July 23, 2017

Success Stories

Megan Stech

Pymatuning Valley Class of 2015

Health Care Academy

Megan attended the Health Care Academy at  A-Tech. During her senior year Megan took the STNA branch of the Health Care Academy where she passed her CPR/AED certification and STNA before graduating.

Beginning September 6, 2016 Megan returned to A-Tech enrolled in the Adult Workforce Development Knoedler School of Practical Nurse Education Program. She is now on track to become a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN).

 

Joshua Nagle

Edgewood Class of 2016

A-Tech Software & Application Design

After receiving his diploma and A-Tech certifications Joshua joined the United States Air Force (USAF). Joshua is six months in to his six-year enlistment with the USAF Security Forces where he is an “AIC” Airman First Class.

According to Joshua, “Whether it is the world’s greatest or worst job, if you attack it with the most positive attitude and effort, you will be the best at whatever you desire. A-Tech was the best choice I made in high school and I loved every day of it.”

 

 

Adrien Jackson

Conneaut High School Class of 2010

Health Care Academy & Current Adult LPN to RN Diploma Student

Adrien received her Health Care Academy certifications in her career-passport from A-Tech with the Class of 2010. After graduation, she continued her education at A-Tech’s Adult Knoedler School of Practical Nursing where she received her LPN licensure.

Adrien is currently attending A-Tech in the Adult Workforce Development LPN to RN Diploma program. In addition, to going to school full time, she continues her 4-year employment with Jefferson Health Care Center.

 

 

Brianna Knapp

Geneva High School Class of 2012

Culinary Arts

Brianna received her Career Passport from A-Tech Culinary Arts Program and her diploma from Geneva High School with the Class of 2012. Upon graduation, Brianna continued her education at Hocking College where she received her Associate of Applied Business in Culinary Arts.

According to Brianna, “Mr. Kiphart and Mr. Sarbiewski trained me for the culinary field with their experience, ProStart training and SkillsUSA competitions.” Brianna is currently employed with the Westin Hotel in Cleveland as a Chef with the Urban Farmer Steak House.

 

 

Kayla Rettinger

Conneaut High School Class of 2010

Health Care Academy & Current Adult LPN to RN Diploma Student

Kayla received her Health Care Academy certifications in her career-passport from A-Tech with the Class of 2010. After graduation, she continued her education at Youngstown State University where she received her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) licensure.

Currently, Kayla is a student in the Adult Workforce Development LPN to RN Diploma program. In addition, to going to school full time, she is employed with Andover Village as an LPN.

 

 

Jeff Hogan

P.V. Multi-Media Class of 2010

Jeff Hogan is a 2010 graduate of Pymatuning Valley High School (P.V.) and the Multi Media Program sponsored by Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus (A-Tech). Jeff has just accepted a job as a news videographer at WGME, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Maine.

 This past spring Jeff graduated from Youngstown State University (YSU). While a student at YSU he had been working as a news videographer at WFMJ, channel 21 in Youngstown. As a P.V. and A-Tech student Jeff won the SkillsUSA State Video Product Development competition and place 5th at Nationals.

 

 

Bud Watson, Welding Class 2011

Bud Watson graduated from the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus Welding Program and Conneaut High School in 2011.  Upon graduating Bud moved to Charlotte, NC to pursue a college degree and a career in Motorsports, particularly NASCAR.

 After moving to Charlotte, Bud completed a semester of community college to gain credits needed to enroll in a Mechanical Engineering program. Bud is currently employed with Wylie Race Cars as a fabricator, sales rep, and also does most of the R&D work to make our cars faster.

 According to Bud, “I continued to live and work part time in NC when a job opportunity came up with WRC, and I had to take it. I relocated back home, but will soon be moving to the Pittsburgh area to be closer to the shop. At WRC, I am a fabricator for all chassis manufacturing, and do most of the welding on the cars and other projects. I also help generate new clients and I am also somewhat of a “Tech Support”. Any of our customers that have questions about their car or components can come to me for assistance in fixing the issue, and I also attend each and every private test session with our customers to help research and develop new ways to be faster.

“Every teacher, staff member, and instructor helped prepare me for life after graduation by treating each assignment and situation like a real world experience. This was something that most teachers at a traditional school wouldn’t always do, and I believe it taught me valuable lessons about the world, and allowed me to get a jump on the students at my home school right after graduation.”

   

Justin Eldred, Power Equipment Tech Class of 2011

Justin Eldred received his Career Passport from the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus (A-Tech) Power Technologies program and graduated from Edgewood High School with the class of 2011. During his senior year Justin was one of only twelve students in the State of Ohio selected to attend the Caterpillar Equipments’ ThinkBIG Dealer Service Technician Program.

The unique program, a collaborative effort between Ohio CAT, a division of Ohio Machinery, and Owens Community College in Toledo, will allow Justin to earn an Associates of Applied Science degree in Transportation Technology while simultaneously pursuing a paid internship at the Caterpillar dealership where he will engage in a highly technical and specialized training program in servicing and repairing heavy equipment for a variety of sources. Caterpillar will defray Justin’s college tuition expenses provided he maintains a high grade point average.

“I recommended Justin for the Ohio CAT ThinkBIG program,” said A-Tech Power Equipment Technology Instructor Jeff Stuyvesant. “In 24 years of teaching, I have only had two other students selected for this prestigious program. Justin is an outstanding young man with an attitude that leads him to constantly learn and achieve and I know he will excel in this training. It has been an honor to be his instructor.”

Justin had established a lengthy track record of success during his time at A-Tech, earning the Outstanding Power Technology Student Award for two successive years, a nearly unprecedented honor. Justin was also involved in the FFA youth club where he was a state level qualifier in a competitive Tractor Troubleshooting Team Contest.

According to Justin, “The Power Equipment Technology program at A-Tech is excellent and my teacher, Mr. Stuyvesant and the A-Tech have encouraged me to think big about my future career and prepared me for the challenge at Ohio CAT’s ThinkBIG program.”