West Shore Career-Technical District News

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.

HIGH AWARDS EARNED BY WEST SHORE CULINARY

 

West Shore culinary students demonstrated their excellent skills and talents against other culinary students in the State of Ohio FCCLA Competition held on April 22-24 in Columbus.  Overall, four students earned Gold Medals and the three-person Culinary Team earned a Silver Medal. 

The Gold Medal winners were then ranked amongst themselves in their culinary category where West Shore students earned two second places and one third place across the entire state of Ohio.

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.