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Parent visit day is coming up soon. It is always one of our busiest and most exciting days at Auburn. Knowing that parents have a hectic schedule, we are excited to announce that online registration is available this year for this event.

Matt Davis and Louie Blankenship, Internet Programming and Development students, designed the registration software. Both Davis and Blankenship are from Madison High School. We hope that you enjoy the simplicity of the new registration process thanks to our amazing students.



Student Donates Hair

Jorge Orozco, an Auburn Career Center advanced manufacturing student from Chardon, decided that after three years of growing his hair out, it was time to get it cut. He wanted to donate it to Wigs for Kids and took to social media to ask for locations that would handle the donation.

Lindsey Pucella, a fellow Chardon High School student in Auburn’s cosmetology program, saw the Facebook post and informed Orozco that Auburn’s student-run salon could accommodate this service for him. Justine Malvicino, Auburn’s cosmetology instructor, worked with the students on the procedure for a hair donation.

Pucella cut Orozco’s hair; 12 inches was donated.

“I love knowing that I am donating my hair. It feels absolutely wonderful to know I’m helping someone out,” said Orozco. “I love it. I feel really attractive. They did a really good job, and my mom is absolutely going to love it.”

Auburn’s cosmetology salon is open on select Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Auburn Career Center is located at 8140 Auburn Road, Concord Township. For more information, call 440-357-7542 or visit


Thanks again to everyone who helped us and supported us with with our levy. We work closely with local businesses and know the importance of skilled trades in our area and preparing our students to fill those positions.

We would like to give special thanks to Plastics News for this great article.

November 10, 2016

Supporting manufacturing, except when it's time to fund it

Frank Esposito

Auburn Career Center Ohio's Auburn Career Center sought funding to finance needed repairs to its facilities. The vocation high school trains students for work in manufacturing and other careers.
Auburn Career Center Auburn Career Center said it had hoped to raise $1.1 million to repairs its properties within five years.

Want another surprising election result?

Voters in my part of northeast Ohio love to say how important manufacturing jobs are. But on Tuesday, 55 percent of them rejected additional funding for a vocational high school that trains kids for manufacturing jobs, including some in the plastics industry.

It was the first time in 52 years that the Auburn Vocational School District — which operates Auburn Career Center — was asking for additional funding. Fifty-two years without a levy request! Most voters would have paid less than $10 per year in additional property taxes.

The career center is located in Concord Township and offers career training to students in 11 school districts, mainly in Lake and Geauga counties. Training is offered in a wide variety of fields ranging from advanced manufacturing and automotive technology to healthcare and emergency medical services.

Michelle Rodewald — who co-ordinates business partnerships for the center — said that the district has worked with many plastics firms. It currently has an internship program with Mercury Plastics, an extruder and fabricator in Middlefield. The center also has worked with plastic shapes maker Cast Nylons of Willoughby.

The rejected levy would have been in place for only five years, but would have raised more than $1.1 million for permanent improvements to the district’s facilities and programs.

“I have to admit my disappointment with the failure of the levy,” District Superintendent Maggie Lynch told the Lake County News-Herald. “However, I am so grateful for the amount of votes that we did get, which affirms Auburn Career Center’s efforts to prepare career and technical education students for the workforce.”

She added that the need to repair the career center remains, and that the district now will be forced to continue to spend limited resources from its general budget.

“The timeline for our repairs that would have taken five years will now take at least 15 years, to complete the replacement of our roof, HVAC units and handle emergency repairs as they arise,” Lynch said. “All attempts will be made to not compromise our students’ learning experiences.”

So what does this mean? Seems like a clear signal that in this manufacturing-heavy part of NE Ohio, voters want manufacturing to recover … but they want someone else to pay for it.


Nick and Iris, two of our Architecture Project Management students, are working with the Downtown Painesville Organization (DPO) to provide options for small businesses while helping to revitatize Painesville. Nick and Iris have been working closely with Damon Davis and Faith Powalie, volunteers of the DPO Economic Vitality Committee, and meeting to determine the vision of the project. Our students then drafted a design and presented their project. This is one of the many ways that our students apply their skills to real-world experiences.


Auburn Career Center has been awarded a $15,000 donation from the Gene Haas Foundation to be used to support scholarships for students entering the manufacturing field. Shown left to right are; Margret Lynch, Superintendent, Terry Colescott, Instructor and Matt Coso, HFO/Midwest Sales Engineer.

Thank you for your support of Auburn, our students and the manufacturing industry!



