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FCCC Honor Roll - 4th Nine Weeks
Congratulations are in order for the 554 Four County Career Center students who have achieved recognition on the 4th Nine Weeks Honor Roll!
FCCC Retirement Reception
Four County Career Center held their annual Retirement Reception and Employee Service Awards honoring staff members for years of service to the school district.

Words of appreciation were given by Superintendent Jeffrey Slattery and plaques were presented to staff members who retired from the Career Center during the past school year.  Shown above are retirees (LEFT TO RIGHT) Timothy Ricketts, I.T. Academy - Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Instructor (9 years); Jennifer Maassel, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Director of Operations (36 years); and Richard Hupe, Director of Operations (36 years).  Retiree Douglas Beck, Director of Adult Workforce Education (13 years) was absent from the photo.

FCCC Employee Service Awards
Four County Career Center held their annual Retirement Reception and Employee Service Awards honoring staff members for years of service to the school district.

Those recognized for years of service include:
    Five years - David DeLano, Dean of Students; Josh Montgomery, Career Based Intervention Instructor; Taryn Thomas, English Instructor; and Tobi Ziegler, Job Coach.
    Ten years - Denton Blue, Diesel Mechanics Instructor; Kristen Boyer, VOSE; Brandon Brywczynski, Social Studies Instructor; Krissy Cheslock, Special Education Supervisor; Curtis Miller, Building Trades/Carpentry Instructor; Scott Palmer, Adult Education Arrowhead Division; Steven Steingass, Mechanical Systems & Piping Instructor; and Jill Westhoven, Cosmetology Instructor.
    Fifteen years - Kelli Alspaugh, Family & Consumer Science Instructor; and Angela Zetter, Spanish Instructor.
    Twenty years - Mary Jo Beilharz, Medical Office Technologies Instructor; and Tricia Frysinger, Attendance Secretary.
    Twenty-five years - Dean Detmer, Academic Supervisor.
    Forty years - Tony McCord, Career & Technical Education and Attendance Supervisor; and Jena Stites, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Career & Technical Education.

Senior Recognition Day Ceremony
Four hundred forty-five seniors were awarded certificates along with other student achievements and Career Passports marking the end of their career and technical training during Four County Career Center’s 55th Recognition Day Ceremony with over 2,000 parents and guests in attendance and viewing the livestream.

Career and Technical Education Director, Rick Bachman was Presiding Chairman of the ceremonies.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jenae Kinsman (Archbold) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, accompanied by military personnel and seniors enlisted in the armed services.  Superintendent, Jeffrey Slattery introduced Board of Education members and congratulated the seniors on their accomplishments.  Samuel Haley (Pettisville (Auto Collision Repair, Dakota Simonis (Fairview) Culinary Arts Management, and Audrey Honeck (Patrick Henry) Fire & Rescue, announced student achievements and activities.  Guest speakers for the Recognition Day Ceremony were senior students Gabriella Rodriguez (Archbold) Cosmetology, Allie Nelson (Hicksville) Early Childhood Education, and Izack Badenhop (Patrick Henry) Business & Financial Services.

Fifty-five students were named Outstanding Seniors for exemplary performance in their career and technical and academic programs and presented with award plaques by their department supervisors.  Awards and scholarship monies of over $422,000 to be used to further students’ education at trade schools, colleges and universities as well as entering the world of work, were recognized during the ceremony.
BPA Students Place in Top 10 at Nationals
Four County Career Center is pleased to announce that eight students placed in the top 10 at the 2024 National Leadership Conference of Business Professionals of America (BPA) held in Chicago, Illinois.  Shown with their medals are (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Kyle Hageman (Archbold) C# Programming and Software Engineering Team; Kaitlin Wood (Archbold) Basic Office Systems and Procedures; Andrew Wiseman (Napoleon) Mobile Application Development; Cory Mavis (Fairview) Software Engineering Team; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Andrew Mosier (Fairview) Software Engineering Team; Joseph Wymer (Liberty Center) Linux Operating System Fundamentals; Ethan Winger (Fairview) Server Administration Using Microsoft; and Blake Grime (Archbold) Software Engineering Team.

These Career Center students joined over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national-level business skill competitions.  This was BPA’s 58th National Leadership Conference with the theme “Seize the Opportunity.”

Preschool Graduation
The seniors at Four County Career Center’s Early Childhood Education class recently held Preschool Graduation for children enrolled during the 2023-2024 school year.  The children performed favorite songs learned throughout the school year for parents and grandparents in attendance.

