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May 6, 2021

In this edition of the EFCTS Bi-Weekly Newsletter …


  • EFCTS Introduces Career Readiness position

  • Dr. Miller’s Blog entitled, Thanking our ‘Teachers’

  • Student highlights

  • Armed Forces salute


… and more!



EFCTS TO DEBUT CAREER READINESS COORDINATOR POSITION

In an effort to ensure that students at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools successfully navigate their journey towards life after graduation, Superintendent/CEO Dr. Kimberly Miller has announced the creation of a new position, Career Readiness Coordinator.


The Career Readiness Coordinator position will work closely with the EFCTS Business Partnership Coordinator to connect students with employers while working with students to build critical skills to prepare them for employment, specifically work-based learning.The position will also work to connect and train employers on work-based learning opportunities at Eastland-Fairfield.


Current Fairfield Career Center director, Derek Roeth, has been selected to assume this role beginning August 1, pending board approval. This position will support EFCTS Career Services at the district level. More information will be provided in late May.

 


DR. KIMBERLY PIETSCH MILLER'S BLOG

Thanking Our Educators


Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller, EFCTS Superintendent/CEOThis week is nationally recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week. And that recognition is  important. Teachers are critical people in our lives from the time we begin formal schooling until we graduate or complete coursework. We should always take time to appreciate those who taught us to read, to calculate, to solve problems. And perhaps this year, more than any, we should be thanking our teachers for their creativity, innovation, flexibility, and concern for students. The pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but engaging students via a computer or with a mask or while maintaining distance has been especially challenging for teachers.


And so, thank you to our teachers! You are appreciated!


But I would like to expand this week of appreciation to everyone who works in our schools. Like teachers, every school staff member has put in long hours and extra effort to make educating our students possible. From our IT staff to our custodians; from our building secretaries to our central office teams, this year has put everyone to the test.

 

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25 EASTLAND-FAIRFIELD STUDENTS ENLIST IN U.S. ARMED FORCES


Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools is proud to announce that 25 students between its two main campuses have reported their intentions to enlist in a branch of the United States Armed Forces. Congratulations to our students that have chosen to make a life and career decision leading them to the military. Good luck! We are very proud of you all.


EASTLAND CAREER CENTER

Gabriel Aly (Criminal Justice) - Navy

Madeline Baker (Criminal Justice) - Army

Gabriella DeAlberto (Criminal Justice) - Navy

Gaige Gest (Autobody and Paint) - Navy

Landon Kidwell (Culinary Arts) - Marine Corps

Justin (Chase) Marioth (Criminal Justice) - Marine Corps

Kierra Martin (Criminal Justice) - Navy

Lailoni Scarberry (Criminal Justice) - Army

Faith Slaughter (Criminal Justice) - Army National Guard

Carmella Taylor (Medical Office) - Air Force

James Vergara (Pre-Engineering) - Army National Guard


FAIRFIELD CAREER CENTER

Daniel Boggs    (Cyber Security) - Navy

Diego Cano-Gonzalez (Criminal Justice) - Navy

Tate Lecrone (Criminal Justice) - Navy

Cameron Miller (Criminal Justice) - Marine Corps

Ahmed Sarr (Criminal Justice) - Marine Corps

Austin Bright (Criminal Justice) - Marine Corps

Billy Dotson (Criminal Justice) - Marine Corps

Charles Gordon (Criminal Justice) - Army

Abigail    Spradlin (Criminal Justice) - enrolled at The Citadel, Army ROTC

Norma    Mozqueda-Macias (Pre-Nursing) - Navy

Sean Harp (Construction technologies) - National Guard

Cain Muck (Automotive) - Navy

Janaeya Scott  (Pre-Nursing) - Air Force

Calvin Plank (Construction Technologies) - Army



PERFORMING ARTS TO PERFORM STEEL MAGNOLIAS ON MAY 14-15


(photo shows a member of the Steel Magnolia cast working with an EFCTS cosmetology student to prepare materials for the upcoming show. credit: Tim Browning)The Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical School Performing Arts program at Reynoldsburg High School's Livingston Campus will perform the Robert Harling classic story, Steel Magnolias, on May 14 and 15. Reservations are now being taken for those interested in attending the performance. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m.

The program will be held at the Reynoldsburg High School Auditorium. There will be no admission fee, though donations will be accepted to help benefit the Anita Miller Scholarship Fund. Reservations are required to attend the event. Please email SteelMagReservations@gmail.com with the number of people in your party and which performance you wish to attend.


