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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.

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.

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.