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Sen. Hoagland Visits JVS
Posted 9/22/2021 at 12:19:59 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Hoagland
Ohio Sen. Frank Hoagland (R-30th District) visited the criminal justice program at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School on Sept. 20 and spoke to seniors about the importance of attending training and his PTSD program for veterans, plus he told them to “trust but validate” if what people are saying is true. Pictured are, from left, Sen. Hoagland, Koby Hood, Sam Price, Emily Gubanez, Kayla White and Alexis Rager.
Lucas Builds Skills in Carpentry Program
Posted 9/10/2021 at 10:39:32 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Dave Lucas
BLOOMINGDALE-Dave Lucas is helping students build upon their skills as the new carpentry instructor at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

   Lucas, a Broadacre native who now resides in Colliers, most recently served as an intervention specialist in the Indian Creek Local School District but has experience in the carpentry field. He succeeds Steve Orwick, who retired this spring after 22 years, and is eager to help his nine seniors and 12 juniors prepare for the working world.

   “It’s nice working with the kids. They get hands-on experience and get ready for the construction industry,” Lucas said. “The skills I’m teaching can actually earn them money.”

   But the JVS holds significance for him since Lucas himself is an alumnus. He attended the school while a student at the former Wintersville High School and earned a two-year electronics certificate. After graduating in 1989, he went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education for grades K-8 with a minor in special education from West Liberty University in 2000 as well as a master’s degree in educational administration at Franciscan University in 2012. Lucas has worked with children of all ages as an intervention specialist and served at Indian Creek from 2001-10 and 2015-21, plus he served as a work-study coordinator with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center from 2010-15. He also has 20 years’ experience in the lumber retail field and 30 years in construction, which includes operating his own business from 2008-10. 

   Additionally, he is married and has a 14-year-old son. Lucas said he opted for a change and began his new stint on Aug. 19, and he is enjoying his time at JCJVS.

   “I enjoy doing carpentry work with the students. I went to school here and thought it was a good experience,” Lucas commented. “I had good teachers and it prepared me for my future.”

   He said juniors will get their feet wet by building sawhorses, birdhouses and toolboxes during the first semester while seniors will tackle larger projects such as the next modular home, and hopes are to begin the latter structure soon. For now, seniors are constructing interior walls, floors and decks. Meanwhile, Lucas leads the program with assistance from Mark Starcher and said he was pleased to be part of the JVS community.

   “It’s a nice learning environment for the students and a positive environment for the staff. It’s a friendly climate and safety is also important.”

   He also praised Supervisor/Principal Dan Hartman and Supervisor/Assistant Principal Andy Long for their continued support.

