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Students Compete at FCCLA National Conference

Four County Career Center had five students just return from the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) 2018 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Receiving National Silver Metals are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Bailey Bowen (Edgerton) Fashion Construction; Sabrina Page (Liberty Center) Interior Design; and Natalia Flores (Archbold) Life Event Planning. Receiving National Gold Metals and placing 4th in the Nation are Coralee Flanary (Hicksville) Job Interview; and Kathryn Ewers (Edon) Interior Design. There were over 5,000 members from across the nation in attendance. Members competed at the district, and state levels before they advanced to the national level.

Family, Career & Community Leaders of America is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and addresses important personal, family, work, and social issues through family and consumer sciences education. Early Childhood Education instructor, Susan Myers and Interior Design instructor, Lisa Hall attended the conference with them.


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 Kim Arnos, Industrial Services instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Buehrer Power Equipment in Stryker. Kim is shown working with Randy Buehrer, Sales Manager (LEFT). Kim will utilize the training she received to train the students at the Career Center in tire repair, service and tuning of lawn mowers, and engine replacement.

 

Shown above is Mike Meyer, Math instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Hormann’s Heating and Cooling in Antwerp. Mike is shown working with Pat Meek, Technician (LEFT). Mike will utilize the training he received to train the students at the Career Center in the mathematics used during installation of heating and cooling units in the job field.

 

Shown above is Stephanie Pippin, Veterinarian Assistant instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Country Dog Salon in Archbold. Stephanie is shown working with Owners Becca Smith (LEFT), and Angelina Sorge (CENTER). Stephanie will utilize the training she received to train the students at the Career Center grooming techniques using scissors, bathing, and nail trimming of all types of dogs.

 


Shown above is Karen Walker, Health Careers instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance. Karen is shown working with Patty Bussing, RN and Assistant Supervisor (LEFT). Karen will utilize the training she received to train the students at the Career Center in end of life hospice care for patients of all ages.

 

Shown above is Jill Westhoven, Cosmetology instructor (LEFT) who had the opportunity to work at Sheers in Napoleon. Jill is shown working with Kasie Shadle, Managing Cosmetologist and Makeup Artist (RIGHT) styling Tiffany Rupp’s hair. Jill will utilize the training she received to train the students at the Career Center in color technique, makeup application, and advertising techniques.

 

Shown above is Chris Zacharias, Welding Fabrication instructor (LEFT) who had the opportunity to work at Baker’s Gas and Welding Supplies, Inc. in Monroe, Michigan. Chris is shown working with Randy Fragner, Sales Representative (RIGHT) at the Welding Boot Camp at Monroe County Community College. Chris will utilize the training he received to train the students at the Career Center about the opportunities available in the welding industry.


Summer Camp

Four County Career Center 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 art, math, cooking and the animal kingdom from experienced instructors. Students worked on activities throughout the week in "Color Your World," Math:  Easy as Pi," Let's Get Cooking," and "Animal Palooza."

 

 

 

 

 


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 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 Kim Arnos, Industrial Services instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Lubgill Supply Center in Archbold. Kim is shown working with Dave Nafziger, Owner/President (LEFT). Kim will utilize the training she received to train the students at the Career Center in construction, interior design layout, and stock and rotation of products.

 

Shown above is Lisa Hall, Interior Design instructor (RIGHT) who had the opportunity to work at Sauder Furniture Store & Outlet as well as the Design Departments at Sauder Corporate offices. Lisa is shown working with Sharilyn Miller, Retailer/Designer (LEFT). She will also work with Chad Shire, Art Director; Mike Lambright, Director of Marketing; Keely Geringer, Set Director; and Sue Armstrong, Marketing Service Coordinator at the Design Departments. Lisa will utilize the training she received to train the students at the Career Center in floor plans, end cap designs, welcoming designs, and catalog layout.


