LISBON - Noting some of the issues companies have recently reported with finding quality candidates who can pass a drug test, members of the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center discussed making certain students at their facility know what's at stake.
Mike Ellyson, the board member from United Local, said in his opinion students do not understand how widespread drug testing really is.
Where he works, the company was able to get a lower premium on its workers' compensation by allowing the employees to all be involved in a drug testing program.
Ellyson said it needs to be stressed, companies want people who are able to work, be on time and pass a drug test.
Huck Hughes, an instructor in the welding and metal fabrication department, said he stresses with his students it is all about what they want out of life.
Superintendent Chuck Adkins and Director/Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said they have
discussed drug testing students.
"We are a school of choice," Corbisello said, noting students choose to attend the career center, so administrators can set standards for mandatory drug testing.
The career center can choose to become pickier about who can attend. There are now 50 slots available for high school students to learn welding and material joining next year. However, 64 students at various schools throughout the county have applied.
Corbisello said they are getting ready to visit the schools and meet each student interested. He wants to give each of them a chance to show they are the best candidate for the program.
In order to expand the program to 50 students from the 25 the program could serve last year, Michelle Fitzsimmons will move from the chemistry/physics instructor to the materials joining instructor. Adkins said they will be seeking to replace her with another chemistry/physics instructor, which he said is not always an easy combination to find.
The board approved the move of Fitzsimmons, as well as, the retirement of secretary Cheryl Coie at the end of June. Adkins told the board he would like to change that position from a 12-month job to a 10-month job, noting there is not as much to do during the summer months.
The board also approved the non-renewal of a contract for Daneen Hughes, who served as an instructor in the Health Academy program. Janet Hippley was approved as an LPN instructor for the adult education program.
The next meeting of the CCCTC board will be at 6:30 p.m. May, 15, with the senior awards program to follow at 7 p.m.