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Career Center helps area businesses with training

October 20, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - More and more businesses and others in the community are coming to the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center for additional training, which makes those operating the facility quite happy.

John McNicholas, the CTC Adult Education COST Coordinator, presented to the board some of the ways the school has been assisting with training. Organizations have been using the career center to teach their people Microsoft Excel and Word, Powerpoint and other technology based programs. Additionally, the school has been offering OSHA training for one area business, helping them become compliant with regulations. People have come for Notary training. Teachers have been given training in Smart Board technologies for their classrooms.

McNicholas told the board getting additional training stimulates job growth and reduces errors in the workforce. Employees become more productive and can advance in their careers.

Additionally, Adult Education Director Kelly Weikart pointed out firefighters and EMS are requesting additional training be set up at the career center. She also has been involved in an OSHA class which is about to conclude in about two Saturdays. Classes at the CTC can be offered during flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

"People had a reason to come down here and get something from us," she said.

In other matters before the board:

- An open house of the new welding and materials joining lab will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Anyone interested in seeing the facility is welcome to attend.

- The board approved a five-year forecast, where the carryover balance does not slip below $3 million for the next five years. Treasurer Katherine Bosco pointed out back in 2005 the school used to spend more than it brought in each year. However, by reducing staff mainly through attrition for the past six years the school has been living well within its means. She said it is not until fiscal year 2015-16 does she see any concern of the wages and benefits starting to approach 70 percent or more of the schools expenditures.

- In the adult education department the board hired Brian Pelley as a welding instructor; and both Julie Morrow and Benjamin Szmara as public safety instructors.

- The board accepted donations from CarrLane Manufacturing, Specialty Fab, Carl Garwood, Columbiana Boiler, Halls Welding and Three H Weld Services, which each contributed something for the welding and materials joining lab this month.



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