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Levy Passage Sustains JVS Building, Operations
Posted 11/15/2019 at 12:15:24 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-The recent passage of the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s 1-mill renewal levy will help sustain programs and the site itself.

   Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson said he was thrilled with voters’ 70-percent approval rating during the Nov. 5 general election and it will continue to benefit students and the community alike.  The seven-year measure will generate about $1.4 million annually and will be collected starting in 2021.

   “I’m really pleased with the results of the election and the fantastic support of the levy that will provide great programs for students and also the ability to maintain the quality of the facility,” he said. 

   The levy, which was first passed in 2013, will support ongoing improvements to the 40-year-old structure along County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale and add more equipment to the facility and its programs. Prior levy funds have been used for similar upgrades, the largest being an estimated $3 million roof replacement project. Other acquisitions include a CNC lathe for the carpentry lab, robotic simulators for welding, a simulator for health technologies, a new playground for early childhood education and a small animal science lab. Officials also repainted the welding lab and added new lockers, updated fencing and gates and upgraded security cameras, plus they and want to improve at least one lab each summer.

   “We are going to continue upgrading the parking lot facility and painting the labs on a yearly basis,” Dr. Phillipson continued. “We will also improve any security measures we believe will be a benefit to the safety of everyone here.”

   JCJVS students typically hail from Buckeye Local, Edison, Indian Creek, Steubenville, Toronto and Harrison Hills and about 390 juniors and seniors are currently enrolled and receive training and credentials which give them an advantage in the workforce. In addition to academic classes, the vocational school offers 15 programs including auto collision, auto service tech, carpentry, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health tech, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science, Transition to Work and welding while adult evening classes are also held on the premises.

Leapin’ Lizards
Posted 11/15/2019 at 12:13:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SAS Lizard

Students in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School made a scaly friend in Carlos, a five-month-old bearded dragon as part of their studies on reptiles and amphibians. Carlos visited the site with his owner, Alijah Camp, who is a senior in the program, and they are pictured with fellow classmate Amber Riley at right.

Multimedia Students Market School, Community
Posted 11/15/2019 at 12:10:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS MAD Marketing

BLOOMINGDALE-Multimedia and design students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are putting their skills to good use by marketing the school and community groups.

   Instructor Cody LaRue said his 33 students have busily created recreational videos, posters, business cards, logos, graphic designs for websites and other creations for the likes of Saline Township EMS, Country Pantry Candles, Celebrations, the Jefferson County Health Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, to name but a few. Among more recent accomplishments were the annual design of billboards and commercials advertising JCJVS in collaboration with EM-Media Inc. The billboards are on display throughout the county and commercials frequently air on local TV stations. At the conclusion, they will compile their experiences into portfolios to help them seek gainful employment in the future.

   LaRue said his pupils are being exposed to working in the real world and learning the tools of the trade. While his 11 seniors primarily do the work, his 22 juniors offer assistance with the projects.

   “We designed shirts for the sophomore tours. The students drew a mascot and I turned it into a T-shirt design. A lot of outside companies have also asked us for logos, pictures and posts for their website,” he added. “They are a professional quality because the companies will be using them. We are focusing on the marketing aspect and putting meaning behind the designs—everything with a purpose.”

    Students are using modern technology such as iPads recommended by professional artists, many of which serve on LaRue’s advisory committee, to learn how to do more retro-type art digitally and they are also becoming knowledgeable of current design trends including grime art styles to manipulate pictures.

   “We’re experimenting with new technology and trying to figure out how to adapt to that,” he added. “I want them to do professional designs and also have fun creatively expressing themselves.”

  Seniors are also creating 3-D animation YouTube Crash Course tutorials while original T-shirt and hoodie designs are available on the program’s online apparel store at www.storefrontier.com/JVS-Multimedia-and-Design. Some of the students who plan to have careers in the field said they have gained plenty of experience working with the program.

   “It’s enjoyable. We get to show our skills and it also gives us a lot of challenges,” said senior Ryan Morale, who plans to study film production at Pittsburgh Technical College after graduation. “This class is really fun and pushes us to be better at what we’re doing. I believe that I can set us apart from other programs.”

   Senior Lane Adkins, who hopes to study multimedia at the Cleveland Institute of Art, agreed, adding, “This lab pushes you to do your best. Here, we give it everything we have and it increase the knowledge you have with media and makes you better than you were before. It’s like working a normal job and there are people who help [each other]. Being in this lab is different because you do video, photography and voice work. It’s just amazing to me that you can learn it all.”

