Rachel Fox

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

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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