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JVS Health Tech Donates PPE Supplies
Posted 4/14/2020 at 12:59:53 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS PPE Donation

   BLOOMINGDALE- Emergency responders and healthcare workers have some extra protection as they try to combat COVID-19 with a recent contribution from the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   Health technologies instructor Tammy Sismondo said personal protective equipment (PPE) was given amid the ongoing shortage and boxes of isolation gowns, masks, gloves and protective shields went to Trinity Medical Center, county EMS services and nursing homes in March to ensure that gear her class would otherwise be unable to use would instead benefit those on the frontlines of the pandemic.

 “Jefferson County EMA Director John Parker spoke with [JVS Superintendent] Dr. Todd Phillipson,” she said, adding that emergency officials collected the items from the school late last month. “The items were split between the EMS services and nursing homes so someone would have some help to protect their workers. We divided them because [the personnel] don’t have a lot and I thought it would better serve the public and community right now.”

   She added that her classes, which include a total of 49 students, had no use for the gear since they have been schooling at home during the lockdown. Since Trinity Medical Center has supported her program, it was only right to give something back during this time of great need.

   “Trinity usually donates stuff to help us and it’s the first time we’ve donated equipment and supplies to the EMS and hospital. We felt it would be better served if used in the community at a time like this. We hope it eases the burden and helps keep the EMS and hospital workers safe.”

   Jefferson County 911 Director Rob Herrington said the supplies would help area EMS agencies and nursing homes until they could receive more PPE gear from other resources.

   “We truly appreciate the donation of personal protective equipment to our Emergency Management Agency,” Herrington added. “The items were distributed to area EMS units to help ensure that they would have the needed items to adequately protect their personnel.”

(Photo Cutline: The health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School donated boxes of personal protective equipment to emergency and healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Program instructor Tammy Sismondo said her class had no use for the gear since schools were closed and the items would better serve the community in this time of need.)

Student Gets Life Lesson on Guatemalan Mission Trip
Posted 3/24/2020 at 1:31:19 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Gage Cox

BLOOMINGDALE-Gage Cox got a real-life lesson during a recent church mission to Guatemala.

   Cox, the son of Wesley and Nora Cox of Hopedale and a senior in the automotive technology program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, joined his family as representatives of Kilgore Evangelical Church and took a trip to Central America on Feb. 28-March 6. They were part of a six-person team, the other three representing a church in West Virginia, and headed to a spot near Guatemala City to build a home for a family in need.

   “We were building a house for a family that couldn’t afford it,” he said, adding the brood of seven lived in a mud hut before moving into the house. “They went from a 100-square-foot hut to 450-square-foot house with two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen.”

   His group spent three days constructing the home, working from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and staying at a church compound during their time abroad.

   “We spent the first day on the frame, the second on the siding and the third day working on the doors, windows and roof,” he continued, saying he was moved by the family’s reaction.

   “I loved it. It was amazing,” he continued. “We got to build a house for that family and they were speechless. It was great to see them accept the house.”

   Cox, who attends Harrison Central High School, plans to become a pipefitter after graduation but hoped to make more mission trips in the future. Guatemala was not his first excursion and he recommends such opportunities to his peers.

 “My dad went in 2013 and recommended it to me. I went to Esperanza, Honduras, in 2018 and helped build a church,” he said, noting he was among a dozen people from three churches involved with the project. “I liked the experience and plan to go to Guatemala again next year.”

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational student Gage Cox, a senior in the automotive service technology program, traveled to Guatemala on a mission with his family for Kilgore Evangelical Church and helped build a house for a local family. Cox said it was not his first time and he planned to return to the Central American country again next year. He is pictured, at left, with his father Wesley and group leader Tessa Yeater.)

Jefferson County JVS FCCLA Members Medal at Regionals
Posted 3/11/2020 at 10:41:09 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS FCCLA Medal Winners
Members of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School gained honors at the FCCLA regional competition at Akron North High School on March 7, where they joined more than 100 students for contests. Among the recipients were, from left, Lucia Burton, who won bronze for Focus on Children; Holly Campos, who won silver for curriculum unit development; Hannah Mitchell, who earned a gold medal for Language and Literacy and silver for early childhood education; Lainee Harris, who won bronze for Focus on Children; Hailey Hanson and Alexis Kerns, who each gained gold for Focus on Children; and Zoe Schupp, who won bronze for early childhood education.
Free Dresses Available at JVS
Posted 3/11/2020 at 10:33:10 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Free Dresses Available

BLOOMINGDALE-Just in time for prom season, the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has free dresses available for those who are unable to purchase their own.

