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Waggoner Places Third in Welding Contest
Posted 4/17/2019 at 9:59:33 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Waggoner Places Third in Weld-Off

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School student Cody Waggoner proved his mettle by capturing third place during a recent welding contest.

   Waggoner, a junior in the welding program, attended the Mid-East Career and Technical Centers’ 15th Annual Weld-Off Contest hosted by the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 495 in Cambridge. He was among 18 contenders and completed performance-based tests to showcase his hands-on skills.

    Todd Parker, JVS welding instructor, said Waggoner had to pass a D.15 certification test before he could move on. That required performing two vertical and overhead position exams and his work had to undergo a visual inspection by a judge. Parker noted that that JVS students have attended the competition for the past 15 years with first-place winners named during the last two events.

   “I’m proud of Cody,” he added, saying that Waggoner gained certification recognized by the State of Ohio which gives him an advantage when he enters the workforce.

   Waggoner, a Toronto-area resident and student at Edison High School, was also surprised by his honor and said it was his first time to participate.

   “It was definitely a shocker for me,” he continued. “I always thought [welding] was pretty cool and I knew welding would never go away.”

   He added that he has gained some great experience at JCJVS and enjoys the hands-on training he’s received. Waggoner plans to pursue a career as a welder or ironworker upon graduation.

(Photo Cutline: Cody Waggoner, a junior welding student at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, recently earned third place at the Mid-East Career and Technical Centers’ 15th Annual Weld-Off Contest which was hosted by the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 495 in Cambridge. Waggoner was among 18 students who completed hands-on skills tests and earned state-recognized certification that will aid him in the workforce.)

JVS Students Lauded for Creativity
Posted 4/17/2019 at 9:56:24 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS MAD Fest Honorees

BLOOMINGDALE-Three students in the multimedia and design program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School gained recognition after participating in MAD Fest 2019 at West Liberty University.

   Junior Therman Gross and seniors Chris Morale and Corbyn Behrendt were among students from 16 high schools in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio who attended the media, art and design festival on April 12 in the College Hall auditorium, where they also got to network with creative peers, attend workshops and meet industry and education professionals. JVS Instructor Cody LaRue said it was the first time his class took part and he was proud of the honorees’ achievements.

   “It’s something we’ve tried to do for the past couple of years. We got to go and it was definitely something we were excited to be part of,” said LaRue. “It was good for the students to meet people in the field and network. It was a giant collaboration of creativity, art and design.”

    Students were asked to submit original projects in various mediums, from the traditional such as painting and sculpture to the more modern mixed media and digital imaging. LaRue added that the projects were completed in class and his pupils incorporated the skills they learned through the program. The works were judged by guest jurors Reagan Heller, vice president of Art with Schell Games; Chris Russell, founder and executive director of PopShopWV; and Brandon Jennings, graphic designer with KBK Enterprises, and an awards ceremony followed the event.

   Gross, a student at Indian Creek High School, earned first place in graphic design for “Let’s Start a Riot,” a piece which used imagery and typography in a double-exposure format; Morale, who hails from Edison High School, placed second in the same category with his “Batman” rendering which superimposes the caped crusader with the Gotham City skyline; and Behrendt, who attends Toronto High School, received honorable mention in animation with her work, “Bury a Friend,” which incorporates kinetic typography animation.

   “It was interesting,” noted Gross. “I didn’t expect it. It was a side project but it was one that I was the most proud of.”

   Morale added that he was surprised to gain recognition, while his education at JCJVS will enable him to carve a successful path for his future. He plans to continue in the field and study videogame design.

                                                                                               

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   “It was exciting,” he said of the event. “All of my computer skills came from class.”

   Behrendt echoed those remarks, saying she was thrilled to earn accolades.

   “I didn’t expect it,” she added, noting that she also plans to further her education in graphic design.

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Photo Cutline: Multimedia and design students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School fared well during MAD Fest 2019 at West Liberty University. The students attended for the first time and earned recognition for their entries in graphic arts and animation. Pictured are, from left, Corbyn Behrendt, honorable mention for animation; Chris Morale, second place for graphic arts; and Therman Gross, first place for graphic arts.

Health Tech Students Heading to Nationals
Posted 4/17/2019 at 9:53:02 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS HOSA Students to Nationals

BLOOMINGDALE-They’re going to Disney World!

   Junior health technologies students Azrielle Pratko and Sam Shrock will represent Jefferson County Joint Vocational School this June when they head to Orlando, Fla., for the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) 42nd Annual International Leadership Conference. There they will join about 10,000 students from 47 states and Puerto Rico for a series of competitions and conference events.

   Pratko, who hails from Indian Creek High School, and Shrock, who attends Edison High School, were part of the CPR/First Aid team and squared off against 18 other teams from across Ohio during the state HOSA competition at the Columbus Convention Center on April 9-10. They first had to complete a written knowledge test and the top 10 teams went on to perform hands-on skills tests, with Pratko focusing on CPR and Shrock showcasing his knowledge of first aid. They were among the top three teams selected to advance to the national event on June 19-22.

  Both were excited to move on, but for various reasons.

   “I’m ecstatic,” said Pratko. “I just moved from Florida and August and I’m excited to go back.”

   “It’s two of my biggest dreams come true: to fly and go to Florida,” Shrock added.

    Both said their interest in the health field was sparked by medical issues that hit close to home and they now plan to pursue careers in that sector. Pratko is eying a future in pharmacology and may serve the in the military as a corpsman or with the Navy Reserves while Shrock said he may pursue nursing.

   HOSA Advisor Tammy Sismondo, who also instructs the health tech program at JCJVS, was proud of the duo and said they toiled in preparation of the contest.

   “It takes a lot of dedication to get to that point,” she added. “They worked really hard to get there.”

    She added that the JVS has had students attend the nationals for at least a decade and they learn a lot along the way.

   “It’s going to be a great opportunity. They get to meet other students from across the United States, go to symposiums and have leadership opportunities.”

(Photo Cutline: Sam Shrock and Azrielle Pratko, junior health technologies students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, will head to the 2019 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Conference in Orlando, Fla., this June and join students from 47 states and Puerto Rico. Shrock and Pratko took part in the First Aid/CPR team at the regional contest in Columbus this month and are one of three Ohio schools attending the conference. For its part, JCJVS has had HOSA members attending the conference for more than a decade.)

Health Tech Students Pass Nurse Aide Exam
Posted 4/9/2019 at 10:04:44 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Health Tech Students Pass Exam

BLOOMINGDALE-The health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is marking another successful year after all of its seniors passed the state nurse aide exam.

   Instructor Tammy Sismondo said her class gained 100-percent passage rate on the test, which is provided by the Ohio Department of Health and administered at the school by D&S Diversified Technologies.

   “All 15 students passed that state nurse’s aide exam,” she said, adding that students have passed every year. “I’m very proud of them. They work really hard and it shows.”

   The students completed the exam when officials from D&S visited the site at the end of December. Sismondo said the class had to complete a written test and hands-on clinical portion to share their knowledge, and now they are able to work in health care facilities. She commented that many of them are already gaining some on-the-job experience.

   “Most of them are doing a school-to-work program,” she added. “They work at least 15 hours per week and are graded on their performance at work.”

     She noted that pupils are participating at Trinity Medical Center and in area nursing homes and getting some real-world experience before officially joining the workforce.