The cast includes (listed homeschool): 

Hope Schoovaerts (Teays Valley) as Truvy Jones 

Hannah Allen (Reynoldsburg) as Annelle Dupuy 

Addalie Paskert (Pickerington North) as Clairee Belcher 

Trinity Tobe (Reynoldsburg) as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie 

Ava Myers (Groveport Madison) as M'Lynn Eatenton 

Andrea Canterbury as Ouiser Boudreaux


If you are interested in or would like more information on the EFCTS Performing Arts program, please click here or visit: https://www.eastlandfairfield.com/PerformingArts.aspx 


(photo shows a member of the Steel Magnolia cast working with an EFCTS cosmetology student to prepare materials for the upcoming show. credit: Tim Browning)



FCC STUDENT COMPLETES SCOUT MISSION BEFORE SETTING OFF FOR NEW ONE

Eastland-Fairfield criminal justice student Charles Gordon was featured in the Lancaster Eagle Gazette recently for his quest to complete his Eagle Scout community service project in his hometown of Bremen. Gordon, a member of Boy Scout Troop 95, has been raising money to plant multiple trees in Howell Park and in the village. Fairfield Career Center Intervention Specialist Ashleigh Miller has reported that Charles has surpassed his goal and will be purchasing fruit trees to plant soon. 


Charles, a student from Fairfield Union High School, will be graduating from Fairfield Career Center in May and has enlisted in the United States Army. He hopes to plant the trees prior to leaving for basic training.


To view the story written on April 25 by Barrett Lawlis of the Lancaster Eagle Gazette, click here or visit: https://tinyurl.com/72b4hedj 


FCC senior Charles Gordon in Eagle Scout uniform 

(photo courtesy of Barrett Lawlis / Lancaster Eagle Gazette)



SENIOR RECOGNITION UPDATE 

As the end of the school year becomes more visible, we hope our graduating seniors are seeing the world begin to open up to them. We are ready to celebrate their next steps! Due to COVID-19 restrictions surrounding gatherings, Eastland-Fairfield’s Senior Recognition Ceremonies will take place on Thursday, May 20 at the students’ respective campus in order to accommodate our students, their friends and families. The Senior Recognition Ceremony for graduates from a satellite program will be held at Eastland Career Center on the evening of May 20. 


For complete schedules and additional information, please click here or visit: https://www.eastlandfairfield.com/SeniorRecognitionInformation.aspx 


NEW STUDENTS, GET A HEAD START!

We know that you want to relax this summer but don’t forget to prepare for your next steps with us at Eastland-Fairfield. You’ll need to work on your schedules, signing up for our online systems, and uniform fitting! Don’t be overwhelmed and wait until the last minute. Get a head start now so when August comes, you’re ready. If you or your student has been accepted into an EFCTS program, visit efctsjourney.com/accepted-students to answer questions and take those first steps toward your tomorrow.

 

 

TOURS ARE BACK! APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!

With in-person classes back in session and both of our campuses hustling and bustling, we are welcoming back students interested in Eastland-Fairfield to join us for campus tours! There is no better way to see if Eastland-Fairfield feels like home than to try it out. Come to our campuses to experience what may be the next step in your life's journey.

 

SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT!

 

If you have already made the decision to become a member of the Eastland-Fairfield family, we encourage you to apply to reserve your place at the table.

 

APPLY TODAY!

 

If you need a little more information before making your decision, that is okay! We want you to make a well-informed decision so check out all of the programs we offer at each of our main campuses and our 16 satellite locations.

 

EASTLAND CAREER CENTER PROGRAMS

 

FAIRFIELD CAREER CENTER PROGRAMS

 

SATELLITE SCHOOL PROGRAMS

 

Eastland-Fairfield tour home screen



CIP SURVEY FOR OUR PARTNERS

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Eastland-Fairfield staff presented its Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) to nearly 50 EFCTS partners and stakeholders at the Eastland Career Center. Thank you to all that were in attendance or have since watched the presentation given by Assistant Superintendent Shelly Groves.


We’d love your thoughts regarding the presentation and the information given. If you are an EFCTS partner and would like to take the five-minute survey, we’d certainly appreciate your feedback.


SURVEY LINK: https://forms.gle/PQPmbfZMN1tmKQvr7 


To watch the full presentation, click here or visit the YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPM9A_CxLwI

 


WHAT'S IN A NAME?

What would a newsletter from the educational world be without your first homework assignment? We are looking for a name for our new bi-weekly newsletter, and we want your suggestions. If you have an idea which you would like to submit for consideration, please email info@efcts.us


 

COMING SOON … 

Skills USA logoWith the school year winding down, students in our SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America (BPA) groups are in the midst of regional and state competitions. Much success is being had, including many national qualifiers!

