West Shore Career-Technical District News

WEST SHORE ORIENTATION

West Shore orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 7pm in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.  New students entering a West Shore Career-Tech program for 2016-2017 school year should plan to attend along with their parents.  Students from Bay High, Rocky River High and Westlake High should plan to arrive by 6:45pm to take an school ID photo.  Parking is available behind the modular units across from the Auditorium.

CAREER PASSPORT ASSEMBLY

Senior Students completing West Shore Career-Tech programs will be recognized at the Career Passport Assembly on Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00am in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.  Parents are encouraged to attend.  Parking will be available in the first rows behind the modular classroom units across from the Civic Auditorium.

ROTARY RECOGNIZES TOP WEST SHORE STUDENTS

On Monday March 14 at the annual Outstanding Student Award luncheon, the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club recognized 14 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. 

HARD WORK PAYING OFF FOR AUTO GRADUATE

West Shore Auto Tech and Bay High 2014 graduate Nick Petiya’s hard work and dedication are paying off at Ohio Technical College.  In just 18 months, Nick has earned his Associate’s Degree, two ASE certifications, his MAC certifications, and has been accepted into the BMW Step Training Program.  Other accomplishments include maintaining perfect attendance and making the honor roll five of six quarters.

WEST SHORE CAREER-TECH CONTINUES STRONG PERFORMANCE

West Shore Career-Tech graduates continue to be prepared for their next step – entering college or the workforce, according to the State of Ohio’s most recent report card.

The 2014-2015 report card assesses the status of the 2014 graduates.  96% of West Shore Career-Tech students achieved technical attainment on their state exams and 96% graduated in four years.  Another key measure is Post-Program Placement - 96% of West Shore students are employed, in an apprenticeship, in the military, or they are enrolled in postsecondary education within six months of graduation.

 Click here to view report card.

AN ABUNDANCE OF GOLD AT CULINARY COMPETITION

West Shore Culinary Arts students had another highly successful year at FCCLA Regional Competitions winning five Gold Medals in Garde Manger, Pastry Tray, Pastry Cake and Team Competition, as well as a Silver Medal in the Team Competition.  These students practice for numerous hours after school throughout the winter perfecting their recipes and skills to prepare for the competition.  

AUTO STUDENTS EARN INVITATION TO COMPETE IN REGIONAL EVENT

Congratulations to Jackson Nugent and Austin Slemc, Auto Technology seniors who have qualified to compete in the 24th Annual Greater Cleveland Automotive Technology Competition on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Cleveland Auto Show.  For 2 ½ half hours, Austin and Jackson will be working as a team to identify and address bugs/faults or repair issues on an automobile while teams from other schools work on similar vehicles with similar issues.

These teams were selected as the top performing schools based on a written exam completed earlier in the school year.  Jackson and Austin, representing West Shore Career-Tech, will be competing against teams from Medina County Career Tech, Polaris Career Center, Portage Lakes Career Center and Valley Forge High School.

The winners of the Greater Cleveland-area competition will participate in the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City.

WEST SHORE STUDENTS WIN SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS

West Shore Interactive Media students won multiple awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition, with Owen Smith receiving a top award, a Gold Key for his Photography submission, King City.  In total, eight Interactive Media students earned twelve awards across the Photography, Design, Comic Art, Digital Art, and Film & Animation categories.

WEST SHORE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2016-2017

Lakewood High sophomores were shown course offerings available to them in the West Shore Career-Technical District.
During a 2
nd period assembly on Tues, Jan 5th.   The majority of students begin taking West Shore classes in their junior year and continue to completion in their senior year.  With 2016-2017 scheduling right around the corner, it’s time for sophomores to think about their educational opportunities

FUELING INNOVATION

Thanks to a generous grant from Lakewood High PTA West Shore Electronics students are getting more opportunities to tinker and create with electronics.  The PTA donated over $750 to fund littleBits, a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks for creating inventions large and small.  With this grant Electronic Technology instructor Andre Bruwer was able to purchase several more kits to expand the breadth of modules students can use to experiment.

