We love it when we hear from our alumni about how our school changed their lives. In this story, two young people with artistic interests were encouraged by their older sisters, who are also both WCCC alumni, to enroll at the Career Center.
In August 2013, Savannah Lewis, Lebanon, and Kody Venters, Franklin, began as juniors at the Warren County Career Center. Both were interested in art, but Savannah was enrolled in Graphic Arts and Kody was enrolled in Digital Design. They had never met, and had no idea of how fate would bring them together.
“At the beginning of my junior year, I was nervous about meeting new people,” Savannah said. “I convinced my teacher, Mr. Norris, to let me stay in the lab during lunch. My friend Gage noticed that I wasn’t sitting in the cafeteria, and he invited me to join him and his friends for lunch. When I got to the table, there was one seat open and it was next to Kody. We started talking, and that’s how it all began.”
Over the next two years, their friendship blossomed into romance. Kody enjoyed his Digital Design program, and in particular, learning about photography from instructor Greg Beasley, who has since retired. He said he had been interested in attending WCCC since he saw the lab during the Eighth-Grade Expo. Also, his older sister was in the Health Science program.
“Mr. Beasley encouraged Kody to be more confident, and pushed him out of his shell,” Savannah said. “Kody valued his advice to pursue a career that made him happy. It gave him confidence to go into photography, and now he just got a new camera.”
Savannah listened to Graphic Arts instructor Howard Norris, and took his advice. “I remember in my junior year, Mr. Norris said no matter where you go in your work, it shouldn’t be about the money,” she said. “He told us you should be happy at work. He told us that he loved teaching, and said no matter where you go, you should love what you do. He said he was here to help us grow and that he would support us. It made me feel more confident, and while I’m doing graphic art for enjoyment, I like my job working in the dental field.”
Savannah was also a WCCC student ambassador. She said she really enjoyed being more involved with the school, helping with fundraisers and events, and having more of a role than just a student.
Kody and Savannah graduated in 2015, and began their careers. Kody has been doing photography as a sideline, and enjoys his current job as head cook at Hillspring Skilled Nursing Facility. He feels like he’s making an impact there, and has been told by the nurses they have seen improvement as he interacts with the residents. Savannah is a Certified Dental Assistant and works as a Patient Care Coordinator at an orthodontic specialist practice, and she teaches at their dental school on Saturdays.
The couple has a wedding planned for October 2023, and they have arranged to have their photos taken after the ceremony at WCCC. “We would love it if we could have our wedding pictures taken where we met because if it wasn't for this school we wouldn't be where we are today,” Savannah said. “We started here, and look how far we’ve come. We plan to buy a house in Warren County, and he wants to start his own photography business. I want to continue my education and go farther in the dental field, and also help him with marketing his business.”