GREEN  Portage Lakes Career Center Director of Career Technical Educationand Job Placement Coordinator Lisa Tripney updated the Portage Lakes Career Center's Board of Education on the four Adult Education programs that are offered during the Oct. 18 meeting.

Tripney said the practical nursing, HVAC, cosmetology and esthetics classes are all progressing. The additions of other programs are being planned, such as a STNA nurses aid program, an automotive program and a welding program. All will begin in January. Tripney also said she is exploring new avenues for funding for adult education students through a Workforce Development Loan Program. 

PLCC is partnering with the Center for Training Excellence and Waste Management to provide training for their employees. PLCC’s practical nursing program is also entering a partnership with Danbury Senior Living to provide new licensure opportunities for their current employees.

Cosmetology instructors Malinda Stratos and Evelyn Berger and cosmetology high school students Olivia Baldinger and Kaitlyn Looney, along with adult students Erica Evans and Stacie Helm gave an overview of the Cosmetology Programs and requirements necessary to prepare and sit for state board licensing through the Ohio State Cosmetology and Barber Board.

During the meeting, Superintendent Kim Redmond reported that the solar project was approved at the Green Zoning Commission meeting and it should be completed by Thanksgiving.

Approved business included:

- The board accepted the resignation of Ronda French, school psychologist, effective Oct. 19.

- Approved employment contracts to high school staff permanent substitute Taylor McIntyre for $125 a day, 124 days and 100 percent benefits; and Adult Education staff one-year limited contract for Laura Campriani, practical nursing parttime clinical/lab instructor, $28 per hour, 720 hours maximum, no benefits.

- The board approved the 2018-19 Adult Education Staff Handbook, plans, policies and procedures for adult education and a revised job description for Adult Education parttime instructor.

- Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Akron for a partnership for Fire Safety Services and Educational Services Hubs.

- The board approved a SkillsUSA field trip to Columbus on Nov. 8-9.

- Accepted equipment donations including cabinets, trex decking, trex post, trex balusters, side panel, shower door, slab door, screen door, fence line posts and crown molding for use in the Building Trades and Facility Operations and Maintenance Programs from Lowe’s; and a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass for use in the Automotive Technology Program from Shellie Knighton.

 - Principal Mike Kaschak showed a video of former PLCC Culinary Arts student Jeff Kucko. Five years after graduating from Green High School in 2005, Kucko earned a culinary arts degree from the University of Akron and is now the head chef at Crave in downtown Akron.

Students of the month

Kaschak spoke to the board about a variety of programs and and listed the names of the students of the month:

- Alexander Trikilis, senior, Programming and Software Development – Green

- Triston Young, Junior, Automotive Technology – Coventry

- Christopher Wokaty, senior, Engineering Technology – Manchester

- Placement Student of the Month: McKayla Kobyluck, senior, Pre-nursing – Springfield

Employer: Pleasant View

The board went into executive session to consider the appointment, employment, or compensation of an employee or official of the school district and to prepare for negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees. No action was taken upon return from Executive Session.

The next regular board of education meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 at the PLCC campus.