Agri-Science Instructor Tony Wood: Timing is Everything

(Note: When voters in Clare and Gladwin Counties approved the CTE millage in 2016, one of the promises accompanying passage was the implementation of new programs in areas like Manufacturing and Agricultural Science. The former was introduced last year, and when school started in late August, the latter was officially launched as the latest addition to CTE’s hands-on educational offerings, with Tony Wood leading the class as its instructor. We caught up with Tony to talk about what students can expect in Ag-Science, his motivations behind taking the reins of this class and how the timing was too perfect to ignore.)

What appeals to you about teaching Ag-Sci in the CTE program?
TW: I enjoy teaching and I enjoy working in agriculture. This is a wonderful opportunity to combine these two huge aspects of my life. It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with the RESD and local businesses to develop a new Ag-Science program in our community.

Can you summarize your work experience in a few sentences?
TW:
I have been a teacher of industrial technology for 20 years. The first three years of my career were at Bay City Public Schools and the past 17 years have been at Harrison Community Schools. During this same time, my wife and I began farming her family’s farm in Clare.

What in your career experience has prepared you for this job? What can you share with students that will really resonate?
TW:
I have been in education for many years and I enjoy working with students! I feel students learn best when they can relate to and find meaning in the content of the class. I’m going to work hard to find those connections with students to help engage them in their education on a daily basis. A message for my students would be that they have the unique opportunity to forge their future, to start building the future they want to live today and not let that opportunity pass by.

What are the challenges in teaching a class like this? What parts of your class do you think students will really enjoy and why?
TW:
One of the biggest challenges in this type of class is that the field of agriculture is very broad, as are the interests of students in the program. I believe students will enjoy learning about the many areas of agriculture that they may not have been familiar with. I plan to incorporate both small and large animals in our program, guest speakers who are experts in their agricultural field and field trips to learn about different types of agricultural industries first hand. I think students will truly enjoy these types of experiences.

How are you spending your early days on the job?
TW:
My first goal in the classroom is to get to know my students and design a program that will meet their unique interests and needs. With the Ag-Science program in its first year, I have been attending meetings and workshops, reaching out to other Ag-Science educators and making contact in the local agribusiness community to form our advisory committee. In addition, we are looking at space and facilities to determine what will best meet the needs of students in this new program.

What’s the proudest moment or accomplishment of your career?
TW:
I am most proud when students accomplish what they once believed they could not.

When did you know you’d become an educator, and what was the spark?
TW:
I began planning to be an educator my senior year of high school. I have always enjoyed learning new things, and over the course of my education I have had the privilege of having teachers that made learning fun, engaging and relevant. I have the desire to be that teacher for the students in my class.

You obviously have strong feelings about education, and career tech in particular. Why is that? What brought you to this point?
TW:
I believe career readiness and preparedness is one of the most important things we can help prepare students for. It’s my goal that students leave with the employability skills needed to be successful in the workplace, regardless if their place of employment is in agriculture or a completely different field.

What details about your personal life can you share – family, hobbies, etc.?
TW:
My wife Beth and I have been together 24 years, and we have two boys ages 13 and 15. Together, we farm and own the original farmsteads on her mother’s and father’s sides of the family. Both farmsteads have been in the family for four-plus generations. Our boys are very active in school, including cross country, soccer, skiing and track, in addition to their help on the farm. They both are also members of the Country Neighbors 4-H club in Clare County and raise swine and beef to enter in the county fair.

September CTE Students of the Month Announced

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

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

Austin Seering-Bensinger of Clare and James Witte of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); Alaina Cuddie of Gladwin (Agricultural Science); Gabriel Shellito of Harrison and Fletcher Harry of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); K-Lee Gushen of Clare and Nick Bullard of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Breanna Whitaker of Harrison and Hannah Ryll of Gladwin (Criminal Justice); Megan Allen of Clare and Trinity Misenar of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Colby Johnson of Beaverton and Scott Rechlin of Gladwin (Digital Media); Kelsey Walkiewicz of Clare and Madison Askew of Harrison (Education Occupations); Sadie Baker of Clare and Mariah Huguelet of Gladwin (Health Occupations); and Olivia Kenny of Clare and Zachary Lask-Mclemore 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 Clare and Farwell and Hungry Howie’s Pizza of Gladwin.

