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What’s Cooking?
Posted 1/22/2020 at 10:25:49 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS TTW Life Skills

Nolan Granatir and Devin Rea, students in Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s Transition To Work program, practice how to cook atop a new stove acquired for the class. Instructor Christina Henderson said aside from regular school subjects, her special needs pupils also learn life skills such as cooking, doing laundry, budgeting money and grocery shopping to help them become more independent adults in society. 

George, Bezak Leading JVS Board for 2020
Posted 1/17/2020 at 9:26:15 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Reorg Mtg

BLOOMINGDALE-Larry George and Steve Bezak III were named to again lead the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District Board of Education as the panel reorganized for 2020.

   Officials regrouped for the year during a reorganizational session on Jan. 14, followed by a brief regular meeting at the school in Bloomingdale. George, a longtime member and past president, said he was happy to continue leading the board and serve the students and community.

   “I appreciate it and enjoy doing this,” he commented, also praising Bezak for his work as vice president.

    District Treasurer Karen Spoonemore also administered the oath of office to re-appointed members Bezak, who represents the Buckeye Local School District; Barry Gullen, who represents the Jefferson County Educational Service Center; and John Prokopakis, who represents Edison Local Schools. The board approved issues such as authorization to fund operations and employ personnel for the remainder of the school year, as well as to hold regular board sessions on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the JVS. Meanwhile, George was appointed to serve as the official delegate during the annual Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference business meeting with Gullen as the alternate.

   During the regular meeting, Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson honored members for School Board Recognition Month. A dinner was catered by culinary arts students at the Crestview Inn Restaurant and officials received certificates and gratitude from Dr. Phillipson for their work.

   “It’s an underappreciated role that you play in students’ lives and I really appreciate the knowledge, experience and ideas you bring to the meetings and throughout any given month because it’s invaluable to the community, students and staff at the JVS.”

   Principal Dan Hartman also updated leaders on testing and graduation, saying many students have completed end-of-course tests and getting on track to meet graduation requirements. Assistant Principal Cecilia Abdalla added that the school was getting ready for the annual Spotlight on Skills competition on Jan. 23. Students representing the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Business Professionals of America (BPA), SkillsUSA and FFA will participate in the daylong event, which will be judged by community and business leaders, and awards will be given on Jan. 24. Abdalla added that winners will go on to the next level of competition in their respective categories at regional, state and potentially national contests.

   Among other action, the board:

--Heard from Phillipson that activities will be held to recognize Career Technical Education Month in February and the 2020 Career Tech Legislative Conference was set for Feb. 5-6. He added that recent inspections on fire equipment went well and there was no school Jan. 20 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday;

--Approved Barbara Nelson as a substitute teacher for the winter semester for the Essential Skills for Business and Integrated Language Arts courses;

--Approved two substitute teachers to provide intervention for up to 35 days to help students prepare for state tests;

--Approved adding Norm Hewitt to teacher Basic Electricity for the winter term of the adult education program;

--Notified administrators that their contracts are due to expire this year and the board will soon consider reemployment;

--Approved the classified support list for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year;

--Approved payment to OMERESA and NEOLA Inc. for services and the Virtual Learning Academy for expenses;

--Approved a resolution opposing the State of Ohio Ed Choice Scholarship voucher program;

--Opposed the reopening of the Cross Ridge Landfill;

--Approved contracts with ASUS Computer International for services and Em-Media for marketing services;

--Recognized February as Black History Month;

--Approved a College Credit Plus memorandum of understanding between Kent State University and the JVS;

--Approved registration for the Regional SkillsUSA field trip on Feb. 22 to the Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia; the Mid-American Food Expo for culinary arts students to attend on Feb. 22-24 in Columbus; and the BPA regional competition on Jan. 29, as well as payment of Ohio FFA Association dues.