    For more information about the program or potential projects, contact LaRue at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 311, or email laruec@jeffjvs.org.

(Photo Cutline: Thurman Gross, a senior in the multimedia and design program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, creates animation for his project and learning the latest tools and technology of the trade. Students are gaining some real-world experience by crafting marketing projects for the school and community businesses and organizations including logos to website graphics.)

Eighth Graders Learn about Career Options
Posted 11/5/2019 at 10:22:30 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Eigth Grade Tour

BLOOMINGDALE-Middle school students are learning all about career options for their future during the annual Eighth Grade Tour at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   More than 120 students from Buckeye Local Jr. High School visited program labs on Monday with another 400 on hand throughout the week from Toronto, Steubenville and Indian Creek. The tours give students a chance to learn about career exploration by viewing such programs as auto collision, auto service technology, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science and welding. JVS students and faculty also assist them in the labs and discuss options for going to college and joining the workforce.

   Guidance Counselor Shelley Henderson said the purpose of the tour was to enlighten middle school students about the many choices they have and ways they could attain their personal goals.

   “The point is for them to be exposed to different careers, so when they go to high school they have a chosen career path,” she said. “The teachers talk to them about career options and different industrial credentials they need to obtain for the job market.”

    She added that junior JVS students guided the tours and also gained some experience in public speaking as they promoted their respective programs. Several BLJHS pupils said they gained some ideas about potential professions.

   “I like carpentry,” said eighth grader Brayden Neer. 

   “I like the car painting,” added classmate Andrew Worwa, referring to the auto collision tech program onsite.

   “I liked [small animal science],” said student Brooke Petrella. “I liked the dog grooming.”

   Classmates Isaac Evans and Abby Powell noted their interest in multimedia and design and health, respectively, while others were intrigued by the fields of criminal justice, power mechanics, cosmetology and welding.

   Principal Dan Hartman said the visit was going well and he anticipated upwards of 500 students to take part by week’s end. In addition, the JVS is gearing up for Sophomore Days on Nov. 19-20, where 400-500 area high school students will also view the 15 programs. JVS students will man tables in the commons while sophomores stop in the individual labs to watch demonstrations and get some hands-on instruction.

(Photo Cutline: More than 100 Buckeye Local Jr. High School students took part in the annual Eighth Grade Tour at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Nov. 4 to learn about career exploration and options for their future. Students got a chance to view the site’s 15 program labs and hear from teachers and JVS pupils about preparing for careers. Pictured is eighth grader Andrew Worwa meeting a furry friend during a visit to the small animal science lab’s dog grooming service.)

JVS Visits Set for November
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:50:39 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Local middle and high school students will learn about career opportunities during an upcoming visit to the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   The JVS will hold its annual Eighth Grade Tours on Nov. 4, 5, 7 and 8 and Sophomore Days on Nov. 19-20. Students from Buckeye Local to Toronto will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a different school attending each day to and view the site’s 15 programs and gain an understanding about potential careers. 

   About 100 eighth graders have taken tours in the past to learn about career exploration. Participants will get a closer look at such programs as auto collision, auto service technology, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science and welding. JVS students and faculty will also assist them in the labs and share options for going to college to joining the workforce.

   “They will tour all of the labs, do hands-on activities and get exposed to different career options,” said guidance counselor Shellie Henderson. 

   Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson said the visits were a great way for youth to learn about the vocational school and consider future career paths.

   “The tours are an outstanding opportunity for the eighth graders to learn about careers and see outstanding labs with career exploration opportunities that they cannot receive anywhere else in the county,” he commented.

   Meanwhile, Sophomore Days has drawn about 450-500 students from area school districts. At that time, current JVS students will man tables in the commons while sophomores make stops in the individual labs to watch demonstrations and get some hands-on instruction. Lunch and more tours follow before the groups depart for their home schools.

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

Looking Doggone Good
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:27:09 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Dog Grooming

Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students, pictured from left, Jackie Zrinyi, Daytona Westfall and Hannah McCain, give Zrinyi's four-legged friend, Geno, a makeover through the small animal science program's dog grooming service. The student-run service is offered on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment and pets may be dropped off at 8 a.m. and retrieved at 2 p.m. at the school along County Highway 22 A in Bloomingdale. Students provide shampooing to nail clipping and the cost is $20 for small canines and $25 for large dogs. For more information, contact the school at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 428, and leave a message.

