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Criminal Justice Students Earn CPO Certification
Posted 5/22/2019 at 9:02:48 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Criminal Justice

Criminal justice students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are now certified protection officers after completing examinations. Pupils were credentialed through the International Foundation for Protection Officers, a non-profit organization based in Florida, and allows them to work in security. Pictured are, front from left, Courtney Jones, Mackenzie Wedlake and Jenna Reed. Back: Jeremiah Morris, Bryce Gaston, Paige Layman, Nathaniel Granatir and Blayke Malone.

ECE Students Gain Credentials
Posted 5/22/2019 at 8:59:37 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CDA Credentials

BLOOMINGDALE-Seven early childhood education students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have earned specialized credentials which will benefit them in the workforce.

   Seniors Brooke Mitchell, Abbi Smith, Maysha Mullins, Tressa Howard, Brianna Sheets, Greg Kelley, Amber Anderson, Kayla Habbit and Natasha Fedorka received a national Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and may now work with preschools in the U.S. and abroad under the program. ECE instructor Becky Kelley said the group spent months completing the many requirements, which included creating a portfolio and obtaining 480 hours of experience working with young children plus 120 hours of professional development in eight subject areas.

   “They had to complete resource collections and competency statements and build portfolios before they could take the test,” said Kelley. “We all had to be observed by a professional development specialist and then went to take the test.”

   The exam was taken at Belmont College and the credential is industry-recognized for early childhood education, while the students also earn 12 points towards graduation. This marks the third year that the ECE program has participated and it certainly will give the soon-to-be graduates an advantage should they work in education. As of now, Anderson, Mullins, Sheets and Fedorka plan to have careers in the field and Kelley said having a CDA makes them more employable.

   “I am very proud of them,” she said. “This is quite an accomplishment for high school seniors. They worked hard to achieve this goal.”

    Several of the students said it was a benefit whether or not they sought careers in the classroom.

   “I feel excited to have the opportunity to get my CDA and pass it,” said Mullins. “It makes me feel better to know that I have this to help in my future in teaching.”

 “I am proud of myself for getting my CDA. I feel accomplished that I passed the test and completed every part that I needed to,” added Mitchell. “Even though I am not going into teaching, I am still wanting to work with young children.”

   “I’m happy and it makes me feel good about myself,” Smith noted. “I am proud of myself for getting my CDA and it was a big accomplishment!”

(Photo Cutline: Seniors in the early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School gained Child Development Associates credentials, which will benefit them when working with preschool-aged children in the U.S. and abroad. Pictured are, from left, Greg Kelley, Abbi Smith, Maysha Mullins, Kayla Habbit, Brooke Mitchell, Tressa Howard and Amber Anderson. Not pictured are Natasha Fedorka and Brianna Sheets.)

JVS Students Certified on Forklifts
Posted 5/17/2019 at 1:09:33 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Students Certified

BLOOMINGDALE-Dozens of students in the carpentry, power mechanics, electrical and welding programs are now certified after completing safety training at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   Sixty-one juniors in seniors in the trade programs underwent the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-compliant forklift safety test to earn the certification, which will help those planning to operate forklifts and other industrial lift trucks. The process took three days and included safety training with a written exam provided by U.S. Forklift as well as and a maneuverability test where students were graded on their correct use of safety procedures. Chuck Layman, a former power mechanics student and current supervisor at H&K Equipment of Pittsburgh, supplied the forklifts for the activity.

   At the conclusion, the students received a certificate as well as a certification card to carry whenever they operated a forklift. The training counted for one credential point towards graduation and the certification also gives students an advantage when they enter the workforce. Some of the participants said they gained plenty of knowledge from the session.

   “They taught it in a way for us to easily understand, but it was still very comprehensive,” said Chris Young, a senior in the power mechanics program. “They also told us about our limitations when using the forklift such as how to use it and how not to use it.”

 Senior carpentry student Aidan Sammut said he learned a lot while senior electrical student Joe Shook commented that it was different from other trainings he has received.

   “It was a little difficult at first, like getting used to a new car, but after a while I got used to it,” Shook added.

   This was the first year for the forklift training and the JCJVS plans to provide OSHA-compliant aerial lift and man-lift trainings next year.

Culinary Students Trek to Cleveland
Posted 5/17/2019 at 11:22:26 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Culinary Arts Trip

Students in the culinary arts program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School traveled to Cleveland on May 9-10 to explore career paths. The group toured a meat packing plant where they learned about harvesting cattle and preparing meat for distribution, plus they visited the Sysco Cleveland warehouse to gain an understanding of its operations. Pictured are, from left, Erin Freed, Mekenna Johnikins, Sara Rager, Damar Jackson, Troy Huber, Brendan Frey, Sysco Vice President Howard Raber, culinary arts instructor Glen Zalenski and chaperone Dale Palmer.