(Photo Cutline: The Jefferson County Joint Vocational Board of Education reorganized on Jan. 14 and marked School Board Recognition Month. Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson presented members with a plaque and dinner at the Crestview Inn Restaurant which was catered by culinary arts students. The 2020 school board and administration includes, pictured front from left, Barbara Cunningham, Ruth Ann Bruzzese, Kim Mark and District Treasurer Karen Spoonemore. Back: President Larry George, Barry Gullen, Vice President Steve Bezak III, Randy Henry, John Prokopakis, Bill Hendricks and Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson.)

New Equipment Enhances Carpentry Program
Posted 1/10/2020 at 9:30:36 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Carpentry Router

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s carpentry program has some new cutting-edge equipment on hand to further enhance students’ skills and give them another advantage in the workforce.

   The school acquired a Laguna Smartshop M CNC router for nearly $38,000 and the machine arrived around December, while students will broaden their knowledge and gain further experience when seeking jobs in the real world. Instructor Steve Orwick said power mechanics, carpentry and electrical staff and students installed the router and students have been training on the machine to complete projects.

   The computerized system can transfer designs into wood to create three-dimensional signs, cabinets and other constructs.

 “It holds a 4-feet-by-8-feet sheet of material,” he explained. “You put in coordinates on a computer program, save it to a flash drive and place the drive into the computer on the machine.”

    The router uses Microsoft-based software and creates designs into the wood or other material with precision. So far, his 23 juniors and seniors have created clock faces and plan to do more projects. Local tradesman Kevin Pasiuk has also volunteered his time to train the classes and Orwick hopes to utilize his services again in the near future.

    Orwick added that the Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program in Ridgefield has a more enhanced version of the equipment on-site to train its students, plus many companies use routers during production. By preparing his students at the JVS, he said they can carve a successful future on their own.

   “Any of my students who go through the carpentry apprenticeship—and I’ve had a few—will get trained on it. It’s a great training opportunity for our carpentry students and I want them to take advantage of it.”

(Photo Cutline: The carpentry program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has some cutting-edge equipment on hand to give students further advantages in the workforce. The school purchased a Laguna Smartshop M CNC router over the summer and received it around December. Students may use the computer-based system to create precise designs in sheets of material and instructor Steve Orwick poses with an intricate clock face created by the machine.)

Adult Ed Classes Beginning at JVS
Posted 1/10/2020 at 9:26:36 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Registration is underway for adult education classes at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School with programs beginning on Jan. 21.

   Rich Wilinski, adult education coordinator, said general registration is being taken until Jan. 15 but will continue as the courses begin, and interested area residents may contact the school weekdays from 3-8 p.m. Classes will be held at the site along 1509 County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale and are open to people age 18 and over, regardless of educational background or residence, and payment will be taken at the front desk on the first night.

   “We will take registration [after Jan. 15] since classes start after the 21st,” he added. “We will continue to take registration even after those dates are completed.”

   Courses offered during the winter session include computers, trade and industries and special interests and may be free or incur a fee and costs for supplies. Wilinski said a new addition is sign language, which will be offered over an eight-week period starting Jan. 22.

 Computer classes include Basic Computing, a five-week course starting March 3 and held each Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for $50; iPhone and iPad Basics, which is set for Feb. 12-13 from 6-9 p.m. for $20; and Android Smartphone and Tablet, which will be held Feb. 20 from 6-9 p.m. for $10. Trade and Industries classes include Welding Technology, a nine-week course beginning Jan. 21 and held each Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for $200 plus an $80 textbook fee; Small Engine Repair, a six-week course starting Jan. 30 and held each Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at a cost of $30; and Basic Electricity, a seven-week course starting Jan. 28 and held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. for a $70 cost.

