GREEN  During the Nov. 16 Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Benjamin Moore reported that representatives from Energy Optimizers will give a presentation during the Dec. 21 meeting on a potential solar project.

He also said that the Summit Education Initiative has a project in place to climb into the top 10 percent nationally by 2025 in attaining solar degrees and credentials. that plans to have 48,000 degrees by 2025.

Enviroscape competitions

Enviroscape students competed against nine other schools in Ohio on Oct. 26 at the FFA District 3 Nursery and Landscape competition hosted by Auburn Career Center. Students were required to solve industry problems from CAD landscape design interpretation as well as prove their horticultural knowledge via a written test. PLCC Enviroscape Technology students placed fourth with the top scorers being, Sierra Ganley, Sean Fitzgerald, Sydney Stone and Ryan Bader.

The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association welcomed 250 high school students from 20 schools from across Ohio to the second annual Ohio High School Landscape Olympics on Nov. 2 and 3 at the OSU ATI campus in Wooster. Students competed in ten hands-on events designed by industry professionals to test their skills. PLCC Enviroscape Technology students participated in Irrigation, Skid Steer Operation, Landscape Maintenance, Plant Identification and Landscape Plant Installation. Sierra Ganley received a gold medal in Plant Identification.

It is once again time for the Enviroscape Program to open its doors for the annual poinsettia sale. The sale will be held Thursdays and Fridays through Dec. 15. Sale hours on those days are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In other business, the board:

- Approved Gale Woods as a substitute teacher and added her to the 2017-2018 substitute list.

- Approved a field trip for Future Farmers of America (FFA) to the State Nursery and Landscape Competition in Columbus on Jan. 16 and 17.

- Approved donations from TruTech Tools for the HVAC Program.

- Approved the purchase of a Vertical Platform System valued at $22,073.25.

- Heard from Principal Mike Kaschak, who reported that 8th graders from associate school districts have been given tours of the facilities and the program labs.

Kaschak also reported that the welding program is housing a retired BK 117 Helicopter for the senior Capstone Project. The basic premise of the helicopter project is to create a mobile medical simulator from the retired helicopter hull. Senior welding students will be involved in following specs and blueprints to transform the hull into a simulator where ambulatory technicians and paramedics can practice real world scenarios.

Mercy Flight Central, a company located in New York, contacted the welding program to aide in creating the simulator.

"This is an exciting opportunity because the simulator will be a first of its kind in the industry and will likely be featured at multiple conferences and in publications," said Kaschak.

Students of the Month

Lauren Hunt, Cosmetology – Coventry

Tiffany Covey, Culinary Arts – Green

Tyler Sullinger, Facilities Operations and Maintenance – Manchester

Tyler Steiner, Programming and Software Development – Springfield

Placement Student of the Month is Jashuah Olesky, Welding – Springfield

Employer: Paladin Heavy Attachments of Akron

UP NEXT: The next regular board of education meeting for PLCC will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the school.