PIQUA — First time Upper Valley Career Center high school students will be welcomed on campus Friday, Aug. 19, to begin the 2016-17 school year. All students, returning and new, will be on campus Monday Aug. 22. The school day hours remains 8:23 a.m. to 2:44 p.m.
New staff includes Kyle VanDyke, English; Tiffany Hickerson, social studies; Matt Shirey, welding paraprofessional and Dave Collins, HVAC paraprofessional, on the main campus. Nic Baumer will instruct agriculture education for Upper Valley Career Center at Bradford High School.
Students will also see some familiar faces in places as several staff members have new assignments within the district. Joe Karafit will teach the certifications classes in addition to social studies. Jennelle Winn is moving to an instructor position in Health Information Management. Kreg McCullough will now be the Newton agricultural education instructor and Jessica Helsinger will be in the same position at Covington. Sondra Schneider will now be serving on the main campus in the Student Assistance Center.
One key summer maintenance project was the expansion of the design suite in Design and Digital Print Technologies. The larger space will accommodate program growth and frees a classroom previously needed for related work.
One addition to the Career Center’s calendar will be an expansion of Explore Careers Day on Nov. 30. Typically Explore Careers Day is a day off for Career Center students which allow them to host over a thousand invited guests — sophomores who are exploring the opportunities afforded to them through Career and Technical Education.
“This year we are asking juniors and seniors to participate in Explore Careers Day by arranging a job shadow experience,” said Jason Haak, Executive Director.
Haak asks that all Advisory Committee members and area employers mark that day on their calendar and consider hosting a student or two.
Eight hundred seventy-five juniors and seniors are expected to attend CTE programs at the Piqua campus this fall. Satellite students participating in Upper Valley Career Center programs at their high school or middle schools are estimated to be nearly 2,000 for the year.
Full time Adult Division programs launched the semester in July and are now accepting applications for the winter/spring semester which begins in January. AD programs also accept enrollment in specific industry related topics and customized workforce development continues to be an option. Adult Basic Literacy Education programming is offered in Miami, Shelby and Darke counties. Complete details are available at the school website www.uppervcalleycc.org and by calling during regular business hours.
“I am looking forward to another great year working with this talented and dedicated staff. We are continuing our efforts to provide rigorous, top-quality, workforce development programs that meet the ever evolving needs of business, industry, government, and individual students from across the region,” said Haak.