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Senior Recognition Day Ceremony

Four hundred fourteen 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 50th 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 Mia Beltran (Defiance) 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 and congratulated the seniors on their accomplishments. Bailey Bowen (Edgerton) Interior Design, McKenzie Reesor (Bryan) Computer Programming and Game Design; and Joslyn Tijerina (Archbold) Veterinarian Assistant, announced student achievement activities. Guest speakers for the Recognition Day Ceremony were senior students Brookelyn Dye (Montpelier) Health Careers, Trenton Peluso (Evergreen) Computer Networking and Cybersecurity, and Zackary Van Hoy (Wauseon) Fire and Rescue.

Fifty-seven 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 $380,000 to be used to further students’ education at community colleges and universities were also awarded during the ceremony.

 

 

 

 



Summer School Classes

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

There is one student start date - June 10, with no enrollees outside of this date. 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 noon.

Summer school is open to current high school students, non-graduates or June 2019 graduates under the age of 21. Upon successful completion of the first 1/2 credit, the student may begin another half credit. No new classes may be started after June 27.

Transportation is the responsibility of the student. Some associate 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.


Donation to Together We Can Make A Difference

Led by Skills USA, Four County Career Center students united in a school-wide effort and raised almost $500 for the non-profit outreach “Together We Can Make A Difference.” The organization assists people of all ages in Northwest Ohio with basic needs and resources that are not available with any government assistance programs.

Through their involvement, the students hope to make a positive change for families in northwest Ohio. Shown above presenting the check are Skills USA Leadership team members. (LEFT TO RIGHT) Amanda Wayne (Edgerton) Cosmetology; Dalton Joice (North Central) Automotive Technologies; and Edith Avalos (Hicksville) Cosmetology; to Kelli Burkhardt, “Together We Can Make A Difference” Executive Director. In the back is Skills USA advisor, Krista Whetro, who coordinated the event.


Special Olympics Donation

As part of the Four County Career Center’s 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 $890.00 was collected throughout the school year and a check was presented to Randy Barnes, Special Olympic Coordinator for Henry County (RIGHT) by Trenton Peluso (Evergreen), BPA Chapter President.


Preschool Graduation

The students at Four County Career Center’s Early Childhood Education class recently held Preschool Graduation for children enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year. The children performed favorite songs and fingerplays learned throughout the school year for parents and grandparents in attendance.

Shown above at the graduation are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Dylan Boyer (Wauseon); Guiliana Zetter (Toledo); Kennedy Blue (Holgate); Micah Helberg (Napoleon); Blake Schroeder (Bryan); Zachary Norden (Napoleon); Laiklin Evers (Napoleon); Camila Zetter (Toledo); (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Katelyn Flanary, Preschool Instructor; Jordan Inkrott (Delta); Brennan Vandock (Delta); Elowyn Custer (Wauseon); Jennifer Hutchison, Educational Aide; Zane Reed (Napoleon); and Isabella Schoonover (Defiance).

The Preschool/Childcare Center is operated in association with the Early Childhood Education program for juniors and seniors as a part of their lab experience. Supervising the students is instructor, Susan Myers.


Skilled Trades Signing Day

Four County Career Center in conjunction with Defiance County Economic Development held it’s first ever Defiance County Skilled Trades Signing Day. Eleven seniors who are pursuing a career in manufacturing technologies in Defiance County or the students attending the Career Center from Defiance County were honored in this celebration of their futures, in the same way that an athlete might when signing with a college.

Carla Hinkle, Workforce Development Manager from Defiance County Economic Development welcomed the gathering of employers, parents, associate school representatives, students and Career Center personnel. Tim Meister, Superintendent, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Words of Appreciation were given by LuAnne Cooke, Northwest Regional Liaison for Lt. Governor Husted and letters of congratulations from the Lt. Governor were given to each student.

Guest speaker was Scott Clemens, owner of Clemens Mobile Welding, a 1985 Welding Fabrication graduate and 2006 Career Center Wall of Fame Inductee. He spoke to the crowd about his journey in the manufacturing workplace and encouraged them to set goals and strive to achieve those goals.

