Coronavirus Update 3/12/20 @ 5:30 pm

Governor Dewine has called for all Ohio schools to be closed for 3-weeks beginning Monday, March 16th – April 5, 2020, due to the coronavirus. PLCC will maintain regular operations tomorrow Friday, March 13th. We encourage all students to attend their classes tomorrow so staff members can meet with students and provide materials, guidelines, and resources to be used while away.

In addition, teachers will be asking students to provide and confirm e-mail addresses as well as phone numbers so they can maintain a connection with PLCC students during this interval of time. The next few weeks may be a difficult time; however, the safety of everyone is of the utmost importance. In addition, maintaining a strong line of communication during this challenging time is vital.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school at (330)896-8200.

PLCC Sends Best Wishes

As the school year comes to an end, PLCC would like to wish two special employees the very best as they have decided to retire from their careers in education. Trish Elliott, Admissions Coordinator, and Nancy Woods, School Counselor, have been a part of the PLCC family for a combined 26 years and will be greatly missed by students and colleagues alike.

Trish Elloitt began her career in 1983 at Springfield High School as an Accounting teacher.  In 1992, PLCC took over Springfield’s “vocational” programs and with that transition, Mrs. Elliott came to the Career Center where she has held several roles.  She began her twenty-six year tenure as a CBE instructor, which was offered at Green High School.  PLCC developed a new program called the Teacher Academy, which Elliott taught, and then moved into her final role as Lead Teacher and Admissions Coordinator.  Elliott said the most rewarding part of her career has been getting to work with so many great students over the years and being able to see or hear from past students who are using the skills she taught them.  When asked what she will miss most she said, “I will miss the daily interaction with teens.  They are so smart and talented!”  Elliott is looking forward to not living by a schedule, relaxing on her patio, hopes to do some traveling and lots of bike riding, and looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild.

 

Nancy Woods has spent the past 41 years as a counselor.  During some of her earlier years, she worked for a counseling agency doing small group counseling in schools and she also worked in private schools for several years.  Nancy came to PLCC in 2011.  Prior to that she was the School Counselor at Springfield High School for fifteen years.  Nancy said what she has found most rewarding is when she is talking with students, whether they are discussing college, career or personal problems.  She said it is a great feeling when she reconnects with former students who speak positively about classes or counseling.  Nancy said she will miss the students and staff of PLCC, but is looking forward to doing more hiking, yoga, traveling, drawing, and painting.

 

Congratulations and Best Wishes to our retirees.  We will miss you!

PLCC Students Recognized For Excellence

The 2018 Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) senior class was recognized May 23 at an annual awards ceremony held at the Queen of Heaven social hall.

Top honors were given to the Outstanding Career and Technical Student Award.  Recipients of this award were nominated by career center staff & faculty. The selected students display strength in program & academic pursuits, strong character, as well as leadership and involvement in student activities.   Students receiving this award included:  Vincent Fogle (CHS), Jacqueline Bostic (GHS), Glendalynn Bergdorf (CHS), Lily Johnson (SHS), Jacob Dever (SHS), Nolan Dunphy (GHS), Zachary Sedlack (MHS), Dakota Bee (MHS), Hunter Bonk (GHS), Jacob Gula (CHS), Dennis Galbreath (LCC).

The Award of Distinction, which was presented to students ranking in the top 10 percent of their programs, went to: Sierra Ganley/Enviroscape Technology, Tiffany Covey/Culinary Arts, Summer Light/Sports Med, Abigail McVey/Pre-Nursing, Tailor Adorni/Cosmetology, Hannah Shockley/Aviation Technology, Jacqueline Bostic/Cosmetology, Anne Hayes/Fire Academy, Nolan Dunphy/HVAC, John Wilson/Network Computer Technology, Zachary Sedlack/Programming & Software Development, Dakota Bee/Welding, Kaleb Gamble/Electrical Technology, Connor Martin/Building Trades, Daniel Knighton/Automotive Technology, Hunter Bonk/Engineering, Dennis Galbreath/Visual Design & Imaging, Victoria Brenize/Pre-Nursing.  Missing from photo: Brayden Guyer/Facility Operations & Maintenance, Jordan Crowley/Network Computer Technology.

In other honors, the Portage Lakes Education Association Scholarship, awarded to three students based on GPA, performance, attendance and overall involvement at PLCC, went to Darius Tanner (CHS), Jacqueline Bostic (GHS), Zachary Sedlack (MHS).

The PLCC Board of Education Scholarship was awarded to Adam Keener (MHS), Hunter Bonk (GHS), and Jacqueline Bostic (GHS).  Bostic was also the recipient of The Richard J. Kaderly Citizenship Scholarship, which recognizes respect shown to others, active citizenship, leadership and participation in school activities.

Several new scholarships were awarded at the event. The Greensburg Lions Foundation awarded $5,000 scholarships to: Anne Hayes (CHS), Daniel Knighton (GHS), Quentin Garcia (SHS), and Dakota Bee (MHS).

The Aaron D. Loyd (Buddy) Culinary Arts Scholarship was awarded to Danae Dawson (GHS).

The Lt. Col. Robert L. Dunham Jr. Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Hannah Shockley (GHS).

The Red Cross Scholarship was presented to: Madison Swartz GHS), Katie Faiola (GHS), Victoria Brenize (CHS), Abigail McVey (MHS), and Faith Tice (MHS).

PLCC Student Selected to Participate in Akron U Summer Research Academy

Congratulations to Lexsis Baker, a junior Engineering Technology student from Manchester, who was recently selected to participate in the Akron University Summer Research Academy.

The purpose of the Research Academy is to give qualified high school students considering a career in engineering hands-on research experience by working on collegiate level research projects alongside UA College of Engineering professors. Admission in to this program was highly selective due to the limited space available and was open to local, rising high school juniors and seniors. The 8 week program takes place during the University’s summer session.

While in the program, Lexsis will spend 200 hours (roughly 25 hrs/wk) in her mentor’s lab either working on a specific project assigned to her or working alongside UA graduate students. This also gives UA graduate students the opportunity to be mentors. Faculty and staff will meet with program participants periodically to measure progress and address any participant questions. Each participant will earn $2000, payable as a stipend, for participating in this program and contributing to UA research. The students will present their research at a poster symposium on the last day of the program.