Things Are Getting a Little Chirpy in Ag-Science

Big happenings in CTE’s Agricultural Science class with the arrival of some special guests. Instructor Tony Wood explains:

“Ag-Science students are incubating fertilized eggs that have been brought in from three flocks of laying hens. This is a 21-day process of incubation at a controlled temperature, humidity and turning of the eggs. Students are recording the temperature and humidity and making adjustments based on the data collected. At Days 7 and 14, all the eggs were candled by using a bright led flashlight to view inside the egg. Observations were made and recorded regarding the embryonic development of each egg.

“At the same time, we have ordered a flock of day- old broiler chicks. These 25 chickens will be used for meat production rather than egg production. The broiler project is part of an FFA Broiler Competition. Students will keep detailed records regarding the chickens’ growth rate, feed conversion ratio, cost of production and environmental observations. The data produced through this project will be continuously compared to the industry standard for the Ross 708 Broiler Chicken. At the end of our five-week project, students will select five birds to take to Munsells Poultry Processing to compete against other FFA chapters across the state.

“When our layer chicks hatch, we’ll collect data on their growth rate and feed conversion ratio as well. It will be interesting to compare data on chickens that have been bred for different purposes.”

SLIDESHOW: Construction Trades Start on the Next Big Thing

That didn't take long. Shortly after noon on Monday, Construction Trades students from Gladwin and Beaverton arrived at the work site where they'll spend much of their time this school year - a (for now) empty lot on Tonkin Street in Beaverton. By the end of the day, they were already measuring, cutting and completely immersed in their work. And by next Spring, the students will have learned to build a completely new home. More details will follow soon, but for now, here's a look at Day One at the build site.

CTE Students Are On Their Way

CTE is hands-on learning. That's at the heart of the program's appeal. The early days of each school year also require a certain amount of classroom time before students can get to the labs - time to discuss, above all else, safety. But also time to talk about expectations of conduct, attendance, participation and so on. Here's what some of the CTE students have been up to during these first days of the year.

CTE SUMMER CAMP FUN

CTE SUMMER CAMP FUN - CTE Summer Camp is in full swing. Check out the good times going on in Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Business, Babysitting Boot Camp, Automotive Technology and Construction Trades.

APRIL CTE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCED

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

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

Allissa Jenkins of Harrison and Fletcher Harry of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Tanner Mielke of Gladwin (Business Management); Dalton Staley of Beaverton and Patrick Wangler of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Kaleb Flansburgh and Abbygale Currier, both of Beaverton (Criminal Justice); Megan Hadley of Harrison and Cassandra Ferguson of Gladwin (Culinary Arts); Tre Sims of Beaverton and Alexander Card of Farwell (Digital Media); Morgan Kimmel of Harrison and Reilly Carrell of Gladwin (Education Occupations); Heaven Hodgson and Catherine Kirchen, both of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Tyler Head and Nathan Elliott, both 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.

AWARDS SEASON: CTE RECOGNIZES ITS BEST

CTE AWARDS - AFTERNOON SESSION

The end of the school year signals a chance to look back at the successes of the past nine months, and Thursday's CTE Awards did that and then some. Aside from recognizing individual students in areas like Most Improved, Above and Beyond, Perfect Attendance and Outstanding Student, many kids were also applauded for earning industry certifications and awards.

Award winners included:

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: 