Delicious Dishes
Posted 4/5/2019 at 8:56:38 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Culinary Salads

First-year students in the culinary arts program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School completed their practical for creating salads in their lab, which is instructed by Glenn Zalenski. Pictured with their dishes are, from left, Sarah Fox, Sarah Rager, Daylynn Anderson, Andrew Constantini, Dashel Mumaw and Mekenna Johnikins.

Practice Makes Perfect
Posted 4/5/2019 at 8:54:15 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Cosmo

Senior cosmetology students Cassie Wertenberger, pictured at left, and Haelyi Eakle practice on manikins as part of their class lesson. Students learn a variety of methods from cuts and coloring to manicures and also provide salon service to the public. The program takes appointments on Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and prices range from $3 for shampoos and partial cuts to at least $30 for spiral perms. For more information about enrollment or appointments, contact the JCJVS at (740) 264-5545.

Modular House Takes Shape
Posted 4/5/2019 at 8:51:54 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Carpentry Modular

Carpentry students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School add siding to the new modular home they have been constructing on the campus since the start of the school year. Carpentry and electrical trade students have been involved in creating the three-bedroom, two-bath structure—the second one built in over two years—with additional assistance from professional plumbing and HVAC contractors. Once completed, the home will eventually be sold and moved offsite. 

JVS Power Mechanics Students are MST Certified
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:27:02 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Power Mech Students MST Certified

Juniors in the power mechanics program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School passed their Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician (MST) exam and gained certification to aid them in the field. The students had to pass six tests and also received six credential points towards graduation. Pictured are, front from left, John Hojonski, Daniel Sammut, Dakota Kernen and Malcolm Walker. Back: Seth Fitzgerald and Robert Batson. Absent from the photo is Damon Petrosino.

ECE Students Headed to FCCLA State Conference
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:24:22 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS ECE to FCCLA State Conference

BLOOMINGDALE-Five early childhood education students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will head to Columbus this month to take part in the Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference.

   Events take place at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on April 25-26 and seniors Brooke Mitchell, Kayla Habbit and Brianna Sheets will take part in competitions while senior Emily Manley and junior Hannah Mitchell will represent the group at the conference. Brooke Mitchell will compete in the early childhood education category while Habbit will take part in curriculum unit and Sheets will participate in the job interview portion. Meanwhile, Habbit and Sheets will also compete in the lesson prep team category.

   It is the second time the trio has been part of the event and they are ecstatic to return. Participants submit projects to a panel of judges, who then score them based on the student’s presentation. Entrants are ranked with other competitors in that category to determine who receives a medal and the top 10 move on to the nationals.

   “I’m excited to go again,” said Brooke Mitchell. “The states are more intimidating. You are in an open room with people competing.”

   “I feel at ease this time because I know what to expect,” Sheets added. “I feel more confident than last year since I know what the states are like.”

   Habbit added that she and Sheets would work together on the lesson prep team and they have to provide an organized and themed project for review. Meanwhile, Manley and Hannah Mitchell will attend a series of sessions at the conference, which is attended by thousands of other FCCLA members statewide.

Students Gain Private Security Certification
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:21:39 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CJ Students Gain Private Security Certification

Juniors in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School passed their state certification examination through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) in Ridgefield and are now certified after completing the private security basic training program. The group also toured the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) facility during their visit. Pictured are, front from left, Farashae Johnson, Paige Layman, Mackenzie Wedlake and Jenna Reed. Back: Blayke Malone, Jeremiah Morris, Bryce Gaston, Nathaniel Granatir and Faith Cook.

Criminal Justice Students Learn about Human Trafficking
Posted 4/3/2019 at 10:19:12 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS JC Refuge for Women

BLOOMINGDALE-Criminal justice students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School learned how close to home human trafficking really is and what signs to look for during a special lecture.

   Theresa Golden, city director of Refuge for Women Ohio Valley, a non-profit, faith-based organization that specializes in long-term care for women who escaped human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Refuge for Women offers up to 12 months of safe housing at no charge to the resident and around-the-clock therapeutic care. Golden addressed juniors and seniors about the growing issue and said Ohio is fourth in the nation in the crime’s occurrence. Men, women and children are exploited across the nation and the local organization has aided roughly 166 people alone. Golden said Refuge for Women Ohio Valley provides a three-step process to help victims heal and start anew.

   “We have a safe house for human trafficking victims,” she said. “We have a full-time residential program and they have to be detoxed.”

    The program includes safety and healing, which includes trauma-informed care, as well as Bible studies; job preparation, schooling and life skills; and gaining employment. Golden added that clients are considered graduated from the program after nine months but remain in the residence for three more months while employed, then they can transition into the community and use local resources.

   “The community’s been great in their support,” she continued. 

   Refuge for Women has been active in the U.S. since 2009 and the local chapter began in January. The goal is to have an organization in every state while the local site currently plans to add more safe houses that could lodge up to six women, in addition to an emergency shelter.

   “It’s not just international, it’s here locally. Ohio is fourth in the U.S. in human trafficking because there are a lot of interstate highway systems and an ease of transport.”

   She added 90 percent of the victims are between the ages of 12 to 14 years old and may have been traumatized by childhood abuse. They are left vulnerable by that experience and could become easy prey for traffickers.

 “It gives them a feeling of hopelessness and they may miss love and relationships with family and friends,” she added. “Traffickers know how to manipulate them by using their weaknesses.”

   Students also watched a video about trafficking victims who escaped and are working to regain their lives. One woman in the video said her trafficker gained her trust before transporting her around the country to do his bidding. She noted that it was important to tell someone if they are in trouble and to get help. Golden also conducted a question-and-answer session with the students and said traffickers are not just online but also in local malls and other public areas. She said cases have been on the rise and since many criminal justice students could enter law enforcement, she offered advice on potential signs of exploitation including signs of physical abuse, depression and sexualized behavior.

  For more information about Refuge for Women Ohio Valley, go online to rfohiovalley.org or the Refuge for Women Ohio Valley Facebook page.

(Photo Cutline: Theresa Golden, city director for Refuge for Women Ohio Valley, speaks to criminal justice students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School about human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Golden said Ohio is fourth in the nation in the crime, largely due to the interstate highway system and ease of transport. She also discussed what signs to look for to help stop incidents.)

Birney Parlaying Animal Studies into Career
Posted 3/27/2019 at 12:49:38 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS TJ Birney

BLOOMINGDALE-T.J. Birney is getting a jumpstart on his future by parlaying his studies into a career.

   Birney, a junior in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, has earned awards for showing cattle. The son of Sherri and the late Phillip Birney Jr. of Hopedale and a student at Harrison Central High School, he has busily groomed animals for county to national events and earned accolades for his efforts. Among his recent events were the Ohio Beef Expo, where he earned grand champion main Anjou heifer and 10th overall heifer; the Michigan AGR, where he earned reserve champion market heifer and reserve champion maintainer heifer; and the Holmes County Preview, where his entry won grand champion high percentage maintainer heifer.

   “I have been showing cattle my whole life,” he said. “I do 50 shows a year and have gone through Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Colorado, Indiana and Iowa. I groom, file and get them ready for a show and started when I was 12.”

 Birney also enjoys showing cattle and hogs at the county fair level. He also works with Schroeder Show Cattle, which is owned by Nick Schroeder of Columbus Grove, to prepare cattle for national level shows on weekends and has attended such events as Michigan State Beef Expo. Birney added that winners receive an array of prizes in addition to show points, the latter which are tallied at the end of the year to potentially gain even larger rewards. His primary role is to groom the animals so they look their best for competition, and that comes naturally since he   spends much of his time at the JVS studying veterinary science and animal anatomy but also participates in the school program’s pet grooming service.