Auburn Students Build a House       

CONCORD TWP. – Auburn Career Center students are excited to showcase the house they built.

Through the construction of the house, students are able to apply the skills they learn in the classroom in a real-life project to prepare them for the work force. The construction students are putting the finishing touches on the house in preparation to display their craftsmanship to the public. Other programs involved in the student-built house include the Architecture Project Management Program that designed the home; the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) program that ran the ductwork, and the Landscape Horticulture program that installed the landscaping for the home.

This student-built house is a wood frame, ranch-style home with a stone exterior and vinyl siding. The living area is approximately 2,500 square feet and features three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a great room with a fireplace, a formal dining room and a three car garage. It has an open kitchen with granite countertops. 

The house is located at 8339 Raleigh Place in Concord Twp. Students from the various programs over the years that worked on this house and their families are invited to tour the house on May 22 from 1-4 p.m.

The house will be put up for public auction on June 8, 2016.  Open Houses will be held May 22 from 1-4 p.m., June 5 from 1-3 p.m. and on June 8, auction day, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Interested parties may call Thomas Seaman, auctioneer, of Keller Williams Greater Cleveland at 216-469-7081 for further details.  Members of the community are invited to view the home on any of the above dates.


Swagelok Sponsors Auburn’s RoboBot

CONCORD TWP. – Auburn Career Center’s advanced manufacturing students brainstormed with instructor Terry Colescott and dedicated countless hours working on this year’s RoboBot for the AWT RoboBot Competition.

Swagelok sponsored Auburn Career Center’s RoboBot, the Piecemaker. Prior to the competition, Swagelok’s Reese Armstrong and Bill Swan visited the advanced manufacturing program to speak with the class. The students proudly showed them the Piecemaker and spoke about some of the design challenges and improvements that were made to the RoboBot.

“The whole intent of the RoboBot Competition is to get young people like you excited and inspired about doing something that you can then convert to a career that take you anywhere. At Swagelok, were proud to be a part of that,” Armstrong told the class.

Armstrong spoke about the challenges that manufacturing industry and skilled trades are facing with finding a skilled workforce to replace the growing number of retirees.

The students had the opportunity to ask questions and speak with Armstrong and Swan.

“It’s liberating to get opportunities you haven’t had before and have so many doors open. Swagelok’s support means a lot to us,” said advanced manufacturing student Jorge Orozco of Chardon. “It’s like we (students) are walking on a bridge and they’re the support beams to get us where we want to go. It’s great that they’re here for us; we both want the same thing.”

“It feels great to have a big company like Swagelok interested in what we do at Auburn and to help and support our team, especially a company I’m interested in working for,” said advanced manufacturing student Louie Soto of Riverside High School.

“This is the best example of industry and education working together to get students on career paths,” said Auburn superintendent, Maggie Lynch.

Swagelok has been instrumental in supporting Auburn’s manufacturing program at both the high school and adult level. This is the third consecutive year that Swagelok has sponsored Auburn’s RoboBot. They donated $2,000 each year towards the RoboBot. In addition, they participate in mock interviews, are on the advisory board and offer internships and full time employment opportunities to Auburn students

“I think the marriage between Auburn and Swagelok is perfect. The talent pool coming out of Auburn is the benchmark. It’s the best we’ve seen.,” Armstrong told the students. “I’ve been with Swagelok for 35 years and every day I wake up looking forward to going to work. There’s nothing worse than doing something you don’t like to do. Be passionate about it, find a career you like to do. If this is your passion, it can take you anywhere you want to go.”

Auburn’s Piecemaker had four wins to tie for seventh place in the 30 player, double elimination AWT RoboBot Competition. Terry Colescott, Auburn’s advanced manufacturing instructor, was extremely proud of his students and how far they made it into the competition. 


Isaac Kneier and Renee Rahz's articles were both featured on

Both articles received high scores from Teen Ink's readers and were featured on the front page of the appropriate section. 

Kneier, of Riverside, wrote Depths. "I like creative writing. It's a side hobby that I happened to get good at," said Kneier. "It's pretty fulfilling knowing it was acknowledeged and fun knowing it happened."

Renee Rahz, of Kirtland, wrote The Beginning. Her article was featured on the front of the Fiction/Sci-fi/Fantasy section.

Congratulations to both young writers!


Auburn Students Give Back to Military and Community

CONCORD TWP. –Auburn Career Center’s students are focusing on bringing awareness to an important issue and giving back to the community and military for their student organization competitions.

