CTE honors December Students of the Month

(CLARE) – The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for December.

The administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Thomas Lannen of Farwell and David Sturgeon of Beaverton (Automotive Technology); Ryelee Price of Gladwin (Business Management); Sam Ball of Farwell and Nate Bullard of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Abbygale Currier of Beaverton and Elli Avery of Harrison (Criminal Justice); Harley Hakes of Harrison and Kathleen Schimansky of Gladwin (Culinary Arts); Makenzie Vandorn of Clare and Austin Fitzpatrick of Gladwin (Digital Media); Ruth Mooketsi of Clare and Rachel Roy of Gladwin (Education Occupations); Katelynn Maran of Harrison and Bethany Cobb of Gladwin (Health Occupations); and Kegan Tigner of Farwell and Ryan Haskin of Harrison (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Farwell, Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Clare and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

CTE honors November Students of the Month

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(CLARE) – The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for October.

The administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Dakota Burgess of Coleman and Travis Krueger of Beaverton (Automotive Technology); Jake Walters of Harrison (Business Management); Jeremy Fillhard of Harrison and Jacob Woods of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Shania Slater of Harrison and Alice Roe of Harrison (Criminal Justice); Grace Shaw of Clare and Danielle Gordon of Farwell (Culinary Arts); Kurtis Eichhorn of Harrison and Dakota Trondle of Gladwin (Digital Media); Jacob Adams of Coleman and Abigale Bergman of Beaverton (Education Occupations); Megan Barcia of Beaverton and Erika Cullen of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Carson Longstreth of Beaverton and Brandon Shell of Gladwin (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Farwell, Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Clare and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

 

ON PATROL: Erickson mentors Criminal Justice students

Physical Training is a constant in Instructor Jeff Erickson’s Criminal Justice class.

Jeff Erickson’s working a new job in a new location. But one thing hasn’t changed – the work itself still combines his experience in law enforcement with his passion for public service.

In his role as instructor of the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program’s Criminal Justice class, Erickson is able to draw on his 20-plus years as a police officer and educator to help turn today’s high schoolers into tomorrow’s public safety workers.

“I have been very fortunate to have worked in positions that provided experience in law enforcement, public service and education,” Erickson said. “I hope that stories of my successes and failures will help students determine if the public safety field is right for them. I also hope that my education background will help students to learn essential skills to prepare them to be career- and college-ready.”

The Criminal Justice program allows students to explore careers in law enforcement, security, corrections, the court system, emergency services, protective services and legal services. Along the way, they learn about important police techniques like fingerprinting, reporting writing, search and seizure and First Response.

Erickson’s career includes work as a law enforcement officer with the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Department and at Saginaw Valley State University. He’s worked in public education since 2004 as an administrator, teacher and coach, and he’s not surprised where his career path has led.

“All of my brothers and sisters were into education, and my father was on the school board for many years,” he said. “I always loved teaching, coaching and working with young people, and even when I was a full-time officer, I substitute taught, coached and mentored. This job’s a perfect fit for me because I have the real-life experience and I love sharing it with prospective public safety professionals.”

While Erickson’s hard at work helping train today’s students, he holds a special place in his heart for yesterday’s as well.

“Anytime a former student comes back to see me and they’re doing well, that’s a real point of pride for me,” he said. “That, and when students tell me they couldn’t have done it without me – that’s how I know it’s working.”

Erickson has spent the first couple months on the job getting to know the lay of the land, but his students are already well into the curriculum via Erickson’s lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

“It’s always a challenge going where people don’t know you, and sometimes the schedule – having students coming and going at different times – presents some instructional challenges,” he said. “But it’s been great getting to know the staff and students. Everyone has been extremely welcoming.

“With the passage of the millage last spring, this is a really exciting time for the CTE program,” he added. “It’s great to know that the community is behind the programs. Teaching has always been my passion; I love working with teens and sharing my experiences, and I feel extremely blessed to have been given this opportunity.”

 

UP CLOSE AND HANDS ON: CJ students head to the academy

How'd you spend the last day before Thanksgiving break? The students in CTE's Criminal Justice program traveled to the Regional Police Academy at Kirtland Community College for an eye-popping field trip that provided an inside look at the training involved in becoming a police officer, a chance to interact with soon-to-graduate cadets...and to try out the coolest video game they've ever seen.

