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Kelsey Webb 

Ohio Hi-Point students experience PLANET Student Career Days in NC

Outdoor Career Students at PLANET Student Career Days from L->R: Derek Thurman (West Liberty-Salem), Michael Stevens (Indian Lake) and Ray Walters (Urbana)

RALEIGH, N.C.- Students enrolled in the Outdoor Careers program at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently participated at the 39th Annual PLANET Student Career Days in Raleigh, North Carolina and three students placed in the top 50 out of 757 college students.

PLANET Student Career Days is a three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticulture programs from colleges and universities across the country. Ohio Hi-Point was one of the few career centers to attend.

The events directly relate to the skills necessary for a career in the green industry.

Overall, out of 757 college students Michael Stevens (Indian Lake) placed 20th Derek Thurman (West-Liberty Salem) placed 23rd and Ray Walters (Urbana) placed 45th.

Derek Thurman placed 11th of 44 students in the Tractor Loader Backhoe competition and 46th of 54 students competing in Skid Steer Operation.

Stevens and Walters placed 15th out of 50 teams in the Hardscape Installation competition, 36th of 53 in Irrigation Assembly, and the pair placed 27th out of 40 teams in Landscape Maintenance Operations.

Stevens and Thurman placed 49th out of 53 teams in the Truck and Trailer Operation.

The trio placed 57th in the Landscape Plant Install out of 62 teams.

The students participated in workshops led by industry professionals and experienced a job fair with companies from all over the country seeking professionals for the green industry.

This was the program’s second year attending Student Career Days and hopes to attend the 40th Annual PLANET Student Career Days at Mississippi State in 2016.

Kelsey Webb 

Board members, administrators honored at Ohio Hi-Point All-Boards Banquet

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center welcomed over 50 school administrators on a snowy Wednesday evening during the district’s annual All-Boards Banquet. The event honored superintendents, treasurers, and board members of OHP’s 16 partner school districts and educational service centers.

The Ohio Hi-Point Culinary Arts students prepared and served dinner.

Dr. Jeff Price, superintendent at Ohio Hi-Point, welcomed the group and explained the night was to “celebrate and thank board members for all they do to improve student education by always going the extra mile.”

He continued saying, “It takes a special person to be a board member. They constantly gather knowledge, through numerous meetings and attend school activities, to make the best possible decision for the students.”

Dr. Jo Blondin, Clark State Community College president, speaks to board members and administrators about the growing success of community colleges and the opportunities for partnerships with high schools through the College Credit Plus Program.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State Community College. Blondin spoke about the progress the college has made in her two years as president to increase opportunities and pathways for students.

“Clark State’s main goal is to provide the best academics and resources for our students,” said Blondin, “We’ve seen an increase in online enrollment by 11 percent and a 44 percent increase in College Credit Plus students.”

She called to administrators saying, “Clark State, or any community college, provides high- quality education at an affordable rate and we need to start getting the word out to our communities about the available education options.”

Blondin also invited school districts to partner with Clark State Community College on the College Credit Plus program. “We will work with school districts to align curriculums to meet the College Credit Plus guidelines so students earn high school and college credit.”

The College Credit Plus program replaced Ohio’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option program and was signed into law in 2014 by Governor Kasich.

Blondin ended her speech thanking board members and administrators for working to create a better education for students.

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center partners with school districts in five counties, including Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Graham, Indian Lake, Kenton, Marysville, Mechanicsburg, Ridgemont, Riverside, Triad, Upper Scioto Valley, Urbana, Waynesfield-Goshen and West-Liberty Salem.

 

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