   “They have been very helpful to me.”
(Photo Cutline: Dave Lucas is settling in as the new carpentry program instructor at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Lucas most recently served as an intervention specialist for Indian Creek Local School District but has a background in the construction field. He is enjoying his new stint and helping students prepare for success in the field. Lucas is pictured with seniors Brycen Miller, Landon Thomas, Keira Briganti and Damean Flenniken.)
Budding Artists
Posted 9/10/2021 at 10:17:23 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Preschool
Youngsters are becoming budding artists as they paint with watercolors in the early childhood education program’s preschool class at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. Fifteen kids ages 3-5 participate on Monday to Thursday and take part in fun learning activities to get them ready for kindergarten. Lita Bennett, a junior in the ECE program, oversees a group during their art session and the program is led by instructor Becky Kelley with aide Deanna Hines. For more information, contact JCJVS at (740) 264-5545.
JVS Board Adds Member, Talks Return
Posted 8/18/2021 at 4:15:33 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Reeves Oath
BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education is looking forward to another year with a new member and a return to classes.
   The board met Tuesday and welcomed Andy Reeves, who was appointed to complete Randy Henry’s three-year term as representative for Toronto City Schools that expires on Dec. 31. Reeves, a Toronto resident, took the oath of office and his place on the board, but he is not new to local education. He was a special education teacher for 15 years and athletic director for six years at Toronto, followed by a five-year stint as director of special programs at Beaver Local Schools. His most recent post is as assistant superintendent at Carrollton, which he began three weeks ago. 
   He has served on the Toronto school board for the past two years and was eager to serve the JVS panel.
   “It’s nice to hear input from different districts. It not only helps the Toronto kids, but I also get different perspectives for my job.”
    JVS Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson welcomed Reeves aboard and said he would provide vast experience to his role.
   “I’ve known Mr. Reeves for several years and think he’ll make a great addition to the board.”
    Meanwhile, the board prepared for students’ return to classes for the 2021-22 school term, announcing an open house this Monday, Aug. 23. Juniors will attend from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with seniors at 6-7 p.m. Supervisor/Principal Dan Hartman said pupils will have a chance to meet teachers and staff, view their classrooms and labs, pay related fees and obtain their schedules and Chromebooks.
   “We’ll have conversations with the kids who may be coming in for the first time,” Hartman said. He and Supervisor/Assistant Principal Andy Long estimated that 331 students will attend this year and school begins on Aug. 24.
  Dr. Phillipson also provided an update on the start of school, saying work had been completed throughout the building from new carpeting and painting to window cleaning while floors should be done soon. He also introduced a resolution on COVID protocols which was consistent with state health guidelines. The policy authorizes the superintendent to issue guidance to students and staff regarding safety measures such as facial coverings. 
   “It means we’re following the ODH guidelines and they are strongly recommending masks if they are not vaccinated,” he said.
   Discussion ensued and board members noted that guidelines varied between school districts, with Steubenville mandating masks while Edison and Indian Creek were optional. They did note, however, that masks are mandated on buses to follow federal standards. Dr. Phillipson added there were protocols for vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals should they be exposed and have to quarantine. For now, schools may still conduct dances and students may congregate. He commented that the JVS would still take steps to ensure a safe environment for all who inhabit the building.
  “We have masks on, Plexiglas at the lunch table and the air is being filtered. Last year, we didn’t have an outbreak. We’ll respond if we need to, but hopefully we won’t need to.”
   “We can encourage any student who wants to wear a mask to wear a mask,” said JVS Board President Larry George.
   Dr. Phillipson said he could also contact the health department to facilitate vaccinations in the future, which for now is available to children ages 12 and over. 
   In related news, he praised school administrators, office staff, custodians and maintenance workers for helping to prepare for the start of school while Hartman and Long were also approved to make school closings and other emergency decisions in the superintendent’s absence.
  Among other action:
--The board heard updates from Hartman on teacher inservice and professional development plans and Long on the emergency operations plan. The EOP was later approved; 
--Approved an administrative salary schedule; 
--Approved a contract with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center to assign Don Ogden as a mental health professional from Sept. 2, 2021, to July 31, 2022; 
--Approved a contract with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for a school resource officer for the upcoming school year; 
--Accepted an estimated $64,000 Small Rural Schools Achievement Grant for 2021-22 for operations; 
--Approved an alternative school service agreement with JCESC for the upcoming school year; 
--Revoked a bid for noncompliance and approved another from Dave Lancaster to purchase the modular home; 
--Scheduled the next board meeting for Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
JVS Selects New Carpentry Instructor
Posted 6/21/2021 at 10:58:38 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education is building on the success of its carpentry program by selecting Dave Lucas as its new instructor.
   Lucas was named during the June 15 regular session and succeeds Steve Orwick, who retired this spring after 22 total years of service. Lucas, of Colliers, most recently served as a teacher in the Indian Creek Local School District and has operated his own construction business in the past. 
  His graduated from the former Wintersville High School and also earned a two-year electronics certificate from the JVS in 1989, then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education at West Liberty University in 2000. He earned his master’s degree in administration education from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012 and has worked with children of all ages as an intervention specialist. Lucas served at Indian Creek from 2001-10 and 2015 to the present, plus he served as a work-study coordinator with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center from 2010-15. He also has 20 years’ experience in the lumber retail field and 30 years in construction, which includes operating his own business from 2008-10. 
   Lucas was excited to begin his new duties and work with the students.
   “I appreciate the opportunity to come on board,” he said. “I love to work with kids. With my construction background, I want to get them ready to work.”
   As a JVS alumnus, he said he hoped to represent the school as an educator and also praised officials at Indian Creek for giving him a chance to teach in the district.  The board granted him a one-year limited contract effective Aug. 19.
   JCJVS Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson said he would be an asset to the program.
  “He’s a really good person and brings a positive attitude,” Dr. Phillipson said. “He was a student here who wanted to give something back as an instructor.”
   Among other action, the board:
--Heard from Dr. Phillipson, who presented updates on the Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) and Perkins funding review and read letters on E-Rate and Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program grant status regarding money for technology. He also discussed the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) training he and administrators were undergoing;
--Heard from Supervisor/Principal Dan Hartman’s update on the master schedule and Supervisor/Assistant Principal Andy Long’s report on the student-parent handbook. Both items were later approved;
---Accepted a letter of resignation from William Polsinelli, maintenance/custodian, effective July 1;
--Approved the revised Fiscal Year 2021 permanent appropriations and adopted temporary appropriations for FY’22;
--Approved the renewal of a hardware service agreement and a software support agreement with PaySchools for Pay for It, secure online payment program.
--Approved payment to the Jefferson County ESC for the costs associated with JVS students taking credit recovery and enrichment courses via the Virtual Learning Academy.
--Approved the renewal of the district’s insurance policy with Schools of Ohio Risk Sharing Authority (McBane Insurance Agency) for property, auto and liability coverage;
--Approved a one-year, full-service agreement on all i2c installed equipment with i2c Technologies;
--Approved a contract with Gabbart for webpage design;
--Approved a resolution accepting the $51,000 bid received for the modular home built by JVS carpentry students with assistance from professionals and students in the electrical trades program;
--Announced the Comprehensive Continuing Improvement Plan;
--Set the next regular board meeting for July 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Posted 5/5/2021 at 1:16:25 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Lifesavers
Ethan Masters, pictured at left, and Vinnie Marcino, seniors in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, practice some life-saving techniques on mannequins as they work to obtain First Aid/CPR certification. Students trained with Rebecca Kelley, early childhood education instructor at JVS and a certified first aid instructor through the American Heart Association.
TTW Students Back on the Job
Posted 4/28/2021 at 3:59:44 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS TTW Back to Work
BLOOMINGDALE-Transition to Work students are back on the job after the coronavirus impacted their ability to hone their job skills.
   Instructor Christina Henderson said her 12 juniors and seniors at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have been performing tasks outdoors at Vaccaro Field, where they clean up after local games. The work allows them to get hands-on experience outside of school and she hopes they will also resume working for area businesses.
   “We’re only allowed to have them at Vaccaro Field because it’s outside, but here at school we’ve opened our school store to staff only,” she added. “That allows the students to get their skills by running and cleaning the slush and popcorn machines and making cookies.”
    TTW has also partnered with the health technologies and auto body collision programs to provide laundry services and will also clean the modular home built by the carpentry lab in preparation for its upcoming sale. In the past, students have performed tasks at six sites around the community such as helping with hounds at Gold Star Kennel in Cadiz, and Henderson has been in talks with others to provide more work opportunities for the pupils.
   “Hopefully, once the restrictions are lifted, we can get back to Kroger. That has led to jobs for students after they graduated,” she continued. “We’re in talks with other businesses and a lot of students are aligned or lining up with the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. They are supports for our kids for job skills and offer job coaching and on-the-job training and transitions kids into adult jobs and adult lives.”
   The OOD will work with students like senior Devin Rea, who will take part in a summer job program and receive six weeks of on-the-job training sprucing up local parks, plus he will make some money along the way.
   “It’s great and I can earn a paycheck,” Rea said. “I want to save my money [because] the future is unknown.”
    Other students say they enjoy the experience and it helps get them ready to join the workforce.
   “I like helping the community,” said senior Angela Talbott. “It’s fun being on a team together and working outside.”
   “I like going out in the field, being with my friends and helping out,” added junior Hunter Springer.
   In the end, Henderson said it is all about preparing them for the real world.
  “Our whole goal is to make them successful contributors to society,” she concluded.
(Photo Cutline: Dylan Haines, a student in the Transition To Work program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, helps clean up Vaccaro Field in preparation for local games. Instructor Christina Henderson said students gain work experience both in and out of school to help prepare them the real world.)
Students Now Certified EKG Techs
Posted 4/28/2021 at 3:51:22 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Seniors in the health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are now certified EKG technicians after passing an exam through the National Healthcare Association. It was the first time the exam was given in the school program and five students made the grade including, pictured from left, Rayven Ellis of Toronto High School, Haylee Blackburn of Indian Creek High School, Paige Boals of Harrison Central High School, Kacey Carothers of HCHS and Sierrah Walker of ICHS. Health tech instructor Tammy Sismondo said not only are the students certified but they also gain points toward graduation.
Life Skills
Posted 4/28/2021 at 3:44:17 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CPR Training
Layne Kinney, a senior in the welding program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School and student at Edison High School, worked for his CPR/First Aid certification during a training session with Jamie Freeman, criminal justice teacher at the school and a certified instructor through the American Heart Association and Trinity Health Systems. Freeman planned to conduct more trainings with other school programs from criminal justice to culinary arts in the coming weeks.
Students Heading to State HOSA Competition
Posted 3/29/2021 at 11:37:00 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE- Health technologies students are moving on to state events after securing top spots in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) regional competition.

    Tammy Sismondo, program instructor at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, said this year’s festivities were held virtually in February because of COVID-19, but students learned the good news this month about their advancement to the next level of competition.

   “The restraints of COVID really restricted students from showcasing their skills, but at least they can still participate in some capacity for now. Almost everybody who participated placed at the competition and they had practice to do it virtually because they also [were virtual] for the regionals last year,” she said. “The students are excited to move on and compete at the state level.”