The students' visit was broken into three sessions:

  • They observed as road patrol trainees honed their interview and detective skills. Through different scenarios laid out in on-campus residences, students watched as cadets fielded domestic complaints and suspicious activity, investigated crime scenes and worked to determine whether arrests were necessary.
  • They received pertinent information from college representatives about careers in law enforcement and the steps necessary to establish a career in public safety.

  • They trained in Kirtland's MILO Range Theater system, an interactive, multi-screen use of force simulator. Students were able to take part in the same training tools used by cadets. Kirtland's MILO system is one of only two in the state, and with five giant video screens offering a 300-degree experience for users. Using simulated weapons, students took aim at targets in various scenarios, including forests, city streets and warehouses.

While the MILO training session was the highlight of a day full of learning, the visit provided the CTE group the chance to grab lunch with the cadets on campus, with a true give-and-take dialogue over pizza. Students could be overheard asking a variety of questions, as well as sharing their own reasons and motivations for their interest in public safety.

 

CERTIFIED: Digital Media students earn CIW honors

Left to right, Kurits Eichhorn, Cole Birch, Cody Higgins and Instructor Jim Langley.

Passage of the CTE millage last spring has already signaled many positive changes, and here's another for the list: Digital Media students are able to earn certification in several new areas this year. Instructor Jim Langley's classes include four students who recently earned their certificates as CIW Network Technology Associates as designated by the Certified Internet Web Professional education program.

Dakota Trondle and Instructor Jim Langley.

The students are seniors Cody Higgins  of Farwell; Cole Burch and Kurtis Eichhorn of Harrison; and Dakota Trondle of Gladwin.

Earning this achievement is an important step for these students, Langley said.

"Networking is an integral part of the broader IT career path," he said. "The passage of the Network Technology Associate certification showcases some important skill sets. It shows, from a technical perspective, that students have a solid understand of concepts like TCP/IP, stable network creation, wireless networking, mobile devices and network troubleshooting."

Additional focus falls on cloud computing, OSI models, BYOD, CMS, routing, addressing, authentication, encryption and firewalls are focused upon.

"With these skills in place, students can objectively state their competence in these areas," Langley said. "This shows potential employers that these young adults have a baseline of understanding within networks and the technology. Any company that utilizes networks to any degree would benefit from having a CIW Network Technology Associate-certified employee in their organization because they would be able to rely on their having a core framework and baseline of knowledge with regard to networking."

Students spent up to eight weeks studying the exhaustive curriculum in preparation for the timed industry certification exam.

"I'm very proud of the students and excited for how their passage of this certification may open doors that were previously closed for them," Langley said. "Their hard work, determination and focus has paid off, and there is a visceral and tangible end-product in their certificate that each now possesses."

 

CTE Students of the Month

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The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for October.

The administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Brendan Powell of Harrison and Jacob Risch of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Kristein Besey of Farwell (Business Management); Corey Davis of Harrison and Travis Cavanaugh of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Sadie Haines of Gladwin and Avaunte Frizzell of Farwell (Criminal Justice); Hunter Lopez of Farwell and Krysten Mogg of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Thaddeus Warner of Clare and Kyle DeCouteau of Harrison (Digital Media); Rian Vanbuskirk of Clare and Lydia Woodruff of Gladwin (Education Occupations); Heather Moss of Farwell and Samantha Bowen of Farwell (Health Occupations); and Glen Beardsley of Farwell and Tyler Head of Harrison (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Farwell, Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Clare and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

 

Construction Trades: When the Saw Blade Met The Hot Dog

Now that was cool. Students in the morning session of CTE's Construction Trades class got an up-close-and-noisy look at a safety feature included in the group's table saw. Instructor Josh Myers showed the students how SawStop keeps users from harm by stopping and dropping the blade before contact with the important stuff, like fingers. The video tells the story:

 

Culinary Arts students attend ProStart symposium

A handful of CTE Culinary Arts students had a great day Wednesday. Here's the report from Instructor Heidi Rocha.

Yesterday, (Paraeducator) Tara Dutcher and I brought four students to the ProStart Student Symposium in Canton, MI at Sysco headquarters. This was provided by the Michigan Restaurant Association. Lydia Gervase (HHS senior), Harley Hakes (HHS senior) and Jimmy Forbes (BHS senior) all participated in the culinary portion. Gary Vanblarcom (FHS junior) participated in the management and marketing portion. The culinary students worked in groups with mentors and created a three-course meal using mystery basket items (salmon, Brussels sprouts, wild rice, whole chicken and butternut squash). The culinary students had to fabricate the chicken or fillet the fish, as well.