    Dresses are available in sizes 0-28 in the criminal justice lab and program instructor Jamie Freeman said it has been an ongoing project. They are being distributed to interested community members and about 150 have been given away thus far. School students can obtain items during Team period, lunch and after school while doors will also be open today and Friday from 3-6 p.m.

   Freeman received an allotment of 500 dresses from Mara Axelrod, who operates the Fairy Godmothers non-profit program of New York that helps girls who need attire. The shipment arrived on Feb. 28 and locals from the young to young at heart have been taking advantage of the opportunity.

   “I have dresses for all occasions and my room has been open to all students from the JVS over the previous week. The Carriage Inn nursing home came and picked up some for their prom and I opened the room to girls from 4-H who participated in the Iron Chef,” she said. “My classroom is open all this week and after school on Wednesday and Friday for girls anywhere.”

   Freeman also received purses and jewelry and is seeking donations for boys including suits, dress pants, shirts and ties.

   “I was connected to Mara through a family member,” she said. “We have had dresses for a few years, but nothing to this extent. This is to help kids who cannot afford a dress and we will distribute them until they are gone. We are hoping to make this a yearly event for homecoming, prom and other dances or events they may have.”

    She said it has been a pleasure helping others.

    “This has been an amazing adventure. Working with the girls and watching them walk out of my classroom with a smile is worth all the time and effort.”

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

(Photo Cutline: Humonni LaShan and Raven Shannon, juniors in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, peruse the racks of free dresses available to the community in time for prom season and other occasions. Instructor Jamie Freeman has the items in her classroom with doors open afterhours today and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Dresses and accessories are available while she is also seeking boys’ suits, shirts, dress pants and ties. For more information, contact JCJVS at (740) 264-5545.)

HOSA Raises $400 for Pediatric Cancer Cure
Posted 3/11/2020 at 10:27:56 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS HOSA Fundraiser

BLOOMINGDALE-Students in the HOSA Future Health Professionals organization cooked up a sweet idea to benefit children and raised about $400 for a pediatric cancer cure.

    Hannah Meeker and Izzy Pratko, students in the health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, conducted a bake sale on March 8 at the Rural King in St. Clairsville to support the cause. The project was part of the HOSA (formerly Health Occupations Students of America) initiative to help the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the duo sold cookies and brownies outside the business where Meeker’s mother is employed. The students said it not just helping others but a real learning experience.

   “This is our first time doing a large fundraiser,” said Meeker. “A lot of people came up and told us what we were doing was great.”

   “It’s great [to help others],” added Pratko. “One lady sat down and talked to us about her husband dying of cancer, and it’s amazing to know how many people have lost someone to cancer. People can still donate. It’s a long fight but it’s worth fighting.”

    “Every year, the Future Health Professionals has a philanthropy we try to donate to,” said HOSA advisor Tammy Sismondo. “This year it was pediatric cancer. Hannah and Izzy took the lead in fundraising and raised about $300, while our club donated $100. I’m very proud of them because they took time from their busy schedules to help others.”

(Photo Cutline: Izzy Pratko and Hannah Meeker, health technologies students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, conducted a bake sale for the HOSA Future Health Professionals organization and raised nearly $400 to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. They held the fundraiser on March 8 outside the St. Clairsville Rural King to support the cause.)

Alumni Address TTW Students
Posted 3/6/2020 at 1:23:30 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS TTW Alumni

BLOOMINGDALE-Some past participants in the Transition To Work program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School offered special needs students a glimpse of the future during a special speaking engagement.

   Kelsey Lockhart, Mackenzie Owen and Jack Fluharty III, all graduates of the program, addressed the class on Feb. 28 about how they have gained more independence since joining the workforce. Lockhart is presently employed at the Steubenville Kroger while Owen and Fluharty work at Upland South Candles in New Cumberland.

    Lockhart, who graduated from the program in 2014, worked her way up to cashier at the supermarket and discussed how she interacts with customers and strives to be a good employee.

   “There are different time schedules you keep. My social life is I go to work and I try to plan some days with friends when I can,” she added, saying she makes her own money and helps her parents, with whom she resides. 

   She added that her experience at the JVS and being in society has helped her overcome her shyness, while she also credited instructor Christina Henderson and aide Dawn Pugh.