Criminal Justice Training
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:23:34 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Criminal Justice

Criminal justice students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School underwent 40-hour private security training in subject control with Officer John Sowers of the Steubenville Police Department. Pictured during the training are, from left, juniors Damein Ball, Sarah Martin, Cody Hallenbaugh, Hu Monni McShan, J.J. Unrein and Josie Goodlan.

A Lesson in Style
Posted 10/25/2019 at 1:21:02 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Cosmo Lesson

Aine O’Neil, a 2019 Jefferson County Joint Vocational School graduate and cosmetologist at Legal Hair & Day Spa of Steubenville, returned to share styling tips and demonstrate up-do techniques with current students in the school’s cosmetology program.

Cosmetology Students View Hair Show
Posted 10/22/2019 at 12:39:08 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Cosmo Hair

Eleven senior cosmetology students from Jefferson County Joint Vocational School visited the annual Premiere Hair Show on Oct. 7 at the Columbus Convention Center to learn new trends in the hairdressing industry. Among those pictured are Miranda Miller, Torrie Winland, Shayla Agin, Lydia Hague, Arianna D’Ambra, Leeza Mihalyo, Kendra Kessler, Zoey Young, Carly Hay and Karen Striker.

Students Attend FCCLA Fall Conference
Posted 10/22/2019 at 12:36:30 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS FCCLA Fall Leadership

BLOOMINGDALE-Three Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students learned about leadership and teamwork while attending the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fall Leadership Conference on Oct. 14-15.

   Senior Hannah Mitchell and juniors Holly Campos and Zoe Shupp, who are all students in the early childhood education program, were among nearly 300 people who took part in the annual event at the Heartland Conference Retreat Center in Marengo, Ohio. They were joined by ECE instructor Becky Kelley and aide Deanna Hines and participated in meetings and activities meant to heighten awareness of responsibilities.

   Mitchell said she learned the “five-finger rule” when it comes to leadership: Be positive, don’t blame, stand tall, be committed and always help the little guy out.

   “I liked it all,” she added, saying she also attended last year’s event.

   Campos said she learned a lot about the FCCLA and her interest has grown in the student organization.

   “We did a lot of group activities and learned how to look out for each other,” she added. “We learned a lot about the FCCLA and how to do projects. My favorite part was the FCCLA meetings and the 1.6-mile run. I’d definitely [go to the conference] again.”

   “I liked the night hike and learned a lot about responsibility,” added Shupp.

   In addition, the students learned how to work with the community and are currently planning a service project. One idea is to invite an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper to speak at the school about safe driving.

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students Hannah Mitchell, Zoe Shupp and Holly Campos attended the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fall Leadership Conference on Oct. 14-15 and learned about leadership, teamwork and responsibility. They plan to apply their newly found knowledge to a community service project about safety.)

Let There Be Light
Posted 10/18/2019 at 10:03:30 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Let there be light

George Crim and Trevor Thompson, juniors in the electrical trades program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, upgrade snowflake decorations with more energy-efficient LED lights for the Village of Amsterdam. Instructor Buddy Davis said nearly a dozen lights will be updated to benefit the town and the JVS program has completed projects for other communities in the past.

JVS to Host Weld Nite
Posted 10/18/2019 at 10:00:53 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will be the site of Weld Nite on Oct. 24.

   The session, which is offered through the American Welding Society, will be held from 6-8 p.m. and welding students and business representatives are invited to participate but need not be AWS members. Participants are also asked to bring their personal protective equipment (PPE) and welding hood to the event. Todd Parker, JVS welding instructor and secretary for the AWS Wheeling Section 186, District No. 7, said the topic will be shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) aluminum and proper techniques to apply strong, dense and porosity-free welds in production and maintenance applications.

 “Blue Demon Welding Products is donating filler material for us to use and we do the SMAW welding aluminum process. It’s something not a lot of people get to do,” Parker said. “This is also a place for fellowship, sharing ideas and networking.

   He said 30-60 people have attended previous events and Blue Demon, which is also sponsoring the event, will raffle off a BlueArc 90 STI Inverter Stick/TIG Welder machine valued at $200. Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds will benefit a local cause.

