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Pickaway-Ross Pride

Pickaway-Ross Pride: A district blog
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Registration open for fall Adult Education programs
Posted 7/30/2020 at 1:27:47 PM by Erika Konowalow [staff member]

Students work hands-on in the HVAC lab.     Adult Education's Fall programming schedule might look a little different compared with years past but staff members are adapting to ensure programs are available for students in the fall.
    The pandemic caused some programs to be extended and others to have start dates pushed back, but most classes are on the schedule around their traditional start dates.
    Getting back to a traditional Adult Education programming schedule is important to offer multiple chances for students to take advantage of classes throughout the year. It also provides students access to the best financial aid opportunities.
    Some classes are undergoing curriculum changes to stay up-to-date with industry demands.
    Scheduled start dates in Health Technologies are:
        • Nurse Aide — Aug. 26
        • Pharmacy Tech — Oct. 5
    Scheduled start dates in Skilled Trades are:
        • Powerline — Sept. 3       
        • Auto Mechanics, Maintenance and Welding — Sept. 8
    Scheduled start dates in Public Safety are:
        • Firefighter 1 Transition — Aug. 17
        • EMT-Basic — Aug. 25
        • Firefighter 1 — Aug. 26
        • Firefighter 2 Transition - Nov. 2 

     To register, go to https://prctc.axstudent.com/.

MADE club membership leads to scholarship
Posted 7/23/2020 at 7:03:41 AM by Erika Konowalow [staff member]
Savannah Hite knows what she wants to do, now that high school is over.

Thanks to Pickaway-Ross and her personal drive, she will pursue becoming a teacher when she majors in Early Childhood Education this fall at Hocking College.

Savannah completed the career center's Early Childhood Education program last spring. During her senior year, she began working as a teacheSavannah Hite, left, receives her scholarship certificate from Kristy Landman.r's assistant at Kids Clubhouse in Chillicothe.

"I've always wanted to be a teacher," Savannah said. "Going to Pickaway-Ross helped me focus on what grade I wanted to teach."

Savannah visited the Cosmetology, Early Childhood and Medical Career programs during her sophomore tour.

"I knew I wanted to go to Pickaway-Ross. I knew the opportunities there would lead me to something for my future."

In addition to giving her a head start on her career path, Savannah also got a financial boost when she was awarded the Joseph Landman Memorial MADE Scholarship.

The scholarship program was established by Kristy Landman, Pickaway-Ross' Security Guard. Kristy, who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, created the scholarship in honor of her son, who died from a drug overdose in 2017.

Kristy was an advocate for MADE, Pickaway-Ross' drug-free club. 

In previous years, MADE members would apply for the scholarship, submitting an essay as part of the process. But because students weren't on campus after March 16, Kristy sought nominations from teachers.

"During her time in the (Early Childhood) program she discovered her passion working with children as well as the ability to be a good leader," Savannah's lab instructor Missy Brown said on why she nominated her. 

"Savannah not only excelled in the senior lab, she served as a teacher's assistant and provided support for the juniors in the preschool classroom."

Savannah is the eighth student to benefit from the scholarship since the program's inception and she is grateful for it.

"I'm so thankful to (Missy) for nominating me," Savannah said. "I'm excited to start college and to see what it brings."
Alum completes journey to Journeyman
Posted 7/16/2020 at 7:26:13 PM by Erika Konowalow [staff member]

Shelbie Cummings didn't realize that when she reported to work Monday, she had achieved a goal she set for herself as 
a student in Pickaway-Ross' Electrical 
Technologies program.

Just four years after completing at Pickaway-Ross and graduating from Logan Elm High School, Shelbie learned she had fulfilled the requirements to advance from Apprentice in IBEW Local 683 to Journeyman Wireman.

Shelbie started working at Columbus-based Mid-City Electric the summer after her junior year and continued her education after high school through IBEW, the electricians union.

IBEW's Apprenticeship Program traditionally takes five years but she completed the coursework plus the required 8,000 hours on the job to get certified in four. 

"I can't believe I did it," she said this week. "I've wanted to do this since I was 12. Getting the notice that I made 
(Journeyman), I cried for 15 minutes."

In the trades, gaining the Journeyman ticket, as Shelbie calls it, increases her hourly salary, putting her on track to earn annually more than $71,000 before overtime, have multiple retirement accounts, and get free schooling.

"You cannot beat the trades," Shelbie said. "I have no debt and went to school while working." 

One of her former teachers, Kirk Hewitt, said he is so proud of what Shelbie has accomplished.

"She has carved out a career for herself in a male-dominated field," Kirk said in sharing Shelbie's news on social media. "She is the first female student I've had in 12 years of teaching to achieve Journeyman status. She is just 22 years old."

Shelbie said that being a Journeyman also affords her the opportunity to take jobs in other cities that may pay more.

For now, she loves working at Mid-City. For the past year, her job site has been at a data center under construction in New Albany.

She plans to take a break from school but there are classes she can now take as a Journeyman. After five more years of working and learning, she likes the idea of becoming a foreman.

Going to Pickaway-Ross, Shelbie said, gave her an advantage that traditional high school students don't get.

"Pickaway-Ross changed my life."

