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Front row L-R: Katie Chludzinski and Kyle Claypool.  Back Row L-R: Principal Jordan Williams, Blaine Vadino, Macen Bush, Caden Clark, Trent Whte, Marshall Calvin, Isaac Douglas, and Precision Machining and Manufacturing Instructor Matt Peters 

Precision Machining and Manufacturing were crowned the 2017 CCCTC Career Tech Student Organizations Challenge Team Champions during a school wide skills competition held December 18-20th

District FFA Parliamentary Procedure and Interview Contest
Students from the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center’s FFA program traveled to Wooster earlier this school year to compete in the District FFA Parliamentary Procedure and Interview Contest. The students in FFA represent both the Veterinary Science Technology program (VST) and the Landscape and Environmental Design program (LED).  Senior VST student Shelby Peters of United placed 4th in her division in the Interview contest.
Pictured from left to right are contestants Natalie Rapp, Morgan Kestner, Alissa Hysong, Shelby Peters, Dylan Schaefer, Jacob Pelley, and Chris Briggs. 
Welding Instructor Earns Award

CCCTC Welding Instructor Huck Hughes was honored with a national American Welding Society (AWS) award at the AWS 98th Annual Meeting and 66th Annual AWS International Welding Show that was held in Chicago, Illinois during the AWS Award/AWS Foundation Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon. He was a recipient of the 2017 National Howard E. Adkins Instructor Membership Award.  This honor is sponsored by Mrs. Wilma Adkins and family.  It is given to recognize a high school, trade school, technical institute or junior college instructor whose teaching activities are considered to have advanced the knowledge of welding to students in his or her school. 

Huck has been an instructor at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center for 15 years.  He is also a graduate of the school and replaced his former teacher upon his retirement.  In addition to teaching, Mr. Hughes owns and operates 3H Weld Services in East Liverpool, OH.  He is a certified welding inspector, certified welding educator, and ASNT certified as well as a certified welder.  Although his teaching career spans just the past 15 years, he has worked in the industry of welding since 1985.  

Hughes gave a speech upon receiving the award. During his speech, Hughes highlighted the issues that welding instructors have to consider while teaching in the field.  One of the areas where he has noticed there is a growing problem is the disparity between the standards in education that are required to be met and the skills that employers desire to see in future welding employees.  Since students must meet the education requirements for graduation as set by the state, much instruction time is spent to ensure students meet these requirements.  This lessens the amount of time that welding instructors can spend focusing on the skills that employers need.  As a solution to this problem, Hughes urged companies and industry leaders to get involved to better align their needs with the educational objectives laid out by the state.  “Companies need to come to the schools and see what is happening.  They need to speak to the Department of Education and say what skill set they need from students,” Hughes said during his speech.  He continued with, “No matter how big or small your company is, you need to get involved.  Kids will help the industry grow when they get out.”  He also stressed the importance of companies getting involved with the schools and helping so that they know students are coming out of school prepared for the workforce.  Companies who have the financial ability could donate scrap metal for students to practice.  Those who cannot could send people into the schools to speak to students about what skills they require from future employees. 

Hughes received for this award because he is in a unique situation where he can see the issues from both the viewpoint of an educator as well as a business owner.  His perspective could help education and industry to work together to better instruction in the field of welding. 

LED Character Counts  
Recognized as part of the Character Counts program at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, level 2 Landscape and Environmental Design students Zachary Cannon and Christopher Briggs of Salem High School received some rewards from principal Jordan Williams.  They were recognized for going above and beyond in their career path by volunteering several hours of their time outside the school day to weed and garden for a woman in their community who needed assistance.   CCCTC…the skills you need for the future you want. 
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