The Mission of the Wayne County Schools Career and Technical Education is to ensure that students acquire the high-quality academic and 21st Century technical skills that will prepare them for post-secondary education and entry into the ever-changing, culturally diverse Global 21 competitive workforce and worldwide economy.
Career and Technical Education is offered through our three comprehensive High Schools: Spring Valley, Tolsia, and Wayne. All students grades 10-12 are encouraged to enroll and participate in the four core course certification program in the field they are interested.
Wayne High School JROTC Marksmanship Team Competes at National Marksmanship Championship
Congratulations to the Wayne High School Army Junior ROTC Varsity Marksmanship team for qualifying and competing in the 2017 JROTC Service Championship located at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio. The team First Sergeant Johnny Abbott took to Port Clinton, Ohio consisted of the team captain Corey Morgan and his team Emily Hudson, Tyler Roy, and John Creed. First Sergeant Abbott also took an alternate, Makenzie Wolfe. The team ended up placing 7th out of 20 teams in the region, and they placed 31st out of 53 teams in the nation. Also the team captain, Corey Morgan, placed 6th out of 100 shooters in the region, and 22nd out of 275 shooters in the nation. Congratulations to them!
Posted by Jason Gibbs, 2017-02-28
Wayne Biomedical visit to MU Forensic Science Center
The Wayne High School Project Lead the Way Biomedical class was invited to visit the Marshall University Forensic Science Center. This was an incredible opportunity for our students as the Marshall University Forensics program is ranked #1 in the nation. Students were able to tour the State Police Digital Forensics Lab and the DNA Analysis labs. Special thanks to Dr. Fenger and Congressman Evan Jenkins for arranging the tour.
Posted by Jason Gibbs, 2017-02-27
Spring Valley FFA President Receives First FFA Jacket
In 2004, the West Virginia FFA Association lost one of its most dynamic state officers. Matt Rexrode was from the Mineral County chapter and his friends gave him the nickname "Mr. FFA" because of his many accomplishments in their chapter. Matt loved the FFA. He loved it so much that he ran for state office three times before he was finally elected as the northeastern region vice president in 2000. During his time as a state officer, he completed his education as a master mechanic for John Deere and began working for a dealer in Cumberland, MD. In 2004, while at work, a tragic accident took him from us. Matt's friends and family knew of his far reaching love and admiration for the organization and the decision was made to bury Matt in his state officer jacket. He was a Vice President once, and will be forever. It is in honor and memory of our lost friend that we present Jacob Cumm with this, the jacket for the President of the Spring Valley FFA chapter - in honor of a vice president who we may have lost in our lives, but forever we will hold in our memories.
Jacob Cumm received his first FFA jacket on February 14th, 2017 in a small gathering of his peers. Jacob's jacket was donated by a dear friend of the FFA. This is the first Spring Valley FFA jacket to be received and will be recorded in Spring Valley FFA history due to the significance of the jacket. May he cherish the jacket and forever hold the value and history of the jacket in his heart. The chapter is forever grateful for the donation and will remember how the first FFA jacket was awarded. Jacob is pictured with Spring Valley FFA Advisor, Ashley Butler.
Posted by Hugh Roberts, 2017-02-27
Spring Valley FFA attends Small Farms Conference
The Spring Valley FFA attended the West Virginia Small Farms Conference in Charleston, WV on February 14th, 2017. Students were able to attend workshops on Apple Production, Meat Rabbits, Popcorn Growing in WV, Sustainability, and Bee-Keeping. The goals of the conference are to unlock the potential of WV small farms to produce food profitably and support WV small farm families. Students hope to bring the knowledge they learned back to the SVHS Agriculture Program to help to continue the development of the new program.
Tolsia High School Agriculture Accepts FFA Donation
Tolsia High School Agriculture Program was the recipient of a much appreciated donation from the Wayne County Friends of Tolsia Agriculture Group.
The group donated $500 for the purchase of jackets for the new FFA (Future Farmers of America) Chapter at Tolsia High School.
The Friends of Tolsia High Agriculture is a group that works to support Agriculture across the county including in the schools. The group includes several different entities that all have a vested interest in the advancement of agriculture in Wayne County and the surrounding region.
Tolsia High Agriculture Instructor Mr. Gary Selby said, "We greatly appreciate the support from our community partners. This type of partnership is what makes Wayne County a great place for our program and for agriculture in general. This donation will help with continuing to develop our FFA program and provide our students the opportunity to fully participate in the student organization."