   For more information, contact Parker at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 503, or email him at parkert@jeffjvs.org.

Adding Some Color
Posted 10/18/2019 at 9:58:59 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Adding Some Color

Lance Gump, a senior in the auto collision program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, hones his skills by refinishing a vehicle bumper in the lab. Program students gain a hands-on education in designing and refinishing vehicles such as sanding, masking and custom painting to restore them to factory specifications. For more information about any of the school’s 15 programs, call (740) 264-5545.

Quarter Auction to Benefit CDI
Posted 10/16/2019 at 9:12:28 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is gearing up for its seventh annual Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer quarter auction to benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative.

   The event will be held on Nov. 3 at the school, which is located at 1509 County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale, and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per ticket and includes one paddle while extra paddles are $2. Attendants will have time to peruse booths with items from such vendors as Country Pantry Candles, MaryKay and Tastefully Simple, and then the quarter auction begins at 1 p.m. in the commons area. The benefit will also include door prizes, raffles, a 50-50 drawing, food and beverages.

    The benefit, which is named in honor of late principal Anthony D’Aurora, will help CDI provide food to cancer patients who are financially struggling or do not have access to sustenance while undergoing their life-saving treatment. Organizer Jill McVicker said about 35 vendors were participating, which also include Damsel in Defense, Paparazzi, A Touch of Amish, Amish Meats and Cheese, Becky’s Crafts, doTerra Essential Oils, Rada Cutlery, Gold Canyon, Purplepalooza, Origami Owl, Kopper Popper, Pink Zebra, Wristlets by Coach, Pure Romance, Indigo Lane Handmade Goods, Bad to the Bone, Scentsy, Kacey’s Rustic Creations, Country Girl Mercantile, Steph’s Goodies, Name Frames, Color Street, Unique Sister’s Crafts, Signature Homestyles, Wreaths, Pampered Chef, Keep Collective, Jamby, Pillows and Things, Thirty-One, Kull’s Crafts, Plunder, McManhon’s Irish Homemade Crafts and Upland South Candles.

   “This is the seventh year for the event,” she added. “There are three rounds of auctions plus raffles, a 50-50 door prize, gift card tree, lottery tree, food and beverages and time to shop with the vendors.”

   The quarter auction has raised more than $45,600 since its inception with $15,000 garnered last year, and McVicker hoped to raise the same amount this time, if not more. She said any business that would like to sponsor the event may make a donation to the cause, be it a raffle item, a gift card or a monetary contribution.

   Meanwhile, the school is also collecting non-perishable goods for CDI during a Thanksgiving food drive. Each week, the vocational labs are tasked with bringing such items as instant mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing and the top collectors are recognized on Friday, but the lab which contributes the most will win a pizza party at the conclusion. More than 2,500 non-perishable items were previously collected and the food from this year’s campaign will again be donated to the CDI Pantry at First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville for its Thanksgiving distribution.

     For more information about the benefit, contact the JVS at (740) 264-5545.

Food Drive Underway to Benefit CDI
Posted 10/8/2019 at 12:20:31 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students are helping to stock the shelves so cancer patients can enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner.

   Students are currently taking part in the annual Thanksgiving food drive to benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative. Now in its seventh year, the collection has amassed hundreds of items from stuffing to cranberry sauce to ensure that patients undergoing treatment will have a meal on their tables this holiday. Jill McVicker, event coordinator, has organized efforts for the past seven years and said every little bit makes a difference.

   “The food drive started the last week of September and will run throughout October,” she said. “It is a contest between vocational labs and the lab that collects the most will win a pizza party.”

   Students are being tasked to bring a variety of items with the top collecting lab being recognized each Friday. Efforts kicked off Sept. 30 and students were asked to bring sweet potatoes or one pound of brown sugar. The drive continues with stuffing and turkey gravy being gathered the week of Oct. 7; egg noodles and canned pumpkin the week of Oct. 14; instant mashed potatoes and cranberry jelly the week of Oct. 21; and any other non-perishable Thanksgiving items the week of Oct. 28. McVicker was collecting the items in her classroom and they will be donated to CDI during the seventh annual Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer quarter auction on Nov. 3. The quarter auction raised $15,000 last year and more than 300 people have attended, while nearly three-dozen vendors have sold everything from crafts to jewelry with more items going up for bid during the event.