     Among those earning accolades at the Region 3 contest on Feb. 3 were the following: 
--Senior Trista Furbee, first place, physical therapy;
--Junior Kristen Carroll, first, personal care;
--Senior Haylee Blackburn, first, clinical specialty;
--Senior Kacey Carothers, second, clinical specialty;
--Senior Paige Boals, second, home health care;
--Senior Jesica Pedersen, third, home health care;
--Senior Mackenzie Weaver, third, nutrition;
--Seniors Tyler Corella and Amber Smith, both fourth, nurse assisting.

   The virtual State Leadership Conference is set for April 12-16 with contests to be held each day. The health tech program also has seen its share of students moving on to nationals with three first-place winners and numerous finalists at that competition.
Health Tech Program Fills Growing Demand in Field
Posted 3/29/2021 at 11:18:20 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS HEalth Tech Bailey Ebright
BLOOMINGDALE- Health care has been a consistent frontrunner in the career field and the health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School has continued its mission to supply the demand for workers.

   From nurses to phlebotomists, the program has churned out employees in all aspects of the industry. Instructor Tammy Sismondo said about 80 percent of her graduates move on to further their education with the largest percentage in nursing to medical assisting.

  “Several go on to work right from the program as a pharmacy tech, nurse’s aide and EKG tech,” she said, adding that 100 percent of her students gain employment in some form of health care. “They work at local hospitals or doctor’s offices and a lot of health care facilities, and a large majority work while they are in college. Health care is part of a growing career field that can offer lifetime employment and career advancement. Whether you are interested in pursuing an entry-level position or planning to further your career by attending a college or university, we are prepared to meet your needs. This fast-paced, state-of-the-art program will prepare you for success.”

   She currently has 23 students in her program and juniors gain knowledge in medical terminology and basic entry-level skills such as safety, infection control, legal and ethical issues and anatomy and physiology. Seniors learn nurse assisting, EKG technician, phlebotomy tech and School-to-Work. Students may still participate in homeschool functions such as sports, be a member of the National Technical Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and take part in College Credit Plus to get a jumpstart on higher education. In addition, her pupils have joined SkillsUSA and Health Occupations Students of America, the latter of which has resulted in three national winners and numerous finalists. The JVS is also affiliated with the National Health Care Association and offers many of the same certifications that are offered by colleges after graduation including phlebotomy technician, patient care technician, clinical medical assistant, Ohio Department of Health State-Tested Nurse’s Aide, OSHA Career Safe and CPR, AED and First Aid. College Credit Plus is offered through Eastern Gateway Community College for medical terminology, medical assisting, employability skills, nurse assisting and CPR/First Aid. 

   Sismondo continued that students who move on to college may pursue two-and four-year degrees to become a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, radiology technician, physical therapy assistant, emergency medical technician, medical assistant, respiratory therapist, occupational therapist or work in sports medicine. 

   “We offer an extensive job shadowing program in conjunction with many local health care facilities. Job shadowing is an important aspect when choosing future career goals and aspirations,” she noted. “Students are better prepared to make informed decisions regarding future career choices and goals.”

   She said shadowing gives pupils insight into their future career choice while volunteering helps them become acclimated to the health care environment and transition more easily to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to participate in the School-to-Work Program, which allows them to earn high school credit as they work in their chosen field of interest. However, the sequence of the senior curriculum is changing next year to afford them even more chances for real-world experience.

    “We do our nurse’s aide clinicals at Lancia’s Villa Royale with three full days for each group before they test,” she explained. “For phlebotomy, they draw blood and need 100 hours before they are eligible to sit for a test while the EKG tech requires 10 hours at facilities for clinicals. They also have an opportunity to take the test for patient care technician (PCT).”

   Students planning to continue in the field say the JVS is helping them prepare for their career path.

   Junior Bailey Ebright, a student at Buckeye Local High School, hopes to become a neonatal nurse and said she is getting a great start with her education.

   “I’ll be ahead of my classmates. I’m more knowledgeable in what I want to do in life,” she added.
   Allison Robinette, a junior at Indian Creek High School, is still reviewing her options but knows she wants to help others.

  “You are getting a head start [here] and feel like you are getting a better look into it than when you go straight into college,” she concluded.