   “I kind of like where I am because I have a lot of good friends. I never used to make friends as much, but now that I am out in the real world, I’m making a lot of friends.”

   Owen, who graduated last year and works with Fluharty at the West Virginia-based candle company, explained her job of making the fragrant wax products. She said the candles were all-natural and hand-poured and come in a variety of scents.

   “Jack works on the jars and I put in the wax,” she said. “Jack measures the scent and I stir and check the temperature.”

   She enjoys her independence even though she has more responsibilities. Upland South was not her first job and she said she gained work experience at the likes of Kroger, Riesbeck’s and the Best Western Inn.

   “I like taking care of my dogs and taking care of myself,” Owen said, adding that she likes making money and spending it on tickets for World Wrestling Entertainment events.

   Fluharty, a 2018 alumnus, was assisted by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and job coaches to prepare for the workforce.

   “I don’t need a job coach now. I pour the wax and scents in pots and have to know how to use the scale. I clean the jars and Mac puts the labels on the jars,” he added. Fluharty said he has enjoyed making his own money and has been able to take vacations, including a recent trip with his family to Hawaii.

    “You have responsibility for your own actions and take responsibility for your mistakes as well. You fix your mistakes yourself. You can’t have everyone fix your mistakes,” he said.

    The speakers also took part in a question-and-answer session with students and faculty and agreed that being a good worker included being on time, working hard and being dependable. Henderson was immensely proud of the trio and said they have done well, while their experiences should also be a lesson to future graduates.

   “I’m very proud of you,” Henderson said. “Look how far you’ve come. You are adults, earning your own money and making your own decisions.”

   Pugh told the class they have better advantages when they go out into the community, but they should be more self-reliant when the time comes.

   “Once you transition out of here, it’s not up to the parents to motivate you to go to a job. It’s your responsibility.”

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School alumni Jack Fluharty III, Mackenzie Owen ared their experiences of living and working in the community with students in the Transition To Work program. The graduates were invited to offer the special needs students a glimpse into their future once they join the ranks of society.)

Regional SkillsUSA Winners
Posted 3/6/2020 at 1:19:24 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Skills Regional Winners

Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students will head to the state competition next month after earning top spots at the SkillsUSA Regional Spotlight on Skills on Feb 22. The students took part in activities at the Buckeye Career Center and included, from left, Alexis Eakle, a health technologies student who placed second in medical math; Catalina Mazzaferro, a cosmetology student who was third in the cosmetology category; Dustin Morgan, a health tech student who finished second in health assisting; Emily Bickerstaff, an auto collision technology student who placed third in automotive refinishing technology; and Nathaniel Granatir, a criminal justice student who was first in First Aid/CPR. Not pictured are Logan Hanchin, an electrical trades student who was third in electrical construction wiring; Gage Bennington, an electrical trades student who placed third in industrial motor control; Alli Helms, a cosmetology student who was second in Job Skill Demo A; and Cameron Grimes, a carpentry student who was took first place in the carpentry category. The state SkillsUSA contest will be held April 7-8 at the Columbus Convention Center.

JVS Students Advance to State HOSA Contest
Posted 3/6/2020 at 1:14:45 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will advance to the Ohio Future Health Professionals, formerly the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), competition this month following a successful bid at the regionals.

   Health technologies students in the organization attended the regional competition at Perry High School in Massillon on Jan. 25, where Izzy Pratko and Sam Shrock gained first, Leah Pennington and Rylee Faulkner were second and Tyler Corella and Samantha Wilkin were third in CPR/First Aid. Kacey Carothers and Haylee Blackburn also gained first and second place, respectively, in clinical specialty and Dustin Morgan was second with Susie Randolph in third in the home health aide category. Rounding out the group were Hannah Meeker, second in nurse assistant; Abbie Saffell, second in physical therapy assistant; and Danielle Strohmeyer, first in behavioral health.

   Advisor Tammy Sismondo said the students will move on to the state competition, which is set for March 31-April 1 at the Columbus Convention Center.

Students Pass STNA Exam
Posted 3/6/2020 at 1:11:41 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS STNA Exams

BLOOMINGDALE-Health technologies students at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational Center can count themselves among the newest state-tested nurse’s assistants (STNA’s) in the community, making them one step closer to employment opportunities.