PRCTC teachers, remote learning focus of magazine article
Posted 7/9/2020 at 10:38:44 AM by Erika Konowalow [staff member]

Pickaway-Ross is featured in the June issue of the Ohio School Board Journal.

The article focuses on how the career center's teachers adapted to remote learning when Gov. Mike DeWine issued that school buildings were to close March 12, just before the start of the final nine-week period of the 2019-2020 school year.

Read the full article at http://digital.watkinsprinting.com/publication/?m=21804&i=666375&p=36.

ZT FFA chapter awarded grant; free vegetables available starting July 7
Posted 7/2/2020 at 2:43:41 PM by Erika Konowalow [staff member]

Jennifer Johnston doesn't shy away from hard work. Neither do the members of her Zane Trace FFA chapter.

That hard work has paid off with the chapter being awarded an Ohio FFA Foundation's Agricultural & Rural Community Outreach Program grant for the seventh time.

Johnston, the chapter advisor, said applying for the grant requires a detailed plan of action for each of four specific goals for the grant funding with a timeline from July 2020 to February 2021.

The chapter's work will benefit the community when the ZT gardens will provide free vegetables this summer on a stand next to the Blessing Box in front of the school beginning July 7. Anyone in the community can pick up free vegetables throughout the summer and fall at the stand. 

In addition, Zane Trace FFA members will work with first- and second-grade students to grow fruits and vegetables for the school cafeteria. They will also raise chickens in a portable chicken coop to donate meat and eggs to the Church Triumphant Food Pantry. Elementary students will participate in programs to learn about food production. 

Johnston said she appreciates how the grant program benefits the FFA chapter members.

"The grant provides opportunity for their supervised agriculture experience (SAE) projects conducted outside of the classroom," Johnston said.

"The students can choose to participate in developing and teaching lessons over the gardens and poultry, coaching the after-school healthy habits club for elementary students or physically working in the gardens/poultry house for their experiences. Many of our students have challenges in developing their own SAE programs at home so the grant assists them by providing these opportunities at school. 

"The grant work also contributes to classroom learning as students experience firsthand the processing of vegetables, chickens and fruit into new food products such as jelly, meat, eggs and juice. 

"The sense of community service developed in students is also a benefit of the grant as they learn to mentor younger members of the Zane Trace community and provide produce and meat for food pantries in our area."

The Zane Trace FFA chapter is a satellite program of Pickaway-Ross.

Adult Education's Leadership Academy goes virtual
Posted 6/25/2020 at 6:41:36 PM by Joshua Fanning [System User]

Pickaway-Ross Adult Education' Leadership Academy is now being offered online and the response has been great.

Forty people took part in last week's Positive Workplace Culture, taught by Business & Industry Services instructor Angie Smith. 

Smith, with coordinator Rhonda Lawless, transitioned the session to a virtual format, maintaining some of the interactive components of the in-person training.

Another change was the elimination of the fee for members of participating businesses to attend Leadership Academy sessions. 

Additional sessions are Coaching and Mentoring on Sept. 16 and StrengthsFinder on Dec. 9. All courses take place from 9 – 11:30 a.m.

To register go to register.pickawayross. com and click on Professional Development or call Lawless at (740) 642-1365. 

District to add credentialing program
Posted 6/17/2020 at 6:41:50 PM by Joshua Fanning [System User]

Adult Education and Secondary staff members are working together to implement the Lean Six Sigma credentialing program through a collaboration with Maximum Potential. Maximum Potential, a Dayton-area company, has worked with schools and businesses to develop the program on a local level.         

The goals of the program are to increase problem solving, foster collaborative teamwork and improve critical thinking skills.     

An initial three-day training will occur during the summer. Twenty participants will have the opportunity to earn a Yellow Belt. Of those 20, five will be selected for a second three-day training to earn their Green Belts. During this process, staff members will collaborate on a project to improve processes in the district.By earning Green Belts, staff members will have the opportunity to issue Yellow and Green Belts to students and to contract with local businesses to offer the training under the umbrella of Maximum Potential.      

High school students will be able to earn these credentials to meet new graduation requirements. Adult education will work with local businesses to improve efficiency. 

Allied Health teacher lauded for program
Posted 6/12/2020 at 3:58:16 PM by Joshua Fanning [System User]
 
 
Tammy Tipton
The Cleveland Clinic has recognized Pickaway-Ross teacher Tammy Tipton for her work with its Worldwide Classroom program. 

Tipton, who teaches Pickaway-Ross' Allied Health magnet program, was lauded for using the Cleveland Clinic's program with students in her Introduction to Health Tech class at Logan Elm High School.

"It's a designated time and a live feed so I'm only able to offer it right now at Logan Elm but I would love to offer it to my Allied Health students," Tipton said of what was dubbed Technology Tuesdays.

The program provides Tipton's students — with students from other Ohio schools — the opportunity to interact with health professionals such as a physician's assistant, physical therapist, nurse practitioner and a nutritionist to learn about different fields of study.

Tipton's Logan Elm class was among those in the program named a Cleveland Clinic Banner School, a distinction earned by fewer than 24 percent of the 264 schools in 10 states that participated in Cleveland Clinic's K–12 Education School Programs during the 2019-2020 school year.     
 
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