   “You learn about basic grooming skills and how much work it is and large and small animal science use it in the same way. I love the school program and how hands-on it is and how nice the customers are,” he added. “You learn how to work and are able to get a real-life situation in high school.”

   Upon graduation, Birney plans to attend The Ohio State University ATI to study large animal science and management. For now, he prepares himself through the cattle shows and working with 500 head of Angus beef cattle on his family’s 250-acre farm in Harrison County and uses the knowledge and skills he’s gained from JCJVS.

(Photo Cutline: T.J. Birney, a junior in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, is using the skills he’s gained in the program for shows and his future career. Birney, of Hopedale, grooms cattle for local to national competitions and plans to study large animal science and management at The Ohio State University ATI. He is pictured at far left during the Holmes County show with Tucker Shepard, Schroeder Show Cattle owner Nick Schroeder, in black, and presenter Caitlin Schaub with judges and friends.)

Service Project Brings Smiles, Sweet Rewards
Posted 3/27/2019 at 12:45:08 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SHeets Toy Drive

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School student Brianna Sheets’ labor of love has put smiles on the faces of sick children at Akron Children’s Hospital.

   Sheets, a senior in the early childhood education program, led the campaign from Jan. 7 to March 1 as part of a community service project and collected items at JCJVS and her home school at Edison. She was inspired after attending a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) leadership workshop in October with fellow members Brooke Mitchell, Hannah Mitchell and Sasha Mitchell. They were among an estimated 400 FCCLA students from middle and high schools statewide who heard lectures and learned how to work together in addition to being leaders.

   Sheets selected the hospital for her project because she plans to attend the University of Akron and study early childhood education, after which she hopes to become an intervention specialist. Over the next few months, she accepted items which met hospital criteria. The toys must be in their original packaging and must not depict violence or have loose materials, mirrors, glitter, feathers, sand, synthetic animal hair, food or fragrance. She, her FCCLA group and ECE instructor Becky Kelley delivered the items on March 22 and Sheets was pleased with the outcome.

   “This is the first community service project I have done,” she said. “For starters, I began this project due to an FCCLA Leadership Camp I attended. But as time went by, I realized it was more than that. It was an opportunity to give some sort of joy to others who face hardships daily.”

   Sheets collected a total of 166 toys during the campaign and said the rewards were exceptionally sweet.

   “The opportunity to help Akron Children’s Hospital makes me feel very blessed to be in a position to give back,” she added, thanking everyone who advertised and contributed to the drive. “I feel gratitude. My very helpful lab teachers, Ms. Kelly and Mrs. [Deanna] Hines, helped me a lot with stepping up and becoming a leader. Without their help, I don’t believe any of this would have been possible.

   “Being able to give donations gives me a sense of a beginning of community service and what it means to lead in your community.”

(Photo Cutline: Brianna Sheets, a senior early childhood education student at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, collected more than 160 toys for sick children at Akron Children’s Hospital. Her campaign included the JVS and her home school at Edison and she was grateful to everyone who helped her put a smile on the little ones’ faces.)

JVS Open House on April 10
Posted 3/27/2019 at 12:39:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will hold its biannual open house for new and prospective students on April 10.

   The event is set for 3:30-6:30 p.m. and coincides with the school’s parent-teacher conferences. Principal Dan Hartman said incoming juniors and other attendants can meet teachers, view classrooms and learn about any of the 15 programs including auto collision, auto service, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science and welding, as well as the HVAC course eyed for the fall. In addition, refreshments will be served.

   “We have this two times a year and it is our spring event,” Hartman said. “We get kids who have attended the JVS and kids who have not, but we want all the kids who are interested in the JVS to attend and the teachers will show off our programs.”

   Hartman expects to see the enrollment increase and said there were more than 190 applicants as of now. If that figure rises, he anticipates seeing roughly 350 juniors and seniors in the school’s classrooms and labs during the fall semester.

   “I want to see it go over 200 and I think we will be there,” he said.

    For more information, contact the JCJVS at (740) 264-5545.

JVS Students Pledge to End the Word
Posted 3/12/2019 at 11:01:08 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Spread the Word

BLOOMINGDALE-Students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have pledged to “Spread the Word to End the Word” as part of a national campaign to remove the R-word from society’s vernacular.

   Spread the Word to End the Word encourages people to stop using the word “retard” because advocates believe it is hurtful and dehumanizing to people with special needs. The Transition to Work program conducted an event on March 7 in observance of DD Awareness Month and had their peers sign a banner and make an online pledge as part of the initiative. 

   Instructor Christina Henderson said a similar activity was held five years ago and her developmentally disabled students also educated schoolmates on the importance of removing the term from their lexicon since it has a negative reference.

   “This is the first time we’ve done it electronically,” she said. “In the past, we’ve made a banner and had people sign it. We want to make this an annual event because March is National DD Awareness Month.”

   Henderson noted that it was important to inform others about the harmful impact of the word, but also to show how vital it was to include special needs people in the community.

   “We had them sign a pledge to spread inclusion because everybody has value.”

    For more information about the initiative, go online to www.r-word.org.

 (Photo Cutline: Students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School signed a pledge as part of the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign and eliminate the R-word from the vernacular when it comes to the developmentally disabled. Transition to Work instructor Christina Henderson, pictured here, had students sign a banner and an online pledge while her TTW pupils also educated their peers on the subject. The event was held March 7 in observance of DD Awareness Month.)

JVS Students Earn Medals at FCCLA Contest
Posted 3/12/2019 at 10:56:01 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS FCCLA Winners

Students in the early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School earned medals during the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America regional competition on March 9 at the Buckeye Career Center. Among those receiving honors were, from left, Brianna Sheets, gold for job interview and silver for lesson prep team; Kayla Habbit, silver medal for prep team and silver for curriculum unit; Emily Manley, silver for language and literacy; Brooke Mitchell, gold medals for language and literacy and early childhood education; and Hannah Mitchell, silver for curriculum unit.  The state competition will be held on April 25-26 in Columbus.

Say Something Week at JVS
Posted 2/27/2019 at 12:55:12 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is encouraging students to speak up and help prevent a tragedy during “Say Something Week.”

   Throughout this week, the school will spread the word through announcements and activities in their academic classes. Assistant Principal Cecilia Abdalla said the event is sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation and the goal is to raise awareness.

   “We will have informational pieces each day in order to promote the empowerment of students to say something to someone about harmful acts of bullying, school shootings and suicide,” Abdalla said. “We will also have some participation activities during academic classes to promote this campaign.”

    On Tuesday, students heard an announcement from Deputy Bill Timko, school resource officer, about the country’s human trafficking epidemic. Dubbed as modern slavery, human trafficking is rampant and Ohio currently ranks fourth in the nation for the criminal act. Meanwhile, Wednesday is “Wear Green Day” to support “Say Something Week” and the site’s 318 students plus faculty and staff are encouraged to don the color for the event.

    English, Social Studies, math and science classes will respectively show videos and PowerPoint presentations with subsequent discussion on recognizing warning signs and reporting possible threats of violence; the roles of upstanders in history and students who have spoken up and averted tragedy; bullying; and “I’m Truly Sorry” to tell an adult and get needed help. The class activities are expected to occur on Wednesday through Friday at the teachers’ discretion.