   Instructor Tammy Sismondo said 13 students completed a state-approved exam administered through Diversified Technologies of Columbus on Feb. 19 and marked another year of 100-percent passage.

   “Everyone in the class passed,” Sismondo said. “They had to complete a written and skills portion and are all state-tested nurse’s assistants. It gives them 12 points towards graduation and several students are going to work at local skilled living facilities.”

   She continued that five students already work with Lancia Nursing Home, one is at Carriage Inn of Steubenville and another is at Trinity. Three of the five who are aides at Lancia’s previously completed their exam at Lancia’s Superior Nurse Aide Training Center in Wintersville last summer. Meanwhile, the remainder will work in phlebotomy with clinicals and further testing in that field.

   Sismondo was pleased with the outcome and said her pupils have dedicated themselves to preparing for the workforce.

   “I’m very happy for the students. They worked really hard and it’s a stepping stone in their future careers.”

(Photo Cutline: Thirteen health technologies students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School attained 100-percent passage of their state-tested nurse’s aide (STNA) exams after completing the tests in February. Some have moved on to work at local facilities while others will train to become phlebotomists. Pictured are, front from left, Jaiden Plunkett, Hannah Meeker, Nicole Monday and Alyson Fetty. Second row: Bryauna Mitchell, Rylee Faulkner, Leah Pennington and Azrielle Pratko. Third row: Dustin Morgan, Susie Randolph, Danielle Strohmeyer and Jacob Lockhart. Back: Ryan Maple, Abbie Saffell, Allyson Burkett and Sam Shrock. Plunkett and Meeker completed their exams last summer.)

FCCLA, HOSA Unite to Aid Wellness Outreach
Posted 3/6/2020 at 1:07:21 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Aids Urban Mission Clinic

BLOOMINGDALE-Members of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America and Future Health Professionals chapters at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have joined forces to help one local program help the needy.

   Students in the early childhood education and health technologies programs, who respectively are part of FCCLA and the former Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), collected hundreds of items to benefit the Health and Hope wellness outreach established at Urban Mission Ministries in Steubenville. The clinic provides hygiene lessons and supplies to people and the student organizations decided to lend a hand.

    FCCLA advisor Becky Kelley said Christina Bouchet, a licensed practical nurse and operator of the wellness outreach, is the parent of a preschooler in the ECE program and the students wanted to assist her cause.

   “We decided to donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and mouthwash along with the health tech,” Kelley said, adding that the clubs contributed 200 toothbrushes, 200 tubes of toothpaste, 200 bars of soap, 105 miniature bottles of mouthwash at the conclusion. “We’re also doing a sock collection and our goal is to get 100 pairs of socks.”

    The items will be made available for those who take advantage of the Health and Hope outreach on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Unity Kitchen, which is located at 301 N. Fifth St. in Steubenville. The clinic kicked off in February and provides free basic health screenings such as blood pressure monitoring, wound care and vision checks, as well as educational materials. For more information about the outreach, call (740) 283-8010.

   Meanwhile, Kelley was pleased to see Bouchet perform the community service.

   “I’m proud of her because she took initiative and found a need in the community. She is giving time to volunteer for the betterment of the community and we’re glad to partner with her. She is a role model for the students.”

(Photo Cutline: Health technologies and early childhood education students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have collected hygiene products and socks to assist needy clients participating in the new Health and Hope wellness outreach through Urban Mission Ministries. The clinic is offered twice a month and provides basic health care screenings and educational resources. The students, who are part of the Future Health Professionals, formerly Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organizations, contributed hundreds of oral care items and are now collecting socks for the cause. Pictured are, front from left, Nicole Monday, Gracie Wade and India Hargrove. Back: Leah Pennington, Hannah Mitchell, Ryan Maple and Jacob Lockhart.)

Clip Art
Posted 2/28/2020 at 10:30:09 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Cosmo Lesson

Students in the cosmetology program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School received a lesson in clipping from Scott Davis of Altered Images Hair Salon of Wintersville on Feb. 18. Davis is pictured with student Jake Bednarek during the demonstration.

JVS Student Carving Niche as Entrepreneur
Posted 2/26/2020 at 10:16:17 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Welding Student Entrepreneur

BLOOMINGDALE-Jefferson County Joint Educational School student Cam Garcia is putting his welding skills to use by creating his own home-based business.

   Garcia, the son of Raul and Mishelle Garcia of Toronto and a senior at Toronto High School, hails from Texas and but moved to the Ohio Valley four years ago so his father could work in the oil and gas industry. He began his Wired Metal Works company in his garage this past fall and specializes in turning scrap metal into works of art and usable goods.