Honored students received a Certificate of Achievement from Defiance County Commissioners Ryan Mack, Gary Plotts, and Mick Pocratsky. These students included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Blaine Gier-Grant (Fairview) Stevie Gs Restoration; Preston Henderson (Hicksville) Rosebrock Garage; Cameron Stork (Tinora) Kahle Design and Build; Devon Eicher (Hicksville) John’s Towing and Repair; Trevor Tackett (Tinora) Beck’s Construction; Liam Cowle (Ayersville) TAS Aviation; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Ryan Gray (Defiance) Gary’s Auto; Reese Knapp (Archbold) Fitzenrider/Air Force One; David Wolfrum (Tinora) Mechanical Services and Auto; and Eric Culler (Fairview) Culler Cattle and Grain. Absent from the photo is Logan Joice (Fairview) Allied Moulded Products, Inc.


Building Trades Open House

The public is invited to attend the 49th annual Four County Career Center’s Building Trades Open House on May 19 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. During this past year, 110 high school students at the Career Center have assisted with the construction of the 82nd new home as part of their career training.

Curtis Miller, Carpentry instructor, and the senior Carpentry classes did the general construction of the home including exterior finish, interior and drywall finish, for Dennis and Gloria Arps. It is located at 2610 Carpenter Road in Defiance.

The Arps home is a single story ranch with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bath, great room, kitchen, dining room, and a full basement along with a two car garage. The outside of the home is covered in vinyl siding .

The junior Carpentry class, under the direction of instructor Matt Dye, assisted with the rough construction. Scott Williams, senior Electrical instructor, and his class did the low voltage, data communications, service and finish electrical wiring. Installation of the water supply, and drainage was the senior Mechanical Systems & Piping class with instructor Steve Steingass. The Interior Design class with instructor Lisa Hall assisted with the painting.

Students at the Career Center build one house each school year. The home building project is part of the high school curriculum in the Construction Trades programs.


Senior Recognition Day

Four County Career Center’s 50th annual Senior Recognition Day will be held Tuesday, May 21 starting at 9:15 a.m. at the school.

Certificates marking the completion of their career training will be awarded to 414 seniors, scholarship award winners will be announced, and Outstanding Senior Awards will be presented during the ceremonies.

Career Passports containing the student’s Resume, class competencies listing skills learned at the Career Center, student’s grades and attendance data, will be presented to each senior. Career Passports are awarded to all Ohio Career Center program completers for the purpose of providing each student with a set of credentials that can be presented to an employer when seeking employment.

Rick Bachman, Director of Career & Technical Education, is in charge of the ceremony. Seven seniors will be assisting with the program - Mia Beltran (Defiance) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance; Bailey Bowen (Edgerton) Interior Design, McKenzie Reesor (Bryan) Computer Programming & Game Design, and Joslyn Tijerina (Archbold) Veterinarian Assistant, will be announcing student achievement activities. Brookelyn Dye (Montpelier) Health Careers; Trenton Peluso (Evergreen) Computer Networking & Cybersecurity; and Zackary Van Hoy (Wauseon) Fire & Rescue, were chosen as class speakers for the event.

Parents and families of Career Center seniors are invited to attend the ceremony which will be held in the Diesel Technology and Training Center located on the northeast side of the building. Parking is available in the school’s east and south parking lots or the student parking lot on the west side of the building.

Four County Career Center is located at the intersection of State Routes 66 and 34, five miles south of Archbold.


FFA State Degree

Four County Career Center is pleased to present Allianna Hite (Delta) an FFA student who received her State FFA Degree at the State FFA Convention recently held in Columbus.

To obtain the State FFA Degree there are certain criteria that must be met and documented. Allianna did her report on beef and grain production as well as working on Hite Farms in Delta. Receiving the State FFA Degree is a major achievement and the Career Center congratulates Allianna for her dedication and hard work.