Small Animal Science Students Visit Zoo
Posted 5/14/2019 at 12:47:39 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SAS Visits Columbus Zoo

Juniors and seniors in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School traveled to the Columbus Zoo on May 10, where they got a closer look at some of the facility’s furry and feathered tenants including a baby wallaby, clouded leopard cubs and a penguin. The group also toured the veterinary hospital and animal productions and had an opportunity to see where diagnostic and surgical procedures are done on zoo animals. 

JVS NTHS Inducts 35
Posted 5/8/2019 at 9:02:47 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS NTHS Induction

BLOOMINGDALE-Thirty-five new members were welcomed into the fold as the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School National Technical Honor Society held its induction ceremony on May 7.

 Family members and school representatives gathered in the commons area for the event, which featured a welcome by advisor Barb Pieniazek and comments from current members who highlighted the history of the NTHS and listed the eight attributes of knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership. The ceremony also included a candle lighting and recitation of the NTHS oath, followed by the presentation of new members.

   Among the inductees are Shayla Agin, Chris Aubrey-Biggie, Megan Bickerstaff, Allyson Burkett, Jared Findlay, Nathaniel Granatir, Salenna Hoover, Bailey Jarman, Jon-Paul Lavoie, Jacob Lockhart,, Catalina Mazzaferro, Nitara McDonald, Dashel Mumaw, Jaiden Plunkett, Daniel Sammut, Meghan Stackhouse, Torrie Winland, Zoey Young, Hannah Armstrong, Emily Bickerstaff, Gracie Blackburn, Nikita Ferrell, Cameron Garcia, Logan Hanchin, Damar Jackson, Farashae Johnson, William Lewis, Ryan Maple, Lance Jeffrey McAfoose, Brooke Mitchell, Autumn Nile, Abigail Saffell, Jessie Sands, Karen Strickler and Charles Wise. Current members include Michael Banovsky, Mara Burress, Natasha Fedorka, Jeff Fogle, Stephanie Kinney, Emily Manley, Anthony Perrino, Kiersten Reese, Brianna Sheets, Zanea Van Horn, Cheyenne Bryan, Brooke Edwards-Miles, Domenick Flenniken, Kayla Habbit, Alison Lynn, Haley Moore, Cassandra Reed, Aiden Sammut and Dalton Sindeldecker.

   A small reception with light refreshments immediately followed the event.

(Photo Cutline: Thirty-five new inductees were named to the National Technical Honor Society during a ceremony at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on May 7. Pictured is advisor Barb Pieniazek welcoming the latest members at the event, which was attended by family and school representatives.)

Mitchell Attending National FCCLA Contest
Posted 5/8/2019 at 8:58:38 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Mitchell FCCLA Nationals

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School student Brooke Mitchell is West Coast-bound this summer as she represents her school in a national competition.

   Mitchell, the daughter of Larry and Delena Mitchell of Hopedale and a senior in the early childhood education program at JCJVS, is the first to represent her school at the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., on June 29-July 4. FCCLA is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

   Mitchell and ECE instructor Becky Kelley will head to the National Convention Center where Mitchell will square off against teens from across the country, as well as attend workshops and other venues. She earned the opportunity after winning first place in the early childhood education category at the state FCCLA contest on April 25-26 in Columbus. Mitchell, who attends Harrison Central High School, gained the top spot after completing an assignment within an allotted timeframe.

   “I had to create a portfolio, add my certifications and have five lesson plans with kids in the class [to take to states],” she explained of her initial preparation, saying she designed lessons from math and science to art and literacy and worked with the preschoolers she tends to in Kelley’s program at JCJVS. “I had 20 minutes to make a lesson plan and had a certain age group to work with, and the topic was math. Once I was done, I presented it to the judges.”

      Not only did she succeed with her lesson plan, but she also scored a 99 out of 100 from judges on her Rubric. She faced off against 10 others in her category, six of whom received gold medals, but only the top two contestants advanced to the event in Anaheim. She earned a trophy for the career development event and now looks ahead to the nationals with a mixture of pride and nerves.

   “I was very proud,” she added. “I’m the first one for early childhood to go to the nationals. I’m excited and nervous because someone from every state will go.”

   But she said Kelley’s encouragement and the lessons she’s learned in the ECE program have helped prepare her for what is to come.

 “Creating lesson plans is hard, but doing lessons with the kids [at the preschool] for the past two years has made it easier.”