Auburn’s Allied Health Technology students Rachel Schneider (Chardon), Breana Noble (Cardinal), Lizbeth Cruz and Yuli Rea Flores (both of Harvey) assembled care packages for a troop in Guam. They collected deodorant, band aids, toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel size shampoo and body wash, chap stick, hard candy, baby wipes, icy hot and ibuprofen for their SkillsUSA project. 

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Competitions are held annually and include numerous contests. The contests are judged by volunteers including industry representatives and community leaders.

Nicole Golding (Madison) and Brookelle Florian (ECOT), of Auburn’s Teaching Professions Pathway class, are focused on and spoke with students about domestic violence and dating abuse as part of their Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) project.

“Our beginning stage was to bring awareness to dating violence. We want to continue what we are doing and be involved in the community,” said Golding.

Golding and Florian have expanded their efforts and are collecting toiletries and cleaning supplies for the Forbes House, a non-profit domestic violence shelter.

“It feels good to know that we are doing something and making a difference, even if it’s in a small way,” said Florian.

FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in family and consumer sciences education.


Easter Bunny Photo Experience – Friday, March 4 through Saturday, March 26

Auburn Career Center’s Landscape Horticulture students spent three days building the elaborate Easter Bunny set, which was designed by our Architecture Project Management students. The live set includes sitting areas, a water feature and is lush with assorted evergreens, flowering trees and shrubs, assorted perennials and flower bulbs, emphasizing the colors of spring. 

Auburn Career Center provides an innovative career and technical education that empowers all learners to excel in the emerging workplace and enrich their community. This exhibit allows us the opportunity to showcase our students’ talents.


Auburn's Allied Health Technology students are collecting items to send care packages for a troop in Guam. They are collecting various items including travel size deodorant, band aids, toothpaste, toothbrushes, travel size shampoo and body wash, chap stick, hard candy, baby wipes, icy hot and advil/ibruprofen. They are collecting these items until March 24th. For more information, contact Sue Lefler at 


Be My Valentine Party

On Feb. 11, Teaching Professions Pathway seniors Patrick Carney of Newbury High School, Amber Collins and Rachel Heckman, both of Madison High School, planned and carried out a Valentine’s Day Party for students with disabilities who attend a local elementary school in which Carney interned at for four months. This was for their FCCLA event called Leadership Service in Action.

The teaching professions pathway students reached out to the elementary school special education teacher, at the location of Patrick’s field experience, and asked for permission to plan a party for the children. After the permission was granted from the teacher, the students developed four different activities for the children to do throughout the school day with the goal to enhance their social skills. The activities included cookie and card decoration, sensory slime and a question and answer activity. This party was a success and the children really enjoyed their time with them.

"It was a great experience planning the party and getting to see the kids enjoying themselves," said Carney.

After high school, Carney plans to pursue a career working with special needs children with primary focus on kindergarten through 2nd grade. 


Pictured: Teaching Professions Pathway seniors Patrick Carney of Newbury High School, Amber Collins (left) and Rachel Heckman (right), both of Madison High School, pose with one of the games used for the party.


Auburn Students Donate Toys to Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

CONCORD TWP. - Auburn Career Center’s Mary Eschenauer, Ashley Beesler, both of Madison, and Samantha Hargis, of Berkshire, recently hosted a toy drive for children at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.


All three students are juniors in Auburn’s allied health program and chose this as a community service project for SkillsUSA. The community service competition evaluates local chapter activities that benefit the community. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.


In addition to Auburn, Madison High School also participated in the toy drive. Between the two schools, they collected 646 toys.  


Eschenauer and Beesler dropped the toys off at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.


“We had about six carts of toys. The coordinating was harder than we thought, but it was a really good thing to do. It felt really good,” said Eschenauer.


Toys were collected for two purposes; parents with children in the hospital were able to shop (at no charge) for their child for Christmas and for diversional activities for patients.


Leftover toys are being used for children with extended hospital stays and for children who are in the hospital during their birthday. 


“I am very proud of how hard these young ladies worked on this project for other kids in need. Their passion for this project was infectious and you can tell by the number of toys they collected that their passion was contagious,” said Sue Lefler, allied health instructor. “I congratulate Ashley, Mary and Sam for a terrific job. It is an honor to have them in my class here at Auburn Career Center.”   


“I didn’t think we would get so many toys. Our goal was 300 or 400 and we passed that. I want to go into healthcare and work with children, being able to help them made me really happy.” said Beesler.