“littleBits is a combination of Legos and Mindcraft.  It’s like Legos for electronics.  Students are only limited by their imagination.   We are grateful to the Lakewood High PTA for their support of our program,” remarked Mr. Bruwer.

SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

On Friday December 4th the junior culinary arts students prepared dinner for the families staying at the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House with funds raised by the West Shore classes.

CINDY HELBIG RETIRES

West Shore Career-Technical District Aide, Cindy Helbig retired on November 30.  Cindy began her tenure at Lakewood City Schools in 1996 spending her first 8 years assisting students in numerous career-technical classrooms. 

Cindy will be greatly missed by the students and faculty of West Shore Career-Tech as well as the patients and employees at Rae-Ann.

TASTING EXPERIENCE FOR CULINARY STUDENTS

On Saturday, November 14th, West Shore Culinary Arts junior and senior students traveled to Chef2Chef Foods warehouse on Cleveland’s eastside to experience formal tastings by Chef2Chef Foods.  Students participated in presentations and tastings of olive oils, cheese and chocolate as well as a spice identification session during the morning and spent time with Culinary Institiue of America representatives in the afternoon.

HACKATHON AT HYLAND

Hyland, creator of ONBase is excited to announce they are hosting a Hackathon this December.  Never been to a Hackathon before?  It's an event where people who love technology come together and collaborate on projects!

ACUMEN SOLUTIONS VISITS WEST SHORE CAREER-TECH

Acumen Solutions employees spent the day at West Shore Career-Tech last week.  They have been an excellent education partner.  The support of Acumen Solutions and other technology companies in Northeast Ohio Is an important part of preparing West Shore students to become college and career ready during their high school tenure.

 

CULINARY ARTS FEATURED ON CHANNEL 19 NEWS

Jen Picciano from Channel 19 Cleveland stopped by the West Shore Culinary Arts program yesterday.  Take a look and what she saw!

http://www.wsmv.com/story/30437826/growing-demand-for-high-school-culinary-arts-programs

PIZZO RECEIVES CTE PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR INVITATION

West Shore Career-Technical student Jonathan Pizzo has been named a CTE - US Presidential Scholar Semifinalist. This is the first year Career Tech Education students from across the nation will be selected for this national recognition from the President of the United States. He is one of only five students chosen from over 120,000 students enrolled in a CTE program throughout Ohio

WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES

Learn about all the great career opportunities available to women in the construction trades from tradeswomen in those jobs.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Plumbers Local 55, 980 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Hts, Ohio

Meet representatives from several building trades: Plumbers, Electricians, Carpenters, Iron Workers, Pipe Fitters, Bricklayers, and more.
 

GFS PARTNERS WITH WEST SHORE CAREER-TECH

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “when one door closes another one opens” and this indeed was this outcome for a West Shore Career-Tech program this year.  In March, long-time community partner Bonne Bell closed its Westlake operation.  And with that closing, a West Shore community-based training program lost its workplace training location. 

 

REPORT CARD SHOWS CONTINUED FOCUS ON STUDENT SUCCESS

West Shore Career-Tech received a strong report across all categories on the State of Ohio’s recently released report cards for career-technical centers.  West Shore earned A’s in achievement, four-year graduation rate, and placement while being was just one tenth of a point shy of an A in the five-year graduation rate. 

2015 SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Nick Roche is currently a sophomore at Bowling Green State University studying Construction Management.  As a college freshman, he had a rare opportunity to land a paid summer internship with Kiewit Corporation in Denver, CO as a Project Engineer.  

TEAMBUILDING INTRODUCES EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

New students to West Shore Career-Tech spent a few hours out on the baseball field earlier in the week for team building.  The activities helped the students to work as a team, work on their problem solving skills, think critically and be creative.

   

WINNING CONTEST YIELDS INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

When four engineering students signed up to compete in the Hyland Innovation Showdown last spring, little did they know the winning prize of an iPad was only one of many benefits in store for them.