   “I came up with the idea in November,” Garcia said, adding that he purchased used tools and a table to set up shop at his residence. “I bought a welder and started making things out of scrap. I make roses, horseshoe racks for boots and crosses and have been trying to build up more items and sell them.”

   He showcases his work on social media such as Facebook and Instagram and has been selling his handmade wares, adding that patrons may retrieve orders at his home or he will meet them for deliveries. Garcia spends a lot of time concentrating on his business and also dabbles in woodworking, adding that he really enjoys the hands-on process.

   “It’s really nice. I can work on my own time after school and I work 12 hours straight on Saturdays.”

   He said his parents have been very supportive of his endeavor and he hopes to find work after graduation while also continuing operations as an entrepreneur. Garcia noted that his education at JCJVS has been invaluable.

   “I am trying to get a steady job so I can buy more items for the business,” he noted “I was considering trucking until I got to the JVS. Everything I learned is perfect and I learn a lot here.”

   Welding instructor Todd Parker was praised Garcia and was pleased to see his student begin his unique venture.

   “I am super proud of him and really excited that he’s trying to become an entrepreneur, whether it’s a hobby or a career for him,” Parker concluded. “I want to see him do well.”    

    To learn more about the business, go online to Wired Metal Works on Facebook and Instagram.

(Photo Cutline: Cam Garcia, a senior welding student at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, is putting his skills to use by opening his own business, Wired Metal Works, at his residence in Toronto. Garcia creates roses, crosses and horseshoe racks for boots from scrap metal and can be contacted through Wired Metal Works on Facebook and Instagram.)               
Student-Built Modular Home Going up for Bid
Posted 2/26/2020 at 9:55:21 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Modular

BLOOMINGDALE-A modular home created by students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will go to the highest bidder and leaders are making plans for the sale this spring.

    The JCJVS Board of Education approved steps to advertise for the sale during the Feb. 18 meet and the structure will likely go out for bids over the next few months. Dates will be set for an open house and sealed bids will be taken for the structure with right of refusal by the board.

      “We approved with moving ahead with the sale and information will be forthcoming about procedures,” said Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson. 

    Carpentry instructor Steve Orwick said some final details are being handled with the structure and it should be ready to go in April.

   “We’re working on the interior trim and next will be the cabinets or flooring. We’re pretty much on schedule.”

   Students in Orwick’s program began construction in the fall of 2018 and the home includes three bedrooms, two baths, a great room incorporating a living room and dining area, a kitchen and a laundry room. In addition to carpentry, the school’s electrical trades program and some professional contractors were also involved, with the latter performing plumbing and HVAC work. Once it is purchased, the building will be split into two sections for transport to the new owner’s property, where they will later be reattached. 

   It is the second modular students have created since 2016 after students completed the seventh and final house in the neighboring Breezewood Manor subdivision along County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale.

(Photo Cutline: The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School will be putting its second student-built modular home up for bid this spring. The JCJVS Board of Education agreed to take steps for a sealed bid process while carpentry students finalize some interior work on the structure. Work is expected to finish in April and an open house will be scheduled shortly afterward.)

JVS Partners with Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Posted 2/26/2020 at 9:51:08 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education is giving students another opportunity to join the workforce through a new apprenticeship venture.

   During the Feb. 18 regular session, board members heard from representative Isaac Evans, training director for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 495 of Cambridge, and approved an agreement for students who meet eligibility requirements to participate in the JATC Pre-Apprentice Training Program. The union currently yields 779 members and covers 14 counties in Ohio plus two in West Virginia, while apprentices and journeymen are trained in the plumbing, pipefitting and welding fields.

   “Kids would have the opportunity to apply for the pre-apprenticeship program and participate for two years if they are chosen,” said JCJVS Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson.

    Students apply as sophomores from their home school districts and must meet attendance and grade requirements to participate. Dr. Phillipson said it was the first time JCJVS has taken part and it was a plus for the pupils.

 “It will be a great opportunity for kids to get a leg up in the Plumbers and Pipefitters Pre-Apprenticeship Program.”

