March 2017 Message
March 28, 2017 --
As we embrace a new season and all that spring has to offer, I want to share how we at Lorain County JVS are continuing to plant seeds that germinate success and growth for our students as well as the local economy.
We believe in recruiting, training, and obtaining the highest qualified administrators and instructors for all positions within our district. Just recently, we added Kristian Smith to our administrative team as the district's new Adult Education Director starting in the 2017-2018 school year. Not only did Kristian spend several years at JVS serving in numerous positions including instructor and supervisor, he has also worked in career tech positions in the culinary departments at Lorain County Community College and in Oklahoma City.
We are also cultivating an atmosphere of learning that is preparing our high school and adult students to meet the challenges of a more educated, skilled and trained workforce by ensuring that teaching and learning is rigorous, interactive, engaging and applicable. Technology remains to be crucial. All of our high school students receive IPAD's to assist with the learning process, and we continue to utilize the latest tech-related equipment in the classrooms.
At JVS, we are planting seeds early by exposing young students to Career Tech programs. In February and March, over 230 students participated in Career Tech Saturdays, interactive workshops for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. We also held Middle School Career Fairs in our 13 feeder school districts. The 10th grade students from our associate high schools were also given an opportunity to visit JVS, and see firsthand, the high-quality career and technical educational programs we have to offer.
Additionally, we are stimulating growth by addressing career readiness and exploration through our 9th and 10th grade programs where students obtain a variety of skills that will help them focus on successful career choices as well as develop the skills necessary for placement and success in our career-technical labs.
It is also important to cultivate partnerships with our business community who are exposing our students to shadowing opportunities, internships and work-related training. Together, they are preparing our students for the workforce now. I am excited to see the ongoing outcomes that are obtained through planting, growing and embracing each new season.