   More than 2,500 non-perishable items were previously collected for CDI, which provides food to cancer patients who are financially struggling or do not have access to sustenance while undergoing their life-saving treatment. The food will be donated to the CDI Pantry located at First Westminster Presbyterian Church on North Fourth Street in Steubenville for its Thanksgiving distribution.

JVS Health Tech Approved as Testing Site
Posted 10/8/2019 at 10:30:57 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has been approved as a testing site for students seeking certification in the health care field.

    Health technologies instructor Tammy Sismondo said the school is now among the available locations for students to obtain certification through the American Medical Certification Association, and they may be able to work in jobs ranging from patient care technician to phlebotomy. Sismondo said the health tech program has been utilized for National Health Care Association testing and students also complete exams through the Ohio Department of Health to become nurse’s aides. By joining AMCA, it will give pupils yet another advantage when they are seeking gainful employment.

   “When I attended the national [Health Occupations Students of America] conference this summer, representatives from the AMCA test site were there and they provide certification testing for students,” Sismondo said. “I applied to be a test site and we were approved.”

   She said students may test after they complete their course and clinical work, plus they have the option of taking at least one exam. Certifications are available for physical therapy technicians and aides, patient care technicians, nursing assistants, EKG technicians, medical assistants and phlebotomy, among others. The AMCA was established in 2010 with a vision of enhancing the allied healthcare industry and serving as a support network for healthcare professionals. As the field continues to grow, AMCA has recognized the need to certify individuals to help increase a candidate’s marketability and enhance their career portfolio.

   “For the students, it’s an opportunity for them to take what they’ve learned here and become certified right out of high school, and then they are job ready from day one,” Sismondo added. 

   Her class currently includes 16 seniors and 22 juniors, and she says the exams benefit them when they seek jobs.

   “We’ve always provided NHCA exams but they come to the site. We’ve had three students test and they passed for phlebotomy,” she noted.

   A test proctor visits the school and administers exams at the end of the student’s senior year and students may take the test before earning their diploma and receive preliminary certification, but they must show proof of graduation to officially become certified.

Carpentry Students Attend Open House
Posted 9/27/2019 at 10:23:32 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Carpentry Apprenticeship

Seventeen junior and senior carpentry students from the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School visited the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Apprenticeship Training Center in Richfield on Sept. 24 to attend an open house. JVS instructor Steve Orwick said the students viewed a competition between apprentices and were also introduced to the program.

Giving ‘Em a Lift
Posted 9/27/2019 at 10:04:52 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Lift Certification

Carpentry, electrical trades and power mechanics students operated man lift and scissor lift equipment to earn Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification and industry credentials at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. About 77 students worked with trainers and JVS instructors Buddy Davis, Steve Orwick and Fred Jones for about a week to complete the program and get an extra advantage when joining the workforce. Pictured are junior carpentry student Joey McGinnis with Davis in the man lift and senior power mechanics pupil Antonio Grandinetti with substitute instructor Jim Meriwether in the scissor lift.

JVS Elects FFA Officers
Posted 9/27/2019 at 10:02:12 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS FFA Officers

The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School FFA has elected officers for the 2019-20 school year. Pictured are, from left, Jackie Zrinyi, president; T.J. Birney, vice president; Becca Williams, secretary; Kelsie Law, junior treasurer; Nikita Ferrell, senior treasurer; Sage Christianson, reporter; Ethan Masters, sentinel; and Emily Moore, advisor. This year’s activities will include earning Greenhand degrees, completing community service projects and taking an end-of-year class trip to the Columbus Zoo.

Computer Networking Program Gets Upgrade
Posted 9/27/2019 at 9:59:26 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Computer Networking Upgrade

BLOOMINGDALE-The computer networking program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has gotten an upgrade, so to speak, with new furniture and equipment to accommodate students.

    The class received the new items earlier this month and instructor Wayne Harris said it was the first time that his classroom was updated and his 19 juniors and seniors are benefiting from the estimated $48,000 improvement.

   “We received desks, chairs and Chromebook workstations,” he said. “We’re also using a new software called TestOut for CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA A-Plus and CompTIA Network Plus.”

   Students earn certifications in computer support, network support and computer network repairs through the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a non-profit trade association that issues professional certifications for the information technology industry. It is considered one of the IT industry’s top trade associations. Since technology is an ever-evolving field, Harris noted that his program constantly updates its lessons to suit those needs.