    For more information about health tech or any of the JVS programs, call (740) 264-5545 or go online to www.jeffjvs.org.
(Photo Cutline: Bailey Ebright, a junior in the health technologies program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, practices on her “patient” and said her education is giving her a great start in her future to become a neonatal nurse. All of the students in the program eventually move on to work in some aspect of the health care field.)
BPA Students Advance to States
Posted 3/9/2021 at 8:57:45 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE-Seven multimedia and design students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School advanced to the state competition after earning top honors at the regional Ohio Business Professionals of America contest.
   Instructor Cody LaRue said his pupils placed first for graphic design to small business management in the virtual event in February and will move on to the state competition this month. Jonathan Powers took first in graphic design while he, Jacob Owens and Anthony Myslinski placed first in podcast production team. In addition, the team of McKenna Cook, Nathan Dierkes, Andrew Nelson and Elizabeth Smith were first in small business management.
   “It was a virtual competition for Region 5 and submissions were judged by advisors,” LaRue said. “The students gave recorded presentations on Google Meets. The state leadership conference will similar and they have to upload files and give a virtual presentation.”
   Submissions will go to the state for judging and winners will be announced March 18 while a virtual awards ceremony will also be held.
Contract, Bid Plan Focus of JVS Session
Posted 2/17/2021 at 3:22:12 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School Board of Education has renewed the contract of its longtime treasurer after taking official action on Tuesday.
   The board agreed to give Treasurer Karen Spoonemore a two-year deal, extending her tenure from Aug. 31, 2021, to July 31, 2023. Spoonemore has been with the school district for roughly three decades and Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson said she continues to bring a wealth of knowledge to her role.
   “She does a great job and has had great audits and brings a lot of experience being a career tech treasurer,” he said.
   Meanwhile, the latest construct from students in the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School carpentry program will be seeking occupancy as leaders plan to take bids later this spring.
     “We will be in the process of advertising the modular home and putting it up for sealed bids,” said Dr Phillipson. “We have to set dates for when we’re taking the sealed bids and advertise. It may be in April or May.”
   It is the third modular home built by carpentry students in the past few years, but previous classes erected a total of seven houses at the Breezewood Manor subdivision near the school campus on County Highway 22A in Bloomingdale. The latest 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. 
   Dr. Phillipson said the current project’s conclusion has been a long time coming since it was abruptly halted by the pandemic.
   “We planned to have it finished last summer but we didn’t have school from March 16 to the end of the school year, so they couldn’t work on it.”
   Following discussion, the board authorized Dr. Phillipson and Spoonemore to take steps to advertise for and sell the home while an open house will also be scheduled.
   In other matters:
--Dr. Phillipson said 40 teachers and JVS staff members will be getting their COVID-19 vaccinations at Edison High School on Feb. 24;
--Principal/Supervisor Dan Hartman updated leaders on applications for CTE -26 for 2021-22 while Assistant Principal/Supervisor Andy Long reported on Spotlight on Skills regional and state activities for organizations;
--Dr. Phillipson and Spoonemore were named to serve a three-year term on the district’s insurance committee with Long as an alternate;
--Small animal science instructor Emily Moore was moved from Class III to Class IV and the treasurer to place the appropriate step, based on a letter and completion of college credit;
--The board approved the first reading of NEOLA board policies, applications for food service licenses to operate the the school cafeteria and Crestview Inn Restaurant through the Jefferson County Health Department;
--Leaders agreed to pay the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for costs associated with students taking credit recovery and enrichment courses through the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA);
--Officials approved the purchase of materials to install 100 feet of propane gas lines from Cattrell Company, Inc., as well as materials for the paint booth from Modern Auto and Truck Parts for the auto collision lab;
--The board acquired 32 laptops for staff from Best Buy, two indoor security cameras from i2c Technologies and seven AED’s from AED Superstore;
--Officials approved an MOU for College Credit Plus Alternative Funding agreement between Eastern Gateway Community College and JVS for 2021-22;
--Leaders announced parent-teacher conferences will be held on March 2 from 3:15- 6:15 p.m. while the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) Northeast Region Spring Conference will be conducted virtually on March 3;
--Reviewed the winter adult education program enrollment, saying numbers were down due to COVID-19 while classes have also been impacted by the inclement weather;
--Set the next meeting for March 16.
JVS Announces Spotlight on Skills Winners
Posted 2/3/2021 at 10:39:54 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE-Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School showcased their abilities during the 2021 Spotlight on Skills Competition Jan. 27-28 and will advance to regional and even state contests.
  Juniors and seniors in labs and academic classes took part in events throughout the day, but this year’s competition underwent a few alterations to meet COVID-19 safety protocols. Community members and business representatives judged events virtually or were on-site after school to limit the amount of people in the building.
   SkillsUSA includes about 80 percent of the students while program labs include student organizations such as the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Business Professionals of America (BPA) and the Future Farmers of America (FFA). The technical trade skills portion centers on more hands-on knowledge while the leadership segment views softer skills from CPR/First Aid to job interviews. Gold, silver and bronze awards were distributed and top placers move on to regional competitions around February and March. Those who win at the regional level may compete at state events and potentially advance to the national level.
   Juniors who placed include the following:
   Auto Collision Technology (ACT): Ashley White, first; Bailey Fillman, second; and Josh Riley, third, collision repair;
   Auto Service Technology (AST): Hunter Strosnider, first; Connor Garbade, second; and Antonio McGinnis, third;
   Cosmetology: Crystal Fisher, first (straight to state); Lela-Ann Sproul, second; and Kayleigh Diekman, third, job skills demonstration;
   Criminal Justice: Samantha Price, first; Kayla White, second; and Emily Gubanez, third;
   Computer Networking Technology (CNT): Devin Cucarese, first; Justin Batson, second; and Jesse Allen, third, information technology services;
   Early Childhood Education (ECE): Katelyn Gallagher, first; Felicity Dawson, second; and Janelle Lott, third, FCCLA Language and Literacy;
   Electrical Trades: Tyler Sipes, first; Garret Rawson, second; and Zane Cunningham, third, electrical construction wiring;
   Health Technologies: Allison Robinette, first, and Shiann Hanket, second, BPA behavioral health; Allison Robinette, first; Rayven Ellis (senior), second; and Shiann Hanket, third, BPA behavioral health-overall; William Evans, first, and Jasmine Platko, BPA medical assisting; Tara Draper, first, BPA medical reading; Kristen Carroll, first, BPA personal care; Matelin Sterling, first, and Katelynn McWhorter, second, BPA medical terminology; Bailey Ebright, first, and Hailey Burgess, second, BPA physical therapy; Bailey Ebright, first; Hailey Burgess, second; and Trista Furbee (senior), third, BPA physical therapy-overall;
   Multimedia and Design (MAD): Camden Parisi, Harlee Barbour, Breanna Hanlin and Bryce Garman, first, BPA podcast production team; and Deliah Rucker, first, BPA digital media production;
   Power Mechanics: Freddy Jones, first; Hunter McFadden, second; and David Jenkins, third, FFA Ag mechanics skills;
   Small Animal Science (SAS) Leanna Smith and Paige Smith, first; Mackenzie Bay and Laci Gear, second; and Micaila McMillion and Madison Hale, third, FFA veterinary science clinical procedures;
   Transition to Work (TTW): Macy Bigler, first, and Dylan Haines, second, job demonstration;
   Welding: Andrew Shrock, first, and Kolten Hanlin, second;
   Extemporaneous Speaking: Zac Close, first; Joseph Snider, second; and Anthony Duke, third.
   Among the seniors were the following:
   AST: Shane McCoy, first; Andrew Perrie, second; and Hannah Beadnell, third;
   ACT: Zach Hrancho, first; Daniel Quaynor, second; and Doug Whitman, third, collision repair;
   Carpentry: Braden Ghrist, first; Dylan Newburn, second; and Daniel Musacchio, third;
   CNT: Ronald Inman, first; Ashton Turner, second; and Issac Workman, third, information tech services;
   Cosmetology: Alli Helms, first; Katie Gulczynski, second; and Destiny Karpinski-Layman, third;
   Criminal Justice: Raven Shannon, first; Hannah Crain, second; and HuMonni McShan and Isaaiah Johnston, third;
   Culinary Arts: Jacob Firm, first; Skylynn Skamp, second; and Peter Satiropoulis, third;
   ECE: Zoe Schupp, first; Isabella Gaudio, second; and Justus Forster, third, FCCLA Language and Literacy; Alexis Kerns and Hailey Hanson, first, FCCLA Focus on Children Team; Holly Campos, first, FCCLA curriculum unit development; Lainee Harris and Lucia Burton, first, and Savannah Everhart and Kailene Barz, second, FCCLA lesson preparation;
   Electrical Trades: Dylan Waggoner, first, and Zachary Ross, second, motor control; Trevor Thompson, first; Robert Eckley, second; and William Schultz, third, construction electrical;
   Health Tech: Amber Smith, first; Tyler Corella, second; and Alexis Grigsby, third, nurse assisting; Trista Furbee, first, physical therapy; Rayven Ellis, first, behavioral health; Paige Boals, first; Sierrah Walker, second; and Jesica Pedersen, third, home health; Mackenzie Weaver, first, nutrition;
   Power Mechanics: Lawrence White, first; Clayton Yarosz, second; and Joey McGinness, third, FFA Ag mechanics;
   SAS: Ethan Masters and Vinnie Marcino, first; Kelsie Law and Ellen Hanood, second; and Hannah Batson and Samantha Fraelich, third; FFA Science Clinical Procedures;
   TTW: Nolan Granatir, first, and Devin Rea, second, Job Interview I; Zach Smith, first, and Layla Logue, second, job interview; and Mariah Yost, first; Angela Talbott, second, and Christopher Hunter, third, job demonstration;
   Welding: Gage Hook, first; Matthew Truby, second; and Jesse McLeod, third;
   MAD: Jonathan Powers, first, and Rayne Otto, second, BPA graphic design promotion; Deliah Rucker, first, and Jason Ohle, second, BPA digital media production; Angel Garder, Gracie Keener, Justen Wargo and Brice Fillman, BPA production team; and McKenna Cook, Nathan Dierkes, Andrew Nelson and Elizabeth Smith, first, BPA small business management;
   Job Interview: Izack McClurg, first; Gage Palmer, second; and Alex McAfee, third.
Prizes Awarded to Electrical Trades Students
Posted 2/2/2021 at 4:27:02 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
Students in the electrical trades program earned some top prizes after competing in the annual SkillsUSA contest on Jan. 27-28. Instructor Buddy Davis said it was the first time prizes were donated and drill kits and pack out kits were given by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 246 Labor Management Cooperation Committee and General Rental, whose representatives participate on the program’s advisory committee.  Winners included juniors, from left, Tyler Sipes, Garett Rawson and Zane Cunningham and seniors Dylan Waggoner, Zach Ross, Kevin Wires, Trevor Thompson, Robert Eckley and Billy Schultz.