 

In our next edition, we will update and break down our Eastland-Fairfield award winners as well as some of the incredible work they have been doing in the classroom.


 

IMPORTANT DATES

May 10 - FCC Staff Appreciation and Service Awards | 2:30 pm, MP Room

May 12 - ECC Staff Appreciation and Service Awards |  2:30 pm, MP Room

May 14-15 - ‘Steel Magnolias’, performed by EFCTS Performing Arts | 6:30 pm (Reynoldsburg HS - Livingston)

May 17 - Criminal Justice Basic Self-Defense Class (ECC Criminal Justice Lab)

May 20 - Senior Recognition (see information)

May 25 - Last Day of Classes



 

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APRIL 22, 2021


In today’s edition of the EFCTS Bi-Weekly Newsletter …


  • Two keys additions to the EFCTS staff

  • Dr. Miller’s Blog entitled, “Hope”

  • High School programming update

  • Eastland-Fairfield presents at the Lancaster/Fairfield County State of the Schools Address

  • Career Services update

  • Senior Recognition information

  • Eastland-Fairfield presents its Continuous Improvement Plan to partners and stakeholders


… and more!



DWIGHT CARTER NAMED DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES,
DAKIA WASHINGTON TO BECOME NEW FCC ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools proudly announces the addition of a new administrative position that will better serve its students in unique ways, and the individual that will take on those responsibilities. Currently Eastland Career Center assistant director, Mr. Dwight Carter, has been named EFCTS’s first Director of Student Support Services. In addition, EFCTS and Groveport High School graduate, Ms. Dakia Washington, has been named Fairfield Career Center’s second assistant director.


The Director of Student Support Services position and the appointment of both Mr. Carter and Ms. Washington was approved by the EFCTS Board of Education on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at their regularly scheduled meeting. Carter and Washington will officially assume their new roles on August 1, 2021.



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Mr. Dwight Carter
Ms. Dakia Washington


DR. KIMBERLY PIETSCH MILLER’S BLOG

As we near the end of another school year, I think it is clear that it has been anything but “another school year.” I recently shared with my team that this has been the most difficult year of my 32 year career in public education. The pandemic, social injustice, and divisiveness in our nation have made leadership even more challenging than ever. There are days when it seems we will never be through the pandemic. And if you watch the news, you can feel suffocated by the steady reporting of violence and hardship in our communities and our nation. Leading in such a time is challenging both professionally and personally.


And yet, I have hope.


I have observed and talked with our students who feel overwhelmed by all that is going on in our world. And why wouldn’t they? It is tough to process as an adult. But after a year of isolation and distance, processing and making sense of so much turmoil for a teenager or young adult while asking them to maintain a focus on their learning is a tall order. 


And yet, I have hope.


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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMING UPDATE

We have experienced an unprecedented response to our high school nursing program. With the demand being so high, EFCTS has approved a fifth high school nursing program to be housed at Eastland Career Center, with openings still available. Eastland Career Center is also offering a new senior-only pre-nursing class that is accepting applications. 


For more information please click here or visit https://www.eastlandfairfield.com/HealthTechnologies.aspx




DR. KIM MILLER PRESENTS AT THE LANCASTER/FAIRFIELD COUNTY STATE OF THE SCHOOLS

On Thursday, April 15, Eastland-Fairfield superintendent and CEO, Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller, was one of three guest speakers to present at the Lancaster/Fairfield County State of the School Address. In her address, Dr. Miller spoke on how Eastland-Fairfield is “not your grandparents’ vocational school” and what wonderful pathways are opened through EFCTS. Dr. Miller also speaks on how EFCTS embraces its diversity in both its people and its programming, as well as what is on the horizon. This marked the first time Eastland-Fairfield has been invited to present at the Lancaster/Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce State of the Schools Address.


Watch the full State of the Schools presentation and Dr. Miller’s address by clicking here or visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXxYZYrj2zQ&t=960s 



CAREER SERVICES UPDATE

Students in the Rushville Middle School career classes spent their class time with Eastland-Fairfield's Career Services exploring career and college options by completing a fun and exciting Escape Room Challenge. The challenge was to avoid space aliens from taking over the minds of students in order to understand the different college and career options on planet Earth. Our challengers worked together in small groups to complete puzzles that helped students learn about career and college readiness, college terminology, soft skills, and the Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical School. We are pleased to report students still have all of their brains and gained the necessary knowledge to stop the space alien takeover! The day was a success!