   Jarvis, a licensed counselor through Trinity Health System, will hold a suicide and bullying group discussion March 4 on “Have Hope: It’s OK Not to Be OK.” Groups will meet from 9:30-10:15 a.m. and 1-1:45 p.m. and students will discuss the issues, warning signs, how bullying plays a role and what they can do to help.

   “This week, we want to reinforce the power that our students have to prevent tragedies and to protect a friend from hurting themselves or others,” Abdalla added. “Our JVS has a culture of looking out for one another and reporting possible threats of violence when someone sees, reads or hears something. If we all do our part, we will continue to have safe schools and entire communities will become safer and lives will be saved.”

   She concluded that anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may use the StopIT app to report issues.

Transition Night Set for March 27
Posted 2/27/2019 at 12:50:56 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Special needs students in Jefferson County and their families are invited to take part in Transition Night activities next month to learn how they can successfully progress in society.

   The event is slated for March 27 from 5-7 p.m. in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School cafeteria and will feature agencies and resources under one roof to help students on individualized educational plans (IEP’s) as they move toward adulthood.

   “It is all about helping that transition from the educational environment into the real world, especially the working world,” said Transition to Work instructor Christina Henderson, who is organizing the festivities. “The main idea is to connect students and their families to resources that help them build successful lives after high school, and the purpose of a transition night is to deliver content and resources that are most likely going to benefit the students.”

    The evening will include a brief synopsis of transition and why it is so important to begin the process way before the pupil’s senior year. Parents and students will address the group while vendors may also speak about what they do and how their services can benefit the students. Henderson hopes word will spread about the event and attract more families around the county.

   “The key to this event’s success is the willingness for all of the schools to share information about it with their students,” she said. “We started this event because no matter where the students go to school, it is imperative that the conversation about transition into the real world for IEP students happen at least by age 14, if not sooner. Data has proven that the sooner an effective transition plan is made for the student and the sooner it is acted upon, the more successful they will be in the real world.

   “I encourage everyone that has a special needs child in their family to attend and get that important conversation going on what is best for the child and how to get there. We want to see our special needs population in our county be successful and happy when they leave the educational setting. We want to help with this process in any way possible and a Transition Night is a step in the right direction.”

    More agencies are expected to attend this time and returning organizations include State Support Team Region 12 (SST-12), West Virginia Northern Community College, Social Security Administration, Jeffco Services, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Ohio Means Jobs, New Castle School of Trades, Trinity Health Systems, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and Parent Advocates. For more information, contact Henderson at (740) 264-5545.

JVS Students Return as Faculty
Posted 2/27/2019 at 12:44:40 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Former Students now Faculty

BLOOMINGDALE-Former students of Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are in the classrooms once again, this time as instructors teaching the newest generation of pupils.

  Nine graduates of the school currently hold faculty positions and lead academic and vocational programs. Russ Achhammer, Jen Davis, Diane Dalesio, Fred Jones, Soundra Mount, Todd Parker and Ron Reasoner all once walked the hallowed halls as pupils and say it is a familiar yet different world being the head of the class.

   Achhammer studied at the school from 1982-85 in the auto collision program, the same one he leads today. He said he had a passion for cars and the JVS fit the bill. The Wintersville High School grad fondly recalled the good times and friends among his fondest memories and said he enjoys being back in his current capacity.

   “It is rewarding to see the students learn the trade,” he said. “They come in not knowing what a screwdriver is and when they leave they are able to repair and paint vehicles. Things are a lot different now, but my teacher always told me to do my best and I try to pass that along [to my students.]”

   Booth, who studied auto mechanics from 1989-91, said he always enjoyed anything automotive and wanted to learn as much as possible. These days, he shares his knowledge while assisting auto services technology teacher and fellow JVS alum Ron Reasoner. Booth, who was a student at Edison High School, also imparts wisdom about having the patience to do a job correctly.

   “I absolutely love it. I love helping the students learn the automotive industry,” he continued. “I cannot believe I am doing something that I enjoy so much and helping the students learn and be respectful and kind to one another.”

   Dalesio studied at the school from 1975-77 and said it only offered a junior program when it first opened. She found her footing in the cosmetology program—the same one she oversees today as a junior class instructor—and said it helped to determine her future career.

   “I wasn’t sure what career I wanted and decided to try the ‘new’ school,” she said, adding that she attended at Wintersville at the time. “I remember how important this school made me feel, that the teachers really cared about what I did. They expected a lot from me and it pushed me to do better. This school changed my life.”

 

   Now that she is teaching at the school, tries to incorporate what she learned as a one-time pupil into her program today.

    Davis, who is an English teacher, studied business data accounting at the school from 1991-93 while attending Edison. Her former teacher was Cecilia Abdalla, currently assistant principal at the site and Davis recounted how the hands-on education definitely made a difference.

   “My father was the power mechanics teacher and wanted me to visit the school during the sophomore tours. Once I was at the school, I decided that this was the place for me. The traditional high school setting was not working for me at the time and I needed something that was more hands-on and interactive,” she said. “Once I began my teaching career in 2003 at another vocational school, my dream was to always come back and teach at my ‘home’ school. The love for our profession and working with the students who have chosen to make the JVS a part of their education is second to none. We want our students to be successful and thrive, and we are determined to help them the best way we can. I love having the opportunity to teach and work with the students here at JCJVS.”

    Freeman, who instructs the criminal justice program, got her footing in the diversified health occupations lab—now known as health technologies-- in 1993-95. She had then attended Buckeye Local High School and had her sights set upon becoming a nurse, noting the JVS gave her a head start.

    “I enjoyed the fact that I could leave for work and gain experience to help me get into nursing school, and the teachers cared about you,” Freeman added. “I wouldn’t teach at any other high school. The other teachers and staff make it a great place to work and the kids are there to learn. They enjoy the lab as much as I did when I was a student.”

   Jones followed his path from a power mechanics student to its teacher today. The former Edison High School student was at the JVS from 1993-95. He decided to attend because he always enjoyed working on equipment and building things, and the school provided such an outlet. He counted the friendships he made with classmates among his fondest memories, saying they still remained intact because of their mutual interests. Jones also loves teaching at his old stomping grounds, saying he always stayed connected to the power mechanics program since he graduated more than 20 years ago.

   “I like being able to work with kids and pass on my knowledge of the industry,” Jones added. “I still continue to use some of the training aids that I learned with my students. I am thankful for the experiences that I had at the JVS as a student that made me well-prepared for college and then industry.”

   Mount, who attended the cosmetology class from 1977-79, is the senior instructor today. She recalled the school was only open for two years when she became a student while attending WHS, and she was excited to apply for the program because of her keen interest in hair and makeup and hopes to become a cosmetologist.

   “Being a quite at the home school, I found at the JVS that since we had different schools feeding into it, all of the students seemed to want to belong. It was easier to make friends here and I liked being part of that,” she commented. “I am proud of our school and all the opportunities it offers to students. I also like seeing students grow during the year, when they pass their state board exams and are licensed and then go on to work at a salon.” 

  Parker, who attended Jefferson Union High School (now Edison), was in the JVS welding program from 1985-87 but said it was not his first choice. He initially planned to study machine trades, but a lack of participants led to it being closed and he moved on welding. His teacher, Roger Hilty, eventually became his colleague but was also a major influence and mentor in his life. They worked together until Hilty retired two years ago.