Posted by Ric Morrone, 2017-02-15
SVHS CTE Participates in Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes
Spring Valley High School Career and Technical Center participated in the Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes project. This was part of a West Virginia Simulated Workplace initiative to help families in West Virginia effected by the June 23rd flooding.
In late October, guidelines were provided for the project, including size limitations. Schools were given the option of constructing homes either on trailers or on skids to be loaded on a trailer for transport. Each school was to come up with their own design, floor plan, and materials to be used. The intention was for each home to be unique, with the students taking ownership in the project.
Spring Valley decided on an 8' x 20' home built on skids. The home has vinyl siding and a metal roof for the exterior. The interior is finished out in tongue and groove pine with a maple hardwood floor and oak cabinetry. A range, refrigerator, washer/dryer, sofa bed, and basics such as pots and pans, dishes, and other household items were included with the home. Loading and transportation was handled by the West Virginia National Guard.
Students in various Simulated Workplace programs were involved in the construction process. The Valley Project (Project Lead the Way) studied various designs and worked out a 3D model of the house. Timberwolf Construction (Carpentry) took the lead in the construction process. Valley's Shock and Awe Automation (Industrial Electrical Control Systems) handled the wiring and electrical work. Timberwolf Fabrication (Welding), Backwoods Auto (Automotive Technology), and Teachers in Training (Careers in Education) also assisted with the project.
Jim Hensley, carpentry teacher, led the charge throughout the project, keeping it on schedule and guiding student work. The home was completed on December 19th and transported to the West Air National Guard 130th Airlift Wing at Yeager Airport for the Tiny Homes presentation ceremony held on December 20th. Thirty five students attended the ceremony.
Business partners who made the project possible include Lowes of South Point, Kenny Queen Ace Hardware, Big Sandy Superstore, Colonial Food Service Equipment, Chandler's Plywood Products, and Armstrong Flooring. Others who donated items include the Tolsia High School Prostart program and the Lovejoy family.
Spring Valley's Tiny Home was presented to Brenda Rivers, whose home was destroyed in the flooding.
The Spring Valley High School Agriculture Education Program is the newest agriculture program in the state. We currently have 15 members and hoping to continue to grow. We are in the process of building a greenhouse and developing a school garden, where we can help supply fresh vegetables to the school cafeteria. Our most recent success was officially being chartered as an FFA chapter. As the Spring Valley FFA, we plan to participate in as many activities as possible so that we are an active part of the West Virginia FFA Association.
As an FFA members, students work on developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. By participating in competitions, degree programs, state and national conventions, community service projects, summer camps and chapter committees, students will grow in ways that take advantage of their talents and help them become the leader they were meant to be. The key to success in FFA is to get involved and take advantage of all the opportunities with their local chapter, state association, and the National FFA Organization.
Tolsia High's Agriculture Program has completed work on an Aquaponics system in its Greenhouse facility. Aquaponics incorporates fish into the agricultural process. The fish are grown in a tank and then the waste produced by the fish is used to provide nutrients to lettuce and other plants/vegetables being grown in the greenhouse. This is all accomplished with an enclosed system of water circulation pipes, fish tank, pumps and materials to allow the plants to grow within the system.
Tolsia High Agriculture Instructor, Mr. Gary Selby said, "The Aquaponics process is an exciting way to incorporate a variety of areas into the agriculture framework. Our students are enthusiastic about the system and have helped install it themselves. They see how creativity in agriculture can yield many valuable benefits as well as offer learning opportunities."
Posted by Ric Morrone, 2016-12-19
WHS JROTC Hosts Drill Competition
On November 5, 2016 Wayne High School hosted their annual Drill Competition. After competing in unarmed platoon drill, unarmed squad drill, advanced color guard, and let one (beginner) color guard, Huntington High School won 1st place overall, Wayne High School won 2nd place overall, and Tolsia High School won 3rd place overall. Congratulations to all participating teams for their hard work and determination.
SVHS Project Lead the Way Students Participate in State Conference at Charleston
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students from Spring Valley High School attended the West Virginia PLTW Conference in Charleston on November 16th. They had opportunities to demonstrate class projects, including 3D printing, laser engraving, robotics, and various engineering tasks. Students participated in a panel discussion, various workshops, and hands on activities.
The highlight of the conference was the recognition of Mr. James Coble, PLTW teacher at Spring Valley, as the West Virginia PLTW Teacher of the Year.