Career Center Becomes a Training Site

Four County Career Center’s Specialized Mechatronics and Robotics Technology instructor, Tim Armitage, has received his training certification and the Career Center has become an official training site for the Fanuc Material Handling Program Software on the Fanuc Robot. Because Mr. Armitage received this certification, students can now obtain their Robot Training on the FANUC Robotics Material Handling program software. Shown with Mr. Armitage are students who have obtained this certification (LEFT TO RIGHT) Victor Mansfield (Hicksville); Alex Rinck (Bryan); Summer Collins (Ayersville); and Joshua Richter (Hicksville). The Career Center is appreciative to the area businesses who support the Specialized Mechatronics and Robotics Technology program and their partnership with them.


Students of the Month - April

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Dalton Joice from North Central High School as Student of the Month. Dalton is the son of Greg and Nonnie Joice and is a senior in the Automotive Technologies program at the Career Center. Dalton was nominated by his instructor, Mr. Kennerk. He is a member of Skills USA, Drug Free Clubs of America, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. Dalton is part of the Early Job Placement program and receives class credit for working at Wieland Auto Repair. At North Central, he is on the baseball team. After Dalton graduates, he plans to attend Owens Community College in the GM ASEP Program.

 

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Alexia Long from Hilltop High School as Student of the Month. Alexia is the daughter of Victoria Long and is a junior in the Interior Design program at the Career Center. Alexia was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Hall. She is a member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. After Alexia graduates, she plans to attend college for graphic design and architecture.

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Cheyenne Mossuto from Defiance High School as Student of the Month. Cheyenne is the daughter of Brian Mossuto and is a senior in the Interior Design program at the Career Center. Cheyenne was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Hall. She is a member of Family, Career & Community Leaders of America, Drug Free Clubs of America, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. After Cheyenne graduates, she plans to work in the interior design field.

 

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce Faith Rupp from Edgerton High School as Student of the Month. Faith is the daughter of Danny Rupp and is a senior in the Health Careers program at the Career Center. Faith was nominated by her instructor, Mrs. Hill. She is a member of HOSA Health Professionals and will be competing at the HOSA International Conference, and is on the Career Center Honor Roll. After Faith graduates, she plans to work as an STNA and attend college to become a registered nurse.

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


Students Place in Top 10 at National BPA Conference

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce that Braden Yates (Hilltop) and Trenton Peluso (Evergreen) placed in the top ten at the 2019 National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Anaheim, California. They are both in the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity program and competed in Network Administration Using Microsoft/MTA Networking Fundamentals.

Career Center students joined over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national-level business skill competitions. This was BPA’s 53rd National Leadership Conference.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. BPA acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry. Four County Career Center BPA advisors are Mary Jo Beilharz, Matt Geiger, Tim Ricketts, and Tina Short.


Students Place in Top 3 at FCCLA State Competition

Seven students from Four County Career Center’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) have earned Gold or Silver Medals at the State FCCLA Leadership Conference in Columbus. Three of these students have earned the right to advance to National Competition held in Anaheim, California, June 30 - July 4. Shown at the State Conference are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Bailey Bowen (Edgerton) Fashion Construction - Gold Medalist and will be competing at Nationals; Sabrina Page (Liberty Center) Interior Design - Gold Medalist and will be competing at Nationals; Alexia Long (Hilltop) Interior Design - Silver Medalist; Hailey Shackelford (Fairview) Product Development - Gold Medalist; Lexi Flores (Delta) Product Development - Gold Medalist; Margaret McGilvery (Liberty Center) Recycle and Redesign - Gold Medalist and will be competing at Nationals; and Coralee Flanary (Hicksville) Job Interview - Gold Medalist. The FCCLA participants are challenged to complete a project in their area of career and technical training within a specified time period while being scored by a panel of judges. All of these students did an outstanding job in their respective competitions.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national organization for high school and college students where the activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Career Center FCCLA lead Advisor is Michele Nafziger.