   While in California, she and Kelley also plan to tour Los Angeles and maybe have some fun at Disneyland. Kelley was equally proud of her pupil and said it was a milestone for the school program.

   “This is the first time I’ve had a national qualifier and we’ve been competing for seven years. I couldn’t be happier. It’s exciting,” Kelley noted.

   She added that anyone who would like to donate to assist Mitchell with trip expenses may send a check in care of Jefferson County Joint Vocational School with FCCLA on the memo line. Donations may be sent to the JVS at 1509 County Highway 22A, Bloomingdale, Ohio, 43910.

   Meanwhile, Mitchell hopes to work with children in a different capacity in the future. Upon graduation, she plans to study exercise science and pre-physical therapy at the University of Akron and eventually earn a doctorate. Mitchell wants to become a physical therapist and either assist kids in children’s hospitals or schools.

(Photo Cutline: Brooke Mitchell, a senior in the early childhood education program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, will head to Anaheim, Calif., this summer for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference in June. The Hopedale resident earned first place in the state competition in April and is the first in her program to go to the nationals.)

Student Places Second at State Welding Contest
Posted 4/30/2019 at 9:24:45 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Sindeldecker Second at State SkillsUSA Contest

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School welding student Dalton Sindeldecker put his abilities to work and earned a high score during a recent state contest.

   Sindeldecker, a senior in the JVS welding program, placed second during the Ohio SkillsUSA competition at the Downtown Columbus Convention Center on April 16-17. More than 6,000 students from across the state took part in the overall event and Sindeldecker was among 25 contestants competing within his category. He completed a five-hour test using various gas metal arc welding process such as metal inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), flux-cored and Oxy-fuel and was judged by experts from the likes of Lincoln Electric and ESAB welding equipment company.

   “It was rewarding,” he added. “The hard work definitely paid off.”

   Sindeldecker, a Rayland resident and student at Indian Creek High School, plans to attend an apprenticeship through the United Association Local 495 Plumbers and Pipefitters in Cambridge upon his graduation. He said he learned a lot from his time at JVS and plans to utilize that knowledge as he enters his career path.

   “I definitely learned a lot between my junior and senior year. You take a reality check on your welding and figure out the concept of it and become more detail-oriented. My skills have grown.”

    Instructor Todd Parker said Sindeldecker was an excellent student and he wished him well in his future endeavors.

   “He’s been a huge complement to our program and it’s easy to work with somebody that’s hungry to learn,” Parker concluded.

(Photo Cutline: Dalton Sindeldecker, a senior welding student at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, earned second place during the Ohio SkillsUSA competition in Columbus on April 16-17. Sindeldecker, a student at Indian Creek High School, was among 25 contestants in that category and said his time at the JVS helped prepare him for the event and his future.)

Biannual Blood Drive Set at JVS
Posted 4/30/2019 at 9:11:06 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-The health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is joining forces once again with the American Red Cross for a biannual blood drive on May 15.

   The event will be held in the health tech lab from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and students will man various stations from registration to the canteen while Red Cross medical personnel will oversee the blood collection. Tammy Sismondo, health tech instructor, said 43 viable units were collected during the previous campaign in December and a similar goal has been set for the upcoming drive.

   Registered and walk-in donations will be accepted from school and community members while donors must provide a photo ID. Additionally, those aged 18 and under have to meet requirements and a student must be at least 4 feet 10 inches in height and weigh 146 pounds to take part. About 40-60 people have contributed in the past and the Red Cross provides scholarships for $250 to $500 based upon student participation.

   To register, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and enter JVS.

JVS Students Earn Private Security Certification
Posted 4/30/2019 at 9:08:11 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CJ Private Security Certification

Juniors in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School received Ohio Peace Officer Training Private Security certification after completing a 124-hour course and subsequent exam. Students tested in Ridgefield in February and toured the Bureau of Criminal Investigations afterward. Pictured with their certificates are, front from left, Faith Cook, Paige Layman, Mackenzie Wedlake and Jenna Reed. Back: Blayke Malone, Jeremiah Morris, Bryce Gaston and Nate Granitir while Farashae Johnson is absent from the photo.

Students Gain Boating Certification
Posted 4/30/2019 at 8:59:11 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CJ Boating Certification

Juniors in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School underwent boating certification training with officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on April 26. Officers Andrew Gatto and Brian Stamp reviewed regulations during the lesson and five students received their licenses to operate a watercraft. They include, front from left, Mackenzie Wedlake and Paige Layman. Back: Blayke Malone, Bryce Gaston and Nate Granitir.

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.





   “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.


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]

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.)

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