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 199 years of experience who retired from the Career Center during the past school year. Shown above are retirees (LEFT TO RIGHT) Karen Bostelman, Custodian (29 years); Susan Sweet, English Instructor (20 years); Teresa Borton, Math Instructor (29-1/2 years); Kenneth Cronin, Career Based Intervention Coordinator (10 years); Doug Posey, Automotive Technologies Instructor (33 years); and Kathy Mansfield, In-School Studies Monitor (12 years). Absent from the photo are Paula Caldwell, Accounting Specialist (32-1/2 years); and Scott Lewis, Maintenance (33 years).

Those recognized for years of service include:
Five years - Elizabeth Behnfeldt, IT Help Desk Technician; Matthew Bogert, Assistant Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds; Shawne Bonney, Guidance Counselor; Tim Bowers, Dean of Students; Kim Cordes, Career Assessment Specialist; Rachel Fry, Math Instructor; Lisa Hall, Interior Design Instructor; Gary Hendricks, Custodian; Toby Kennerk, Automotive Technologies Instructor; Kimberly Kinsman, Career Based Intervention Coordinator; AD Mendoza, VOSE; Kevin Thomas, Law Enforcement & Security Tactics Instructor; Jill Westhoven, Cosmetology Instructor; and Chris Zacharias, Welding Fabrication Instructor.
Ten years - Donna Badenhop, Health Careers Instructor; Kenneth Cronin, Career Based Intervention Coordinator; Amy Drewes, Receptionist/Secretary; Brian Etzler, Ag. Instructor; Lauren Helberg, Math Instructor; William Jeffery, Career-Technical Supervisor; Stacy Kupfersmith, MH Aide; Bethany Lamb, Family & Consumer Sciences Instructor; Linda Mahnke, School Nurse; Lori Meienburg, Guidance Counselor; Heather Myers, Intervention Specialist; Kristan Norden, VOSE; Krista Whetro, Cosmetology Instructor; Kyle Zartman, Math Instructor; and Matthew Zwyer, English Instructor.
Fifteen years - Dan Frederick, Public Safety/Allied Health Coordinator; Julie Frederick, Adjusted Academic Instructor; and Greta Wagner, Cook.
Twenty years - Ellie Cichocki, Job Placement/Workforce Development Coordinator; Linda Flesher, Head Cook; Susan Sweet, English Instructor; Rob Williams, Technology Associate.
Twenty-five years - Matthew Geiger, Software Development & Game Design Instructor.
Thirty years - Richard Hupe, Director of Operations; Jennifer Maassel, Administrative Assistant; and Marijene Tomlinson, Job Placement Secretary.
Forty years - Judy Leininger, Microsoft Office/Financial Literacy Instructor.


Recognition Day & Outstanding Seniors

Four hundred thirty-one 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 49th 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 Tyler Conmay (Napoleon) 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 while Board Member Dennis Vetter congratulated the seniors on their accomplishments. Kaitlyn Borgelt (Ayersville) Early Childhood Education, Haylie Sheets (Liberty Center) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, and Christy Zuniga (Patrick Henry) Cosmetology, announced student achievement activities. Guest speakers for the Recognition Day Ceremony were senior students Hunter Thompson (Liberty Center) Welding Fabrication, and Payton Buehrer (Napoleon) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics.

Fifty-one 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 $250,000 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 (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Summer Bierly-Winkler (Fairview) Veterinarian Assistant; Miranda Flory (Ayersville) Job Placement; Arabella Ramirez (Defiance) Fire & Rescue; Aaron Olivarez (Defiance) Work Transitions; Angelique Ward (Defiance) English; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Steven Gardner (Hicksville) Industrial Services; Zach Zeedyk (Fairview) Automotive Technologies; Chris Hamman Davenport (Defiance) Government; Brandon Pepple (Hicksville) Building Trades/Carpentry; and Ben Rudy (Tinora) Computer Design/3D Modeling.

Students receiving awards from Fulton county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Nibel Welch-Rose (Archbold) English; Aylin Rosillo (Pettisville) English; Taylor Leahy (Pettisville) Financial Math; Bailee Kieffer (Fayette) Visual Art & Design; Isaac Sauder (Pettisville) Math; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Brian Ball (Archbold) Chemistry; Andrew Canada (Pettisville) I.T. Academy - Network Administration & Cybersecurity; Andrew Louy (Evergreen) Calculus; and Mason Clark (Fayette) Auto Collision Repair.

