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  • The Adult Diploma Program at JVS is Giving Students a Fresh Start

    The Adult Diploma Program at JVS is Giving Students a Fresh Start
    JVS Adult Career Center STNA student Shanika, finishing her clinicals at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin

    October 16, 2017 -- With fall classes underway at the JVS Adult Career Center, 13 students are taking advantage of the state Adult Diploma Program now offered on campus. The program is free to adults who are over 22 years old, living in Ohio and do not have a diploma or a GED.

    Under the program, adult students earn an official high school diploma from the state of Ohio, and an approved industry credential in the program of their choice, from the select programs offered at the Adult Career Center.

    The students currently enrolled are involved with three certification areas; Precision Machine Technology, Phlebotomy, and State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA). Five have already passed the WorkKeys Test with the total of 13 points or higher needed in the areas of Reading for Information, Applied Math, and Locating Information.

    JVS Coordinator Diana Gott said one of their students will take the State Certification Test next week, hoping to be the first graduate in the STNA Program through the Adult Diploma Program. There is still time to register for the next STNA program offered under the Adult Diploma Program starting October 23. Phlebotomy through ADP begins in March 2018. Other certifications offered through ADP at the Adult Career Center are EMT and Auto Technology scheduled for September 2018.

    For more information, stop by the JVS Adult Career Center, located at 15181 State Route 58 in Oberlin or call 440-774-1051 Ext. 22254. You can also go to the Ohio Department of Education website for more information.

  • New Adult Career Center Director Is Stirring Up Recipes for Success

    New Adult Career Center Director Is Stirring Up Recipes for Success
    Smith and his team collaborate on a project in the JVS Adult Career Center offices

    October 14, 2017 -- Kristian Smith is a familiar face around Lorain County JVS. Once wearing a chef’s hat in the culinary department as an instructor, he is now dawning another hat and role, as the new Director of the JVS Adult Career Center. With fall adult classes underway, Smith’s excitement and energy is contagious! Smith, along with his team, are working on new recipes of success and cooking up strategies with the JVS Communications Department, to ensure that the JVS gets the message out about the benefits of enrolling in courses and launching or enhancing a career at the Adult Career Center.

    “We are working on our department’s mission and vision. We are excited about the future and what could be,” said Smith. “We are strategically looking at the needs of the community and how we will make sure that we meet those needs. Thinking about the future takes vision.” Smith quoted Author Jonathan Swift who states that “vison is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” With that in mind, Smith and his team are not only planning for what the workforce and students need right now, but what is going to be needed in the next five years and beyond.

    Prior to his current position, Smith spent one school year at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, and 3 years in a supervisory role at the JVS, overseeing several programs during that time. Prior to that, he was an instructor at the JVS for 14 years and a teacher with Lorain City Schools for 3 years. Kristian entered the teaching profession after 10 years as a professional chef, and said that’s where he found his passion for teaching others, both culinary and life skills.

    Smith said he had never dreamed of being a teacher. “Nevertheless, I have been blessed with the amazing opportunity to have been a teacher for many years. To have had the ability to share my knowledge and give back to my students is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given,” said Smith. “This would not have been possible without the amazing team of teachers and administrators that I’ve had and still work with on a regular basis.” Smith said as the Director of the Adult Career Center, he looks forward to being a part of a team that helps facilitate amazing educational opportunities for our adult students.

    During his time at the JVS, he coached students and individuals to local, state, and national competitions, created the school’s character education program, and introduced the farm-to-table project to the JVS, helping secure grant funding to build a school-community garden.

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