Portage Lakes Career Center Adult Education department wishes to announce that it will host a site review for initial accreditation with the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. Persons wishing to make comments should write to: Executive Director, Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Bldg. 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, or submit their comments via the Council web site (www.council.org). Persons making comments must provide their names and mailing address.
PLCC To Host Emergency Services Behavioral Health Lecture.
Portage Lakes Career Center will be the host site for the University of Akron’s Emergency Services Behavioral Health Lecture next month. The lecture will be offered on December 8, from 9 am – 11:30 am or December 9, from 6 pm – 8:30 pm at Portage Lakes Career Center, 4401 Shriver Road, Uniontown, OH 44685.
Guest speakers include the Reverend Robert Denton, PhD LISW-S from the Safety Force Chaplaincy Center and Philip Boley, Crisis Counselor from Oriana House. The following topics will be discussed: Emergency services “burnout”, Compassion fatigue, Vicarious trama, Signs & symptoms of employee anxiety, depression, PTSD, Substance abuse, and Self-care and area resources for assistance. Firefighter continuing education certificates will be issued by the University of Akron’s Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials.
To register, please contact Ruth Nine-Duff at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 25. Please include the date you wish to attend.
PLCC’s Automotive Technology program would like to extend a special thank you to local auto dealer and community partner, Tom Alcorn, of Klaben Ford. Klaben Ford loaned the Auto Tech program a 2015 Ford Fiesta for two days so that seniors Aaron Taylor and Justin Hartley, both from Coventry, could prepare for the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills contest in Independence earlier this Month. The young men earned their spot in the hands-on contest by placing PLCC in the top 10 schools in the state with a written exam.
The hands-on contest was comprised of 10 teams of 2 working to diagnose and repair their Ford Fiesta, which was lined up in a row with the other 9 competitors. All vehicles were bugged with the same problems. Each competing team was given a repair order and had to race against the clock to repair as many of the issues as they could.
“Tom Alcorn, a PLCC graduate himself, has actively been working with our auto tech program for years, said Ron Balis, Automotive Tech instructor. “He has served as a guest speaker, an advisory committee member, provided parts for training and has also employed many of our students at Klaben. We cannot thank him enough for his continued support of our students and PLCC.”
Congratulations to junior welding student, Allison Everson of Green, who was recently accepted in to a Career Training Program with the Timken Company. Everson will begin the year-long program this month at the Timken Research Facility in North Canton.
Throughout the summer, Everson will work eight hours a day, five days a week, and then 15-24 hours throughout the week during her senior year. She will spend approximately 200 hours in five different areas: Green Machining, Inspection, Heat Treat, Prototype Grind, and Metrology. “Allison’s welding skills are absolutely fantastic, “ said Mike Kapas, Welding instructor at PLCC. “She is a leader and great at fabrication.”
“The Career Training Program is very competitive and students are intensely monitored over the course of the summer and their senior year to see if they will ultimately be selected for the Technical Development Program upon graduation,” said Lisa Clarke, PLCC Job Placement Coordinator. If selected for this four-year program, Allison would become a full-time Timken Research employee, earning an hourly wage, benefits, and 36 paid for college credits toward a Mechanical Engineering Degree at Stark State College.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to be working with a company as respected as Timken,” said Clarke. “I think this program shows the real commitment that Timken has to the local community and to developing young talent, and we at PLCC are so incredibly grateful for such an opportunity.”
Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) would like to congratulate the newest members of National Technical Honor Society who were inducted during a ceremony on April 22 at Raintree Country Club.
The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is a national organization established by the National Association of Secondary Principals to recognize students who have excelled in a technical program of study. To be considered for membership, students must demonstrate scholastic achievement, skill development, excellent attendance, leadership, honesty, responsibility, good character, and a commitment to the community. “We are so proud of these students,” said Veronica Baca Bernel, Associate Principal and NTHS Advisor. “They truly embody the hard working, goal driven, civic minded young adult that we strive to develop at PLCC.”
Congratulations to the 2015 Class of the National Technical Honor Society. 2nd Year Senior Members: Luke Adkins, Lemonica Baity, Frederick Bracken, Kaylee Buzek, Joel Cooper, Phillip Herman, Jr., Haley Hoffmann, Christine Hollis, Michael Holmes, Kailey Lushes, Brooke Oldaker, Cristopher Shell, Catherine Tindell, Darian Ward, Brandon Yoder. 1st Year Senior Members: Jacob Copelin, Mikaela Corbett, Solomon Corrigan, Damon Rupert. Junior Members: Phillip Cabral, Bradley Cain, Zachary Cino, Judson Daniel, Karina Gubata, Jacob Hayes, Hannah Urbach.
Education is all about options and PLCC is a great option! Now is the time to start planning your future. You have many choices to explore and decisions to make that are right for you and your future.
At PLCC, Your Future is Our Focus! Sitting in desks in not the defining atmosphere at Portage Lakes Career Center. Half the day might be spent in the “normal” classroom, but the other half is spent in high-tech labs participating in projects that matter. From welding a dirt bike, to cooking up real meals, our students run businesses, design, repair, program and are fully engaged in 21st Century Learning.
Over the next few months, Sophomore’s from PLCC’s four partner schools will have several opportunities to Focus On Their Future. Representatives and students from PLCC will meet with every 10th grader from the four partner districts to discuss the benefits of Career & Technical education, followed by Sophomore Visitation Days where the students will visit PLCC and have a focused visit in three programs of their choice. In February, parents are invited to bring their student back for a Career Exploration Open House. Career Tech Tuesdays are an additional way a student can see first-hand what a program is like by shadowing for half of a day.
WHATS NEW FOR 2015
We are excited to announce several NEW offerings coming Fall of 2015.
Aviation Technology is a new and innovative program that will be offered at MAPS Air Museum in Green. Developed in collaboration with MAPS Air Museum & Kent State University, this two-year program offers extensive exploration & training in the Aviation profession. At the completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to test for the written portion of a private pilots license.
Formerly known as Public Safety, the Fire Academy will offer students a more focused curriculum to prepare for a career in firefighting. Students will have the opportunity to earn a number of certifications including Fire Fighter II certification which is required for full-time paid (career) firefighters.
Athletic Health Care & Sports Science, which has been located at Coventry HS, is moving to the main PLCC campus in Green. This program is designed for the student who loves sports and exercise and hopes to pursue a career as a fitness specialist, personal trainer, athletic trainer, physical therapist or pre-med.
Ohio has a rich history in manufacturing. We believe advanced manufacturing, involving the use of robotics, computer-aided machinery, and technology to improve products and processes will be a significant part of our future. A new RAMTEC Training Lab will allow high school students and adult students the opportunity to train on simulators and will provide real life experience practicing on industrial robots – preparing them to be the best of the best out in the field.
PLCC would like to congratulate Mr. Dale Dunlevy, PLCC Facility Operations & Maintenance (FOM) instructor, who was recently selected to be a member of the 2014 Summit County All County Teaching Team. Members of the Teaching Team can be nominated by anyone from the community and chosen to represent their school systems by a selection committee comprised of Summit County superintendents and a representative from each Education Celebration sponsor.
Mr. Dunlevy has taught at the Career Center for the past six years. “While I am extremely grateful to receive this award, I realize that I’m only one part of a team of highly motivated PLCC faculty members who serve our students and prepare them for life outside of school. Our team strives to individualize the education of each student, focusing on the best possible path to allow them to maximize their value to both society and themselves.” Dale completed the Naval Nuclear Power School, attended Stark State College, Ohio State University and obtained his teaching credentials from Kent State University.
He was recognized for this honor at the Summit County Education Celebration on October 27.