JVS Students Benefit from Traffic Safety Grants
Posted 1/26/2021 at 11:41:36 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Traffic Grant
BLOOMINGDALE-Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are learning valuable lessons on traffic safety thanks to a recent grant allocation.
   Early childhood education students in the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization gained two Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) grants totaling $2,000 which are being used to highlight vehicle and seatbelt safety. FACTS is a national FCCLA peer education program through which students strive to save lives through personal, vehicle and road safety. The goal is to educate others and support the enforcement of local rules and regulations regarding community traffic safety. 
   FCCLA Advisor Becky Kelley said it was the second year that the group received funding but COVID-19 forced a change of plans to implement projects.
   “We got two $1,000 grants through FCCLA’s traffic safety program and picked seatbelt safety and preparing your car for winter and making sure it is safe. We chose from a list and thought there were opportunities for winter maintenance and students should know what to check in their cars.”
   Kelley added that the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted a distracted driving program last year complete with special goggles to mimic impairment, but outside visits were curtailed due to safety protocols. However, School Resource Officer Bill Timko agreed to lead separate presentations for 20 juniors and seniors since the school has been operating in a hybrid format during the pandemic.
    Students received a winter readiness checklist itemizing such details as checking battery connections and cold cranking amps; checking battery connections for corrosion; reviewing cooling systems for leaks and fluid levels; checking the depth of tire treads; checking tire pressure on all tires including the spare; ensuring the vehicle has a jack and tire tool; checking wipers for excessive wear; checking wiper fluids, vehicle fluids and filters for pre-winter service; checking defrosters; reviewing all lights and turn signals; and always having a half-tank of fuel when traveling.
   Officer Timko has provided a series of winter driving and car care tips and does plan to shift the focus to seatbelts.
   “[I’ve discussed] checking the battery, tire treads, tips on stopping at a mechanic’s shop for air pressure and fluid checks before going on long trips, keeping items in the vehicle from blankets and flares to bottled water,” he commented. “There are also tips if they get stuck, such as letting the engine run intermittently and making sure they carry a map since GPS doesn’t work everywhere. Most of the juniors don’t drive but it helps get them prepared and into the right mindset. At some point, we will do a seatbelt safety program. The OHP does it every year, but with COVID we’re taking it over and doing it ourselves. We’ll try to get students to understand that seatbelts are not only regulated under state law but they also save lives.”
   Kelley added that the latter program will involve checks to ensure students are wearing them, and those who are caught doing the good deed will receive candy with a note of thanks for taking the time to stay safe.
   “We want to show the students that we care and want them to be safe, so we are giving them tools they need to check their cars and understand seatbelt safety,” she said. “It also limited contact but gives them a chance to have fun.”

(Photo Cutlines: The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America organization received Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) grants totaling $2,000 to highlight vehicle and seatbelt safety. School Resource Officer Bill Timko has led presentations with early childhood education students on vehicle safety while the FCCLA will give sweet rewards to students who buckle up behind the wheel. 
Criminal Justice Program Affords Many Opportunities
Posted 1/21/2021 at 11:30:28 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Criminal Justice
BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is helping students forge a path for their future and the criminal justice program offers a wide range of career opportunities in that field.
   The program has existed for nearly 20 years at the JVS and current instructor Jamie Freeman said there were many ways students can help protect the community. Careers include corrections and security to forensics while students explore a range of criminal investigations and emergency response to terrorism as part of the curriculum. Local law enforcement and homeland security professionals also provide training and students have earned certification in boating and defense tactics and completed state certification exams through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission for private security. Freeman said testing and certification give pupils the tools they need to get ahead of the game.
   “We went through the Ohio Department of Corrections’ course and it’s similar to what we do. When students finish and pass the test and are 18 years old, they can apply and start working [in correctional facilities],” she explained.
   That program began last year but COVID has prevented students from taking advantage of that opportunity, for now. They can also complete coursework to become federal protection officers that is similar to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy’s (OPOTA) security program. Meanwhile, Freeman said the next session will look at forensics in closer detail.
   “I have 13 students who will each pick a chapter to present to the class and teach,” she said. “We have forensics kits and students get hands-on experience.”
   She noted that quite a few alumni have gone on to serve in the military or take related studies at Eastern Gateway Community College.
   “Corrections is such a huge field and a great starting point. Employees have great pay and benefits and we want to give [students] an idea of what they can do.”
   Seniors Raven Shannon and Alex McAfee said they have learned a lot from the program to help them chart their courses for the future.
   “I want to work in corrections, and I’m sure there are many possible jobs to do there and will work my way up,” said Shannon, noting that she has gained a lot of knowledge during her time at JVS.
     McAfee, who plans to study criminal behavior at either Kent State or Youngstown State University, will begin her path at EGCC and OPOTA. She also cited the advantages of getting her education at the JVS.
   “It’s definitely a learning experience and there are a lot more opportunities here than you would find anywhere else,” she added. “I’m going to school to study criminal behavior and some sections we study here are on [that subject]. I will go to EGCC for two years and the academy and then I will go where life takes me.”
(Photo Cutline: Alex McAfee, a senior in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, is pictured here taking latent fingerprints as part of her forensics studies. McAfee plans to study criminal behavior upon graduation and said her work at the JVS is preparing her for the future. There are a variety of job opportunities in that field from corrections to forensics and security.)
Hands-on Education
Posted 1/11/2021 at 1:37:31 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Electrical Trades
Senior electrical trades students Tyler Baker, pictured in scissor lift, and Trevor Thompson help install a new transformer in the auto body collision lab at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School to service a new paint booth in the class. Juniors and seniors can get a hands-on education in such trades as automotive tech services and welding as well as earn certification for an extra advantage in the workforce. For more information on JVS programs, call (740) 264-5545 or go online to www.jeffjvs.org.
Students in Giving Spirit at JVS
Posted 12/9/2020 at 4:41:28 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE-Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are in the giving spirit this holiday season and showing compassion to those in need.