   Program graduates can move on to work in a variety of careers, including entry-level jobs from PC technicians and PC support specialists to computer repair technicians; technical careers such as computer network specialists, data center technicians and systems analysts; and professional positions from network administrators to IT project managers.

(Photo Cutline: Computer networking students work at new stations after furniture was acquired for the program lab at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Pictured are, clockwise from left, Nick Lyke, Andrew Lamp, Aidan Ely, Mike Inman and Troy Pethtel.)

Longtime JVS Fixture to Retire
Posted 9/19/2019 at 1:53:36 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS September Board Meeting

BLOOMINGDALE-Dorothy Blaner has served as administrative assistant to six superintendents at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, but this January she will hang up her hat after more than 40 years of service.

   Blaner, of Toronto, submitted her resignation for purposes of retirement during the Sept. 17 school board meeting and thanked officials for allowing her to be part of the school’s fabric. She began in January of 1978 and served with the likes of George Hargrove, John Oguish, Burchard Sheehy, Dana Otis, Thomas Dale Edwards and Dr. Todd Phillipson, while she has watched the school’s landscape evolve with the times.

    “I’ve really enjoyed working for the superintendents and the staff,” she added. “There’s been a dedicated number of board members I’ve also enjoyed working with. I see my primary job here as a communicator by preparing board agendas with the superintendent’s direction and taking care of items the board approved.”

   Her tasks have also included handling BCI/FBI background checks for staff, teacher licensures and transcripts, statistical research and more.

   “I will miss the sense of accomplishment I get from achieving our goals and will also miss being part of the team effort,” she continued. “We’ve developed new programs from Computer-Aided Drawing to Health Tech and we’ve written grants to assist the science classes. We’ve also had over 14,000 students go through the programs during my time here.”

   Additionally, Blaner has taught business and photography classes for the JVS’s adult education program and her service has also extended to her community. She followed her father Andrew J. Blaner’s footsteps and was a member of the Toronto City Council for a quarter-century until she opted not to run again in 2017. Her father was a councilman and later mayor while her brother, David, was once a borough manager in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, she has been the village representative to the Joint TEMS Ambulance District Board but her tenure ends on Dec. 31.

   Blaner will formally retire from the JVS on Jan. 1, 2020, but plans to assist her successor during the transitional period. As she reflected upon her years at the school, she also looked forward to the next chapter of her life. She hopes to take a winter vacation—something she’s never done since she worked at the school—and possibly pursue a doctorate degree, but she may also work part-time as a substitute teacher or in a clerical post to remain active.

    Dr. Phillipson thanked Blaner and said she was a true asset to the school and education as a whole.

    “She’s been a dedicated and loyal employee, an advocate for education for the last 20-plus years I’ve known her, and for many years she’s been the face of JVS. She’s built relationships with the staff and has been a very good employee,” he noted.

  Board President Larry George said the JVS was fortunate to have such a dedicated employee supporting the students.

 “Dorothy has been here with us almost from day one. She’s always helped us with events and her family has provided scholarships for our students, George said. “She has been an excellent employee and we won’t be able to replace her. It will be some time before [her successor] will have Dorothy’s vast knowledge.”

   Meanwhile, the board approved a five-year contract extension for Dr. Phillipson which will keep him place through 2025.

    School board members awarded Dr. Phillipson a contract during the Sept. 17 session which runs from Aug. 1, 2020, to July 31, 2025, and has no salary changes. Dr. Phillipson has served with the JVS for 24 years, beginning as a social studies teacher before becoming assistant principal and then principal at the school. He was named superintendent in 2014 and cites changes in academic requirements for students and staff licensure among the highlights. He also noted that this year’s student enrollment was around 400 pupils.

   “It’s always been a goal to add programs, maintain the building and provide students with the best equipment available. At this time, career technical education is being recognized for how important it is to the economy of the country and the need for skilled trades for people in the job market, which is a change,” he said, adding that he was pleased to continue his work at JVS to make things happen. “I’m really excited about getting my contract extended. I hope to make a positive impact on the students and staff’s success.”

(Photo Cutline: Longtime administrative assistant Dorothy Blaner will retire in January after more than 40 years at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Blaner submitted her resignation during the Sept. 17 school board session and said she was grateful to be part of the school’s tapestry. She is pictured with JVS Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson, the sixth leader she’s worked with during her tenure. Dr. Phillipson also received a five-year contract extension at the board meeting.)

