Advisory Meeting and Banquet
The Grand River Technical School Joint Advisory Meeting and Banquet was held
Tuesday night, November 6 at the school. Officials explained that each program at GRTS has its own advisory committee which meets to discuss goals, issues, concerns, new ideas and other ways to improve their programs. Advisory committee members are made of up GRTS teachers, industry personnel and students who have graduated and now work in those industries. After each group met individually, all committees attended a banquet which featured the GRTS agriculture and business technology programs. Speakers for the evening were Jim
Grozinger, ag instructor; and Jenny Hughes, Susan Mayers and Sondra
Sturguess, business instructors. Approximately 140 people attended the meeting. C-T Photo / Megan Neis
Grand River Technical School Career Expo and Open House
the GRTS Career Expo
being held Wednesday, November 14, 2007, from 9:00 a.m. - noon. Demonstrations, tours, speakers,
financial aid info, prizes are just some of the activities planned.
You could win a $500 scholarship! A BBQ for lunch will be held outside
the shop areas. High school seniors, adults, counselors and parents invited to attend!
Please RSVP to 660-646-3414 by
Monday, November 12. For more information, contact: Marla Harrington or
Debby Peery at Grand River Technical School at 660-646-3414.
|Computer/Networking Technology includes A+ and Network+ Certifications, Network Installation, Network Cabling, and Network Administration.
||Diesel Services Technology includes diesel engine overhaul, mechanical fuel injection, electronic fuel injection, hydraulics diagnostics and repair, electrical systems, and electronic controlled hydraulics.
||Industrial Maintenance includes troubleshooting electrical systems, robotics, predictive maintenance, programmable logic controllers, industrial motor controls, hydraulic/pneumatic power, & mechanical power transmission.
There will also
be demonstrations and
an explanation of the EMT program, careers & job opportunities.
|Emergency Medical Technician
If you are interested in becoming an EMT, plan to attend the
|Enter an exciting & rewarding career in Emergency Medical Services! Plan to attend an EMT informative session and workshop, held in conjunction with the GRTS Career Expo & Open House.
||Lives are saved every day due to the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical service personnel.
Vo-Tech Home Nearly Complete; Open House
Estates house auctioned on Wednesday, May 30
May 18, 2007, Chillicothe News (C-T), Megan Neis
GRTS building trades students are shown putting the finishing touches
on the 2007 GRTS building trades home located at 1941 Lakeview Drive
in Chillicothe. The home features three bedrooms with approximately
1,848 square feet on the main floor and an additional 560 square feet
of living space in a bonus room over the garage. An open house was
held on Sunday, and the home was sold at auction on Wednesday, May 30.
An open house
was held Sunday, May 20, for the newest Grand River Technical School
Building Trades house which is located at 1941 Lakeview Drive in the
Lakeview Estates in Chillicothe. This year's home is described as a
beautiful, single story home with a country feel and a convenient
location. The 3-bedroom house features approximately 1,848 square feet
on the main floor, with 560 square feet of living space in a bonus
room above the garage. There is custom oak cabinetry with painted trim
throughout the house, as well as a central vacuum system and TV/phone
jacks throughout. The home boasts two bathrooms with tile floors and
the open kitchen features custom cabinets, oak hardwood flooring and
all new appliances. The home includes a breakfast nook and laundry
room with a new washer and dryer on the same level as the bedrooms.
The laundry room also features custom cabinets. The master bath has a
whirlpool tub and shower and two vanities, and there is also a walk-in
master closet. The home features vinyl clad windows and 6"
seamless gutters with closed cell foam insulation. The home includes a
formal dining room, Rinnai tankless water heater, and furnace dual
fuel heat pump.
home is a patio measuring 12' x 22', and a storm shelter measures
12'x30' is under the 3-car garage. The garage features two automatic
doors, a walk-out door, and an entrance to the basement. The home also
includes a direct vent gas fireplace with remote, and the yard will be
landscaped with a sprinkler system. "We are very proud of this
house constructed by our carpentry classes during the 2006-2007 school
year," said GRTS co-director Ron Wolf. Wolf also commended
instructors Don Dennis and Chris Todd, as well as the GRTS students
for their dedication and hard work. He thanked local building
suppliers and local realtors for their support and advice throughout
Building Trades Home Sold
May 30, 2007
C-T Photo/Megan Neis
Rick and Brenda O'Halloran (right) purchased the Grand River Technical School building trades home for a record-setting $240,000 Wednesday night. The home is located at 1941 Lakeview Drive in Chillicothe. The home was constructed by students at
GRTS. Instructors Don Dennis and Chris Todd oversaw the construction.
41 earn certificates through Grand River Technical School
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Forty-one students completing programs at Grand River Technical School were presented certificates during 2007 graduation ceremonies Friday evening in the Chillicothe High School gymnasium. The largest program in terms of graduates this year was ag diesel service technology, followed by industrial maintenance technology. In all, eight different programs were represented.
