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Chef Corti Named ACF Educator of the Year

devan cortiCongratulations to West Shore Career-Tech culinary instructor Devan Corti, who has earned the Chef Educator of the Year Award from the American Culinary Federation Cleveland Chapter. Corti was presented with the award at the chapter’s annual President’s Brunch on Nov. 5 at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club. Students De'vryon Gray and Veronica San Juan were also honored at the brunch.

Chef McGorray & Computer Technician Smigelski Honored

spotlight logoCongratulations to this month's Staff Spotlight honorees: Rob McGorray, West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts' Senior Instructor,  and Dan Smigelski, Garfield Middle School's Computer Technician! Click "Read More" to see why McGorray's and Smigelski's peers found the two so deserving. 

Media, Art & Design Student Wins Billboard Contest

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micah inakCongratulations to senior Micah Inak of the Media, Art & Design program in the West Shore Career-Tech District. Micah won the Teen Driver Safety Billboard Design Challenge sponsored by University Hospitals, Safe Communities Coalition and State Farm Insurance. The contest asked for designs for a billboard on distracted teen driving. Micah's winning design was displayed on digital billboards for two weeks around the City of Cleveland and is currently displayed on print billboards around the city. She will receive $500 for her winning design.

Elec. Engineering students build Bots via Khan Academy

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From Electronics teacher Andre Bruwer on a recent class project:

Learning takes place through collaboration and exploration in a hands on, project-based outcomes learning environment. Students learn the basics of electronic circuitry, from layout to neatness, parts, symbols, terminology and so much more through this dynamic approach to learning. Students quickly figure out that in certain components current direction matters, that layout and design plays a role in the success of a project and the greatest resource tool is each other.

 

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West Shore Auto Tech Class Tackled Special Summer Project

corvette engineWest Shore Career-Tech students in Mike Szittai’s Automotive Technology class took on a special project during the last quarter of the 2016-2017 school year that spilled into evening and weekend work, which the students tackled with relish.

GRAD SHARES DIRECT COLLEGE BENEFITS OF WEST SHORE PROGRAMS

Sam BorickUniversity of Akron engineering student and West Shore graduate Sam Borick returned to LHS recently to extol the virtues of West Shore Career-Tech classes and how they gave him a significant boost both financially and acedemically heading into college. Sam, who graduated in 2015, spoke to students in his former West Shore programs - Networking Cisco and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) - and the information technology elective classes to help students understand the value of taking advantage of the West Shore programs and how that translates to college success, savings, and internship opportunities.    

ROTARY HONORS WEST SHORE'S OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

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.

DISTRICT ARTISTS, WRITER SHINE IN SCHOLASTIC CONTEST

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. 

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FORMER STUDENT TRACES SUCCESS BACK TO PTLW

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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.  

Students Honored at W. Shore Passport Assembly

west shore logoCongratulations to the nearly 200 West Shore Career-Technical students who received their Career Passport at the annual assembly and recognition program on May 18.  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.

West Shore Media Art & Design Students Represent in Art Contest
Senior Culinary Student Bohannon Wins State Contest

jessicacakeCongratulations to West Shore Career-Tech Culinary Arts student Jessica Bohannon, who won first place in the 2017 Ohio FCCLA State Creative Cake Competition! Jessica created a chocolate butter cake with raspberry jam, white chocolate mousse, vanilla buttercream and a swirled mirror glaze and gum paste flowers. Jessica's win earned her a $1,000 scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, where she will attend in the fall. She had already earned more than $21,000 in J&W scholarships through the application process.