Auburn Career Center releases video campaign

The Manufacturing Institute expects to see 3 1/2 million jobs added to the manufacturing sector over the next decade.

As this area sees growth, Lake County seems to be at the heart of it all.

Auburn Career Center in Concord Township has partnered with the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority and the Alliance for Working Together, a consortium of local manufacturing companies, to create a video campaign.

The seven two- to three- minute professional quality videos are meant to raise awareness about the Lake County manufacturing industry and highlight their clean and modern facilities.

State Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy Township, told The News-Herald previously that manufacturing companies are no longer the typical factories they are stereotyped to be, but have evolved into the many offices we see every day.

Young also emphasized the need for more manufacturing workers in Lake County.

Auburn Career Center Interactive Multimedia Technology students are developing the video campaign as a semester-long class project.

The students worked with Apollo Manufacturing Co., EYE Lighting International, Federal Gear, Fredon Corp., South Shore Controls, Torque Transmission and Universal Metal Products to showcase each company individually.

Interactive Multimedia Technology instructor Rodney Kozar said that the videos are promoting the career opportunities available in manufacturing, and through Auburn Career Center classes, as well as advertising Lake County as a great business opportunity for manufacturers.

The “We Build It Here” video campaign will premiere at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Auburn Career Center’s Presentation Center at 8140 Auburn Road in Concord Township. The event is open to the public.


Congratulations to Roger Miller, Auburn board member.

Miller received the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Outstanding Board Member award.

Mr. Miller was appointed to the Auburn Career Center Board of Education from the Berkshire Local School District in 2005, and was then appointed again to represent the district in 2014. His leadership is well documented through his participation on the Board’s Facilities Committee and Curriculum Committee. He has encouraged the district to secure necessary Owner Representatives for construction projects, guided the Facilities Committee to create a five year plan, and has encouraged the board to hire a Program Manager to coordinate and oversee the district facilities and keep them updated with necessary maintenance and construction. 

Miller and other Ohio ACTE winners were recognized at the 2015 Connections to Education Conference Kick-Off Networking Session on Monday, July 27.


Auburn Career Center is honored to be highlighted in a national publication regarding career and technical education.

Earlier this year, Auburn was recommended by the Ohio Department of Education, Career and Technical Office, to be interviewed by reporter Shaun Yoder on the Emerging Trends and programs at Auburn. Below, please find the news release and the link to the article.

It is an honor to be highlighted in this article that captures the solid Career and Technical Education offered to students here at Auburn Career Center.


Achieve Releases New Briefs Highlighting Career and Technical Education in Massachusetts and Ohio

Washington, D.C. - July 9, 2015 - Achieve today released two new briefs that profile several career and technical education (CTE) programs in Ohio and Massachusetts that have successfully integrated academic and technical programming as part of their strategy to prepare all students for college and careers. The briefs feature individual student profiles from specific schools and elevate the central role that state policy and implementation support can play in advancing high-quality CTE.

"The schools profiled in these briefs illustrate the meaningful role that states can play in ensuring that all students have access to rigorous academic learning content aligned to college and career and real-world expectations," said Alissa Peltzman, Vice President of State Policy and Implementation Support at Achieve. "Our education system must provide all students with access to well-defined, rigorous career and technical education programs with engaging learning opportunities, pathways to careers, and meaningful certification. Achieve applauds these schools' efforts to help all students graduate from high school ready for their next steps."

As "Seizing the Future: How Ohio's Career-Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Work," demonstrates, Ohio has developed strong policies for CTE programs to promote rigor. "We are 'mashing up' college and career. This is a shift from the past and one that we are serious about," said Steve Gratz, senior executive director at the Ohio Department of Education. To graduate, all students, including those enrolled in CTE, must complete Ohio's Course Requirements, in which Ohio's New Learning Standards are embedded. Ohio has also combined college and career pathways through investment in tech prep programs that create opportunities to earn college credit, developed partnerships with workforce partners, and created clear public-reporting systems.

David Ferreira, executive director, Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), explains that the schools profiled are "the Cadillac model of the CTE world," due to the way they integrate real-world learning, foster caring relationships, and focus on continuous improvement in service of student success. Each profiled school is graduating nearly all of their students and touts strong MassCore completion rates and postsecondary outcomes. The brief highlights the state's policies that promote strong programming; Massachusetts encourages the completion of MassCore, the state's college- and career-ready course of study, incentivizes rigorous academic standards through school accountability measures, offers capacity-building support, and has fostered multiple workforce partnerships.