C-T Photo / Catherine Stortz Ripley
Grand River Technical School held its 2007 graduation exercises Friday evening in the Chillicothe High School gymnasium with 41 graduates receiving certificates.
Chillicothe R-2 Superintendent of Schools Dale Wallace welcomed the graduates and their families and friends and Ron Wolf, co-director of
GRTS, introduced the keynote speaker - Betty Preston, senior vice president and financial officer at Citizens Bank and Trust.
In her remarks, Preston told the graduates that having completed their courses of study they are now equipped with the tools necessary to help them pursue what is important in their lives.
She also emphasized additional tools of character - Integrity, Authenticity, Competence and Tenacity - which will help them succeed. She urged them them to keep in mind “How I A-C-T.”
She said that as the graduates enter the work force they need to establish integrity.
“Make sure that what you say is what you mean and what you mean is what you say,” she said. She said integrity is important and will help them be individuals who can answer to themselves. “The person you need to be accountable to is yourself. If that's in line then everything will fall into place.”
Authenticity is equally important so that people know you are dependable, Preston said. She said that every one of the graduates will be a leader of some sort, whether it is a leader of an office group or a project team.
Prepares for National Accreditation Team Visit
By Laura Schuler/C-T City Editor,
Friday, September 29, 2006
The Grand River Technical School is preparing for a visit from a national accreditation team as part of a process to become a nationally accredited technical school.
The North Central Accreditation group is comprised of five directors and teachers from other technical schools around Missouri who will examine
GRTS' ability to be a technical school.
“Basically, we're doing this in order to process Pell grants and provide financial aid for adult students,” Jamie
Caughron, assistant GRTS director said.
Up to this point, she explained, the school has been accredited through a Missouri School Improvement review - conducted through the state of Missouri.
However, due to new federal stipulations, technical schools processing Pell grants (federally-funded money), must be nationally accredited.
“If we didn't become an NCA school, we wouldn't be able to process pell grants anymore,” Caughron said.
The group's initial visit will happen Oct. 10 and 11 and while here, the group will tour the building, the building trades home currently under construction and the Litton
Agri-Science Learning Center.
The team will also interview teachers and students and examine documentation relating to different areas, such as school improvement strategies, how the school works with its advisory board members, the tracking of its students and the process of education.
“They (the NCA group) will look at everything we do,” Caughron explained.
After the NCA visit (within three years), a large group of instructors and directors from vocational schools around the state, will come to the GRTS for a more comprehensive review.
“If (NCA officials) give us any tips on how to do things better, we have an opportunity to improve those areas by the time they visit again,” Caughron said.
The GRTS school currently has 624 students enrolled for the 2006-07 school year. Of those students, 322 are from Chillicothe High School, 198 are from area schools, 68 are post high students and 36 are satellite students.
GRTS/NCMC Degree Programs Begin August 21; Instructors Hired
C-T Friday, August 4, 2006
Beginning Aug. 21, Grand River Technical School
(GRTS) and North Central Missouri College (NCMC) will be offering a new technical degree program, which will enable GRTS graduates to continue their education and earn their associates degrees while working full time.
“Students will be able to do this right at GRTS, never having to leave Chillicothe,” GRTS assistant director explained.
She noted that for the first time at the school, associate's degrees will be available in the following areas: Automotive and Machinery Technology, Construction Technology, Welding Technology, and Manufacturing/Computer Network Technology.
“Individuals who have successfully completed a technical program at GRTS will be able to apply 30 hours toward any of these associates' degrees,” Caughron said, adding, “In some cases, current students enrolled in our day-time classes may be able to enroll, as well.”
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Sign Pact for Associate's Degree
By LAURA SCHULER / C-T City Editor,
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Officials at North Central Missouri College and the Grand River Technical School have entered into an agreement which will make it easier for GRTS students to earn their associate's degrees after completing some of the programs currently offered at the
The agreement is built on the premise that students completing one of seven programs at the school will earn up to 30 hours of college credit toward an Associate of Applied Science Degree. That, according to Roger Wolf, is something GRTS has always offered. Now, however, students who complete a program may continue their education at the GRTS instead of taking the required courses at NCMC to earn their associate's degree, he explained.
A signing ceremony to make the agreement official was held
Monday afternoon, April 24, at the Grand River Technical School with
NCMC, GRTS and
R-2 District officials in attendance.
“We are excited about this development as it creates a pathway for students to earn their degrees,” Dr. Neil
Nuttall, president of NCMC told GRTS staff members. “I can't think of a better way to do this than directly involve
(GRTS staff members) in the beginning.”