Pictured from left to right are: James Coble (Spring Valley PLTW teacher), three Spring Valley students, and Alana Parks (PLTW Director of School Engagement for Ohio and West Virginia).
by Hugh Roberts, 2016-11-28
Tolsia High Project Lead the Way Students Attend State Conference
The Tolsia High School Project Lead the Way Program (Pre-Engineering) participated in the WV State PLTW Conference in Charleston, WV on November 16, 2016. Tolsia High had four members attend the state conference: Dylan Spaulding, Rickey Maynard, Gage Minney, and Bryan Smith. They were accompanied by Tolsia High Project Lead the Way Instructor, Mr. David Fields.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) solution in over 6,500 schools across the U.S. The Tolsia High students and instructor participated in informational sessions, workshops and networking opportunities with other PLTW students and instructors from around the mountain state.
Mr. David Fields, Tolsia High Project Lead the Way Instructor says," The opportunity for our students to meet and network with other students from around West Virginia is awesome! They have really enjoyed the conference as it is our first time attending. We have been exposed to some great things here and look forward to attending in the future."
SVHS Project Lead the Way Students Visit the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing
Posted by Hugh Roberts, 2016-11-10
On Monday November 7, 2016 members of Spring Valley High School's Project Lead the Way, Computer Integrated Manufacturing class toured The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Students were guided by Mr. Mike Friel through RCBI's state of the art manufacturing facility and given the opportunity to see how both additive and subtractive measures are being used at the Huntington site.
Students left the field trip enlightened to some of the great things going on at RCBI. A special thanks to Mr. Mike Friel, Mr. Darron Nelson, Mr. Ron Cabacar, and Mrs. Becky Calwell for hosting this event. It is always such an informative trip for our manufacturing students.
TOLSIA HIGH JROTC Raider Team Claims Logan High School Raider Challenge
Posted by Ric Morrone, 2016-10-31
The Tolsia High School JROTC Raider Team participated in the Logan High School JROTC Raider Challenge on October 29th, 2016 at Logan H.S. in Logan, WV. The competition included 11 teams from West Virginia and Kentucky.
Results for the competition are as follows:
1st Place Overall- Tolsia High School
2nd Place Overall -Lincoln County High School
3rd Place Overall- Spring Valley High School
Results for the All-Female Teams:
1st Place overall - Spring Valley High School
Tolsia High School Raider Team claimed 1st Place in all 7 events at the competition. They have finished 1st place in 4 of 5 competitions this year.
Tolsia High JROTC Instructor CW4 Brown said, "We are very proud of our Raider Teams and their performances this year. We look forward to the upcoming competitions and the challenges that each one represents for our Cadets."
Wayne County Represented at SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training
Posted by Hugh Roberts, 2016-09-27
Wayne County was represented at the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) held September 17-21, 2016, in Washington, D.C. by Kyle Powers and Makenzie Phelps. Kyle, a senior at Wayne High School, is the state president for SkillsUSA West Virginia, and Kenzie, a senior at Spring Valley High School, is state secretary. This is the first time Wayne County students have held two of the state offices in SkillsUSA West Virginia.
Kyle and Kenzie, as well as the other officers from West Virginia, completed the requirements to achieve the prestigious WLTI Statesman Award. The emphasis of WLTI is providing leadership training at the national level for students who lead SkillsUSA at the state level. Training focused around the SkillsUSA POWERR formula and the SkillsUSA Framework.
Tolsia High "Transition to Success Program" in Full Flight for Ninth Graders
Career awareness is a critical part to preparing our students for the 21st Century world we live in. Tolsia High School Career-Technical Education programs are on the cutting edge in providing students with a real-world, hands on approach to learning in a technical setting to explore career opportunities. The Transition to Success Program is provided for all ninth graders at Tolsia High. TTS is a chance to experience different vocations and technical fields prior to choosing which path to pursue.
Students complete a required safety module in the first week of the program and then rotate on a three-week schedule through all of the program offerings at Tolsia High CTE. These programs include: Welding, Carpentry, Health Occupations, Pre-Engineering, Drama, Music, Culinary Arts, Information Management , JROTC and Agriculture.
Tolsia High CTE Administrator Ric Morrone says, " The Transition to Success Program" is a great opportunity for students to get immersed in our program areas to a greater extent than just a visit or tour would permit. They can get exposure to career opportunities that maybe they would have never considered and also rule out some they were not very knowledgeable about. All career exploration activities are of great value to our students and staff as we prepare them for their futures. Our goal is to get them college and career ready when they leave Tolsia High School."
* If you would like more information about the "Transition to Success Program" at Tolsia High contact : Mr. Ric Morrone , CTE Administrator (304)648-5566 ext.29