We’d also like to remind accepted students to get a head start on researching the resources available to them in preparation of your next steps with Eastland-Fairfield. If you have been accepted into an EFCTS program, visit efctsjourney.com/accepted-students for more information.



SENIOR RECOGNITION UPDATE

Our staff has been furiously working on the plans for this year’s senior recognition. It has come with a few obstacles as we continue to navigate restrictions in place due to COVID-19. To accommodate our students, their friends and families, Eastland-Fairfield’s Senior Recognition Ceremonies will take place on Thursday, May 20 at the students’ respective campus. The Senior Recognition Ceremony for graduates from a satellite program will be held at Eastland Career Center on the evening of May 20. 


Students will be receiving more detailed information in a separate communication from their building director on Monday, April 26.


CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN PRESENTED TO EFCTS PARTNERS

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Eastland-Fairfield staff presented its Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) to nearly 50 EFCTS partners and stakeholders at the Eastland Career Center. Assistant Superintendent Shelley Groves was part of a six-person team presenting the impact of Perkins V funding on the district’s students. The presentation is part of an accountability measure to show what Perkins V funding is being used for, which includes high-price equipment, support staff needs and items used to support students in various ways.


To watch the full presentation, click here or visit the YouTube link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPM9A_CxLwI



ADULT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION NIGHT 

Adult Workforce Information Night an annual event hosted to the community and prospective students to showcase the program and services provided at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools. At Information Night, we help students gather an understanding of the State of Ohio Technical Centers (OTC), give an interactive snapshot of our training programs, and share information on how to access training to one of our programs. OTC’s are a division of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and considered a post-secondary institution just like two-year and four-year institutionsMore information

There will be two events, one based at each EFCTS campus. 

April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Eastland Career Center (Groveport)

May 4, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Fairfield Career Center (Carroll)

For more information on our Adult Workforce programs, click here.


WHAT’S IN A NAME?

What would a newsletter from the educational world be without your first homework assignment? We are looking for a name for our new bi-weekly newsletter, and we want your suggestions. If you have an idea which you would like to submit for consideration, please email info@efcts.us.



IMPORTANT DATES

April 29 - Adult Workforce Open House (Eastland)

May 4 - Adult Workforce Open House (Fairfield)

May 5 - Teacher/Staff Appreciation

May 6 - Vaccination Clinic #2 (Eastland Campus)

May 6 - New Student Celebration (both campuses)

May 20 - Senior Recognition

May 25 - Last Day of Classes



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APRIL 8, 2021

It is odd to be offering a ‘welcome’ in the month of April, but welcome to the first edition of the new Eastland-Fairfield bi-weekly newsletter. We are making a commitment to our staff, students, parents, and partners to keep you as updated as possible with events, important dates, news, and updates from both of our campuses, the district office and across all of our programs. 


We’re keeping it simple for the first edition but over time you’ll see the newsletter transform into something more engaging and informative.  Many positive changes are occurring around and within Eastland-Fairfield, and this district newsletter is part of that change. Our goal is to provide this newsletter to you digitally every other Thursday with an afternoon release.


In time, we hope to provide a way that YOU can contribute YOUR stories to be included but like with all good things, patience is a virtue. We hope that you enjoy, stay informed and remain connected with us as we continue to make Eastland-Fairfield a place where innovative and creative minds come to learn and work. 


OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, EQUITY AND KINDNESS

At Eastland-Fair Career and Technical Schools, we embrace diverse communities coming together to better themselves as individuals, our local communities and our society. That improvement and progress can only be accomplished when our environments support the ideas and values we strive to carry with us in our everyday lives.


At EFCTS, we recognize and value diversity that spans from age, race, gender, gender identity, preference, and beyond. We embrace the idea that our students and staff come from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, religions, and belief systems. We strive to give every individual under our roof the same opportunity as the next, without obstacles curbing that progress and allowing all to enjoy the process in which we learn and grow. When you walk through our doors we want you to feel like you’re being welcomed with open arms, that you are equal to your peers and that when you leave you are doing so a little better than when you arrived. 


Eastland-Fairfield is a place of learning and growth. Like the rest of our country, there is room for improvement and improve we will. We remain committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for all our students. We will constantly reassess our work as we go and it will remain constant. We will not tolerate racism, bullying or intimidation of any kind and expect all students and staff in our schools to embody our core values of relationship, integrity, passion for learning and accountability. We will be part of the solution, and we hope that you will join us in constantly striving to be better.