   Among the special interest courses are Yoga, a nine-week class starting Jan. 23 and held each Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. for $30; Guitar, an eight-week course starting Jan. 23 and running Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. for $35; Gift Bags and Boxes, a five-week course starting Jan. 29 and held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. for $35 plus supplies; Decorative Painting, an eight-week course starting Jan. 23 and held on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. for $35 plus supplies; Introduction to Meditation, a free one-night course on March 17 from 6-7:30 p.m.; Cake Decorating, a free five-week course starting Feb. 19 and held each Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.; Handmade Greeting Cards, a free eight-week course starting Feb. 4 and running on Tuesdays with a $40 cost for supplies; Sign Language, an eight-week course beginning Jan. 22 and slated for Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. for $35; Quilting, an eight-week course for beginners and experienced quilters starting Jan. 21 and held Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. for $35; Home Handyperson, a seven-week course starting Jan. 30 and held Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. for $55 plus supplies; Chinese Fitness Shibashi, a seven-week course starting Jan. 29 and held each Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. for a $20 cost; and Dance, a free five-week course starting Jan. 23 and held each Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Students enrolled in certain programs will receive a certificate of completion if they attend at least 60 percent of the classes, while a minimum of seven students must be registered for a class before it can proceed. Officials will notify students of class cancelations; otherwise, they should attend on the start date. JCJVS reserves the right cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment and refunds will be given. If a student withdraws prior to the second class, he or she will be refunded within 2-4 weeks minus a $10 processing fee.

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

CDI Benefits from Donations
Posted 1/8/2020 at 9:42:33 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CDI Donation

BLOOMINGDALE-One school’s significant monetary and food contribution will help ensure cancer patients do not go hungry as they undergo life-saving treatment.

    The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School hosted the seventh annual Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer quarter auction on Nov. 3 and proceeds were donated to the Cancer Dietary Initiative to stock patients’ pantry shelves for the holidays and beyond. Organizer Jill McVicker presented a check for $10,732.96 to CDI representatives while more than 4,000 non-perishable food items collected at the JVS and through a challenge with the Buckeye Local School District also went to the organization.

   McVicker said the November event drew several hundred participants who could purchase and also bid on items provided by 35 area vendors. Companies such as Mary Kay to Scentsy, as well as jewelry, craft and accessory peddlers, were on hand for the fete while faculty, staff and school programs provided baskets and other items for raffles. Additionally, 50-50 drawings were held to support the cause. Since its inception in 2013, the quarter auction has raised more than $56,000 to assist CDI’s mission of helping area cancer patients who are financially struggling or do not have access to food while they seek treatment.

   Meanwhile, the JVS conducted a food drive with an incentive: the class which collected the most goods would be treated to a pizza party as a reward. Fred Jones’ power mechanics students took the prize by gathering more than more than 1,000 items. The school also challenged the Buckeye Local School District in memory of transportation employee David “Farmer” Ankrom and the overall total exceeded 4,000 items. The food was donated to the CDI pantry at First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville and has already been distributed to clients.

   Manager Chris Hyland said CDI operates on public donations and the pantry serves more than 100 families per month. Not all of them are treated through the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in Steubenville; in fact, they may reside throughout the Ohio Valley and there are no financial limitations to receive aid.

   “This month, it’s 115 families and we’ve helped approximately 170 different cancer patients through the years,” Hyland continued. “This has made an impact. All of the money goes directly to the cancer patients.”

    The benefit was named in honor of late principal Anthony D’Aurora, whose widow, Patti, currently serves as secretary for CDI. She was moved by the response and said every little bit helps, while she and her colleagues also praised McVicker for her work on the event.

   “Jill is so organized when she puts the quarter auction together and gets the great vendors that people really enjoy,” D’Aurora commented. 

   She shared the story of a family touched by the disease that McVicker referred for help, saying the brood then volunteered for this year’s quarter auction. 

   “Without Jill, there is no quarter auction,” added June Crago, CDI public relations coordinator. “She has all aspects covered.”

    McVicker said it was a team effort and many people worked together behind the scenes, but the end goal is to help cancer patients stay strong during their fight.

   “Hopefully we can raise another $56,000,” she concluded.