   The school’s student council is spearheading a collection for the Friendship Room in Steubenville while the welding class is gathering items for blessing bags and donating to a memorial wreath project to honor veterans.

   Student Council Advisor Shawna Myers said the organization will accept items over the next week and asked the various school labs to participate. Students would bring items to their respective labs and contributions will be taken until Dec. 14. The group is seeking new or gently used winter coats, winter shoes, blankets, books and supplies such as hand warmers, canned goods (namely heavy soups with pop-top lids) cleaning supplies and toiletries. 

   “Because of COVID, the advisors will collect them from the labs and deliver them,” Myers said. “We hope to take them on Wednesday or Thursday.”

   The pandemic has limited the number of service projects the organization generally perform but members still try to find ways to help the community.

   “We always do some type of community service. We’ve helped for the annual [Anthony D’Aurora Memorial Quarters for Cancer] quarter auction and we’ve helped students in need,” she said. “I’ve had kids suggest a canned food drive, but when I told them about the Friendship Room they liked the idea. I saw that the Friendship Room needed blankets and we like to try to do something around Christmastime. The students are really good about [giving] here and helping people.”

   Meanwhile, welding instructor Todd Parker said his 32 juniors and seniors were gathering goods for Blessing Bags, or Ziploc bags filled with travel-sized toiletries, snacks and other items to distribute to area homeless. Parker plans to donate the bags to the Urban Mission Ministries Inc. of Steubenville.  Students and families may donate $2 to $5 to purchase items for the bags and also have the option to contribute an item for the cause. Among the goods provided are Chapstick or lip balm, granola bars, individual fruit cups, socks, gloves, hats, mittens, chewing gum, individual tissue packs, cheese crackers and gallon-size Ziploc bags.

   The welding program has generated 25-50 bags in the past and Parker noted that the project could be done beyond the holidays.

   “People need help all year long,” he said. “People do things for the holidays but should consider doing it all year.”

   His students will also purchase five wreaths for the Wreaths Across America campaign for placement at Arlington National Cemetery. The program honors National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 19 with a mission to remember, honor and teach by carrying out wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington and more than 2,100 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea and abroad. The goal is to honor every veteran from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.

    Parker said interest was great in both projects and he was pleased with the response he’s received from his classes.

