Submitted by
John D. Bennett, Director
Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center was recently recognized by the West Virginia Board of Education as a High Achieving Career and Technical Center. The recognition was based on Program Area End-of-Course test results, Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics WorkKeys Scores, Placement Rate of Program Completers and Positive Placement Rate of Program Completers.

In November our center was able to raise $4,309.07 through our school auction. This money is being poured back into the different program areas to purchase supplies and repair or purchase equipment. $888.00 was also raised for the Gilmer County High School Agricultural Education program and $666.93 for the Solid Waste Authority.

We wish to thank all the buyers for their support. Also the Pro-start students conducted a concession stand during the auction and raised over $200 which they donated to the school store which is an incentive program for students with good attendance.

In December sophomores and 8th graders toured the various career and technical education (CTE) programs at the center. Students were given an opportunity to be involved in hands on activities in most of the CTE labs.

Mike Kubina, Environmental Technology Teacher, will be piloting an Energy Resource Technology class for the West Virginia Department of Education, at our center.

One of West Virginia's major industries is the energy industry. It appears that demand for energy of all kinds will continue to increase into the foreseeable future. The Energy Resource Technology course is being designed as a stand-alone senior-level elective that will reveal to students the employment and post secondary opportunities in the areas of coal, oil, gas, timber, solar and wind technology.

Our Well Tenders I class finished in December and Well Tenders II will begin later this month. Five students were able to take advantage of this course first semester.

If anyone is interested in being in the CDL training at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center but missed the December 8th meeting please contact John Bennett at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 354-6151. Individuals will then be contacted about enrollment.

Second Semester Courses at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center will begin January 23, 2006.

Adults may enroll in any of the following courses offered during the day-time.

Morning classes 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Afternoon classes - 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. OR fulltime 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Business Education Technology - Office Management; Business Record Keeping; Business Computer Applications II; Desktop Publishing; Accounting I

Criminal Justice Technology - Introduction to Corrections; Field Placement for Criminal Justice; Applications of Corrections; Advanced Field Placement/Criminal Justice

Transportation Technology - Basic Engine Concepts; Suspension and Steering Diagnosis; Engine Performance; Manual/Automatic Drive Train Axles

Communications Technology - Networking Fundamentals; Routing Theory & Router Technologies; Routing and Switching; Project Based Networking

Construction Technology - Masonry & Plumbing; Finishing Carpentry; Exterior Finish Carpentry; Building Construction Applications

Manufacturing/Production Technology - Metals Tech Advanced Machining Processes; Metals Tech Machining Processes/ Applications; Metals Tech Gas Metal Arc Welding; Metals Tech Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Hospitality Services - ProStart 1B; Hospitality Industry and Service; ProStart 2B; Food Service Management Practices

Environmental Technology - Plant Resources; Animal Resources; Water Quality; Energy Resource Technology; Forestry Science & Ecology

We have now moved into the recently completed Adult Basic Education building. We are accepting adult students into the ABE classes at the center. ABE class schedule for the center is Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12-noon to 3 p.m. and Thursdays 12-noon to 5 p.m. We also offer ABE classes in Glenville at the CRI facility on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. If anyone is interested in taking GED classes they may contact Linda Jones, the instructor, at 354-6151.

Currently we are working on our 10-year Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan. This plan is being developed to look at facility improvements at the center. Once completed the center may apply for School Building Authority funds from the state.

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