West Shore Career-Technical District News

WEST SHORE WINS HYLAND INNOVATION SHOWDOWN

 Congratulations to Ian Bell, Zach Dudzik, Connor Kloepfer, and Julia Neff, creators of the “Continuim” app and winners of Hyland's Innovation Showdown: High School Edition held on March 28. 

WOMEN IN BUILDING TRADES CAREERS

Learn all about the great career opportunities available to women in the construction trades from tradeswomen in those jobs.The Cleveland Building Tradeswomen Committee will be holding an event on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 6pm - 7:30pm in Brooklyn Heights. Download flier.

CONSTRUCTION TRADES IN THE SPOTLIGHT

West Shore's Construction Trades program is highlighted in a recent cleveland.com article.

Read here

HANNAH KIRALY NAMED OHIO’S 2015 NEW CENTURY SCHOLAR

2013 Lakewood High and West Shore Career-Tech graduate Hannah Kiraly has been selected as Ohio’s 2015 New Century Scholar.  Hannah is currently completing an Associate of Arts Degree at Cuyahoga Community College and will be attending Chapham University in the fall to study sustainable agriculture.  While at West Shore, Hannah studied both Engineering (Project Lead the Way) and Interactive Media.

Hannah sent an email to several of her LHS & West Shore teachers including Ed Holmok and Annie McQuay: “I wanted to share this life changing event with those who impacted my life while I attended LHS. I am proud to share this information with you all, as it is a reflection of what was taught to me in high school. I would like to thank all of you for motivating me to excel in my studies.  I believe without the help from you this would never have been possible. Thank you for being outstanding teachers, mentors, and role models.” 

MAREK WINS NATIONAL AMERICAN VISIONS AWARD

Alex Marek, a senior in West Shore’s Interactive Media program won the National American Visions Award from the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing competition. Alex’s animation Catstronaut competed with entries from across the country in the Film and Animation category.  His work was selected as the “Best of Show” across all categories and grades in his local region.  Alex has been invited to attend the National Awards Ceremony in New York City in June to accept his award where his animation will be played.  With annually over 250,000 entries across 28 categories, the Scholastic Art & Writing has been recognizing creative students since 1923. 

Click here to view Alex’s Catstronaut animation.  Go to www.artandwriting.org to learn more about the competition.

ROTARY RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING CAREER-TECH STUDENTS

On Monday March 16th, at their annual Outstanding Student Award luncheon, the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club recognized sixteen West Shore students as the top performers in their career-technical program. Outstanding student nominees exemplify traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.
Read More for a list of award recipients and click here for luncheon photos
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HEALTH CAREERS STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT BRAIN HEALTH

Students in West Shore’s Health Careers program came in second place and earned $500 in a contest sponsored by MetroHealth Medical Center.  The students were challenged to create a 60-second educational video on the topic of Multiple Sclerosis. In this annual contest, teens are asked to educate other teens on brain health topics in a creative and informative way.

The Health Careers class of 2015 worked in groups submitting four videos to the contest.The MetroHealth’s Neurodiagnostic Department held a reception for the students on Tuesday, March 10 to showcase the department and announce the winners.  The videos will be posted on MetroHealth’s Youtube channel. Health Careers instructor Jackie Smith commented, “I am very proud of the efforts made by my students and so glad they were able to be recognized. We will use the prize money to offset some of our student activity costs."

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT SUCCESS: ASHLEY LICCIARDELLO


Ashley Licciardello used to play “receptionist” as a child.  As she got older, she realized she wanted to do something in the medical field.  West Shore’s Medical Office Management program gave her the opportunity to combine these two interests. CLICK HERE to read her story.

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT SUCCESS: ROBERT ANDERTON

 2010 West Shore graduate Robert Anderton took a moment to share with West Shore what he is currently doing at Honda USA and how his West Shore experiences helped him get to where he is today.  Click here to read.

CULINARY STUDENTS PERFORM WELL AT REGIONAL COMPETITION

 Months of training and preparation paid off for West Shore Culinary students at the regional Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition February 28. West Shore earned five Gold Awards and one Silver Award across four categories with the Senior Culinary Team of D'Nautica Davis and Katherine Renaudin also earning a spot in the State Competition in April in Columbus.