Management and marketing students worked with mentors on a marketing presentation to the entire room (100-plus people). Gary's group designed a restaurant concept and presented their menu ideas for "Noodle Nation." Tara and I attended teacher workshops through most of the time students were with the mentors. Here were the student and mentor objectives:

Anticipated STUDENT outcome:

Students receive time with industry expert and mentor

Students will have an opportunity to build on their classroom and textbook knowledge of front and back of house demands and opportunities

Students will be engaged in critical thinking and problem solving skill development

Student will have an opportunity to think like an entrepreneur

Students will benefit from networking with future employers

Students will perform at a college level

Anticipated INDUSTRY MENTOR outcome:

Industry mentors receive a first-hand experience of the skill sets developed through ProStart

Industry mentors will have an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience

Industry mentors will have the opportunity to meet future employees and set benchmarks for their current staff

Industry mentors will have the opportunity to network with other industry professionals

Industry mentors will have the opportunity to teach and mentor in a full service training kitchen

 

 

CTE Students of the Month Honored

The Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technical Education program has announced its Students of the Month for September.

The administration and staff congratulate these students, who were selected by teachers for positive performances in their respective CTE classes:

Dakota Burgess of Coleman and David Sturgeon of Beaverton (Automotive Technology); Amber Farnum of Farwell (Business Management); James Gillespie of Harrison and Michael Durbin of Beaverton (Construction Trades); Dezzaray Decker of Farwell and Danile Matthews of Gladwin (Criminal Justice); James Forbes of Beaverton and Megan Hadley of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Theodore Cole of Beaverton and Kolby Bell of Gladwin (Digital Media); Jillian Yule of Farwell and Hannah Barber of Beaverton (Education Occupations); Parker Haines of Harrison and Joseph Green of Farwell (Health Occupations); and Justin Hannah of Gladwin and Adam Smith of Gladwin (Welding Technology).

The CTE program is grateful to the sponsors who support the Students of the Month program by donating gift certificates to the honorees. Sponsors include Buccilli’s Pizza of Farwell, Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Clare and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

CTE STATUS CHECK: Changes are already apparent

(CLARE) – Five months after voters approved a dedicated millage for Career & Technical Education students in Clare and Gladwin Counties, big changes are afoot. But even bigger improvements lie in the months and years to come.

Leaders at CTE and the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District, which oversees the program, provided some details recently.

“First and foremost, CTE enrollment is up almost 100 students, or 30 percent, for a total of 329,” said CTE Director Sandy Russell. “That’s a welcome increase, driven in part by our ability to restore Welding Technology and add Business Management, and also through awareness about CTE raised early in the year.”

The Welding Technology program has 26 total students in its morning and afternoon sessions, and Business Management has 15 in its afternoon session. Beyond that, an additional 60 students joined existing programs in comparison to the previous school year.

Other notable current improvements include a new hoist for afternoon Auto Technology students, whose class is housed at Gladwin High School; a new mobile computer lab obtained for Business Management students, providing the proper technology for their focus of study; a registered nurse who serves as the paraeducator and certification trainer in the Health Occupations classes; and new textbooks in several classes.

The upgrade making the biggest splash in 2017 will undoubtedly be the construction of a new building designed to house students in the Construction Trades program, who in the absence of a dedicated project have spent much of their time in the classroom working on scaled-down projects. That project will be especially meaningful because the students themselves will provide as much of the labor as possible.

“That’s going to be a big deal, both for the long-term advancement of the class, and for the immediate hands-on experience our Construction Trades students will gain working on their new home,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “We’re eager to get started on it, and we’re proceeding with a pragmatic sense of not only the immediate educational benefits to the Construction students, but of the long-term potential for that building to also house other high-demand classes, like Manufacturing.”

While students in the morning Construction Trades class are splitting time between their classroom and the work site at the John C. Magnus Center – the location of the new building – their afternoon counterparts are already well into an exciting year-long project.

“Our relationship with the Gladwin County Land Bank Authority continues to provide benefits to everyone involved,” Presler said. “We’re very pleased that our afternoon Construction students are about five weeks into building a brand-new home in Gladwin which the LBA will then put on the market. Our students will spend the school year gaining a wide variety of hands-on employable skills, and the LBA will be able to use the funds to continue securing new properties for future projects.”

Russell said staff and students alike are showing great enthusiasm for the upgrades to their classrooms and workspaces, and that the overiding feeling at CTE is optimism for what the future holds.