DR. KIMBERLY PIETSCH MILLER'S BLOG

Oh the Places You Will Go ...
A number of years ago I began writing a blog.  At the time I was the assistant superintendent of Loveland City Schools just outside of Cincinnati. The district’s public information officer suggested that I start a blog about the topic about which I am very passionate: developing students. I wasn’t sure how much I would have to say, but eight years later, I am still finding ways to share my thoughts. 


Since coming to Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools, I have put my blog on hold.  But after three months as the superintendent/CEO and with the addition of our new coordinator of communications and marketing, Mr. Ryan Gasser, we are ready to launch a bi-weekly newsletter.  That means I am ready to get back to blogging about education and helping students find their “what’s next.”


One of the things that I have noticed more and more over the course of my career is that increasing focus on destinations.


What do you want to be when you grow up?  Where are you going after high school? 


Those are not inherently bad questions, but I wonder if they put too much pressure on kids to have it all figured out. 


WHAT'S IN A NAME?
What would a newsletter from the educational world be without your first homework assignment? We are looking for a name for our new bi-weekly newsletter, and we want your suggestions. If you have an idea which you would like to submit for consideration, please email info@efcts.us

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMMING UPDATE

We are excited to announce new satellite programs for the 2021-22 school year.  Firefighting I and II will be offered to seniors at Canal Winchester High School.  Cybersecurity will begin at New Albany Plain Local High School.  Both of these programs are open to students at all of our 17 associate high schools.  Interested students can find more information and apply here.


We are also excited to expand into some of our middle schools.  Career Connections courses will be offered to students at middle schools in Reynoldsburg, Amanda Clearcreek, and Bloom Carroll.


We are fortunate to be part of a 16 district community of school districts supporting the development of students through career exploration and development. Please stay tuned for more information on expanding opportunities in the future.


ADULT WORKFORCE COMPLETES COE RE-ACCREDITATION

The Adult Workforce Development Division (AWD) hosted a successful reaffirmation visit with the Council on Occupational Education (COE) the week of March 22-26. Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or program that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality and student achievement.

AWD was initially granted accreditation with COE in June 2014. The reaffirmation of accreditation must occur from two to six years after initial accreditation, or any subsequent reaffirmation decision.

The next step in this process will be the institutional response from AWD to any findings and/or suggestions offered by the visiting team. All documentation pertinent to the institution’s response is submitted and reviewed by the COE Commission. The Commission’s recommended action is recorded and AWD will be notified in writing of the Commission’s decision.

Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: (1) to assure the quality of the institution or program, and (2) to assist in the improvement of the institution or program. The Council on Occupational Education is an agency recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to accredit postsecondary occupational institutions.

Congratulations to AWD Director Angela Ward and her staff on completing this very rigorous, but important, process.


JOIN US FOR ADULT WORKFORCE INFORMATION NIGHT 

Adult Workforce Information Night is an annual event provided to the community and prospective students to showcase the program and services offered at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools. At Information Night, we help students gather an understanding of the State of Ohio Technical Centers (OTC), give an interactive snapshot of our training programs and share information on how to access training to one of our programs. OTCs are a division of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and considered a post-secondary institution just like two-year and four-year institutions.

There will be two events, one based at each EFCTS campus. 

April 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Eastland Career Center (Groveport)

May 4, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  |  Fairfield Career Center (Carroll)

For more information on our Adult Workforce programs, click here.

TOURS ARE BACK! APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN!
With in-person classes back in session and both of our campuses hustling and bustling, we are welcoming back students interested in Eastland-Fairfield to join us for campus tours! There is no better way to see if Eastland-Fairfield feels like home than to try it out. Come to our campuses to experience what may be the next step in your life's journey.


If you have already made the decision to become a member of the Eastland-Fairfield family, we encourage you to apply to reserve your place at the table.


If you need a little more information before making your decision, that is okay! We want you to make a well-informed decision so check out all of the programs we offer at each of our main campuses and our 16 satellite locations.




IMPORTANT DATES

April 15 - Vaccination Clinic #1 (Eastland Campus)

April 29 - Adult Workforce Open House

May 4 - Adult Workforce Open House

May 6 - Vaccination Clinic #2 (Eastland Campus)

May 20 - Senior Recognition

May 25 - Last Day of Classes


NEW STAFF

Since we last spoke, Eastland-Fairfield has added new team members to its staff. Help us welcome the newest members to our team! 


Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller, superintendent/CEO , District Office

Vaughn Ammon, Auto Body & Paint Instructor, Eastland

Alexander D'Ettorre, Aviation Technologies Instructor, Eastland

Ryan Gasser, Coordinator of Communications & Marketing, District Office



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