CTE AWARDS - MORNING SESSION

  • KRISTA ALLEN, HHS, Health Occupations
  • ADAM ARCHBOLD, FHS, Culinary Arts
  • MEGAN BARCIA, BHS, Health Occupations
  • ERICA BINGHAM, BHS, Education Occupations
  • AARON BOWSER, BHS, Advanced Manufacturing
  • JORDAN BRUGGER, FHS, Construction Trades
  • FAITH BURR, BHS, Education Occupations
  • TRAVIS CAVANAUGH, GHS, Construction Trades
  • HAILEE EICHHORN, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • CASSANDRA FERGUSON, GHS, Culinary Arts
  • KEVIN GAMBLE, HHS, Business Management
  • MEGAN HADLEY, HHS, Culinary Arts
  • JAMES HENDRICKSON, HHS, Health Occupations
  • FAITH HOWE, BHS, Culinary Arts
  • SAMUEL HUMPHREY, CHS, Education Occupations
  • ALLISSA JENKINS, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • MICHIEL KING, GHS, Digital Media
  • TREVER LOOKER, GHS, Welding Technology
  • MEGAN MARHOFER, FHS, Culinary Arts
  • BAYLEE MASHUE, HHS, Education Occupations
  • MICHAEL MCLAVY, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • AUSTIN MUSSER, HHS, Construction Trades
  • BRENDAN POWELL, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • JOEL RAYMOND, GHS, Business Management
  • THEODORE SANDRIDGE, GHS, Digital Media
  • KAYLEE SHOOK, FHS, Culinary Arts
  • SHANIA SLATER, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • JACOB UHL, BHS, Welding Technology
  • KAYLEE WALLS, CHS, Criminal Justice
  • RYAN WALTERS, BHS, Education Occupations
  • BLAKE WHITEHOUSE, BHS, Construction Trades
  • CHANDLER WORDEN, GHS, Advanced Manufacturing


ABOVE & BEYOND:

  • Shane Albertson, FHS, Construction Trades
  • Reuben Bard, GHS, Construction Trades
  • Zachary Campbell, FHS, Automotive Technology
  • Jonah Cesal, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • Amber Farnum, FHS, Business Management
  • Avaunte Frizzell, FHS, Criminal Justice
  • Tyler Head, HHS, Welding Technology
  • James Hendrickson, HHS, Health Occupations
  • Austin, Higgins, FHS, Digital Media
  • Heaven Hodgson, HHS, Health Occupations
  • Kaitlyn Johnson, GHS, Education Occupations
  • Jonathan Kukulis, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • Morgan Looker, GHS, Business Management
  • Elizabeth McWherter, BHS, Health Occupations
  • Ashtyn Muma, GHS, Health Occupations
  • Kiley Murphy, GHS, Culinary Arts
  • Annaleigh Osentoski, GHS, Health Occupations
  • Joshua Prager, BHS, Digital Media
  • Katherine Rahl, CHS, Criminal Justice
  • Brendon Reichard, GHS, Business Management
  • Taylor Reno, CHS, Education Occupations
  • Austin Seering-Bensinger, CHS, Advanced Manufacturing
  • Adam Strick, BHS, Automotive Technology
  • layna Townsend, GHS, Health Occupations
  • Gary Vanblarcom, FHS, Culinary Arts
  • James Witte, GHS, Advanced Manufacturing


MOST IMPROVED

  • REILLY CARRELL, GHS, Education Occupations
  • JORDAN DAVY, BHS, Construction Trades
  • SIERRA FREDENBURG, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • FLETCHER HARRY, GHS, Automotive Technology
  • STEVEN HAUPT, GHS, Digital Media
  • SHAYLEE HLADIK, HHS, Education Occupations
  • DAKOTA JACKSON, FHS, Welding Technology
  • THOMAS LANNEN III, FHS, Automotive Technology
  • ALEXIA LEJA, HHS, Health Occupations
  • TANNER MIELKE, GHS, Business Management
  • CHRYSTAL MIELKE, GHS, Culinary Arts
  • LILLIAN PADGETT, BHS, Criminal Justice
  • NATHAN POHL, GHS, Welding Technology
  • CONNER PRICE-HAMM, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • ALEXANDER SENG, GHS, Automotive Technology
  • SHAWN STRICK, BHS, Culinary Arts
  • RACHAEL WALSH, BHS, Education Occupations
  • AUSTIN WALTON, FHS, Advanced Manufacturing
  • RICHARD WANGLER, GHS, Construction Trades
  • JESSE WOODMAN, FHS, Advanced Manufacturing
  • AMY YAUCH, CHS, Digital Media
     

PERFECT ATTENDANCE (First Semester)