   “I believe things work out for a reason,” he said, adding that he could not afford to attend college and believed welding was a good career option. “My best memories from attending the JVS are how the teachers made me feel like I really mattered to them. I think that’s what made me want to come back and try to make a difference in my students’ lives. I absolutely love my job at the JVS and I hope that I am a difference maker in my students’ lives.”

   Reasoner, who graduated from the JVS in 1991, was an AST student from Edison South High School. He noted that his fascination with mechanics led to his choice.

   “As time went by, my interest evolved towards automobiles, and when I had the opportunity to attend the JVS it was an easy decision what I wanted to do,” he said, adding that his instructor was welcoming and he made friends quickly, making his transition from a traditional school much easier.

   He earned a certificate of completion in two years, attending the Vale Technical Institute and was employed at a local Oldsmobile car dealership when he was contacted by a former teacher about joining an auto service advisory committee. That ultimately led to becoming a substitute teacher and then he returned on a full-time basis.

    “I never thought I would return to the JVS after graduation, but I’m glad I did. Every year there is a new class of current and future success stories and legacies that I’m proud to be part of.”

(Photo Cutline: Past students are currently teachers at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School and impart their wisdom on future generations of workforce members. Pictured are, front from left, Russell Achhammer, auto collision; Diane Dalesio, cosmetology; Todd Parker, welding; and Jamie Freeman, criminal justice. Back: Fred Jones, power mechanics; Jen Davis, English; Ron Reasoner, automotive service technology; and Jamie Booth, AST assistant. Not Pictured is Soundra Mount, cosmetology. )

Crestview Inn Re-opens at JVS
Posted 2/27/2019 at 12:40:08 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

   BLOOMINGDALE-The Crestview Inn Restaurant is back serving tasty meals to the school and public at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   The student-run eatery opened its doors Feb. 26 at the school along 1509 County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale and runs on Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch items are available and instructor Glenn Zalenski said some new dishes will be on the menu.

   The program’s 10 juniors and seniors will oversee operations of the facility, handling service, cooking and management with Zalenski’s guidance and patrons may purchase a variety of dishes that showcases the students’ culinary skills. Traditional breakfast foods are available while lunch ranges from sandwiches and entrees to appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts.

   “We are making menu updates and will have weekly specials and carryout available,” Zalenski said. “There will be seasonal salads and dishes for spring on the lunch menu.”

    He noted that more pastries will also be offered later in the season and students are expanding their cooking capabilities with new sauces.

   “The juniors are starting to work with other sauces such as Hollandaise and we’ll have Eggs Benedict on the breakfast menu, plus they will do recipes with crepes. For lunch, we’ve added steak medallions and freshly breaded shrimp.”

   The restaurant is available to reserve small breakfast and lunch meetings and parties while internet service is provided. For more information, contact the restaurant at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 602.

JVS Students Attend Regional SkillsUSA Event
Posted 2/27/2019 at 12:38:38 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Regional SkillsUSA

BLOOMINGDALE-Twenty-four Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students will be heading to the state SkillsUSA competition this spring following success in recent contests.

    Eight students competed at the SkillsUSA Regional Competition at Buckeye Career Center on Feb. 23, where they earned first through third place in their events. Among those competing were welding student Dalton Sindeldecker, who earned first in welding; cosmetology student Catalina Mazzaferro, who was second in job skill demo A; criminal justice student Cheyanne Bryan, who gained third in first aid/CPR; electrical trades student Nathan Zink, who was first in job interview; health technologies student Kloe Olivo, who earned first in nurse assisting; cosmetology student Aine O’Neil, who placed third in cosmetology; auto collision student Emily Bickerstaff, who was first in collision repair technology; and carpentry Aidan Sammut, who was third in carpentry.

   Students who took part in the school’s Spotlight on Skills event in January directly advanced to the state competition. They include health technologies student Brook Edwards, basic health care; health tech student Kylie Law, medical assisting; health tech student Jack Reese, health occupations portfolio; health teach student Kaleb Briganti, occupational health and safety; health tech student Cassy Reed, occupational health and safety; health tech student Honesti Blair, occupational health and safety; health tech student Hannah Armstrong, occupational health and safety; culinary arts student Damar Jackson, culinary; culinary arts student Daylynn Anderson, restaurant service; and computer networking technology student Brandon Stokley, telecommunications cabling. Small animal science student Michael Banovsky will participate as a state officer while AST student Donte Grinstead and health tech student Allyson Burkett will take part as regional officers. 

   The state competition will take place on April 16-17 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

(Photo Cutline: Eight students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School competed at the SkillsUSA regional competition on Feb. 23 at Buckeye Career Center and will move on to the state championships at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on April 16-17. Pictured are, from left, welding student Dalton Sindeldecker, who earned first in welding; cosmetology student Catalina Mazzaferro, second in job skill demo A; criminal justice student Cheyanne Bryan, third in first aid/CPR; electrical trades student Nathan Zink, first in job interview; health technologies student Kloe Olivo, first in nurse assisting; cosmetology student Aine O’Neil, third in cosmetology; and auto collision student Emily Bickerstaff, first in collision repair technology. Not pictured is carpentry Aidan Sammut, who was third in carpentry. Nearly 20 other JVS students advanced directly from their school event in January.)

BPA Regional Contest Winners
Posted 2/19/2019 at 10:33:04 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS BPA Regional Winners

Several multimedia and design students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School advanced to the state competition after taking part in the regional Business Professionals of America contest on Jan. 23. William Lewis and Judge Hall respectively finished first in computer modeling and extemporaneous speech and Mike Maguschak was second in digital media production, and now they will head to the BPA State Leadership Conference in Columbus on March 14. Pictured are all of the school’s BPA participants including, front from left, Hunter Sox, sixth place for graphic design promotion; Lane Adkins, sixth for interview skills; Sierra Beckett, third for video production team; and Misty Davis, third for video production team. Second row: Jasmine Birtel, fifth for interview skills; Carlie Marcum, third for video production team; Robert Zimmerman, third for broadcast news production team; Michael Gregg, third for website design team; and Tyler Mitchell, third for website design team. Third row: Chris Morale, fifth for graphic design promotion; JonPaul Lavoie, second for extemporaneous speech and third for broadcast news production team; Therman Gross, eighth for graphic design promotion; and Donovan Simeral, third for website design team. Back: Lewis; Hall; Maguschak; and Ryan Morale, second for presentation management. Not pictured are Corbyn Behrendt, third for video production team and Mara Burress, second for prepared speech and third for broadcast news production team. 

Transition Night Set for March 27
Posted 2/15/2019 at 9:54:58 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Special needs students in Jefferson County and their families are invited to take part in Transition Night activities next month to learn how they can successfully progress in society.

   The event is slated for March 27 from 5-7 p.m. in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School cafeteria and will feature agencies and resources under one roof to help students on individualized educational plans (IEPs) as they move toward adulthood.

   “It is all about helping that transition from the educational environment into the real world, especially the working world,” said Transition to Work instructor Christina Henderson, who is organizing the festivities. “The main idea is to connect students and their families to resources that help them build successful lives after high school, and the purpose of a transition night is to deliver content and resources that are most likely going to benefit the students.”

    The evening will include a brief synopsis of transition and why it is so important to begin the process way before the pupil’s senior year. Parents and students will address the group while vendors may also speak about what they do and how their services can benefit the students. Henderson hopes word will spread about the event and attract more families around the county.

