Kristy Miner

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Kristie Miner is enjoying a 20-year career that started when her first career ended.

After high school and a short time in college, she got a job in retail and rose through the ranks to management.

But when her company closed after a 17-year career in retail, Kristie enrolled in Pickaway-Ross’ Adult Education data processing program.

As a dislocated worker, she was eligible for financial aid and said Pickaway-Ross was the best fit for her.

“I needed a quick (way) to get back into the workforce,” she recalls of her decision to go to Pickaway-Ross. “I didn’t have to go far and it had the best training for me to get a job quickly.”

Today, Kristie is a mortgage loan officer with WesBanco in Chillicothe, having worked in the mortgage industry since completing the data processing program in 1994.

Before finishing the program, “I had four job offers in two days,” she said.

Today, she looks back on the decision in 1993 to attend Pickaway-Ross’ Adult Education program with pleasure.

“I really appreciate everything I got from Pickaway-Ross. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.”

Rachel Fox

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When Rachel Fox graduated from Circleville High School and Pickaway-Ross’ Allied Health program in 2009 she was confident that she wanted to pursue a nursing career.
She completed that goal by earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mount Carmel College of Nursing.
Fox said that she believes her experiences in the Allied Health program gave her an edge.

“A major benefit was my confidence within the clinical setting," Fox said. "I was never afraid to step up and take a difficult patient, assist with my fellow classmates or communicate with the staff nurses.

“Through Allied Health, I got a lot of hands-on experience in health-care settings, including a nursing home and the ER. Within the externships I got to participate in my first CPR experience during a code. Talk about an adrenaline rush!”

Fox is now a nurse at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. She has applied to graduate school with plans to become a nurse practitioner focused on women's health.

Bob Waller

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Bob Waller completed Pickaway-Ross’ carpentry program in 1995 and 20 years later, he’s still a part of the career center.

The owner of R.L. Waller Construction Inc., Bob was hired as project manager for Pickaway-Ross’ 2013-2014 project house. In this role, he's helping behind the scenes to aid the building process overall and keep students and instructors on track to finish the house faster.

“I’m helping with purchasing, getting all the bids for the sub-trades and getting the permits from the city,” he said. He also provides the invaluable insight of his experience and, when needed, loans equipment to the project.

He stops by the site often and said he enjoys seeing the next generation of carpenters at work.

“You can definitely tell the ones who are trying to do a good job.”

Bob, whose grandfather also built houses, said his involvement with carpentry started at a young age.

“I was always around woodworking and building stuff. When I applied to Pickaway-Ross, I only listed carpentry; there was no second choice.”

His love of carpentry translated into skill. As a student, Bob represented Pickaway-Ross in the SkillsUSA competition, advancing to the national competition and winning first place.

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