The full reports are available at the following links:

•Seizing the Future: How Ohio's Career-Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Work


•Best of Both Worlds: How Massachusetts Vocation Schools are Preparing Students for College and Careers




Captain Ron Walters of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office met with Auburn’s Architecture Project Management students to review their design for a 24 stall horse barn and riding arena.

“I heard of Auburns Architecture program and I was looking for a project. I thought this would probably be a great one for them,” said Walters.

Walters met with the Architecture Project Management students to discuss his expectations and what he was looking for in the design. The students then drafted a design and presented to Walters on May 29.

“They did an outstanding job. I like the conceptual look. It was what I was looking for and gives me something to go to the bank with to give perspective. There may be a couple of minor deviations, but that’s the general plan,” said Walters.



CONCORD TWP. - Auburn Vocational School District has selected Felicia Kittelberger as the 2015 Medical Mutual of Ohio Scholarship winner. Felicia is a senior from Fairport’s Harding High School and a Patient Care Technician student at Auburn Career Center. Felicia was chosen for this $500 scholarship based on her academic achievement.



Students Earn Medals at SkillsUSA State Competition

CONCORD TWP. - Auburn Career Center students Williams Amaya, Mariana Ramirez and Julian Perez won the silver medal at the SkillsUSA state competition. They are students in Auburn’s Architecture Project Management program. Amaya and Ramirez are also students at Harvey High School and Perez attends Madison High School.

Their project was on energy efficiency.

“Most of the other teams focused on electrical and more expensive options. Most people can’t afford that. Our project focused on what can be done to a current home to make it more energy efficient,” said Amaya. “We showed how to use natural resources to save money and energy.”

“People can use landscaping to their advantage to reduce energy costs. You can shade your house by planting a tree on the west side of a house. This can reduce the temperature by as much as 25 degrees and allow you to turn down the air conditioning because the house will be cooler,” said Perez.

The group also suggested other ways to increase efficiency including using energy efficient light bulbs, using a water fountain in the house to lower humidity and using stone or brick walls on the outside of the house since they naturally trap heat allowing the house to stay warmer during the winter months.

“Our presentation broke the myth that energy efficient homes are expensive. By making simple changes, it can save you money over time,” said Ramirez.

The team was awarded the silver medal for their presentation in the SkillsUSA Career Pathways Showcase.

“It was nerve racking when the lights are on you when you are on stage. We feel very accomplished and proud. The Auburn class was cheering us on; that was pretty exciting,” said Ramirez.

“I’m definitely going to do it again next year. It’s a good experience for anyone,” said Perez.

Auburn’s Johannah Adkins of Chardon High School also placed at the SkillsUSA state competition. Adkins won the bronze medal for Extemporaneous Speaking.



Auburn Career Center Nursing Administrator Appointed to Board of Nursing

CONCORD TWP. - Governor John R. Kasich appointed Sandra A. Ranck to the Ohio Board of Nursing.  Ranck is the Practical Nursing Administrator at Auburn Career Center and resides in Ashtabula. She brings more than 30 years of experience to this new role.

“It is truly an honor to be able to be able to serve the public in this important position. I know that very few have been appointed to the OBN, and in knowing this, I truly recognize the responsibility I have to fulfill my duties to the best of my abilities. I look forward to the challenge,” said Ranck.

According to the Ohio Board of Nursing’s website, the Board’s top priorities are to efficiently license the nursing workforce and remove dangerous practitioners from practice in a timely manner to protect Ohio patients. Public protection is critical, as nursing touches virtually every citizen of Ohio. The Board regulates approximately 266,000 licenses and certificates, an increase from 223,000 in 2008. Each fiscal year since 2008, newly licensed registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in Ohio have increased by an average of 14,000.


 “Over my thirty years as a nurse, I’ve had a variety of experience in providing nursing care in a number of different venues; from hospital nursing, nursing management, school nursing to currently nursing education.  That, along with my volunteer work with organizations such as the Ashtabula County Mental Health Recovery Services Board and the Ohio Nurses Association; I feel that I have unique experiences that will contribute to discussions that lead to decisions made by the Board.”

“I hope during my tenure on the Board I will be able to participate in discussions that will lead to better nursing practices for both the public and for nurses. I’ve always wanted to find a way to contribute to the development of my profession on a broader scale, and now I have the opportunity.” 

Ranck’s term on the Ohio Board of Nursing began on March 9, 2015 and ends December 31, 2018.