The Grand River Technical School has entered into an agreement with North Central Missouri College in which students may complete classes necessary to earn an associate's degree at GRTS following the completion of one of several programs. Pictured above are GRTS and NCMC officials who gathered at the GRTS
for the signing ceremony. Front row, from left: Julie Hefley, NCMC associate dean of vocational and technical education; Dr. Neil
Nuttall, NCMC president; Ron Wolf, GRTS co-director; and Dr. James Gardner, NCMC dean of instruction. Staff members and instructors from GRTS are pictured in the back rows.
C-T Photo/Laura Schuler
The classes needed for an associate's degree will be taught at night, Wolf explained, which also makes the idea of continuing education more attractive to students because they can enter the work force after a full year of training at GRTS and then take night classes to earn their associate's degree while working full time.
“And students may take those classes in our building, where they feel more comfortable,” Wolf explained.
After receiving an associate's degree, students will also be able to transfer their college credits easier to a four-year institution to earn their four-year degree.
“This agreement helps students take a lot of small steps to get a good degree,” Wolf explained.
Co-director Ron Wolf echoed his brother's sentiments during the signing ceremony.
“The problem that we're facing is that jobs in the technical field are so good right now that many of our GRTS graduates find it hard to resist the salaries that are being offered rather than continue their education. With this agreement, students can work and take advantage of this program,” he explained.
Ron Wolf said that earning an associate's degree is a necessity for anyone interested in taking a management position. “Just earning certificates isn't enough.”
Half of the night courses this fall will be taught by GRTS teachers with NCMC instructors heading up the other half so no new teachers will be hired, Roger Wolf explained.
Programs included in this agreement for an associate's degree in Automotive and Machinery Technology are Auto Service Technology, Collision Repair Technology and Diesel Services Technology.
Students interested in earning as associate's degree in Construction
Technology would first complete the Building
Trades program at GRTS. Those interested in earning an associate's
degree in Manufacturing Technology - Computer Network Technology -
would first complete one of two GRTS programs: Computer/Network
Technology or Industrial Maintenance.
For an associate's degree in welding, GRTS students would first
complete the industrial welding course.
River Tech Grants Surpass $306,000
(T) January 17, 2006
The Grand River Technical School has received several competitive grants
from the state of Missouri for 2005-06 totalling over $306,000. The grants, according to GRTS co-director Ron Wolf, are ones that the school
has received before. According to Wolf, two of the grants - the Enhancement Grant and the State
Equipment Grant - require local matches of 25 percent and 50 percent,
The Enhancement Grant, which amounts to $136,165 is, will be used by
instructors to purchase needed equipment. "It helps their (the teachers') local budget go a lot farther," Wolf
explained yesterday (Monday). The State Equipment Grant, which is in the amount of $24,325 this year,
helped purchase materials for the agriculture department including a digital camera, electronic scales, a bandsaw, power hand tools, and arc
welders, just to name a few items. The Effectiveness Index Grant awarded to the GRTS amounts to
$105,548. Wolf said the funds from that grant are used to support the salaries of GRTS
teachers. The amount of funds vocational schools receive every year is
dependent both on the school¹s percentage of students placed in the work
force following their graduation and the number of students enrolled at the
school. "Basically, the more students (a vocational school has) and the better
schools do in terms of student job placement, the more money you get," Wolf
explained. He noted that GRTS usually ranks at the top of the list of vocational
schools in the state in both categories. In fact, Wolf noted that last year, GRTS posted a 94 percent mark in terms
of placing students with employers or students going on to continue their
education in their employment field.
Wolf also noted that last year, GRTS boasted 247 graduates. Fifty-seven
percent of them were employed in the field in which they were trained and 38
percent went on to continue their education. Only 5 percent of the GRTS
graduates were not placed with employers.
The Missouri Pre-School Project Grant and the Childcare Development grant
each amount to $20,000. According to Pam Miller, preschool teacher and
Diapers and Diplomas child care services instructor, the funds used from
both grants are used to purchase material and supplies for the preschool and
Diapers and Diplomas is operated by the Chillicothe R-2 School District and
students from the GRTS work in the preschool and daycare as part of their
classwork. Miller said that GRTS has received the Missouri Preschool Project grant for
the last seven years. In fact, the preschool at Diapers and Diplomas was
first started with funds from the grant which amounted to $70,000. Miller said that funds from the grants this year will also be used to
replace some windows and some vinyl flooring in the facility, located at
1303 Bryan Street.
Work Begins On New Fairgrounds Site
Press conference on $950,000 project held Wednesday morning
SCHULER/C-T City Editor, Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Dirt work has already begun just northeast of the Agri-Science
Learning Center to prepare for construction of a new Livingston County
4-H and FFA Fairgrounds. The new fairgrounds will include several new
buildings including a 9,500 square-foot multi-purpose building with a
kitchen, a 16,800 square-foot cattle building, two 10,000 square-foot
buildings for hogs, sheep, goats, chickens and other small animals and
an 8,000 square-foot horse barn. An outdoor arena, a campground and a
picnic area are also included in the plans for the new fairgrounds.
