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Business, Community Partners Vital to Success

Humane Association, Veterinary Science

Warren County Career Center recognizes Valued Business and Community Partners each month to thank those who support the students and programs.

Otterbein Lebanon Senior Life Community is the September 2019 honoree, recognized for its work with the Project SEARCH program. Otterbein, and Director of Development Hodge Drake, were nominated by Project SEARCH Coordinator Nick Vrettos to thank the community for offering opportunities for the students to develop employability skills and find meaningful employment.

“Otterbein definitely is a major provider of opportunities for our students,” Vrettos said. “Some of their supervisors go above and beyond to assist us with providing a rich learning environment.” Student Isaiah Holcomb said his favorite part of the Project SEARCH program is interacting with the Otterbein residents. He wants to work in the culinary field after graduation.

FERNO USA is the October 2019 valued business partner for its support of the Fire Science/EMT Basic program. Nominated by Instructor Glen Beach, the company was thanked for donations of EMS backboards, splints, collars, supplies, a cot, and other medical equipment to be used in Emergency Medical Technician training.

“We appreciate our business partners who help us offset the cost of supplies and equipment as we educate the future emergency response personnel for our region,” Beach said. “We are proud to support Warren County Career Center and future medics. We are humbled by the recognition,” Melanie Phillips, FERNO, said.

The November 2019 valued community partner is the Humane Association of Warren County. Nominated by Instructor Maegan Peloe and Assistant Anna Bellotti, the Association works closely with the Veterinary Science program to provide a variety of medical experiences for students to observe and treat with licensed veterinarians. “We have a very mutually beneficial relationship as we also foster shelter animals for them,” Peloe said. “Because of this relationship, their animals receive excellent care and socialization from our students and are more easily adoptable. However, our students benefit equally in that they are entirely responsible for the care of the animals, which is our most important job skill to learn. Without the cooperation and relationship with HAWC, our program would not be as successful as it is today.”

Key Ads, and Vice President Nick Keyes, Jr., was nominated by Graphic Arts Instructor Howard Norris to be the December 2019 valued business partner for helping foster student creativity and providing advanced technical training.

“Key Ads has offered constant support over the last two years,” Norris said. “Our first project involved both Graphic Design classes producing billboards fighting the opioid crisis.  Mr. Keyes arranged for a lead graphic designer Alexandra Ashworth, to come to the school and present on what works best with digital billboards.”

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