Auburn Career Center's Industrial Arts building celebrates one year anniversary
By Matt Skrajner, The News-Herald

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A year after its grand opening, the first students to use the Industrial Arts building at Auburn Career Center in Concord Township for an entire school year will soon be graduating.

The $1.2 million, 15,000-square-foot building opened in 2014 and features two labs: one for advanced manufacturing and the other for heating, ventilation and air conditioning programs. 

Margaret Lynch, Auburn Career Center’s superintendent, said between the high school students and adult education courses, the building will be adding about 60 workers to the workforce this spring. 

While a big investment for the center, Lynch said the new facility has definitely been worth the cost because it better prepares students for direct entry to the workforce. 

“It’s set the standard for our other programs as well,” Lynch said. 

Terry Colescott, advanced manufacturing instructor, said the new facility has shown students a much more realistic approach to modern manufacturing. 

“Machine shops today are bright, clean and well organized,” Colescott said. “In our facility we’re able to mirror that.” 

The advanced manufacturing lab features dozens of machines, including five CNC machines, which stands for computer numerical control. 

Recently, a senior student used one of the machines to design and finally manufacture a copper circuit board, at the request of an alternative energy class at the school, Colescott said. 

It was the first circuit board to be made at Auburn in this way, he said. 

“That’s a viable, industry transferable trade right there,” Colescott said. 

Dozens of area businesses, as well as an advisory board, helped Auburn design the building and also donated some supplies. The additional size of the building also allows for all of the students to be participating at all times, which allows students to learn more in a shorter amount of time. 

The HVAC lab on the other side of the building features rows of heating and cooling units, including 21 gas furnaces and two oil furnaces, that cover a range of different efficiencies. Fully functional sheet metal fabrication can also be done in the lab, said Wayne Reed, the HVAC technician instructor. 

The wide variety of machines students can work on will prepare them for just about anything the students will see in someone’s basement during future employment, Reed said. 

In the older facility, Reed said students were working “elbow to elbow,” which caused mistakes and made learning much more difficult. 

“They don’t realize how lucky you are to come into a place like this,” Reed said of the juniors, who know nothing of learning in the former building. 

Lou Hill, one of those junior HVAC students, did see the old facility when he originally visited Auburn. 

“It’s a lot better,” Lou said. “It’s light in here.” 

The improved lighting makes everything easier, especially working with the sheet metal, Lou said. 

Lou recently took what he has learned so far to the 

SkillsUSA competition in Columbus, where he competed in the HVAC events. There were six different stations with different objectives, including troubleshooting. 

The public can check out the facility, as well as the rest of Auburn Career Center’s campus, at its community open house on April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A job fair, also open to the public, will be held at the career center, located 8140 Auburn Road, on May 7. 


Auburn students promote healthy choices

CONCORD TWP. –Auburn Career Center’s Teaching Professions Pathway students Amber Amato, Rachel Heckman and Sonya Deneen, all of Madison, are working with children in the area to promote healthy lifestyles.

Amato, Heckman and Deneen visited North Elementary School in Madison and spoke with the children about the benefits of eating right and getting 60 minutes of exercise. They played games with the children including car lot and blob, similar to tag. In addition, the children had to determine if food was healthy or unhealthy and place it in the appropriate place on a nutrition chart.

Auburn’s trio took silver in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) regional competition in March for their programs in action student body contest. Their contest promotes eating right, being fit and making healthy decisions.

“We chose this project because it allows us to work with children and show them how to prevent obesity or health problems when they get older through exercise and proper nutrition,” said Amato.

In addition to visiting the elementary school, they also attended a Boy Scout troop meeting to promote healthy nutrition. During their visit, they provided them with a healthy snack consisting of oranges, crackers, apple juice and water.

“It’s fun, and we enjoy it. It shows children that we care about them, their future and how they take care of themselves,” said Deneen.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in family and consumer sciences education.

Amato, Heckman and Deneen are advancing to the FCCLA state competition in Columbus.

“We are kind of nervous in a way but happy that we made it to the state competition,” said Heckman.


Auburn Students have American Spirit

CONCORD TWP. – As students from Auburn Career Center are anxiously preparing to for the upcoming SkillsUSA state competition in Columbus, their projects are bringing awareness to important issues.

Auburn’s allied health students are seeing the impact their efforts are making through their SkillsUSA projects.

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Competitions are held annually and include numerous contests. The contests are judged by volunteers including industry representatives and community leaders.

