sponsorships. For more information on how to donate, contact Four County Career Center at 419-267-3331. We appreciate new sponsors and are proud of the students for “Making the Right Choice Easy!”

Thanks to Heather McGowan, Drug Free Clubs of America Program Director; and Ellie Cichocki, Job Placement/Workforce Development Coordinator; for coordinating the event.


Electrical Students Do Community Service

Four County Career Center’s Electrical seniors worked at St. John’s Christian Church in Archbold as a community service project and part of their lab training in the electrical field. While they were there they converted all of the church’s florescent lighting over to direct wire LED bulbs. They also upgraded their electrical receptacles to tamper resistant receptacles for safety within the day care at the church and throughout the building.

Shown with the students and grateful for their hard work are Pastor Erich Christman, Associate Pastor Alex Young, and Administrative Assistant Kelly Stahl. Four County Career Center is appreciative of the great relationship with the community they serve.


Fall Sports Spirit Day

Four County Career Center celebrates Fall Sports Spirit Day. 80 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 Ceremony

As a tribute to those who lost their lives and to acknowledge the 18th 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 Matthew Zwyer, English Instructor. Members of the Color Guard included Law Enforcement & Security Tactics students Deacon Crates (Hicksville); Jasmine Light (Liberty Center); and Fire & Rescue students Jarrett Ramos (Tinora); Austin Ochoa (Napoleon). 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, Archbold Fire Department, Bryan Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Pioneer Police Department, Ridgeville Fire Department, Stryker Police Department, West Unity Police Department, State Highway Patrol, and U.S. Army Recruiters. Always Remember--Don’t Ever Forget---09-11-01.


Jeep Donations

Four County Career Center is pleased to accept the donation of a 2016 Jeep Cherokee from North Star BlueScope in Detla. The vehicle was in need of repairs from an accident and students from the Auto Collision Repair program under the direction of instructor Steve Hootman were able to make all the necessary repairs to the Jeep. This was a great training project for the students as they learned how to analyze repairs needed and complete the repairs to make the Jeep functioning. The Career Center will utilize the Jeep in their fleet of vehicles for school use. The Career Center is appreciative of the relationship with North Star BlueScope and the support of their students.

Admiring the great work the students accomplished are North Star BlueScope representatives Rich Menzel, Vice President of Human Resources and Jessica Stinson, Inside Sales Representative and Community Relations Team. Shown above are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Trevor Morrett (Ayersville); Ryan Bowers (Montpelier); Clayton Fitch (Edon); Preston Sines (Edgerton); Menzel; Instructor Steve Hootman; Stinson; Isaiah Cramer (Ayersville); Brandon Wilhelm (Napoleon); Alyssa Strain (Wauseon); CJ Gerschutz (Tinora); and Aubrey Pierce (Defiance).


Senior Citizens Day

Four County Career Center is hosting a “Senior Citizens Day” at the school on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Senior Citizens are invited to join us for a morning of activities and lunch. The activities will start at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

A total of six exciting activities will be available for the “seniors” to participate in throughout the morning. These include a hand and arm massage by the Cosmetology students; a floral activity led by Floral Design students; creating a winter ornament under the direction of the Interior Design students; a 15 minute senior workout led by the Sports Fitness & Exercise Science students; basic health checks from our Health Careers students; and bingo with prizes for everyone led by Hospitality Services students. The day will end with a complimentary sandwich and salad luncheon prepared by the Culinary Arts Management and Chef Training students under the leadership of Chef Herold.
The Career Center Student Ambassadors will be available to assist you in the activities and guide you throughout the morning.

Call Janet Knierim at 419-267-2267 to register or log into the Career Center website at www.fourcounty.net and you can register there. Registrations will be accepted through September 16, so sign up early to ensure your space.

Parking will be available in the front parking lot off State Route 34 and enter the building through the front doors.

We look forward to hosting this day and meeting many of the senior citizens in the four county area for a day of activity and fun!


New Staff

The Career Center is welcoming three new staff members for the 2019-2020 school year.

Josh Montgomery is the new Career Based Intervention instructor at the Career Center. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education Intervention Specialist both from Ashland University. Josh has been in education for the past 12 years teaching at New London Local Schools, Bryan City Schools, and Sidney City Schools. He lives in Bryan with his wife, Erin and their two children.

The new English position is being held by Taryn Conklin. Taryn holds an Associate’s Degree in Individualized Studies from Northwest State Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and this is her first year in education. She lives in Holgate.

Dave DeLano is the new Dean of Students at the Career Center. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the Defiance College. Dave was a probation officer at Defiance Municipal Court and has spent 4 years in education at Vantage Career Center. He lives in Ayersville with his wife, Kari and their two sons.

New staff members shown above are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Josh Montgomery; Taryn Conklin; and Dave DeLano.


Schedule to Launch Days

To prepare them for the start of school, students attending Four County Career Center picked up their packets containing their schedules and other important information for the year. Opening day for Four County Career Center juniors and new students is Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and Thursday, August 15, 2019 for returning seniors.


Opening Day

Opening day for Four County Career Center juniors and new students is Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and Thursday, August 15, 2019 for returning seniors. 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 2019-2020 school year at Four County Career Center is opening its’ doors to over 900 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 8:45 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, and Napoleon radio stations as well as WTVG-13 TV, WTOL-11 TV, WNWO-24 TV, and FOX-36 TV in Toledo.

Additional information regarding the 2019-2020 school year including the Student Handbook can be found on the Career Center website at www.fourcounty.net.