“Students are excited about the opportunities CTE can provide in their post-high school lives,” she said. “And there’s a real sense that CTE is making huge strides for our high school students in Clare and Gladwin Counties.”

 

 

CERTIFIED: CTE Auto Tech students

CTE Auto Technology students recently achieved Valvoline Oil Change certification. Congrats to all these young people.

Morning Session, Back Row: Thomas Lannen, Jory Hooper, Ryley Bennett, Mike McLavy, Brandon Battle, Daniel VanSickle, Logan Burch, Gabe Luster, Caleb Keeler, Steven Wilson, Colton Graham, Hart Smalley

Front Row: Darrick Sayless, Blaze Capen, Dillon Brown, Ray Ramirez, Brendan Powell, Jonathan KuKulis, Kris Crapo, Dakota Jackson, Kyle Bowers, David Christain.

Afternoon Session, L to R: Jacob Uhl, Wyatt Grove, Jacob Risch, Jeremy Quick, Cole Krocker, Kolton Blade, Baylee Schlagel, Steve Good, Brian Wegner, Forrest Jeske, Blake Pretzlaff, Dylan Spencer, Adam Bishop, Austin Castillo, Jacob Nixon.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Construction Trades students tackle huge project

The afternoon session of CTE's Construction Trades class has quite a project going on. Students will spend the year building a house in the city of Gladwin. The project is a collaboration with the Gladwin County Land Bank Authority, as was a similar project two years ago. Here are some early-stage photos of the students in action.

Criminal Justice guest speaker goes all in with students

Lots of high school classes feature expert guest speakers. They don't all include a workout buddy.

One of CTE Criminal Justice Instructor Jeff Erickson's former students, Cpl. Lane Matthews, was on hand Friday to share stories of his career as a Marine, as an officer in the Military Police, and as a former Criminal Justice student himself not that long ago. Matthews is considering a career as a state trooper after the military.

The classroom session was highlighted with a hearty give and take in the Q&A portion.

The capper came during the afternoon session, when Matthews joined Erickson and his group for Physical Training, which students in the class do two or three times per week. Matthews led students in running, stretching and calisthenics. Check out the photo gallery.

Giving Students the Business: Candace Opalewski

(CLARE) – All her life, in college or career, Candace Opalewski has leaned on her proficiency for relationship-building to carry the day. Now that she’s teaching Business Management, she’ll put it to work not only to reach her high school students, but to help them connect with the world.

When the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program decided to implement its new Business Management class this fall, Opalewski’s potent mix of training and experience made her the perfect person to serve as instructor. Her enthusiasm for the nuts and bolts of the learning process sets her apart.

“My background is all across the board,” she said. “But the common thread is I enjoy learning and exploring. Teaching communications, leadership, management to our students…that’s exciting for me. I took a business management class in high school and really enjoyed it, and it’s my goal to create a fun learning environment for our CTE students, just as my teacher did for me.”

Opalewski holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (with an emphasis in Business Education and Special Education), and a master’s degree in administration; she earned both at Central Michigan University. Career stops include student teaching, mentoring in the Clare-Gladwin Middle College program and overseeing 13 school districts as the coordinator of the McKinney-Vento program, which targets and assists local high-risk students who are either homeless or dangerously close to it.

“Throughout all these experiences, I still love business, working with people and how the world works,” she said. “I needed to do some exploring before finding my place in the business world, and it turns out business education found me. An important message I share with students is: During times of adversity, how do you persevere? You don’t quit on yourself. That’s how.”

Opalewski said a business management program was sorely needed for high school students, as only Beaverton and Clare currently offer business as part of their local curriculum. Her program is like every other CTE class in the sense that it fills an otherwise unmet need for local kids, and that regardless of their plans after high school, it can help.

“What appeals to me about teaching this class is that business is about the way the world works, and students can apply the skills they learn in any field,” she said. “In less than two years, these students will head out into either the working world, college or both, and holding a solid understanding of how businesses operate can be a huge competitive advantage.”

Opalewski spent the weeks leading up to opening day organizing, preparing and planning. She knew there would be challenges to come (“many students in general have issues facing them that have nothing to do with academics, like anxiety, or depression”), but she’s confident she’ll be able to connect with students, and teach them to connect with the business world.

“My students will enjoy the variety of teaching,” she said. “As a learner myself, I am auditory, visual and kinesthetic. As a teacher, I enjoy lecturing a little, showing the students examples and providing hands-on learning. I expect students will probably enjoy the hands-on material and being student-led. It keeps the class session moving along and before you know it the session is over.”