Students receiving awards from Henry county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Kayla Sommers (Holgate) Early Childhood Education; Allison Wagner (Holgate) Visual Art & Design; Bailey Rohrs (Holgate) Health Careers; Nicole Wilson (Napoleon) Advanced Math; Olivia Hartford (Liberty Center) Health Careers - Mentoring Program and Government; Greg VanTine (Patrick Henry) Building Trades/Carpentry; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Dalton Moore (Patrick Henry) Culinary Arts Management; Hunter Thompson (Liberty Center) Welding Fabrication; Kaleigh Morgen (Liberty Center) Health Careers - Advanced Early Placement; Jacob Rohrs (Patrick Henry) Government; Tyler Conmay (Napoleon) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics; Alex Yenser (Patrick Henry) Hospitality Services; Tyler Tackett (Patrick Henry) I.T. Academy - Software Development & Game Design; and Darin Tackett (Patrick Henry) Intro to Physics.

Students receiving awards from Williams county included (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Hannah Maxcy (Bryan) Sports Fitness & Exercise Science; Chelsea Taylor-Stickney (Hilltop) Social Studies; Amber Riblet (Montpelier) Floral Design; Sara Frantom (Edon) Government; Kathryn Ewers (Edon) Interior Design and English; Rachel Cape (Edgerton ) English; Miriam Rupp (Edon) Cosmetology and English; Alexandria Bishop (Montpelier) Accounting & Business Management; Joy Scholma (Montpelier) Cosmetology; Timothy Herman (Edgerton) Agriculture/Diesel Mechanics and Pre-Calculus; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Kassidi Martin (Bryan) Medical Office Technologies; Chandler Howard (Edon) Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies; Mitchel Tule (Hilltop) Diesel Mechanics; Brandon Franks (Hilltop) Automotive Technologies; Jordan Ramey (Montpelier) Chef Training; Drew Grimm (Bryan) Electrical; Sidney Schultz (Bryan) Specialized Mechatronics & Robotics Technology; and Alexander Schlosser (Montpelier) Mechanical Systems & Piping. Absent from the photo is Justin Athy (Hilltop) Powersports.


FFA Students Compete at State

Seven students from Four County Career Center’s Veterinarian Assistant program recently competed in the State FFA Contests in Columbus. Placing 9th as a team in the State Animal Management contest are (LEFT TO RIGHT) Katie Culler (Liberty Center); Kayla Morris (Patrick Henry); Bella Lauharn (Napoleon); Jocelyn Schlachter (Edgerton). Competing at State in the Grooming contest are (LEFT TO RIGHT CONTINUE) Ashlynn Steffes (Montpelier); Mindy Otto (Montpelier); and Meghan Garcia (Napoleon). Four County Career Center FFA Advisor is Stephanie Pippin, Veterinarian Assistant instructor.


Preschool Graudation

The students at Four County Career Center’s Early Childhood Education class recently held Preschool Graduation for children enrolled during the 2017-2018 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) Isabella Schoonover (Defiance); Zachary Norden (Napoleon); Zane Reed (Napoleon); Giuliana Zetter (Toledo); (MIDDLE - LEFT TO RIGHT) Audrey Brywczynski (Whitehouse); Jordan Inkrott (Delta); Jayden Elmer (Helena); Micah Helberg (Napoleon); Stryker Oyer (Napoleon); Brennan Vandock (Delta); Elowyn Custer (Wauseon); Sylvie Zartman (Antwerp); Malcolm Custer (Wauseon); (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Katelyn Flanary, Preschool Instructor; and Jennifer Hutchison, Educational Aide.

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.


BPA Students Place in Top 10 at National Convention

Four County Career Center is pleased to announce that Parker Wittenmyer (Wauseon) and Cory Hemenway (Bryan) placed in the top ten at the 2018 National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Dallas, Texas. Parker competed in SQL Database Fundamentals and Cory 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 52nd 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.