Legislative Forum on Education

A Legislative Forum on Education with area educators was held at Four County Career Center with Senator Robert McColley, Senator Theresa Gavarone, Representative Derek Merrin, and Representative Craig Riedel all attending. Tim Meister, Superintendent at the Career Center, led the discussion with topics that each legislator was given the opportunity to expound upon.

Topics for discussion included school funding, graduation requirements and school report cards, the Ohio Department of Education and how it is viewed by legislators, and mandated testing and certifications for students. Each legislator had the opportunity to respond to each of these issues while educators had the opportunity to voice their views and concerns to the legislators.

Four County Career Center is appreciative to these Legislators for taking time from their busy schedules for this discussion forum with local educators.


In-Demand Jobs Week

May 6-10, 2019, is In-Demand Jobs Week -- a statewide celebration of jobs, industries and skills that are in demand in Ohio. In-Demand Jobs Week is an opportunity for students and job seekers to learn more about the rewarding and high-demand careers available locally.

Today’s students likely will hold jobs that don’t even exist today. The talent needs of businesses are changing quickly, which means workers will need to be flexible, adaptable and ready to acquire new knowledge and skills in real time. Now is a great time for business, education and workforce to come together to address skills gaps, build a talent pipeline and help students prepare for a successful journey along their career pathways.

More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “In demand,” based on labor market information, job postings on OhioMeansJobs.com, Jobs Ohio regional forecasts and employer forecasts. Four County Career Center has twenty-two career and technical program offerings to juniors and seniors in the four county area that are preparing students for In-Demand Jobs as well as the Adult Education Workforce Development department preparing adults through training and development specialists.

Four County Career Center has recognized the collaboration that has been developed between employers and students in the Early Job Placement Program at the Career Center and presented each employer with a “Resolution” acknowledging appreciation for their participation.


Project Runway

The public is invited to join us for the 6th Annual “Project Runway” which will be held May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Four County Career Center. The evening will feature unique hair designs and makeup artistry with matching outfits, all created by senior Cosmetology students and modeled by junior Cosmetology students. Over 30 designs will be displayed throughout the show. A magical runway for the models will be designed by the Floral Design and Interior Design students. The Visual Art & Design students will be taking professional photos of the models as part of the presentation, as well as action photos throughout the evening. The evening is coordinated by Cosmetology instructors Kim Dunbar, Krista Whetro and Jill Westhoven.


Students Place in Top 3 at Skills USA State Competition

Six students from Four County Career Center received Medals in the 2019 Skills USA State Championships in Columbus for placing in the top three in the State of Ohio in their skill competition. Two of these students have qualified to compete at the 2019 Skills USA National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Students who received medals are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Reese Knapp (Archbold) Plumbing - will be competing at Nationals; Travis Seedorf (Liberty Center) Information Technology Services - will be competing at Nationals; Trenton Peluso (Evergreen) Internetworking; Jasmine Light (Liberty Center), Mia Beltran (Defiance), and Keyera Anderson (Defiance) all part of the Crime Scene Investigation Team. The Skills Ohio Championships consists of over 100 career, technical and leadership contests. Participants are challenged to complete a project in their area of career and technical training within a specified time period while being scored by a panel of judges.

Skills USA is a national organization for career and technical students training for careers in trade, industrial, technical and health related occupations. Four County Career Center Skills USA Lead Advisor is Krista Whetro.


County Government Month

As part of “County Government Month,” Four County Career Center hosted Henry County Recorder Brandi Baden and Henry County Commissioner Glenn Miller who discussed their roles as elected officials and used the game “Jeopardy” as a means of teaching students. Shown with students during their visit are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Halea Crawford (Napoleon) Health Careers; Dakota McCloud (Liberty Center) Computer Programming & Game Design; Baden; Miller; Emily Pippin (Liberty Center) Health Careers; and Kevin Myles (Napoleon) Health Careers.

Government instructors Jason Blue, Brandon Brywczynski, Todd Gambler, and Bill Parsley made the arrangements for the day.