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WCCC Staff, Board, Business Partner Honored by OSBA

WCCC Staff, Board, Business Partner Honored by OSBA

Warren County Career Center received several recognitions and awards at the Ohio School Boards Association SW Region Spring Conference. The WCCC Board of Education earned the Effective School Board Award - Gold Level Recognition.

Bill Sillies, Remtec Automation, was named the 2017 Southwest Region Outstanding Community Business Leader. Mr. Sillies has been a continued supporter of the Adult Electromechanical PLC Technician and the High School Advanced Technology and Robotic programs, and is active with the Advisory Committees for both programs. His company has hired several WCCC students while they are in the early stages of their programs. Working together, Remtec and the WCCC Coordinator have developed a process for students to experience job interviews on-site at Warren County Career Center for positions at Remtec Automation.

“Mr. Sillies provides tremendous input and support,” WCCC Coordinator Dave Guinn said. “His knowledge of the current needs of advanced manufacturing greatly enhances our training and overall course development. On occasion, he has presented on topics of support for advanced manufacturing and the opportunities that training at the Warren County Career Center provide. Additionally,
Mr. Sillies has offered career employment at Remtec Automation for many students who have graduated from the Advanced Manufacturing Program at Warren County Career Center. He has continually made himself available to assist us in meeting our goals and the goals of our students.”

In 2016, Mr. Sillies, a great proponent of public education and career technical education, was selected as the March WCCC Valued Business Partner. He spoke at the 2016 Adult Education graduation ceremony and provided a presentation to the WCCC Board of Education concerning the Electromechanical PLC program and Advanced Technology and Robotic program.

WCCC Technology Director David Cairns was selected as the 2017 Southwest Region Outstanding Administrator. He began working at WCCC in 1986 as a math instructor. Since then he has devoted his career to ensuring the success of students at the school. He also taught Information Technology at WCCC’s Springboro High School satellite program. While teaching for WCCC at SHS, he was chosen as the Project Excellence Teacher of the Year for Springboro, nominated by his peers and students, even though he was a WCCC instructor. The staff and administration respected his abilities and knowledge and expressed congratulations with regret when he accepted the position as Technology Director at WCCC in 2005. As the individual in charge of ensuring that WCCC students and staff have current and updated technology for infrastructure and network, he excelled. He has developed a staff in the technology department who are helpful, customer-service oriented and friendly. All three of his staff are former graduates of WCCC Information Technology programs. The way he manages his staff shows evidence of his leadership abilities. The entire department, led by Mr. Cairns, works diligently to ensure as little disruption as possible of the IT network at WCCC and all of its 10 satellite/offsite locations. This means working nights and weekends occasionally to not disrupt the workday for the hundreds of staff and students who depend on internet access for lessons and communications. He has instituted a Chromebook program for students and provides support when needed. He is also working with the WCCC board of education to improve their communications using technology.

“For 31 years, his entire education career, he has dedicated himself to making sure the Warren County Career Center students and staff have the best opportunities for success,” WCCC Board President Bobbie Grice said. “From teaching mathematics in the beginning, to teaching Information Technology, and finally becoming the Director of Technology, he has been a dependable fixture at WCCC. Everybody likes him. I have never heard anyone have a bad word to say about him. That says a lot about his character and work ethic.”

WCCC Board President Bobbie Grice and Member Michael Cremeans, both representing Little Miami Local Schools Board of Education, earned the Award of Achievement and the Master Board Member Award. The honor is given to board members who dedicate themselves to improving their boardmanship skills and knowledge requires completion of numerous professional development workshops and activities, leadership on governing boards, active involvement in student leadership and other statewide OSBA activities.

WCCC Board President Bobbie Grice was recognized for her 20 Year Anniversary. WCCC Board Vice President Esther Larson, representing Lebanon City School District, was recognized for her 10 Year Anniversary.

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