Preschool Playtime
Posted 9/10/2019 at 10:43:08 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Preschool Orientation

Harper Bloome, 3 ½, of Steubenville, plays with early childhood education student Hailey Hanson during preschool orientation at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Aug. 6. Class is now in session at the ECE preschool with a full roster of 24 tykes attending Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. JVS students assist instructor Becky Kelley and aide Deanna Hines to gain hands-on skills for working in the field. For more information about the program, call (740) 264-5545, Ext. 408.

Custom-Built Equipment Donated to JVS Program
Posted 9/10/2019 at 10:39:50 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Power Mechanics Donation

Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s power mechanics program has another tool to prepare students for the workforce after receiving a custom-built truck axle training module from Fraley and Schilling Trucking of Brilliant. Ben Schilling, a JVS program graduate and current director of maintenance, training and development for the company, supplied the equipment to help students learn how to change wheel bearings and wheel seals as well as make brake adjustments and other repairs without the need for an entire semi-truck in the lab. The company also employs two current program students as truck technicians. Pictured are, from left, instructor Fred Jones and Ben Schilling with the training module.

Crestview Inn to Open Sept. 17
Posted 9/10/2019 at 10:34:48 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Patrons looking for a different dining destination are invited to stop by the Crestview Inn Restaurant at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   Operated by culinary arts students at the school in Bloomingdale, the restaurant will open its doors on Sept. 17 and offer a variety of scrumptious breakfast and lunch meals. Instructor Glenn Zalenski said 12 juniors and seniors will oversee all aspects of the eatery from cooking to service and management, and the site will be open on Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. with lunch provided until 1 p.m. and the students are also selecting which dishes they will offer.

   “Our target date to open is Sept. 17 and we will have a new menu. The students are working on the menu and pricing,” Zalenski added. “They are also taking shifts to run the restaurant and seniors will be divided into groups to help instruct the juniors.”

   Diners can enjoy appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast and lunch entrees and even some homemade desserts.

   “We’ll also work on home canning and items will be used in the restaurant,” he continued. “Several students are focusing on baked goods and we’ll have some different desserts to offer.”

   A carry-out menu will also be available and soup may be ordered by the pint or quart to take home. Meanwhile, one new addition is the Coffee Café for staff and students. Zalenski said the café will be open from 7:30-8 a.m. to provide freshly brewed coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate and seasonal beverages and proceeds benefit field trips, classroom socials and guest speakers for the culinary program.

   For more information or to place an order, contact the restaurant at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 602.

JVS Renewal Levy Aids Facilities, Equipment
Posted 8/28/2019 at 2:20:18 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Voters will be asked to support a 1-mill renewal levy this November to help maintain facilities at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

    Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson said board members have held discussions throughout the summer and a levy committee will soon plan promotions for the measure. The levy renewal for a period of seven years and supports ongoing improvements to the four-decade-old building as well as new equipment purchases. Dr. Phillipson said the levy first passed in 2013 and would certainly benefit the programs and students.

    “This is the first time it’s up for renewal and we have several more opportunities in May and November of 2020,” he added. “It’s for Jefferson County but also parts of Harrison, Carroll and Belmont counties and is no additional cost to taxpayers.”

   Students travel from such school districts as Buckeye Local, Indian Creek, Edison, Steubenville, Toronto and Harrison Hills and interest has grown in educating for trades. Currently, JCJVS has about 390 juniors and seniors enrolled in auto collision, auto service tech, carpentry, computer networking, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, early childhood education, electrical trades, health technologies, multimedia and design, power mechanics, small animal science, Transition to Work and welding programs in addition to academic classes, plus adult classes are held on the premises.

   Dr. Phillipson continued that the previous levy helped finance an estimated $3 million upgrade of the school roof and more recent work included adding a CNC lathe for the carpentry lab, robotic simulators for welding, a simulator for health tech, a new playground for early childhood education and a small animal science lab. Officials also repainted the welding lab and added new lockers and want to improve at least one lab each summer. He noted that future funding could aid such projects as blacktopping, security measures, exterior work, more modern equipment for classes and labs and other ongoing improvements.

   “We don’t receive funding for equipment and to maintain programs, and we need to maintain up-to-date equipment. It helps instructors teach students for jobs,” he said. “These projects would not be possible without the levy.”

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.)

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