Senator Faber, who is on the November 6 ballot, spoke to the board about the topic that has been on the forefront of Ohio and national government: jobs and job creation. Faber directly tied career-technical education and Ohio Hi-Point into the future outlook for employment within the communities.
Senator Faber spoke about strong partnerships between business, industry and CTE as a “value added opportunity to provide our constituents the pathways for success,” focusing on business leaders providing an industry forecast for career-technical education to deliver the training and skills to students to be prepared for awaiting careers.
Ohio Hi-Point continually works with business and industry leaders to pinpoint needs and emerging trends. These relationships lead to the cultivation and launch of a new Welding program at OHP after industry leaders expressed a need for welders and skill sets that align with the profession. The program will be available to students beginning Fall of 2013.
Before Senator Faber concluded, he spoke about his revolving loan program to help education and the continued prominence technology has within classroom walls.
“A successful school system helps to build the community stronger,” remarked Faber, “I encourage community members to support their schools and to look at the policies and send us suggestions and comments on the recent education policies.”
Representative Sprague, who has a background in finance and business, focused his comments on the financial aspect of the educational budget and will speak more to Ohio Hi-Point’s 14 partner superintendents during the biannual Superintendent’s meeting on October 30 at Ohio Hi-Point. Representative Sprague is also on the November 6 ballot.
More information on Senator Faber, Representative Sprague and the Ohio legislation can be found at www.ohiosenate.gov and www.house.state.oh.us, respectively.
During the board meeting, the high school seniors of the month Kiana Price, a Culinary Arts student from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, and Colton Lowe, an Electronics Engineering student from Bellefontaine High School, were recognized.
The high school is also preparing for the upcoming Sophomore Career Days scheduled for November 8 and 9 as well as the 5th Annual Taste of the Future set for November 15 in the evening at Ohio Hi-Point.
OHP’s Satellite Director, Debbie Wortman, reported to the board on recent student activity, which included FFA Satellite students attending the National Convention in Indianapolis this week, and spoke heavily on the continued partnerships with businesses to build on the Satellite programs such as Aviation, Media Arts and Construction Technology.
Adult Education has steadily moved forward with a renewed focus on Customized Training, gaining new partnerships across the OHP service area. In addition, Nursing programs are scheduled for November and will again be available in February and March. To enroll visit ohiohipoint.com/enroll.
In other board action
- Heard the legislative report from board member Warren Stevens (Urbana)
- Approved the report of the treasurer including interests and investments; appropriation modifications, transfers and advances; September’s financial statement; and the 5-year forecast that was presented during the Board of Education Work Session on October 17.
- Approved tuition reimbursements for staff members for undergraduate and graduate hours
- Approved employment for the following Adult Education staff: Mark Curtner (Sidney) as Career Development Instructor; Craig Hart (Wapakoneta) as Financial Aid Coordinator; and Kristine Edwards (Anna) as Student Services and Financial Aid Coordinator
- Approved employment for Cynthia Corwin (West Mansfield) as a Substitute Bus Driver and Phyllis Lyons (Bellefontaine) as a Substitute School Nurse
- Approved reduction of Marysville Construction Satellite instructor’s contact to ¾ time due to low enrollment
- Approved the attendance of Elizabeth Winer (Science Instructor) at the National Conference on Science Education in Texas
- Approved the job description for the Substitute School Nurse
The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in the Sloan Inn.