   “I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of kindness form my students,” he said. “We don’t do it for recognition; we do it because it’s the right thing to do.”
Long Helps Students Cement Successful Futures
Posted 12/2/2020 at 10:51:08 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Long
BLOOMINGDALE-When the carpentry program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School needs a little help with a concrete project, officials call upon on Jennifer Long.
   Long, who serves as business agent for the Operative Plasterers’ and Concrete Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) Local 926 Area 39 in Shadyside, has regularly assisted the program while students learned the trade at the Bloomingdale facility. For the past three years, she has been on hand as they added new sidewalks around the building and said she enjoys teaching potential tradespeople at the school.
   She became involved through her association with carpentry instructor Steve Orwick and has helped guide students through the process.  
    “I knew Steve Orwick from years ago and my son, Andy, was a teacher and is now assistant principal there. I heard they were pouring concrete there and Steve said he knew me and asked if I wanted to help them,” she recalled. “I’ve tried to help students learn a little about it. I love to try to teach them because I think it’s a work of art. I love working with the kids, and anytime I can teach somebody I’ll do it.”
   Orwick praised Long for her help, adding that it is rare to see a woman in the trade.
   “She takes time from her own schedule and come out here. She does fantastic work with the students,” he said. “She is more than willing to instruct the kids and takes time to discuss work and life skills.”
   But for Long, hard work is nothing new and she has been performing the task for three decades.
   “I’ve poured concrete for 30 years,” she said. “I looked for a job, saw this in the paper and gave it a try. I ended up liking it.”
   At one point, she was ready to retire but went on to become the business agent two years ago. Now her job is to coordinate worksites with contractors for the estimated 110 union employees. She is only one of a handful of female workers in the field but counts herself fortunate to have worked with great male colleagues through the years. Long once counted her own sister and niece as co-workers and is seeing increased interest among women. 
   “I was one of three or four in the district,” she noted. 
   Long added that her work with the JVS students has led to a few apprenticeships and even more interest from future workforce members.
   “We had two students who worked with our union and three current students approached me about apprenticeships, plus one who wanted to get in,” she continued. “I think it’s picking up, and we need more young people involved.”
    She noted the great pay and benefits, including health and pension plans, and the apprenticeship program begins earning wages around $19 per hour, plus they receive a 5-percent pay increase for every 500 hours worked or spent in the classroom. For more information, contact Long at (304) 312-9128.
(Photo Cutline: Jennifer Long, a business agent with the Operative Plasterers’ and Concrete Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) Local 926 Area 39, has helped carpentry students pour concrete at the Bloomingdale facility for the past three years and is one of few women in the field. However, she is seeing an uptick in interest among females and said she enjoys teaching future tradespeople since more workers are greatly needed.)
Fixing the Fixtures
Posted 11/19/2020 at 12:51:51 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Urban MIssion Light Project
The auto body collision program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School is refurbishing fluorescent light fixtures for the Urban Mission Thrift and Opportunity Center in Steubenville as one of its community service projects. Juniors in the program began the upgrades earlier this month and have refinished more than 100 fixtures during that time. Instructor Russell Achhammer said the JVS’s services were recommended by the Ohio Army National Guard and five students work on the project two to three days a week since they are currently on a hybrid schedule. This is the first time the group has worked with the Urban Mission and more community projects are slated in the near future. Pictured is Josh Riley spraying some of the lights.
JVS Sees Positive Financial Forecast
Posted 11/19/2020 at 11:00:05 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
BLOOMINGDALE-The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District is seeing a clear financial picture as leaders laid out the five-year forecast on Tuesday.
   District Treasurer Karen Spoonemore informed school board members that with normal expenses and current financing conditions the school was projected to remain in the black through Fiscal Year 2025. 
   “It was probably one of the best forecasts I’ve had,” she said. “I don’t foresee anything happening that will hurt the forecast as along as we stay within budget. I think it’s pretty smooth sailing for the next five years.”
   She noted that companies such as Rover Pipeline have been paying property taxes and ironically the coronavirus pandemic has helped the school save money.
   “We invest a lot into professional development and competitions, and since we closed in March there were none,” she later said. “We didn’t spend much because there were virtual events.”
   Spoonemore estimated that $100,000 was expended to send students to contests in their various programs, from Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) to Business Professionals of America (BPA), among others. Spoonemore noted that grant funds have also defrayed costs for safety supplies to reduce the spread of COVID in the school, which also helped with operations.
   “We spent money for cleaning and preparing but received relief money for that, so we didn’t lose money.”
    The board later adopted the five-year forecast to submit to the state.
   Meanwhile, Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson reported that this year’s Sophomore Visit event has been significantly altered and virtual and scheduled tours will be offered Nov. 23 to limit the number of people in the school. 
  “This time of year, we normally have our sophomore visits but we were unable to do that,” he said. “We have our parent-teacher conferences next Monday and normally we do it with visits, but it’s all going to be scheduled. There will be no tour of the building and they have to schedule time to see the program.”
   He added that some instructors are only providing virtual tours of their labs while others may offer scheduled and virtual options. The multimedia and design program, under the guidance of instructor Cody LaRue, also created a video outlining the JVS’s 16 programs from auto collision to welding which will be shown in local school districts, plus they have joined forces with EM-Media of Steubenville to promote the school on the air and through social media. Dr. Phillipson said the recruitment video will be available on YouTube and features 30 seconds on each program.
   He continued that applications are also being accepted online and the school has received more than a half-dozen submissions so far.
   “We’re always looking for ways, especially with social media, to access the facilities while following safety precautions. I think we’re doing everything we can to make sure the sophomores know what’s here and see all of the programs,” he commented. “In the long term, we hope to have the sophomores out in the spring.”
   In other matters, the board:
--Heard from board President Larry George and member Barry Gullen about the virtual Ohio School Boards Association’s annual Capital Conference;
--Learned from Supervisor/Principal Dan Hartman that teacher evaluations were going very well and were nearly complete, while Supervisor/Assistant Principal Andy Long said attendance has been improving with a 57-percent decrease in absences and a 79-percent drop in unexcused absences;
--Named Andrew Connor as volunteer head teacher;
--Hired Aubri Waggoner as part-time office clerk/adult education receptionist under a one-year contract, effective Dec. 1;
--Accepted a $1,800 Ohio K-12 Connectivity Grant for the 2020-21 school year;
--Approved the purchase of four GoPro cameras and equipment for $2,273.79 to make the school’s recruitment video;
--Approved the purchase of indoor and outdoor security cameras from i2c Technologies for $4,820;
--Approved replacing a sink in the auto body shop area;
--Renewed the American Welding Society (AWS) educational membership in the SENSE program;
--Submitted information to renew the school’s cosmetology license;
--Approved payment of SkillsUSA and FCCLA state and national dues plus FFA memberships for 32 students.
Sweet Tweets
Posted 11/5/2020 at 10:55:39 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS SAS Sweet Tweets
Seniors in the small animal science program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are fostering two birds named Ben and Jerry who came from the Hancock County Animal Shelter. Instructor Emily Moore said the students will learn about different animal species this year and how to care for them, and they were very lucky to have this opportunity. Pictured with their fine, feathered friends are Abagail Dillon, Kaylee McClure and Taylor Kidder.
Criminal Justice Students Have Eye-Opening Experience
Posted 10/28/2020 at 11:52:46 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS CJ Goggles Challenge
BLOOMINGDALE-Criminal justice students recently had an eye-opening experience by donning simulation goggles to understand distracted driving conditions.
    Seven juniors in the program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School wore 10 different types of eyewear provided through Drunk Busters of America which simulated such conditions as intoxication, drug impairment and sleepiness. Instructor Jamie Freeman said the alcohol intoxication goggles mimicked different blood alcohol content levels from 0.04 to 0.35 while the drug-based eyewear simulated use of marijuana to hallucinogens. 
  “They work through all of them to show the levels of intoxication,” Freeman explained, adding that students had to complete different activities such as walking obstacle courses designed to look like roadways and complete with pedestrians and other vehicles, plus they stacked cups and had to walk a straight line in a faux sobriety test.
   The students worked together to gain knowledge as they eyed careers in the security field. While it might have been entertaining to watch their peers stumble and meander through their tests, the real purpose is no laughing matter.
   “As a private security officer, there will be people they will in contact with [in these states]. This lets them see what people on drugs may do and gives them some experience,” Freeman said.
   She added that it hopefully will also inspire her students to make good decisions when they go out for fun. This was the third year for the goggles program but the floor and cup challenges were new additions. Meanwhile, students said they learned a lot along the way.
   “I had a lot of dizziness,” said pupil Samantha Price. “Everything is smaller than it should be. I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was and would give people time to think through their choices.”
 (Photo Cutline: Samantha Price, a junior in the criminal justice program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, attempts to complete an obstacle course while wearing special goggles that simulate alcohol intoxication. She and her fellow classmates completed challenges to understand what inebriated subjects may experience so they may respond accordingly when working in the security field.)
Hands-On Training
Posted 10/28/2020 at 11:46:25 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Carpentry Class Hands-On Training
Senior carpentry students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are getting some hands-on training as they dig up concrete in the rear exterior of the building for a replacement project. Students are handling various aspects of the upgrade from removing old slabs near the electrical trades lab and measuring the area to pouring the new concrete. Juniors and seniors will take turns pouring sections and the work should wrap up during the second week of November, weather permitting.
Culinary Arts Program Gets Back to Basics
Posted 10/28/2020 at 11:34:47 AM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Culinary Arts Gets Back to Basics
BLOOMINGDALE-COVID-19 has spurred many changes in the way students are learning, and those in the culinary arts program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School are going back to basics.
   Instructor Glenn Zalenski said since the JVS implemented hybrid learning and divided senior and junior classes, his groups have even more capabilities for hands-on training. In the past, he has worked with a total of 24 juniors and seniors who attended a mixture of labs and academic classes; now, they are involved in daylong labs with remote academic learning on alternate days. That switch-up gives them even more time to learn recipes, practice cooking and baking skills and gain an understanding of working in the real world. Each class includes six students who have more abilities and space to learn their lessons.
   “The students have handled the changes well. They are in lab all day and don’t have time constraints so we can do bigger projects. We’re going back to some of the basics—canning, making sausage and lots of things that are lost in the culinary arts,” Zalenski said. “I think they are really interested. They are getting more hands-on than they did before.”
   He said students are catching up on lessons they were unable to do during the pandemic-based school shutdown last year. 
   “We are working backwards in time because we lost school days. This year, they are also trying to do things that are more difficult such as make pumpkin rolls,” he said.
   The coronavirus also limited the program’s work with the public, namely operations of the Crestview Inn Restaurant and serving dine-in and takeout meals to the community. These days, the students are only feeding staff with the restaurant open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the regular school lunch hours of 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Zalenski said the restaurant officially opened earlier this month and has been doing well.
   “The staff has been very supportive,” he added. “The menu changes on a weekly basis since we’re trying to get classes to stay on the same page. We started with sandwiches items and will build up to full-sized dinners.”
   So far, they have created scrumptious chicken barbecue and chicken club sandwiches, soups and sides but are studying recipes in their textbooks to increase their menu of offerings.
   “[COVID] is something new and we are trying to come up with different ideas and ways to keep a restaurant alive,” he added.
   Other effects include the annual contests to showcase skills they have acquired, since competitions have been held in Columbus and many events have gone virtual. That, too, poses a challenge for those in the program but they remain hopeful.
   “We’re still going to strive for competitions and I have culinary and restaurant teams put together, plus I have some interested in commercial baking,” Zalenski said. “We’re planning for the best.”
 (Photo Cutline: Peter Satiropoulis and Seth Baker, seniors in the culinary arts program at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, prepare pumpkin cookies during their lab as classes go back to the basics of learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructor Glenn Zalenski said while they are unable to operate the Crestview Inn Restaurant for the public, they can serve dine-in and takeout meals to school staff three days a week to gain some workplace experience.)
JVS Names FFA Officers
Posted 10/9/2020 at 2:02:10 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Names FFA Officers
The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School FFA Chapter has named its officers for 2020-21. Pictured are, from left, Emily Moore, advisor; Kelsey Law, president; Emily Holmes, vice president; Alexis Knight, secretary; Cheyanne Cornish, treasurer; Ellen Hanood, sentinel; and Paige Stevenson, senior student council representative. No pictured are reporter Allana Merritt and junior student council representative Mackenzie Bay.
Students in Electrical Trades ALLIANCE Program
Posted 10/9/2020 at 1:59:32 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS Electrical Trades Apprenticeship
BLOOMINGDALE-Students at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School have another way to gain experience for the workforce by taking part in the Electrical Trades ALLIANCE through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
   JVS electrical trades instructor Buddy Davis said it was the first year both juniors and seniors have participated in the ALLIANCE program, which gives his electrical trades students a real advantage to get ahead in the field. About 16 seniors and 14 juniors are currently taking part and complete online work to build their skillset. According to the IBEW website, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE was formed with National Electrical Contractors Association and the goal is to provide the electrical construction industry with the most highly training and skilled workforce possible. 
   “This gives students the ability by taking the course that if they do apply to a union and get accepted, they can actually test out of the first year of apprenticeship while still in high school and start their second year in schooling as an apprentice,” Davis said.
   He was inspired to collaborate by IBEW representatives and local contractors who serve on his advisory board.
   “It gives kids an online availability and opportunity to work at their own pace,” he added. “After graduation, they can apply to take a test for the IBEW and do an interview to be accepted. They can go to any IBEW, not just locally. It’s a fast track to the electrical trades.”
   A few of his seniors plan to be future tradesman and said they like the program.
   “I really like it. It’s easy to get into and is more direct and forward [with assignments],” said Dylan Waggoner, a senior from Scio who is based at Harrison Central High School.
   “I like it,” added Tyler Baker, a senior from Wintersville and student at Indian Creek High School. “I can do it at my own pace.”