   “The key to this event’s success is the willingness for all of the schools to share information about it with their students,” she said. “We started this event because no matter where the students go to school, it is imperative that the conversation about transition into the real world for IEP students happen at least by age 14, if not sooner. Data has proven that the sooner an effective transition plan is made for the student and the sooner it is acted upon, the more successful they will be in the real world.

   “I encourage everyone that has a special needs child in their family to attend and get that important conversation going on what is best for the child and how to get there. We want to see our special needs population in our county be successful and happy when they leave the educational setting. We want to help with this process in any way possible and a Transition Night is a step in the right direction.”

    More agencies are expected to attend this time and returning organizations include State Support Team Region 12 (SST-12), West Virginia Northern Community College, Social Security Administration, Jeffco Services, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Ohio Means Jobs, New Castle School of Trades, Trinity Health Systems, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and Parent Advocates. For more information, contact Henderson at (740) 264-5545.

Health Tech Students Place at HOSA Contest
Posted 2/15/2019 at 9:53:04 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS HOSA Regional Contest winners

Health technologies students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School scored well during the regional Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) contest in Canton on Feb. 2. Those who placed within the top three now advance to the state competition in Columbus this spring. Pictured are, front from left, Alexis Cronin, who was third in medical assisting, and Izzie Pratko, who was first in CPR/First Aid. Back: Sam Shrock, first in CPR/First Aid; Kloe Olivio, third in nurse assisting; and Leah Pennington and Zanea Vanhorn, first for EMT.

Spotlight on Skills Winners Named
Posted 2/15/2019 at 9:50:01 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students tested their knowledge during the Spotlight on Skills competition in January.

   Students in both academics and lab programs participated in events throughout the day on Jan. 24 that were judged by community business members, while each school program with a student organization had pupils compete for a chance to attend regional competitions. Among the latter were SkillsUSA, which includes about 80 percent of the students; the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA); Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Business Professionals of America (BPA); and the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Officials said the technical trade skills portion focused on hands-on knowledge and the leadership segment reviewed softer skills from CPR/First Aid to job interviews.

   Gold, silver and bronze awards were distributed on Jan. 25 and top finishers move on to regional competitions during February through April. They included the following:

--John Hojonski, first; Daniel Sammut, second; and Christopher Young, third, for Ag mechanics;

--Emily Bickerstaff, first; Alana McGonagle, second; and Ben Horkulic, third, automotive collision repair;

--Julia Rura, first; Logan Gump, second; and Bret Schulte, third, automotive refinishing;

--Jared Findlay, first; Nathaniel Hoover, second; and Jacob Clark, third, automotive service;

--Brooke Edwards-Miles, first; Jasmine West, second; and Ryan Maple, third, basic health care skills;

--William Heckert, first; Aidan Sammut, second; and Noah Hanlin, third, carpentry;

--Frankie Kelleher, first; Megan Bickerstaff, second; and Jacalynn Zrinyi, third, CDE junior veterinary science;

--Haley Sorg, first; Alison Lynn, second; and Autumn Nile, third, CDE senior veterinary science;

--Aine O’Neil, first; Sarah Gonzalez, second; and Bailey Jarman, third, cosmetology;

--Kijona Clark, Fara Johnson and Janiah Mosley (Team 1), first, crime scene team;

--Jeff Fogle, first, for criminal justice;

--Damar Jackson, first; Daylynn Anderson, second; and Dashel Mumaw, third, culinary arts;

--Maya Floyd, Jon-Paul Lavoie and Donovan Simeral (Team 1), first; Sierra Beckett, Jasmine Birtel, Therman Gross and Ryan Morale, (Team 5), second; and Lane Adkins, Evan Jones, Carlie Marcum and Hunter Sox (Team 4), third, digital media promotion team;

--Brooke Mitchell, first, early childhood education;

--Morgan Smith, first; Logan Hanchin, second; and Drake Ferrell, third, electrical construction wiring;

--Maysha Mullins and Abbi Smith (Team 1), second, and Amber Anderson and Tressa Howard (Team 2), third, event planning team;

--Kory Pethel, third, extemporaneous speaking;

--Cheyenne Bryan, first; Meghan Stackhouse, second; and Courtney Jones, third, First Aid/CPR;

--Leah Pennington, Jaiden Plunkett, Azrielle Pratko, Abigail Saffell and Sam Shrock, first, Health Knowledge Bowl team;

--Jack Reese, first, health occupations professional portfolio;

--Joe Shook, second, and Jonathan Stead, third, industrial motor control;

--Jason Klein, first; Treyvon Britton, second; and Hunter Brown, third, information technologies services;

--Jayda McQuiston, first; and Regina McCann, second, interpersonal communication;

--Brianna Sheets and Nathan Zink, first (tie); Dwight Morris, second; and James Strachan, third, job interview;

--Chris Hunt, first; Angela Talbott, second; and Tommy Hunt, third, job interview TTW;

--Catalina Mazzaferro, first; Zoey Young, second; and Miranda Miller, third, job skills demonstration A;

--Hanna Mitchell, first, junior curriculum unit;

--Gracie Wade, first; Carly King, second; and Mandy Merideth, third, junior language and literacy;

--Kayla Habbit and Brianna Sheets, first, lesson prep team;

--Sasha Mitchell, third, life planning event;

--Kylie Law, first; Aaliyah Arnold, second; and Alyson Fetty, third, medical assisting;

--Jacob Lockhart, first, medical math;

--Hannah Meeker, second, and Rylee Faulkner, third, medical terminology;

--Kloe Olivo, first; Zanea Van Horn, second; and Haley Moore, third, nurse assisting;

--Hannah Armstrong, Honesti Blair, Kaleb Briganti and Cassandra Reed (Team 1), first, occupational health and safety team;

--Dominque Delucca, first, and Hunter Klinesmith, second, related technical math;

--Elijah Fox, first, school store TTW 1;

--Kayla Habbit, first, and Natasha Fedorka, second, senior curriculum unit;

--Brooke Mitchell, first; Emily Manley, second; and Greg Kelley, third, senior language and literacy;

--Brandon Stokely, first; Tyler Fulmer, second; and Naz Hawkins, third, telecommunications cabling;

--Dalton Sindeldecker, first; Blake Eisnaugle, second; and Dominick Flenniken, third, welding;

--Lance McAfoose, Frank Perrino and Brock Sanders (Team 2), first, and Seth Hanlin, Jack Nutter and Austin White (Team 1), second, welding fabrication team.

   BPA students attended their regional contest on Jan. 23, where William Lewis and Judge Hall respectively finished first in computer modeling and extemporaneous speech and Mike Maguschak was second in digital media production. They now advance to the state competition in Columbus March 14-15. Other participants included Chris Morale, Hunter Sox and Therman Gross, who respectively finished fifth, sixth, and eighth in graphic design promotion; Sierra Beckett, Corbyn Behrendt, Misty Davis and Carlie Marcum, who were third in the video production team category; Michael Gregg, Tyler Mitchell and Donovan Simeral, who were third for web site design team; Mara Burress, Jon-Paul Lavoie and Robert Zimmerman, who were third for broadcast news production team; Jasmine Birtel, who was second with Lane Adkins at third in interview skills; Jon-Paul Lavoie, who was second with Logan Schrader at seventh in extemporaneous speech; and Mara Burress, who placed second in prepared speech and Ryan Morale, who was second in presentation management individual.