Shown above at the graduation are Preschoolers (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Aurelia Glore (Bryan); Jillian Beair (Helena); James Funchion (Defiance); Brynn Boyer (Wauseon); Carolyn Blue (Holgate); Cullen Sanders (Edgerton); Lawson Scarberry (Liberty Center); Boone Schroeder (Defiance); Sophia Beltz (Montpelier); Kohen Kossow (Ridgeville Corners); Oliver Berteau (Edon); Mark Helberg (Napoleon); (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Susan Myers, Early Childhood Education Instructor; Katelyn Metz, Preschool Aide; and Jennifer Hutchison, Educational Aide.

The Preschool Center is operated in association with the Early Childhood Education program for juniors and seniors as a part of their lab experience.

FCCC Senior Recognition Day
    Four County Career Center’s 55th annual Senior Recognition Day will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2024 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the school.  The ceremony will also be broadcast LIVE through the Career Center website at starting at 8:40 a.m.

    Certificates marking the completion of their career training will be awarded to 445 seniors, scholarship award winners will be announced, and Outstanding Senior Awards will be presented during the ceremonies.

    Career Passports containing the student’s Resume, class competencies listing skills learned at the Career Center, student’s grades and attendance data, will be presented to each senior.  Career Passports are awarded to all Ohio Career Center program completers for the purpose of providing each student with a set of credentials that can be presented to an employer when seeking employment.

    Rick Bachman, Director of Career & Technical Education, is in charge of the ceremony.  Seven seniors will be assisting with the program - Jenae Kinsman (Archbold) Law Enforcement & Security Tactics, will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance with the assistance of the Military; Samuel Haley (Pettisville) Auto Collision Repair, Dakota Simonis (Fairview) Culinary Arts Management, and Audrey Honeck (Patrick Henry) Fire & Rescue, will be announcing student achievement activities.  Gabriella Rodriguez (Archbold) Cosmetology, Allie Nelson (Hicksville) Early Childhood Education, and Izack Badenhop (Patrick Henry) Business & Financial Services, were chosen as class speakers for the event.

Building Trades Open House
The public is invited to attend the 54th annual Four County Career Center’s Building Trades Open House on May 19 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  During this past year, 100 high school students at the Career Center have assisted with the construction of the 84th new home as part of their career training. 

Curtis Miller, Carpentry instructor, and the senior Carpentry classes did the general construction of the home including exterior finish, interior, and drywall finish, for Phil Rupp.  It is located at 328 Miller Avenue in Archbold.

The Rupp home is a single story ranch with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, great room, kitchen, and a full basement along with a two car garage.  The outside of the home is covered in stone and vinyl siding .

Scott Williams, senior Electrical instructor, and his class did the low voltage, data communications, service and finish electrical wiring for the home.  Installation of the water supply, drainage, and inside plumbing was done by the senior Mechanical Systems & Piping class with instructor Steve Steingass.  The Interior Design students and their instructor, Lisa Hall, painted the interior walls and ceilings.

Students at the Career Center build one house each school year.  The home building project is part of the high school curriculum in the Construction Trades programs.
FCCLA Student Places 1st at State Conference
Four County Career Center’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Early Childhood Education student, Allie Nelson (Hicksville) placed first in the Language and Literacy Development contest at the State FCCLA  Leadership Conference in Columbus. The FCCLA participants are challenged to complete a project in their area of career and technical training within a specified time period while being scored by a panel of judges.  All of the FCCLA students who competed did an outstanding job in their respective competitions.

HOSA Students Place in Top 10 at State/2 Students Advance to Nationals!
Thirteen students from Four County Career Center placed in the top ten in the 2024 HOSA - Future Health Professionals State Conference which was held at the Glass City Center in Toledo and Brooklyn Fry and Sofia Rodriguez have qualified to compete in the HOSA International Leadership Conference with the theme “Dare to Create” in Houston, Texas.  These Career Center students will join other HOSA students from across the nation to participate in national-level skill competitions, workshops, and general sessions June 26-29, 2024.

Contest winners include (FRONT - LEFT TO RIGHT) Jazlyn Nelson (Evergreen) CPR/First Aid; Sophie Croninger (Wauseon) Medical Assisting; Lindsay Stumbo (Defiance) Personal Care; Sofia Rodriguez (Evergreen) Personal Care - will be competing at Nationals; Madison Kollar (Fairview) CPR/First Aid; Alivya Fry (Montpelier) Interviewing Skills; (BACK - LEFT TO RIGHT) Trista Bond (Hicksville) Phlebotomy; Dalani Woods (Liberty Center) Medical Assisting; Brooklyn Fry (Patrick Henry) Nursing Assisting - will be competing at Nationals; Justin Sierra (Pettisville) Home Health Aide; Olivia Sifuentes (Holgate) Healthy Living; and Halle Six (Bryan) Job Seeking Skills.  Absent from the photo is Piper Lacey (Defiance) Clinical Specialty.