WEST SHORE OUTSTANDING WORK ETHIC AWARDS

West Shore students demonstrated their strong work ethic by braving the extreme temperatures to attend a recognition breakfast on Friday, February 20th. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary acknowledged the students for being “dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job” in the classroom and in the workplace.  One student from each career-technical program was selected to receive the Outstanding Work Ethic Award.  Chamber members, Rotarians, family, work supervisors, and school administrators gathered to celebrate the students’ success at Brennan’s Banquet and Catering Center. Read More for a list of recipients.   Click here for photos of the breakfast.

ARTISTS NOMINATED FOR CONTEST'S BEST IN SHOW AWARD

Lakewood High & West Shore Career-Technical Interactive Media students Jacob Corder and Alex Marek have been selected as two of only five regional student artists to be nominated for a national American Visions Award in the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing contest. Corder also was awarded a $10,000 per year scholarship for the Cleveland Institute of Art based on his contest submissions.

TOP ART AWARDS FOR WEST SHORE STUDENTS

West Shore’s Interactive Media students shined brightly in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition.  Interactive Media students celebrated twelve awards across the Animation, Digital Art, Mixed Media, and Photography categories.   

EXPLORE WEST SHORE - RESCHEDULED

EXPLORE WEST SHORE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JAN 15th FROM 3 - 3:30pm (reschedule due to snow day on Jan 8th)

Sophomores at Lakewood High are encouraged to take advantage of EXPLORE WEST SHORE after school on Thursday, January 8.  Career-Tech teachers will be in their classrooms from 3:00 – 3:30pm to talk to interested students.  Sophomores attended an assembly on Wed, Jan 7th which introduced them to all the West Shore programs.

Parents are welcome to attend EXPLORE WEST SHORE.  Classroom lists will be available in the West Shore office which is located at LHS’ main entrance.

Sophomores at Bay Village, Rocky River, and Westlake High students will learn about West Shore offerings during assemblies held at their schools over the next few weeks of January.  Interested students will have the opportunity to visit West Shore classrooms and meet teachers in February.

ACT PREP

Need to increase your reading or math proficiency for the spring ACT?  Through CollegeNow, West Shore students can sign up for “ImpACT the 216.”  It is a free program to help improve ACT scores and career & college readiness.  The program begins in early January, so sign up quickly at http://www.collegenowgc.org/locate/community-based-programs/impact-the-216/

CollegeNow will also be offering ACT Bootcamps in the spring and summer.  These are free to any high school student.  Bootcamps are typically offered on four consecutive days in four-hour sessions for a total of 16 hours at locations in the Cleveland area.  2015 dates should be available in late January.  To check the schedule, go to http://www.collegenowgc.org/locate/community-based-programs/act-test-prep-boot-camps/

CULINARY STUDENTS LEARN FROM CLE CHEFS

Junior Culinary students worked alongside four Cleveland chefs at a Cleveland Film Feast Fundraiser putting their newly acquired skills to the test.  Chefs Donna Chriszt of Table 45, Ruth Levine of Bistro 185, Karen Small of Flying Fig, Pamela Waterman of Duet Catering, and Britt Marie Culey from Coquette Patisserie treated guests to some of their favorite holiday dishes.  The students helped prepare, set-up, serve and clean up for the 75 person benefit.  “It is always a great opportunity for our first-year students to get a chance to meet and work with these chefs,” remarked West Shore Culinary Instructor Devan Corti.

Film Feasts is a series of parties, soirees, and gathering to celebrate all that is film and art in Cleveland.  All proceeds directly benefit the Cleveland International Film Festival.  This is the fifth year the West Shore Culinary students have assisted at the event held at the home of Laura and Barney Taxel.

HERE for photos

INSPIRING PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS TO CONFLICT THROUGH ARTS

Earlier this month, West Shore Interactive Media students had an opportunity to attend a workshop with artists and performers from the Beck Center.  The workshop, The Arts: Peaceful Solutions, was sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County.  A variety of workshops were offered: Mime and Movement, Improvisation, Drawing, Clay Sculpture, Watercolor Painting, Dance, Songwriting, Mixed Media, and Percussion. 

Using the theme of peace, students spent two hours working with an artist to create a work of art of a performance and then each student presented their work to the large group.

Click HERE to view photos

ASVAB TESTING

During high school students should be thinking about after high school and what career fields are interesting to them. An opportunity for students to do this is the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment.  It is offered to sophomores through seniors at no-cost, no-obligation opportunity for career exploration and education planning.  This service project is conducted by the U.S. Army however please note that the results are not shared with the Army.  

INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS HELP SHAPE STUDENT LEARNING

West Shore Career-Technical District hosted its Stakeholder and Advisory Committee Meeting with over 100 industry, business, and community leaders gathering to provide insight, guidance, and professional connections to the West Shore programs.  

TeamNEO provided an overview of northeast Ohio economic and job sector trends (click HERE to view presentation)

 

STUDENT'S RECENT CPR TRAINING SAVES A LIFE

Quick thinking and recent CPR/First Aid training helped junior West Shore Culinary student Ken Priddy to jump into action to help a fellow student on Tuesday.  During lunch, Ken heard someone ask another student if he was OK.  When Ken turned around to see what was going on, the person was turning blue and holding his throat.  Ken (at left) saw the student struggling and immediately jumped up to perform the relief of choking maneuver.

LOCAL HERO

Quick thinking and recent CPR/First Aid training helped junior West Shore Culinary student Ken Priddy to jump into action to help a fellow student today.

COLLEGE AND CAREER READY? WEST SHORE STUDENTS ARE!

As 2014 graduates are hitting college campuses or entering the workforce, we are not surprised to hear that our West Shore graduates are very prepared for the rigor of their new challenges. 

Keep reading to learn about the successful experiences of our recent graduates.

WEST SHORE GRADUATE FEATURED IN CAREER-TECH VIDEO

2014 West Shore graduate Kyle Kasper is featured prominently in Ohio Department of Education’s new video, “I am Career-Tech.” 

Click HERE to watch the video.

STATE RATINGS SHOW WEST SHORE CONTINUES TO EXCEL

The West Shore Career-Technical District continues to shine with its state ratings. West Shore received all A’s and one B across all measures for its 2013-2014 Report Card. Ohio career-technical districts are graded on Achievement, 4-Year Graduation Rate, 5-Year Graduation Rate, and Post-Program Outcomes.

NEW STAFF AT WEST SHORE

West Shore Career-Tech welcomes new teachers, Alex Zimmerman and Lynn Patton, to the district this school year. 

 

WEST SHORE GARAGE ON HOME TOUR

 A West Shore Construction Trades project   will be featured in the Lakewood Historical Society’s Home to Lakewood house tour on Sunday, Sept 7th.  During the 2012 – 2013 school year, the senior construction trades students built this two-story garage on Riverside Drive.

GUIDE TO EARNING COLLEGE CREDIT

Students in most West Shore programs can earn college credit while in high school.  Students should begin this process in the beginning of their senior year. Students have one year from the date of their high school graduation to complete the application process.   

CONCUSSION AWARENESS

West Shore Health Career students learned about the seriousness of brain injuries this year.  Several students took this knowledge a step further by creating educational videos on the important subject. The videos were entered into the 2014 Teen Brain Health contest sponsored by Metro Health. 

Click here to go to Metro Health’s site to view the videos.  You’ll find our students videos under “West Shore Career” or “Lakewood High School.”

CONGRATULATIONS 2014 WEST SHORE GRADUATES

Congratulations to the West Shore students who received a Career Passport at the annual recognition and awards ceremony on Tuesday May 20th.  West Shore Educational Coordinator Mrs. Linda Thayer was joined by representatives from the four partner districts: Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky   River, and Westlake to celebrate the   achievements of their students. 

HONORING TERESE CHEVALIER'S COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS

Linda Thayer and the West Shore Career-Technical District staff honored Terese Chevalier and her 25 years of service to the students of Lakewood City Schools during a luncheon today in the Ranger Cafe.  "Ms. Chevalier has continually strived to bring out the best in her students each and every day.  This has contributed to the success of her students and has had a positive impact on our entire West Shore district.  Congratulations Terese on your outstanding career," commented Mrs. Thayer.

ELECTRONICS STUDENT SHARES STATE SPOTLIGHT

Kyle Kasper, a senior in West Shore’s Electronics   Technology program has been named the Ohio Department of Education’s Class of 2014 Success Story for Manufacturing Technologies.  The state Office of Career-Technical Education selected one student for each of the fifteen career fields from over 100 teacher nominations. Click here to read Kyle’s story as well as the other students honored in the Class of 2014.  

PETRAS TAKES TOP SPOT AT STATE


 “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth,” but that’s not the  case for the West Shore culinary competitors at the FCCLA State  Competition held at Ohio State University from April 23rd – 25th.   Each participant placed at the top in regional competition so the  level of talent was very high.  However this didn’t shake Sahana  Petras’ nerves as she took first place and earned a Gold Medal in  the Garde Manger Category.