Auburn’s Tori Babcock (Riverside), Lizbeth Chavez (Harvey) and Breana Noble (Cardinal) are advancing to the SkillsUSA state competition mid-April for their work in the American Spirit contest. This is a notebook contest documenting SkillsUSA chapters’ community service, patriotism and citizenship, and promotion of career and technical education projects that demonstrate a belief in the American way of life and the purposes of SkillsUSA.

“Our contest was American spirit. We got to pick what we wanted to do. Being in allied health, a medical class, and having family members in the military, it made us aware of the importance of veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” said Babcock. “Not many people are aware of what it is, what it’s like living with it and how it’s treated.”

For their project, the team went to the various classes throughout the school and explained what PTSD is and asked the students to make cards for veterans. They collected approximately 80 cards that they will take to the Veterans Affairs (VA) in Painesville

“We can thank them for their service and give them the cards,” said Babcock.

“We’ve researched PTSD, but by dropping off the cards, I will get to speak with the veterans and learn what they went through themselves; their firsthand experience. I’m going to keep an open mind because I don’t know what they went through,” said Noble. 

Chavez said, “I think this is a good experience. I don’t have anyone in my family that has been in the military. This is a good experience to be able to speak with the veterans and thank them.”

In addition to the American Spirit team, allied health students Angela Gunter, Megan Birovsek and Emily Stubler (all of Riverside) are bringing awareness to another important cause through their SkillsUSA community service project, Coins for Cats. They collected loose change from students and were able to make a donation to Marley’s Cat Tales.

“Our goal is to touch many hearts with our Coins for Cats fundraiser. We are sponsoring Marley’s Cat Tales foundation. They provide a safe haven in North Carolina for cats suffering from feline leukemia,” said the students. “The virus has impacted our lives so we wanted to reach out and make our community aware of how dangerous it can be. We also hope to help Marley’s Cat Tales with our one hundred and thirty dollar donation collected from students at our school.”

Numerous Auburn students will be competing in the SkillsUSA state competition in Columbus April 14.

“My whole family is coming to watch. I’m excited. I was hoping that we would make it to the state level,” said Noble.

“I’m so excited. I get to travel with my friends. It will be a great time, and we get to do something for a great cause,” said Chavez.



Auburn Students Place at SkillsUSA Regional Competition

CONCORD TWP. -  On a typical Saturday, the halls of a school would be desolate. It was obvious that Feb. 28 wasn’t a typical Saturday at Auburn Career Center. The halls were filled with excitement and anticipation as hundreds of students from schools across northeast Ohio came to compete in the 2015 SkillsUSA Regional Competition hosted at Auburn.

The students were from 15 area schools including A-Tech Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus, Auburn Career Center, Choffin Career & Technical Center, Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, Jackson High School, Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, Maplewood Career Center, Mentor High School, Perry High School, Portage Lakes Career Center, Pymatuning Valley High School, R.G. Drage Career Technical Center, Timken High School, Trumbull Career & Technical Center and Willoughby-Eastlake Career Academy

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization that is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. Competitions are held annually and include numerous contests. The contests are judged by volunteers including industry representatives and community leaders.

There were 33 contests held at the northeast Ohio regional competition. Auburn had placers in 16 contests including seven gold medal winners. Two of the contests that Auburn was awarded gold medals were team competitions; Health Knowledge Bowl and Team Works.

The Health Knowledge Bowl team consists of Shelby McBride (Chardon), Katelynn Mayhugh (Riverside), Brianah Misosky (Riverside) and Anastasia Riha (Chardon). Their contest consisted of their knowledge and answers to various health questions in categories including legal, ethics, body systems, communication and teamwork.

“We’re building memories. It makes us proud to represent Auburn and go to state,” said Misosky.

The Team Works competition team built a half bath and was judged on plumbing, electrical, masonry and carpentry. This team consists of four Auburn students, Chad Delbo, Cody Hunt, Zachary Retych, all of Cardinal High School, and Randy Llamas of Riverside High School.

“It meant a lot for our team to win. We take great pride in knowing that we did this for Auburn and Cardinal,” said Hunt.

Delbo added, “I competed in a solo competition last year, residential plumbing. It was a lot better working as part of a team. It will be a fun experience to go to state.”

“Our workmanship is what set us apart. We’ve been working together for two years and know we can rely on each other which make us a very strong team,” said Retych.