  First-place students in the HOSA organization traveled to New Canton South High School on Feb. 2 and Sam Shrock and Izzie Pratko took first for CPR/First Aid; Zanea Vanhorn and Leah Pennington placed first for EMT; Alexis Cronin was third in medical assisting; and Kloe Olivio placed third in nurse assisting. SkillsUSA students will head to their regional competition on Feb. 23 at the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia and FCCLA and FFA students will advance to competitions around March and April.

Electrical Students Learn Life-Saving Skills
Posted 2/15/2019 at 9:44:50 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Electrical Trades Frist Aid

Electrical students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School learned life-saving skills with early childhood education instructor and EMT Becky Kelley to earn their CPR/First Aid certification through the American Heart Association plus credentials toward graduation. Junior Josh Gaumer is pictured wrapping the arm of senior James Strachan during the training session.

Welding Program Adds Augmented Reality Equipment
Posted 2/15/2019 at 9:39:34 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Welding Augmented Reality

BLOOMINGDALE-The welding program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has gone futuristic by adding augmented reality equipment to mimic working with actual tools.

   Instructor Todd Parker said the Miller AugmentedArc technology was added in December and his 38 students are getting some practice for real work in the lab. Unlike virtual reality, which is much more immersive, augmented reality superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world to provide a composite perspective. Parker said students don special helmets and view simulations of materials known as coupons to practice their welding skills.

   “The goal is to use it to introduce new procedures and processes and save on materials and consumables,” he explained. “The type of technology is augmented reality, so when you are in a classroom you are viewing a superimposed image. It’s very similar technology to virtual reality, but the students never get the idea they are in the classroom.”

   Parker said it would greatly benefit both beginning and advanced students because they hone their hand-eye coordination and are better prepared to weld with real materials. For the latter group, it helps by providing a pipe simulation to aid their more intricate work.

   “They learn a repeatable task without wasting material and can see the superimposed steel or various materials and [the equipment] can be set for various processes.”

   He continued that students practice between one and 1 ½ hours before they begin their normal schedule, but they must attain a minimum score within the 90 percentile on the classroom simulator before they can work on projects in the welding lab. The equipment is also useful for demonstrations during events such as eighth-grade visits and sophomore tours, plus students who have been absent can catch up on their schoolwork.

   “We can offer advanced skills to advanced students without breaking the budget,” Parker said, adding that it saves hundreds of dollars on materials in the process. “We invested in it to be more fiscally responsible to the taxpayers as we educate the students.”

(Photo Cutline: Welding students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have some high-tech tools to practice their skills in the classroom. Miller AugmentedArc equipment simulates welds and helps students hone their hand-eye coordination before performing tasks on actual steel and other materials in their program lab.)

JVS Graduate is Helping Others Heal
Posted 2/11/2019 at 11:42:09 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS JOnahtan Cortez

BLOOMINGDALE-Jonathan Cortez is helping others heal as a registered nurse, and he prepared for his duties at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   In observance of Career and Technical Education Month during February, JVS alumni are sharing their experiences in their own words. CTE Month celebrates the value of CTE and the accomplishments of such programs across the country.

   Cortez, a Hopedale resident, graduated from Indian Creek High School and earned his degree from Trinity Health System School of Nursing, the latter of which is ranked second as the top Ohio nursing program and earned a 100-percent NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2017-18. In addition, Cortez is active on the Hopedale Village Council. He attended JCJVS from 2013-15 as a student in the health technologies program, graduating with honors from the National Technical Honor Society through the JVS’s local chapter. Cortez said the school helped him get a jumpstart on his career.

   “Thanks to the JVS, I graduated high school with an STNA license and started working in the Trinity ER after graduation in June of 2015 as a nurse’s aide,” he said, adding that he also gained certification as an EKG technician while at JCJVS and performed two roles at Trinity. “I also did this at the Trinity Heart Center and did both jobs while attending nursing school. In October of 2018, I started working as an RN in the ER at Trinity and am currently enjoying an exciting new role in the ER, going from nurse aide to a new graduate RN.”

   Cortez added that JCJVS prepared him for the basics of healthcare, from infection control to Basic Life Support.

   “There was so much to learn and I was very ahead of the game when I started into nursing school, plus the rigorous course in the health tech program gave me an idea of how stressful a nursing program could get. Looking back in nursing school, I would silently thank [health tech instructor] Tammy Sismondo for pushing me in her class; I was used to the pace of nursing school and today I cannot imagine how I would have graduated from nursing school had I not gone through the JVS.”

    He noted that he enjoyed his learning experience and could prepare for a career path right after graduation.

   “I’d like to think that I was able to shape my own foundation as to what I wanted to be when I graduated and went into the real world, plus they let us get a small taste of how the real world is set up. They gave us a trial run in what being an adult was like, but without the very harsh consequences of actually doing it. I can thank my government teacher at JVS, Casey Magyar, for teaching us how to balance a checkbook and writing a check,” Cortez continued, adding that it was a great place to learn.

   “I would without a doubt recommend the JVS to any teen today if they wanted to learn a trade or do what I did. The benefits and certifications available through the JVS are second to none, plus if you genuinely tried at that school, you have good people there to reference you when applying for a job. To teens wanting to go to the JVS, be serious about going there and remember it is a privilege to be there, and it pays off if you think ahead to the future,” he concluded. “Lastly, I would want to add to the public to not underestimate how good trade schools are. I went through it and went to college, and now I have a career where I have the power to care for society when I see them at their worst, to help them get back to their best. Vocational school graduates can and do go to college and a vocational school just gets the ball rolling so we have a full head of steam in the workforce.”

   JCJVS currently offers 15 programs including auto collision, auto service, carpentry, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, welding, transition to work and small animal sciences with HVAC to return in the fall. For more information, contact the school at (740) 264-5545.

JVS Grad’s Experience Helped Shaped His Future
Posted 2/5/2019 at 10:14:10 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Dailey

BLOOMINGDALE-For Jefferson County Joint Vocational School graduate Justin Dailey, his experience as a student helped shape his future.

   In observance of Career and Technical Education Month during February, JCJVS is highlighting graduates who have charted their own course by using the tools they gained at the Bloomingdale site. CTE Month celebrates the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of such programs across the country.

   Dailey, of Wintersville, attended JCJVS from 2013-15 as a student in the welding program. The Indian Creek High School alum graduated in 2015 and credited the education he gained with instructors Roger Hilty and Todd Parker.

   “The welding program at Jefferson County JVS did lead me to my current career. After graduation in 2015, I joined the Ironworkers Local Union 549 in Wheeling, W.Va. I feel that the JVS prepared me to succeed in my profession,” he said. “I have been with the Ironworkers Local Union for four years and have traveled all over the Tri-State Area for employment. I have also competed in several competitions in the United States to represent the union.”

   Dailey has gained such accolades as first place in the Great Lakes District Council Apprentice Competition in Detroit, Mich., and was in the Top 30 during the International Apprentice Competition in Minnesota. He recently became an instructor for the local union and is currently working to become a certified welding inspector (CWI). He attributed his success to his education at JCJVS.

 

   “Mr. Hilty and Mr. Parker would go above and beyond to make sure that you are prepared to go out into the workforce,” he added. “I was able to obtain several certifications prior to my graduation that also helped me obtain employment. I believe that Mr. Hilty and Mr. Parker shared their passion of welding with you and made you excited to learn,” Dailey continued. “What I really liked about the JVS was that mostly everything was hands-on. I was able to read about it and then actually do it, and being hands-on helped me to become eager to learn as much as I could about welding.