(Photo Cutline: More than $10,700 was raised during the seventh annual Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer quarter auction in November at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School to benefit the Cancer Dietary Initiative. The funds and more than 4,000 non-perishable food items gathered at the JVS and through a challenge with Buckeye Local Schools will help CDI stock shelves for cancer patients so they don’t go hungry while undergoing life-saving treatment. Pictured, from left, are Patti D’Aurora, CDI secretary and widow of late JVS Principal Anthony D’Aurora; Chris Hyland, CDI manager; Jill McVicker, event organizer; and June Crago, CDI public relations coordinator.) 

SAS Students Aid Animal Shelter
Posted 1/8/2020 at 9:37:58 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SAS Students Aid JC Animal Shelter

Small animal science students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School collected treats, cleaning items and other goods for the Jefferson County Animal Shelter prior to Christmas break to help the facility and its four-legged tenants. Pictured with a few of the items were, from left, juniors Hannah Batson, Paige Stevenson, Ethan Masters, Ellen Hanood, Vinnie Marcino and Kelsie Law.

Supporting the Shelter
Posted 12/23/2019 at 1:31:34 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS FFA Raises Money for Animal Shelter

Seniors in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Small Animal Science FFA chapter raised money for the Hancock County Animal Shelter by operating a concession stand during a local dog show in November. FFA members earned $300 for the shelter to thank them for continued support of the SAS program. Pictured are, from left, member Jessie Sands, member Karleigh Robinson, shelter dog warden Nichole Felouzis and FFA advisor Emily Moore.

I, Robot
Posted 12/6/2019 at 10:56:05 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS I Robot

Students in the power mechanics program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have a new tool with a homemade robot in the lab. Instructor Fred Jones said his senior pupils crafted a remote-controlled hydraulic arm which can pick up items, but the goal is to use it on projects. The robot features a seven-foot arm and operations with 10 hydraulic axles. Carpentry student Tyler Calhoun developed a programmable Arduino computer board while JVS Technology Coordinator Ron Peach provided some tech support. Pictured with their creation are, from left, R.J. Batson, J.T. Hojonski, Jones, Damon Petrosino, Seth Fitzgerald, Tyler Calhoun and Daniel Sammut.

Certification Benefits Criminal Justice Students
Posted 12/6/2019 at 10:36:44 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-A new certification through the Ohio Department of Education will help criminal justice students on the career path to work in corrections.

   The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has an agreement with ODE where students who graduate from the criminal justice program may gain employment with the ODE Correctional Provisional Certification. Instructor Jamie Freeman said the certification was implemented after officials were notified this summer of the opportunity.

    “If a student passes the class and the web exam, they get 12 points towards graduation,” Freeman said. “When they go on to apply with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, they will be placed where they checked the box for the career they’ve chosen and it puts them on the list for possible hiring. They still have to undergo interviews and drug testing.”

     All of Freeman’s 11 seniors are enrolled and even visited the Ohio Reformatory in Marysville to get a closer look at the facilities and learn about the correctional officers’ responsibilities.

   “I have quite a few students interested in doing it,” she added. “They can work in any correctional facility throughout the state.”

   Once the new employees complete drug testing, they must undergo six weeks of training at Orient before they are sent to the selected facility. Freeman said the certification program has its advantages and there are great benefits with the employment.

   “I think it is a huge opportunity for the kids because it’s a career and not just a job. They can retire after 30 years and receive full health benefits while it also helps pay for college. My students are familiar with the information and what’s expected of them, so it gives them a little bit of a step up.”

   Senior Jenna Reed may pursue a criminal justice career after graduation and said the certification is helpful.

   “I think it’s awesome. I like learning how to deal with the prison system and how it operates,” Reed commented.

   “I really like the opportunities it brings and I can put the corrections experience to use,” added senior Paige Layman.

 “It’s going to open a lot of doors for everyone [in the JVS criminal justice program],” noted senior Mackenzie Wedlake.

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.

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