   In other action, the board:

--Dr. Phillipson gave a presentation on the Wellness Committee and a Jobs Ohio update;

--Supervisor Dan Hartman reported on applications for Career/Technical Education for 2020-21 and Supervisor Sis Abdalla reported on SkillsUSA regional and Business Professionals of America (BPA) state competitions;

--Appointed all board members to the JVS Safety Committee;

--Approved the additional of Lana Dunlap to the 2019-20 classified substitute list, pending a BCI/FBI records check, for the area of TTW and early childhood aide and cook/kitchen helper;

--Accepted a resignation letter from four-hour cafeteria worker Patricia Hutter, effective Feb. 12 and agreed to post the position for the remainder of the year. Officials also approved Lori Borham as a five-hour cafeteria worker and Kristina Henning as a four-hour cafeteria worker, both effective Feb. 13 to work the remainder of the 2019-20 school year;

--Accepted the amounts and rates as determined by the Jefferson County Budget Commission and authorized the necessary tax levies and certified them to the county auditor;

--Approved applications for food service licenses to conduct operations in the JVS cafeteria and Crestview Inn and accept licenses from the county health department;

--Approved payment for Virtual Learning Academy expenses;

--Approved membership renewal for Dr. Phillipson in the Steubenville Rotary Club;

--Approved a contract with Em-Media for marketing services;

--Approved a memorandum of understanding for College Credit Plus Alternative Funding Agreement between Eastern Gateway Community College and JCJVS for the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021;

--Approved the purchases of Google Chrome Management Console Licenses from CDW-G; a software upgrade for the Metasys control system from Johnson Controls, Inc.; plasma cutter parts for power mechanics from James C. Dawson, Inc.; and the replacement of steamer gaskets and alignment of the door channel by Hobart Sales and Service;

--Approved the registration of students and chaperones for the FCCLA Regional Competition on March 6-7; Ohio HOSA State Championship for March 31-April 1; and the SkillsUSA State Championship on April 6-8;

--Announced parent-teacher conferences on March 3 from 3:15-6:15 p.m.; no school on March 4 for a professional development day; and the Northeast Region Spring Conference on March 5 in Cleveland and March 30 in Warren;--

-- Reviewed current adult education winter enrollment.

Auto Collision Students Attend Car Show
Posted 2/26/2020 at 9:46:46 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Auto Collision Tech Students Attend Car Show

Thirteen students in the auto collision technology program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School attended the World of Wheels Car Show and Student Career Day sponsored by the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The group traveled to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh where they viewed vehicles and met with vendors from area dealerships to learn about different careers in the automotive industry. It was the first time they participated in the event and students included, front from left, Kelsey Pullen, Doug Whitman, Emily Bickerstaff and Daniel Quanor. Middle: Jeremy Smith, Julia Rura and Jarod Davis. Back: Jerry McLaughlin, Patrick McSheehy, Daven Robinson, Logan Gump and Lance Gump. Not pictured is Zach Hrancho.

Transition Night Set for March 18
Posted 2/25/2020 at 10:12:36 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-High school students throughout Jefferson County are invited to one upcoming event to learn what resources are available to help them prepare for the future.

   The fourth annual Transition Night will be held at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on March 18 from 5-7 p.m. in the commons area. Representatives from colleges, trade schools and organizations plus state and area agencies will be on hand to share their knowledge and help students take advantage of available opportunities. Christina Henderson, instructor for the JCJVS Transition To Work program, is coordinating the event and said it is open to all students ages 14 and older but will also have information for special needs pupils and their families.

   “The goal of Transition Night is to align students with agencies, schools and trainings that can assist them in their adult life,” Henderson explained. “We will have community colleges such as West Virginia Northern Community College and Eastern Gateway Community College, technical trade schools, mental health agencies, parent advocates, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Social Security representatives, job coaches, summer camps for young adults, the Jefferson County Community Action Council, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and Ohio Means Jobs. We are adding three new groups with PASS, employment options and representatives of summer camps.”

   Another addition is attorney Sarah Gasser of the Scarpone Law Office of Steubenville, who will answer questions about guardianship.

   “Our whole goal is to get this out to as many students and parents in Jefferson County as possible. Year after year, we hear that they never knew these resources existed,” Henderson continued. “We’re passionate about aligning resources in the community that can benefit the kids.”

   With more than a dozen organizations available, she hopes to reach plenty of students and parents. About 35 people have attended in the past but Henderson would like to see more at the next event. For more information, contact Henderson at the JCJVS at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 509.