  • DAKOTA BENNETT, HHS, Digital Media
  • JEFFERY CHARLTON, GHS, Automotive Technology
  • KALEB FLANSBURGH, BHS, Criminal Justice
  • KAYLYNN FOWLER, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • ERIC JACOBS, HHS, Digital Media
  • ALLISSA JENKINS, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • KAYLEE JOHNS, HHS, Health Occupations
  • NOAH JOHNSON, CHS, Construction Trades
  • CATHERINE KIRCHEN, HHS, Health Occupations
  • MEGAN MARHOFER, FHSCulinary Arts
  • BAYLEE MASHUE, HHS, Education Occupations
  • WYATT MINOR, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • KILEY MURPHY, GHS, Culinary Arts
  • CONNER PRICE-HAMM, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • KATHERINE RAHL, CHS, Criminal Justice
  • BRENDON REICHARD, GHS, Business Management
  • ROSS ROE, HHS, Business Management
  • EDDIE SCHMUCKER, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • BRANDON SHEARER, BHS, Criminal Justice
  • KRYSTAL STEELE, HHS, Health Occupations
  • BRYCE VARNER, BHS, Welding Technology
  • MACKENZIE WHITE, HHSAutomotive Technology
  • DEVEN WOLKINS, HHS, Criminal Justice


PERFECT ATTENDANCE (2nd Semester)

  • KRISTA ALLEN, HHS, Health Occupations
  • SLATER BALCIRAK, GHS, Digital Media
  • DYLAN BERLANGA, GHS, Welding Technology
  • KIRSTEN BRANDON, FHS, Health Occupations
  • FAITH BURR, BHS, Education Occupations
  • ALYSSA BURR, BHS, Health Occupations
  • TRAVIS CAVANAUGH, GHS, Construction Trades
  • AUSTIN COURNEYA, BHS, Automotive Technology
  • LEXIE EDICK, GHS, Health Occupations
  • DEREK FICEK, BHS, Automotive Technology
  • KAYLYNN FOWLER, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • SARA GILLESPIE, HHS, Health Occupations
  • WYATT GROVE, BHS, Welding Technology
  • AUSTIN HIGGINS, FHS, Digital Media
  • TREY HUDLOW, GHS, Digital Media
  • ERIC JACOBS, HHS, Digital Media
  • ALLISSA JENKINS, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • KAITLYN JOHNSON, GHS, Education Occupations
  • CATHERINE KIRCHEN, HHS, Health Occupations
  • ANDREW LOCKHART, HHS, Advanced Manufacturing
  • KYLIE LUBS, HHS, Business Management
  • MEGAN MARHOFER, FHS, Culinary Arts
  • BAYLEE MASHUE, HHS, Education Occupations
  • MICHAEL MCLAVY, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • KILEY MURPHY, GHS, Culinary Arts
  • JOSHUA PRAGER, BHS, Digital Media
  • CONNER PRICE-HAMM, HHS, Criminal Justice
  • KATHERINE RAHL, CHSCriminal Justice
  • THEODORE SANDRIDGE, GHS, Digital Media
  • EDDIE SCHMUCKER, HHS, Automotive Technology
  • TRE SIMS, BHS, Digital Media
  • MCKENZIE SNOOKS, BHS, Health Occupations
  • MEGAN VALLETTE, GHS, Health Occupations
  • GARY VANBLARCOM, FHS, Culinary Arts

March CTE Students of the Month Announced

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

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

Zachary Campbell of Farwell and Derek Ficek of Beaverton (Automotive Technology); Joel Raymond of Gladwin (Business Management); Mervin Yoder of Clare and Reuben Bard of Gladwin (Construction Trades); Kaylee Walls of Clare and Avauntee Frizzell of Farwell (Criminal Justice); Shawn Strick of Beaverton and Kristian Vella of Harrison (Culinary Arts); Alexander Guy and Steven Haupt, both of Gladwin (Digital Media); Alexis Jensen of Harrison and Emily Moon of Gladwin (Education Occupations); Rachel Janiga of Gladwin and Kaylee Johns of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Dakota Jackson of Farwell and Joseph Bailey 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 Students of the Month announced

