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West Shore logoWest Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at a luncheon on March 13 at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. The 14 students, top performers in their career-technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. 

Culinary Arts Talent on Display at Hospitality Summit

Odessertsn Feb.28, the West Shore Culinary Arts Department prepared great food at the the Hospitality Labor Summit event hosted by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce in the Ranger Cafe. Members of the Lakewood food and restaurant community attended the event to discuss issues related to hiring and retaining employees in the hospitality industry. Doug Trattner, the Cleveland Scene dining editor, moderated the roundtable discussion.


O'Reilly vaseArtwork created by students from Lakewood High School, West Shore Career-Tech’s Media Art & Design program and Harding Middle School  earned more than 40 honors, including 11 highest honors, in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards regional competition. In total, Lakewood and West Shore students earned 45 recognitions.

Where are they now? Angel Dickson

Angel Dickson is a 2014 graduate of the Medical Office Management program. 

Culinary Arts Service Project

Jason Rodgers, Antonio Ferra, Caitlyn Harrison, De'vryon Gray and Lashawna Eppinger (left to right) at the Ronald McDonald HouseDuring the month of November, the junior culinary arts students collected donations from students, staff, and Ranger Cafe customers.For the seventh year in a row, those generous donations were used to purchase ingredients for a special dinner that is put together for the families staying at the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House. 

Medical Office Management Fall Service Projects

The Medical Office Management classes were busy with their service projects this Fall.  The MOM1 class started this year by decorating seven pumpkins for Lakewood’s Help to Others Pumpkinpalooza in October.  

Culinary Arts Students Awarded Scholarships from the ACF

On November 13th, Clara Wagh and Jessica Bohannon were each awarded a $500.00 scholarship from the American Culinary Federation (ACF) at the 56th Annual ACF President’s Brunch at the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club.


The Ranger Café at West Shore will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The Cafe is now taking dining room reservations. The student-run restaurant is open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 pm. To make a dining room reservation please call 216.529.4165 ext.1


Classrooms are ready, lesson plans have been prepared, and teachers are anxious to begin another year of 21st century teaching.  The first day is Tuesday, August 23 at West Shore Career-Tech located in Lakewood High School for all West Shore Career-Tech students.  All students from Bay High, Lakewood High, Rocky River High, and Westlake High enrolled in a West Shore program should be in attendance.  


West Shore Career-Tech says good bye to long-time Family and Consumer Science teacher Deb Stasek.  Deb started her career as a “Home Economics” Teacher at the former Horace Mann Middle School.  For the first two school years (75-76 and 76-77), Deb held Long Term Substitute contracts at Horace Mann.  After being offered a contract for the 1977-78 school year, Deb resigned as the result of her husband’s job taking them both to California.  She and her family returned to Ohio and to the Lakewood City Schools beginning with the 96-97 school year where she was a Family and Consumer Science teacher first at West Shore Academy, then Harding Middle School, and the last four years have been at Lakewood High School.

West Shore wishes Deb a wonderful retirement filled with golf, grandchildren, and travel.

Junior's design chosen as logo for Solstice celebration

Junior Nick Ferrone’s logo design was chosen in a contest as the winning selection for the Lakewood Summer Solstice Celebration.  The City of Lakewood is celebrating the Summer Solstice this year at Lakewood Park’s new Solstice Steps on June 21. Ferrone's logo will be incorporated into the marketing materials and social media used to promote the event. 


Congratulations to the 196 West Shore Career-Technical students who received their Career Passport at the annual assembly and recognition program on Tuesday May 17th.   Career Passports are awarded to West Shore students who successfully complete their course of study.  Each passport includes the student’s resume, state testing certificates along with any career-field licensing and awards the student has earned including the Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Work Ethic Award and the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Outstanding Student Award.  Local mayors and legislators contributed congratulatory letters as well.

35 students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society, and 22 students received a Career-Technical Honors Diploma.  We wish these students ongoing success as they continue their education and/or enter the work force. 

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For seven West Shore Culinary Arts students the long hours of practice and preparing paid off at the State FCCLA Competition.  West Shore grabbed three Gold Medals and two Silver Medals. Seniors Gabriel Antos and Stephen Watkins came in first place in Pastry Cake and Garde Manger categories respectively.  


West Shore students demonstrated their strong work ethic by attending an early morning recognition breakfast on Wed, May 4th. The Lakewood/ Rocky River Sunrise Rotary sponsored the event and acknowledged the students for being “dependable, hard-working, and committed to doing a good job” in the classroom and in the workplace.    


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.


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.

New Online Enrollment System Coming this Fall!! EnrollTrack

The West Shore is going GREEN  this December with a new online enrollment system. Look for the link here--coming December 5th! 

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Connor with teachers

Former Project Lead the Way student Connor Meehan recently stopped by the PLTW class of Bob Sedlak to speak with students about the impact PTLW has had on his college career. Here's what Connor (pictured with PTLW teachers Sedlak and Ed Holmok) had to say:

Project Lead The Way did an excellent job in preparing myself and fellow classmates for the collegiate engineering curriculum.  From learning the basics of 3D modeling on Autodesk Inventor, which was used extensively in my earlier classes at Ohio State to exposing us to 'bread-boarding' that allowed me to excel in my ECE 2300 course, Circuits.  Another key aspect of PLTW was the senior year Capstone project which was directly analogous to my Capstone project at Ohio State, where we were assigned to a company, in my case Caterpillar Inc., and we tackled an actual real world problem that they had sought help with.  I graduated from The Ohio State University in December of 2016 with a degree in Welding Engineering and am now going to work full-time for The Lincoln Electric Co..  Special thanks goes out to the Project Lead The Way program, and more importantly to Mr. Holmok and Mr. Sedlak for being exceptional educators as well as sincere mentors throughout my years at Lakewood High School.  


West Shore Career-Tech welcomes three teachers to its staff this school year.

West Shore Media Art & Design Students Represent in Art Contest

The West Shore Career-Technical District is collecting gently used or new books for children ages 6 months-5 years to donate to Reach Out and Read, an organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care. The books will be given to doctors' offices to hand out at wellness visits. The classrooms of Early Childhood Education (Room A202), Medical Office Management (A201) and Child Development (A228) as well as the West Shore main office will be collecting the books through Dec. 16.

Ranger Cafe Open for the Season!


The Ranger Cafe is open Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12PM to 1:30PM! Please stop by and experience Lakewood's best kept dining experience. Reservations are recommended as the Cafe's schedule does vary due to holidays and school events. Call 216-529-4165 and select "1" reservations. Visit the Ranger Cafe website for more information.