In addition to the Health Knowledge Bowl and Team Skills winners, Auburn’s other gold medalists include: Carpentry, Tim Hlad; CNC Milling, Cort Weaver; Customer Service, Jacob Jakovlic; First Aid/CPR, Zachary Gartner and Photography, Timothy Harden.

Auburn also had five silver medalists and four bronze medalists. Silver medalist winners are Collision Repair, Andrew Voljtko; Esthetics, Alexandra Leoson; Job Skill Demo A, Jacob Knox; Promotional Bulletin board, Rachel Hall, Tori Martin and Devin Prindle and Related Technical Math, Bradley Garlak. Bronze medalists include CNC Turning, Jared Revak; Extemporaneous Speech, Johannah Adkins; Industrial Motor control, Sabrina Flaherty and Medical Terminology, Danielle Locher.

All gold, silver and bronze medalists advance to the state competition in Columbus in April.


Drug Free Clubs of America offered to Auburn Career Center students

By Jean Bonchak, The News-Herald

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Auburn Career Center is offering the opportunity for students to join Drug Free Clubs of America.
The club combines the efforts of schools, parents and the community into one prevention tool to protect students from experiencing the spiraling consequences of teen drug abuse. DFCA promotes and rewards healthy decisions by creating excitement with a drug-free culture, according to a news release from Auburn Career Center.
Each club member successfully enrolled will receive discounts from local businesses.
Auburn has partnered with Lake Health to administer the drug screens for club members.
On Oct. 2, Angie Ferguson, DFCA executive director, will meet with Auburn administrators as well as Gary Robinson, vice president of government and community affairs, Lake Health; Terri Stupica, Chardon Municipal Court judge; and Chris Brill-Packard, Occupational Services, Lake Health. Dr. Nancy Rodway of Lake Health is also working with Auburn on the DFCA initiative. An orientation will be given to the group.
“Auburn Career Center is glad to help pioneer such an important initiative,” said Principal Jeff Slavkovsky. “Drug Free Clubs of America will be a vehicle to steer many young people toward healthy lifestyles. We have great support from local businesses to offer rewards to the students enrolled in the club and they will also receive a certificate to be placed in their professional portfolio, upon completing Auburn.
“The best reward thus far has been the overwhelming number of students who have signed up. With over 90 kids currently enrolled, that is a testament to the type of students we want and have at Auburn Career Center.”
After a voluntary drug test, each member is given a full color ID as a member of the club.
Randomly throughout the school year, students may be retested. The results of every test are sent only to DFCA, who will notify the parents of a negative or positive screen. Auburn is sponsoring the club, but will have no knowledge of the drug test results. Also, all membership fees will be paid in full by Auburn.


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By Jean Bonchak, The News-Herald

Monday, June 2, 2014


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Auburn Career Center students assist with mental health initiative

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Monday, June 2, 2014


Auburn Career Center appoints new principal

By Elizabeth Lundblad, The News-Herald

On Feb. 1, Jeff Slavkovsky took over duties as principal of Concord Township’s Auburn Career Center after being appointed by the institution’s superintendent and its school board.
Slavkovsky, who has served as Auburn’s assistant principal for the past five years, replaces Mary Ann Bittner, a 30-year Auburn employee who retired on Jan. 31.
“In determining what is in the best interest of Auburn Career Center and our students, Mr. Slavkovsky is a perfect fit. He is an established leader in our district,” said Maggie Lynch, Auburn Career Center’s superintendent, in a news release. “His knowledge of career and technical education, articulation of Auburn coursework for college credit, and knowledge of future challenges will prove invaluable in his new role.”
Slavkovsky, who has 16 years of education experience, previously worked as a teacher, coach and administrator at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. He and his family reside in Painesville.
“I am honored to be chosen for such an important role and humbled that the board has the confidence in me to help keep this institution thriving,” he said in the release. “Auburn is so vital to this region and I look forward to leading in the development of young people who will make all of us proud.”
Serving Lake and Geauga counties, Auburn Career Center, 8140 Auburn Road in Concord Township, is a career and technical center for high school and adult students. It offers technical and specialized courses in a variety of fields including advanced manufacturing, alternative energy, cosmetology, culinary arts, emergency medical services, landscape horticulture and welding, among others.
Bittner’s departure was marked with a gathering of family, friends, colleagues and students.
“Mrs. Bittner’s 30 years of service at Auburn Career Center has made a lasting imprint on the lives of students and the formation of our district,” Lynch said. “All of us at Auburn wish Mrs. Bittner the very best in her future.”

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