Eastland-Fairfield still hard at work

While students are lounging at pools, catching up on the latest exploits of Harry Potter, or spending the afternoon at the movies, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools’ staff and administrators are readying buildings and programs for the 2007-08 year.

In addition, the pair of career centers host summer school programs for high school students, Adult Workforce Development continues offering training for dislocated workers and language classes for Columbus, and Career Camp assists special needs students with career options.

Six classes in Rapid Response training for dislocated workers were presented by Workforce Development staff in June. Two Workplace Spanish classes will be conducted over the next two months by Workforce Development staff members for Columbus and geared to city/county government and customer service. Similar classes were offered to several Whitehall Yearling employees in June.

On June 29, the division held a job fair at the Groveport Recreation Center. 26 employers and over 100 job seekers attended the event, which Human Resources Coordinator Kelly Fuller considered "a success." Employers from the health care industry, manufacturing, law enforcement, hospitality services, and community-based organizations participated in the job fair.

Although classes were dismissed for the summer, seven Skills USA students from the Eastland Career Center continued representing the school at the organization’s national competition in Kansas City, Mo. the last week in June. Nehemiah Payne, Gahanna, was a national officer candidate; Margaret Brown, Hamilton Township, nail competitor; Kalieh Legg, Hamilton Township, hand model; Ashlee Mason, Gahanna, state officer; Amber Patterson, Whitehall Yearling, voting delegate; Tonisha Henry, Groveport, voting delegate; and Robyn McCoy, Reynoldsburg, state officer for 2007-08.

"In addition to having a lot of fun, the advisors reported the students were excellent representatives of our district, taking the Eastland Career Center creed with them," said center Director Deb Stephenson in her report to the board. "We are thrilled that Nehemiah was elected National Officer at Large and is in Washington, D.C. this week. Nehemiah is the third National Officer Eastland has had in as many years, which is quite a feather in our cap."

Fairfield Career Center Director Bonnie Hopkins said Ohio Graduation Test summer classes began July 16 and run through July 27. Students will have the opportunity to take the OGT at the end of the session. The center’s Health Academy is being expanded, with one Health Technologies class added and the former Legal Office lab transformed into additional academy space

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