   “I would highly recommend the JVS to anyone. The instructors love what they do and will work with you to make sure that you are successful. If you are unsure about which career path you would like to pursue, attend an open house. At the open house, you are able to learn about the different programs and meet current students as well as the instructors.” 

    JCJVS currently offers 15 programs including auto collision, auto service, carpentry, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, welding, transition to work and small animal sciences with HVAC to return in the fall. For more information, contact the school at (740) 264-5545.

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School graduate Justin Dailey is scaling new heights as a certified welder and instructor with the Ironworkers Local Union No. 549. The Wintersville resident said the experience he gained at the school helped shape his future in the profession.)

First Aid Training
Posted 2/5/2019 at 10:09:41 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
AST First Aid

Automotive service technology students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School learned some life-saving techniques after training with criminal justice instructor Jamie Freeman to obtain First Aid/CPR certification. Students watched a training video and worked with mannequins and Automated External Defibrillators as part of their lesson. Pictured are, from left, juniors Logan Charnock and Jacob Clark as they practice with their mannequins.

JVS Students Visit DC
Posted 2/5/2019 at 10:05:19 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SkillsUSA Ohio DC

BLOOMINGDALE-Three Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students represented Ohio SkillsUSA by attending a leadership institute in Washington, D.C.

   Senior Michael Banovsky and juniors Allyson Burkett and Donte’ Grinstead traveled to the nation’s capital on Jan. 20-25 for the annual Ohio SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training Institute, where they joined about 40 representatives from around the state. While there, they took part in leadership training sessions, met legislative officials and toured Washington’s many landmarks and museums. 

   Banovsky, a small animal science student at JVS, serves as a state SkillsUSA officer and made his return to the capital after first attending last year as a regional officer. This time, he worked with regional officers from around the state such as Burkett and Grinstead, who were recently elected to represent the organization’s southeast regional office. He was excited about the opportunity and said his participation in SkillsUSA has made a major difference in his life.

   “We stayed in Frederick, Md., and visited the Frederick County Technical Center to see how they do SkillsUSA,” he said. “We also went to the SkillsUSA National Headquarters and four people got to participate in a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery and we watched the changing of the guard. We also went on a night monument tour.”

   Banovsky added that he was among a group who visited with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-Ohio) legislative aide and shared how SkillsUSA impacted his life, in addition to the importance of Perkins funding for education. As a state officer, Banovsky also helped train regional officers to prepare for regional competitions, including the southeast regional event on Feb. 23. He said SkillsUSA has proven vital to bolstering his confidence and he was happy to take part.

   “It’s amazing because I have become so much more confidence and it pushes me to do what I want to do,” Banovsky continued. “It’s helped me realize what I want to do with my life. It’s amazing to help other students see how this has helped me become the leader I am today. I think this is a great organization that everyone should know about.”

   He said students who take a classified career tech class in high school or home school could also join.

   Burkett, a health technologies student, said it was a great learning experience and she also befriended many other officers from throughout Ohio. Her group went to SkillsUSA’s national headquarters and made stops at the Holocaust Museum, World War II Memorial, Arlington Cemetery and Lincoln Memorial, plus they met with legislative representatives and toured the Capitol Building.

   “We had meetings [with legislative officials] and talked about why our schools are important and how they apply to the world and Ohio. It was a really good trip and I met a lot of good people,” Burkett commented. “I made a lot of friends and we are really close now.”

    Grinstead, who participates in the automotive service technology program at JCJVS, said his experience has honed his leadership skills.

    “My leadership skills have been boosted through the roof and I can be much more professional in a professional environment,” he said, adding that he visited the Holocaust Museum, the Vietnam Memorial and other sites and he enjoyed going to Washington.

  “I had a wonderful time. If I could do it again, I would.”

   The Ohio Association of SkillsUSA is a career-technical student organization serving students in high school and college post-secondary industrial, engineering and health career training programs statewide. SkillsUSA is a national organization that partners students, teachers and industry representatives to ensure America has a skilled workforce and prepares them for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations, including health occupations.

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students Donte’ Grinstead and Allyson Burkett, southeast regional officers for Ohio SkillsUSA, joined fellow JVS student and state officer Michael Banovsky for the Ohio SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training Institute in Washington, D.C., last month. About 40 teens from across the state took part in leadership training sessions, met legislative officials and toured Washington’s many landmarks and museums during their visit.)

JVS Board Organizes for Year
Posted 1/18/2019 at 10:18:42 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS School Board Meeting

BLOOMINGDALE- The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education met to organize for 2019 and took action to operate the facility.

   Larry George, Barbara Cunningham and Randy Henry were re-appointed to the panel while George and Steve Bezak III remained in their respective posts as board president and vice president following elections. Officials then approved a variety of business from establishing the service fund to approving Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson as purchasing agent.

   During the subsequent regular meeting, the board was honored for School Board Recognition Month as Dr. Phillipson presented certificates from the Ohio School Board Association. Members also received JVS shirts and a meal catered by culinary arts students at the Crestview Inn Restaurant. The superintendent thanked the board for giving their time to improve educational opportunities for the students.

   “It is a privilege and an honor to work with the people on this board. You bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board and I appreciate that,” he commented. “You do deserve the recognition for what you do in serving Jefferson County and the students. Your interest is about the students, and that’s what education is all about.”

   Principal Dan Hartman then updated officials on testing and graduation news, as well as the upcoming Spotlight on Skills competition. Hartman said students were completing online testing and students have scored well on exams. He added that the state permitted two more years of options for graduation and officials were making sure students met requirements.

   “Spotlight on Skills is set for next Thursday. Our program teachers as well as academic teachers are working hard to make sure the students are prepared,” he continued, saying community representatives were also being sought to judge the various categories and top placers will move on to the regional SkillsUSA competition in February.

   In other action, the board:

--Appointed George to serve as a delegate with Kim Mark as alternate at the annual business meeting of the OSBA Capital Conference;

--Discussed correspondence from former student Chris Flohr, who thanked officials for his time at the school and said it was a valuable experience;

--Approved Robert Harris as a substitute teacher for electrical trades for the remainder of the school year;

--Approved a bilateral articulation agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College for Internet and Interactive Digital Media Design AAB; Infomration Technology ATS; AAS Welding Technology Program and Electro-Mechanical Engineering- Associate of Technical Studety for 2019-23 graduates;

--Approved an articulation agreement with Pittsburgh Technical College for the criminal justice program;

--Approved the registration of 10 culinary arts students, the instructor and a chaperone to attend the ProStart Culinary and Management Competition in Columbus on Feb. 22-24;

--Approved sending students to the regional SkillsUSA competition on Feb. 23 at Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia;

--Learned that activities were being set to observe Career Technical Education Month in February;

--Discussed a workshop on passing tax issues set for Jan. 15;

--Discussed fire inspections completed in December by Johnson Controls and Warren Fire Equipment, Inc.

(Photo Cutline: Members of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education were honored for School Board Recognition Month during the regular meeting on Jan 15. Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson presented officials with certificates from the Ohio School Board Association, JVS shirts and a dinner at the Crestview Inn that was catered by culinary arts students. Pictured are, front from left, Dr. Phillipson, Vice President Steve Bezak III, President Larry George, Barbara Cunningham and Ruth Ann Bruzzese. Back: Treasurer Karen Spoonemore, Randy Henry, William Hendricks, John Prokopakis, Barry Gullen and Kim Mark.)

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