WEST SHORE CLASSES BEGIN AUGUST 18

Students enrolled in a West Shore class should report to West Shore Career-Tech at Lakewood High School for the first day of school, Tuesday, August 18th.  Enrolled students were mailed home a packet of pertinent information and forms.  Questions? Call 216-529-4163

HEALTH CAREERS STUDENTS TALK TO YOUTH ABOUT DRUG ABUSE

This spring West Shore Health Careers students visited Harding and Garfield Middle Schools to educate students on drug abuse prevention and medication safety. The high school students created presentations, games, and story boards to engage the younger students.  The tools and data were supplied at no cost through GenerationRX, a partnership between Ohio State University College of Pharmacy and Cardinal Health Foundation. 

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RANGER CAFE HOSTS FOX 8's "KICKIN' IT WITH KENNY"

Today the stage for Fox 8's Kickin' It with Kenny" was the West Shore Culinary kitchen and the Ranger Cafe.  Kenny Krumpton was talking about the Taste of Lakewood which is happening this Sunday, June 7th at Madison Park.  Four local chefs showcased their items for the food festival.  The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce was looking for a neutral site for the filming and the West Shore facility was the perfect spot. 

http://fox8.com/2015/06/03/taste-of-lakewood-returns-for-12th-year/

 

WEST SHORE SAYS GOOD BYE TO LONGTIME COORDINATOR

For 11 years Linda Thayer has guided thousands of students through West Shore’s career-tech programs wishing them well as they move out into the world.  Today, West Shore bids farewell to Linda as she retires from West Shore Career-Technical District after a storied career with many milestones. 

RAE ANN CELEBRATES STUDENTS

The Rae Ann Nursing Home Job Training Program hosted a banquet for the students on May 15th. Parents, teachers and staff of the student's home schools, and Rae Ann employees were all in attendance. Hamburger shaped cookies and refreshments were provided by the Rae Ann Dietary Department.

The following awards were given:
Most Outstanding Worker Award – Colin Murphy
Most Friendly Worker Award – Brady Stevens
Most Improved Award – Dan Andrews
Most Positive Attitude Award – Villie Fabinak

All of the students graciously accepted their awards and made speeches thanking Career-Tech Aide Cindy Helbig and teacher Kelly Dow.

WEST SHORE RECOGNIZES GRADUATES

Congratulations to the 193 West Shore students who received a Career Passport at the annual recognition and awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 19th.  West Shore Educational Coordinator Mrs. Linda Thayer was joined by representatives from the four school districts to award students their passports.  

FREE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY CAMP OFFERED

Current 8th grade students interested in electronics and engineering can participate in a three-day camp exploring alternative energy technologies on June 15 - 17. This free camp offers students a hands-on opportunity to learn about Earth friendly energy sources, wind turbines, solar energy, and fuel cell technology.  Registration has begun. Deadline to register is June 5. Click here for:  Information Flyer or Registration Form.

RAE-ANN STUDENTS RAISING MONEY FOR KNICKERBOCKER FUND

On May 13th Rae-Ann Nursing Home sponsored a two-mile walk to raise money for the Knickerbocker Residents Activity Fund. West Shore students in the Rae-Ann Job Training Program, Cindy Helbig, West Shore Career Technical Education District Paraprofessional, and Kelly Dow, West Shore Career Job Training Coordinator made donations and participated. The Walk was from Rae-Ann Suburban to Rae-Ann Westlake and back.

WEST SHORE ORIENTATION


West Shore orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 7pm in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium.  New students entering a West Shore Career-Tech program for 2015-2016 school year should plan to attend along with their parents.

DIMASCIO TO REPLACE THAYER AS HEAD OF W. SHORE CAREER-TECH

Lakewood High School House 1 Principal William DiMascio has been named the Coordinator of Career Technical Education for the West Shore Career-Technical District. DiMascio, who was unanimously approved by the Board of Education at its May 4 meeting, will succeed Linda Thayer, who is retiring.