Transition Night Set for March 18
Posted 2/21/2020 at 12:44:08 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]

BLOOMINGDALE-High school students throughout Jefferson County are invited to one upcoming event to learn what resources are available to help them prepare for the future.

   The fourth annual Transition Night will be held at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on March 18 from 5-7 p.m. in the commons area. Representatives from colleges, trade schools and organizations plus state and area agencies will be on hand to share their knowledge and help students take advantage of available opportunities. Christina Henderson, instructor for the JCJVS Transition To Work program, is coordinating the event and said it is open to all students ages 14 and older but will also have information for special needs pupils and their families.

   “The goal of Transition Night is to align students with agencies, schools and trainings that can assist them in their adult life,” Henderson explained. “We will have community colleges such as West Virginia Northern Community College and Eastern Gateway Community College, technical trade schools, mental health agencies, parent advocates, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Social Security representatives, job coaches, summer camps for young adults, the Jefferson County Community Action Council, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) and Ohio Means Jobs. We are adding three new groups with PASS, employment options and representatives of summer camps.”

   Another addition is attorney Sarah Gasser of the Scarpone Law Office of Steubenville, who will answer questions about guardianship.

   “Our whole goal is to get this out to as many students and parents in Jefferson County as possible. Year after year, we hear that they never knew these resources existed,” Henderson continued. “We’re passionate about aligning resources in the community that can benefit the kids.”

   With more than a dozen organizations available, she hopes to reach plenty of students and parents. About 35 people have attended in the past but Henderson would like to see more at the next event. For more information, contact Henderson at the JCJVS at (740) 264-5545, Ext. 509.

JVS Students Trek to D.C.
Posted 2/5/2020 at 9:02:08 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SKills USA Regional Officer Institute

BLOOMINGDALE-Three Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students headed to the nation’s capital to learn more about leadership through SkillsUSA.

   Juniors Haylee Blackburn and Shane McCoy and senior Allyson Burkett attended the annual Ohio SkillsUSA Regional Officer Training Institute on Jan. 20-25, where they joined 40 representatives from around the state to take part in leadership training, meet legislative officials and tour Washington’s landmarks and museums. Blackburn and McCoy were elected southeast regional officers this past fall while Burkett currently serves as a state officer. They and two more regional officers got to view the African-American and Holocaust Museums and visit the offices of U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, both R-Ohio, to speak with their assistants.

    Blackburn, the daughter of Jennifer McLean of Mingo Junction and a health technologies student at the JVS, said the group viewed many sites and learned what their roles entailed.

   “I learned how to be a leader, how to talk to people and how to set a goal,” she explained, adding that she will definitely use her newfound knowledge in the future. Blackburn is also considering a run for a state SkillsUSA office.

    McCoy, son of Timothy and Tammy McCoy of Bergholz and an auto service technology student at the JVS, said he gained more understanding about promoting the organization.

 “It was about getting people involved with Skills and you learned more of a casual way to talk about it,” he added. “We saw Congressman Johnson’s assistant and museums and got an education.”

   Burkett, daughter of Kristen Burkett of Wintersville and a health tech student, said it was her second time in Washington since she attended last year as a regional officer. This time she got to work with the regional officers to prepare them for their roles.

   “The state officers work with the regional officers,” Burkett said. “The experience was nice and I was teaching other people. I taught them about Skills and worked with them.”

    Her time as a state representative has also included working with regional officers at the fall conference and attending a summer camp in Columbus to learn about skills and being better leaders.

   Tammy Sismondo, JVS health tech instructor and SkillsUSA co-advisor, said the students had a tremendous opportunity to become better leaders and people as a whole.

   “The trip to Washington, D.C., is an amazing educational opportunity for our students. They get to learn the history of our nation and interact with legislative staff, all the while developing leadership skills.”

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

(Photo Cutline: Jefferson County Joint Vocational School students Haylee Blackburn, Allyson Burkett and Shane McCoy represented their school, southeast region and state for attended the annual Ohio SkillsUSA Officers Institute in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20-25, where they joined 40 SkillsUSA officers from throughout the state to tour the nation’s capital, meet legislative officials and learn how to become better leaders themselves through the SkillsUSA organization. They are pictured here with fellow regional officers and include, front from left, Nadia Policoff and Shannon Bills, both of Mid-East CTC/Zanesville Campus, and Haylee Blackburn. Back: Tegan Garnes of the Tri-County Career Center along with Shane McCoy and Allyson Burkett.)

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 [email protected].

(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.)

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