Warren County Career Center relies on its business partners to keep programming relevant, improve the learning process, provide and advise on up-to-date equipment, offer internship and employment, and lend their expertise to support students. The Covid-19 pandemic impacted WCCC’s ability to recognize Valued Business Partners for 2020 with the traditional luncheon, prepared and served by Culinary students, but the staff is still thanking them through a series of Facebook Live presentations this fall.
The January 2020 Valued Business Partner, Hayashi Telempu North America, has over 22 locations worldwide and 11 in North America. Adult Education Coordinator Dave Guinn and Counselor Bob Sheehan have been working with Sarah Rigdon, Human Resources, and Todd Moore, Maintenance Supervisor, on recruitment, testing and development of training modules for current employees, and a Four Year Apprenticeship agreement for WCCC adult students.
The February 2020 Valued Business Partner is Skilled Care Pharmacy. Nominated by Adult Medical Programs Coordinator Dr. Teresa Orloff and Instructor Libby Niehaus, Skilled Care hosts Pharmacy Technician students for externship hours and tours. Skilled Care Pharmacy Operations Manager Jacob Sapp also speaks to the classes and he was recently hired as a substitute instructor. “This has been a great relationship for many years,” Dr. Orloff said.
The March 2020 Valued Community Partner is the Deerfield Township Fire Department. Chief Chris Eisele facilitated the donation of a 100-foot ladder truck for use by adult and high school Fire Science students. The department was nominated by Coordinator Ron Kern for the truck donation, and also for their support of the Adult Technical Rescue program.
For April 2020, WCCC high school counselors nominated two community organizations for their support of the students during the holidays as Valued Community Partners. Lebanon Fraternal order of Eagles and its Women’s Auxiliary and Eagle Riders groups, gave generous monetary donations. Joshua's Place in South Lebanon, with Executive Director Kevin Peyton and Programs Director for Lebanon School District Kelli Peyton, also donated generously.
The May 2020 Valued Business Partner, Lebanon Animal Hospital and Dr. Paul Meade, has been a vital partner in the high school Veterinary Science program and was nominated by Instructor Maegan Peloe. Dr. Meade comes in each week, on his only day off, to perform surgeries in the classroom. He is also the medical director of the Humane Association of Warren County, which provides a unique opportunity for the program as he oversees patient medical care at that facility and is able to educate students about the cases. He also gives students the opportunity to work in his practice on early placement and has hired one of our students. Dr. Meade is also an active member of the veterinary science advisory board.