(Photo Cutline: Electrical trades students Dylan Waggoner, pictured at left, and Trevor Thompson learn about wiring a transformer from instructor Buddy Davis at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School. The students are currently working with the Electrical Training ALLIANCE through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to prepare for the workforce.)
JVS Adds Professional Services to Staff
Posted 10/7/2020 at 4:09:59 PM by Kristina Ash [staff member]
JVS New Staff
   BLOOMINGDALE-Two new staff members are now on hand at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School to serve students’ medical and mental health needs. 
   The school has hired its first nurse in roughly two decades as well as its first-ever mental health counselor and officials said they have been vital additions to the building. 
   Nurse Connie Shea said she took advantage of a new opportunity after spending years in a wide range of roles. From working with a cardiologist to home health and an organ procurement team, Shea has enjoyed her newest challenge dealing with youth.
   “I thought I’d try something new and I’ve never been afraid of change,” she said.
  The Toronto-area resident and Jefferson Union High School grad earned her degree from Mount Carmel School of Nursing, now the Mount Carmel College of Nursing, in Columbus and spent 16 years working in critical care at Ohio State University Hospital where she was on organ procurement and IV teams. She also served with home health care and most recently was employed with Dr. Charn Nandra’s cardiology office in Steubenville before starting at the JVS in August.
  “I’ve had some wonderful experiences,” she said. “I’ve spent my whole career with adults, so this is different.”
   Now her days are filled with a steady stream of students and occasional cases of nosebleeds and cuts, while she also follows up on student absences, but her duties have grown amid the COVID-19 outbreak and she keeps on top of protocols and documentation and remains in regular contact with the county health department. Her time has been non-stop, but she wouldn’t want it any other way.
   “It’s my kind of pace. I’ve learned a lot already and this is a different realm. Throughout my career, I’ve never been afraid of change. It’s been a great career and it’s been good to me.”
   Kim Vich also began in August and said her work as a mental health counselor has been growing with the youth.
   The Cadiz resident and Cadiz High School alumna earned her bachelor’s degree in family studies from Ohio University. She worked with Children’s Services in Harrison and Jefferson counties before receiving her master’s degree in counseling from Franciscan University, plus she is state-licensed professional. She has worked at an inpatient clinic in St. Clairsville and with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections helping prisoners and parolees. For the past 12 years, she served at Jefferson Behavioral Health and most recently was director of the CORE program to help those with drug and alcohol addiction.
   “I decided it was time for a change,” she said. “I got to know [JVS Supervisor/Principal] Dan Hartman from Indian Creek.”
   An opportunity presented itself for a full-time mental health professional at the school and Vich said it has been rewarding.
   “I like it. It was a bit challenging with the staggered schedule [of hybrid classes] but I’ve noticed a lot of issues with anxiety, depression and homelife. Students just need an ear and someone to listen and give therapeutic interventions.”
   Vich said she has steadily increased her caseload to 20 pupils as of now and tries to meet with students at least once a week. Teachers and lab instructors also try to refer students for assistance and she develops an assessment and treatment plan, plus she collaborates with the student on the proper treatment so they can get back on track. Vich meets individually with students now but hopes to create group sessions in the future.
   She continued that mental health counseling was a growing trend and many schools have contracted with agencies to provide service.
   “It is needed. There are crisis moments and sometimes kids only need help in that moment,” she said.
   She and Shea both praised the JVS staff for their support as they established their roles, saying it has made their transitions into school smoother ones. Meanwhile, Principal Hartman and Superintendent Dr. Todd Phillipson welcomed them into the fold.
   Hartman said having them on board also equips the school to provide professional services and fulfill students’ needs.
   “It was important to me to bring in a school nurse because we have such a diverse group of students from different schools who come to us with medical needs and we tried to address them as non-medical professionals. You want to make sure you are not missing anything that’s important and we felt we should add one more step to ensure students are safe and healthy. Connie has been priceless,” he explained. “[Mental health counseling] has been something I discovered over my career as valuable to the school system. We’ve had agencies here, but we had students that we were not prepared to help and it was important to have someone on staff. The key to having Kim is knowing how to help a kid who is struggling with things that teachers and administrators are not equipped to do. She has been extremely valuable and I’m excited to have both of them here.”
    Dr. Phillipson echoed those comments.
   “There’s a need for having a school nurse and a mental health professional in the building to deal with students,” he commented. “There hasn’t been a school nurse since I’ve been here [for the past 25 years]. There’s a great need for students to have a specific mental health professional [with a full-time staff member] and we wanted a consistent person for students to talk to.”
(Photo Cutline: Connie Shea, left, and Kim Vich have joined Jefferson County Joint Vocational School as school nurse and mental health counselor, respectively, to provide students with professional care while they receive their education. It has been years since the school had a nurse and marks the first time a mental health counselor has been on staff so services are readily available.)
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