Career Center board shown video production

LISBON – Board members of the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center on Tuesday were given DVD copies of a presentation highlighting the interactive media program.

The video was created by the students themselves. William Oesch, the instructor of the program, said students in the program are not only introduced to different forms of film making and media presentations, they are also taught marketing skills.

The DVD produced by the students includes the packaging, which is part of making the product more professional. It is currently being used to attract sophomores and new recruits to the CTC.

Oesch said students have been contracted to film and make videos for a band show, wrestling and basketball this year. Additionally, Superintendent Chuck Adkins said he hired the students to make a directory for his church.

Adkins emphasized the importance of the students gaining practical experience.

The students are available to work with the partner schools.

Although students from the program generally need to go on to a two-year or four-year program to work in the field, Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said there are programs in Pittsburgh where students have been encouraged to continue their training.

Adkins said Oesch has taken a program, which was dying, and created one which is generating excitement with students. Oesch also continues to add to the program’s curriculum each year as technology advances.

In other matters:

– The school is the recipient of the Skills USA/Lowes Schools in Need Grant, a $17,038 which the school plans to use for character education, purchasing red blazers for students to wear, creating a demonstration for Skills USA at the county fair and purchasing a $3,500 pull behind trailer to take their projects to the Skills demonstration in Columbus.

-The board approved the hiring of Karen Golba as an adult education teacher in the LPN program. The board also approved adding Emily Goerig and David Goerig to the list of approved substitutes.

– The career center high school program was found in compliance with state requirements in the Carl D. Perkins Act. However, the adult program received criticism for not enough men in the nursing program and not enough women in the welding program.

-The board decided to continue holding meetings at 7 p.m. the third Tuesdays of the month. The next meeting will be Feb. 19.