We’re excited that 2014 has begun and the Greene County Career Center continues to educate and motivate the students of Greene County. We are thrilled about the many events that are already occurring and we are looking forward to an amazing 2014. But, let’s take some time to reflect and look at the success of the students and staff.
I am very pleased to share these incredible accomplishments over the past year:
* Welding student Cole Fallis, from Xenia, served a term as treasurer of the Ohio Skills USA Southwest Region and was elected as a National Officer for 2013-14. He will also serve as SkillsUSA’s Region 2 Vice President.
* Greeneview FFA chapter member Hallie Sue Hizer was elected as an FFA State Officer for 2013-14. She will serve as District 9 president.
* Senior Colten Combs (Beavercreek High School) from Greene County Career Center’s Electrical Wiring and Motor Controls program has been elected Treasurer of the Southwest Region of Ohio for Skills USA.
* Allied Health senior Ally Hutchinson, from Fairborn, served as Secretary for Ohio’s chapter of the Health Occupations Students Association. She became GCCC’s first State Officer in the organization.
* The Culinary Arts program placed second at the Taste of Greene County event at Wright State University for the second straight year while competing against professional chefs from the Miami Valley. The students placed first in 2011 and second in 2012.
* The high school Class of 2013 earned $877,750 in scholarships including 257 Tech Prep scholarships totaling $771,000.
* Senior Chauncey Longshaw, of Yellow Springs, placed 4th in the nation in Business Meeting Management event at the 2013 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference. Chauncey represented the International Business and Finance program.
* High school career counselor Janet Baughn was named National Region I and Ohio Counselor of the Year, Teacher Prep Academy instructor Terrie Bodey received the Ohio Teacher of the Year Award, Board member Gail Martindale of Cedar Cliff Local Schools was recognized as Ohio Board Member of the Year by ACTE.
* Instructional supervisor Michael Sparks was honored as Administrator of the Year by the Ohio School Boards Association Southwest Region.
* Sixty-two graduates from the Class of 2013 earned industry certifications that are recognized world-wide.
* One-hundred percent of adult Basic Peace Officer candidates who took the OPOTA Certification test passed their examination. Ninety-four percent of those who graduated from full-time AWE programs found employment.
The Greene County Career Center staff is proud of its partnerships with the comprehensive school districts in Greene County. I, personally, am very proud of the support of the administrators and staff at these awesome schools. As the Career Center succeeds, so does our Greene County schools. We are looking forward to many more exciting success stories in the near future.
Dan Schroer is the Greene County Career Center Superintendent and guest columnist.