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

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

Jonathon Damzyn and Chandler Worden, both of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); MacKenzie White of Harrison and Bryan Thivierge of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Brendon Reichard of Gladwin (Business Management); Logan Williams of Beaverton and Cody Sturgeon of Harrison (Construction Trades); Shania Slater of Harrison and Cameron Austin of Beaverton (Criminal Justice); Mackenzie Miske-Allums of Beaverton and Chrystal Mielke of Gladwin (Culinary Arts); Amy Yauch of Clare and Michiel King of Gladwin (Digital Media); Taelynne Akans of Farwell and Faith Burr of Beaverton (Education Occupations); McKenzie Snooks of Beaverton and Shyanne Shipman of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Logan Schweinsberg of Beaverton and Colton Kroening Kanyo 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.

CGRESD Secures $400,000 CTE Grant for Local Students

   The grant monies awarded to CGRESD’s CTE program will help ensure state-of-the-art training for students like Senior   Dylan  Berlanga of Gladwin High School.

The grant monies awarded to CGRESD’s CTE program will help ensure state-of-the-art training for students like Senior Dylan  Berlanga of Gladwin High School.

High school students from Gladwin and Clare Counties will enjoy improved learning opportunities thanks to a recent grant awarded to the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District.

The grant, awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and totaling $400,000, was recently announced as part of $5 million in grants statewide to local Career & Technical Education programs. The CTE Innovation and Equipment Competitive Grants allow districts to obtain equipment to expand programs in manufacturing, with an emphasis on mechatronics, computer numerical control machining and welding.

“This grant was the direct result of hard work by a whole host of stakeholders, including CGRESD, CTE, our five local districts, Mid Michigan Community College, the Central Michigan Manufacturers Association, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and EMCOG,” said CGRESD Superintendent Sheryl Presler. “The only way a district our size can secure a grant this large is through true community collaboration, and when you have that, great things are possible for our CTE students, the community and the workforce.”

Presler said the grant money will be used to upgrade equipment in CTE’s Welding and Advanced Manufacturing classes. Those classes are held through a supported dual enrollment partnership with MMCC, and the new equipment will be housed on the Harrison campus, benefiting not only CTE students, but college students as well.

“Manufacturing is the largest employment sector in Gladwin County and the third-largest in Clare County,” she said. “Local manufacturers are anxiously seeking qualified entry-level employees, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to answer that demand.”

"This grant represents a new level of possibilities for CTE students in Clare and Gladwin Counties,” said Rep. Jason Wentworth, R-Clare. “These are significant equipment improvements for our high school students studying welding and manufacturing, and the grant awarded to Clare-Gladwin RESD will also benefit adults attending those programs on Mid Michigan Community College's Harrison Campus. I applaud the collaborative spirit that went into securing these essential grant dollars.”

According to Presler, one of the biggest obstacles in meeting that demand is providing appropriate training through state-of-the-art equipment. Equipping these labs with industry-standard tools is an ongoing challenge that requires significant financial investment based on input from Advisory Committees comprised of local manufacturers and business owners.

“These upgrades are another step in helping us ensure that young people in our region enter the job force ready to work,” she added. “It’s our intention to have the grant-funded equipment purchased and installed by the end of June. That process will include working with all CTE and MMCC instructors to make the appropriate purchases for each class and developing standard operating procedures for each new piece of equipment.”

CTE Announces Students of the Month

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

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

Aaron Bowser of Beaverton and James Witte of Gladwin (Advanced Manufacturing); Thomas Lannen of Farwell and Cody Roehrs of Gladwin (Automotive Technology); Amber Farnum of Farwell (Business Management); Christopher Athey of Beaverton and Sam Ball of Farwell (Construction Trades); Lillian Padgett of Beaverton and Chloee McMann of Farwell (Criminal Justice); Aleisha Macdormott of Farwell and Sam Moore of Farwell (Culinary Arts); Zachary Breckenridge of Beaverton and Alex Beecher of Gladwin (Digital Media); Kelly Christian of Farwell and Kaitlyn Johnson of Gladwin (Education Occupations); Emily Miller of Clare and Krista Allen of Harrison (Health Occupations); and Marcus Parsons of Beaverton and Nathan Pohl 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.