Several representatives from the contributing local foundations,
Chillicothe R-2 School District and Livingston County Fair board were
on hand January 18, 2006, at the Litton Agri-Science Learning Center
during a press conference announcing the relocation of the Livingston
County 4-H and FFA Fairgrounds. Pictured are, from left: Bonnie
Mitchell, of the Jerry Litton Foundation, John Irvin, of the Mervyn W.
Jenkins Foundation, Mildred Litton, and Jim Summerville, of the Jerry
Litton Foundation. Back row, from left: Brian Eggers, fair board
president; Steve Radcliff, of the fair board; Merle Doughty, of the
Jerry Litton Foundation, Ed Turner, of the Jerry Litton Foundation,
Robert Peters, of the fair board, Ron Greener, of the Mervyn W.
Jenkins Foundation; Jim Schreiner, of the fair board, Robert Cowherd,
of the Mervyn W. Jenkins Foundation; E.L. Reed, of the Jerry Litton
Foundation; Dale Wallace, R-2 superintendent; and David Williams, R-2
County 4-H and FFA Fairgrounds will move to the Litton Agri-Science
Learning Center and dirt work on the new site in north Chillicothe is
currently underway. The announcement
was made January 18, 2006 during a morning press conference at the
Litton Center attended by R-2 officials, representatives of several
local foundations, and Fair Board Association members. The project,
which is estimated to cost $950,000, will include the construction of
new buildings including a 9,500 square-foot multi-purpose building
with a kitchen, a 16,800 square-foot cattle building, two 10,000
square-foot buildings for hogs, sheep, goats, chickens, and other
small animals, and an 8,000 square-foot horse barn. Officials also
announced that an outdoor arena, a campground and a picnic area will
also be constructed. Grants from three major local foundations are
footing most of the bill for the massive construction project which is
expected to commence in full force this fall.
the Mervyn W. Jenkins Foundation has pledged $600,000, the Jerry
Litton Foundation has pledged $250,000 and the Roger A. Browning
Foundation has pledged $100,000. Officials have announced that the R-2
school district and fair board are also accepting additional pledges
for special projects such as adding additional livestock pens, gates
and bleachers. Robert Cowherd, president of the Mervyn W. Jenkins
Foundation, remarked that the project was a long time in coming, and
he was glad to have work started on it. "On behalf of the Mervyn W.
Jenkins Foundation, we are very pleased to make a grant to assist the
youth and farming community of the area," Cowherd said. Ed Turner,
vice president of the Jerry Litton Foundation, was also on hand for
the announcement and noted that the Litton Agri-Science Learning
Center is one of only three in the country and termed the relocation
of the existing 4-H and FFA Fairgrounds a "perfect fit" with the
learning center. "This will lead to more efficient use of the
facilities here and expands the presence of the facility which is
unique not only in Missouri but across the country," Turner said. He
added, "We are proud to work as partners with the other foundations
to make this project happen."
The county fair
and the agricultural department at the Grand River Technical School
will use the new and existing facility jointly and, once finished, the
multi-purpose building will be made available to the public during the
year for rental purposes. Ron Wolf, Grand River Technical School
co-director, spoke to the group on the noticeable increasing popularity
of FFA and agriculture classes. Specifically, Wolf noted that in 1971,
Chillicothe R-2 had 80 agriculture students, 60 of which lived on
family farms. Now, Wolf explained, there are over 200 Chillicothe FFA
members and only 30 live on their respective family farms. "The need
for agriculture and its related careers are still there, which makes
it necessary to provide agriculture education to those students who
don¹t receive it on the family farm," Wolf said.
Construction Company is currently leveling the grounds of the new
fairgrounds and putting in existing roads as well as leveling the
building sites. Construction bids are expected to be awarded within
the next few weeks on the multi-purpose and livestock buildings after
the plans for them are approved by the fair board and FFA advisers.
The plan for moving the fairgrounds from its site east of town
formulated several years ago, but began moving forward in earnest
after the fair board voted to pursue the opportunity to move the
fairgrounds to a permanent location in September 2004. At the time the
vote was taken, the fair board leased the 20-acre facility from the
city on a one-year basis. "There were two or three other options
(sites) that we explored, but the Litton Center was just the best
choice," Jim Schreiner, fair board member and building committee
member said January, 17, 2006. He added, "The fairgrounds are for the
youth of Livingston County, and the youth will get more use out of it
there than if it were anywhere else."
The Litton Agri-Science
Learning Center currently consists of 36 acres and features a
classroom, laboratory, and livestock facilities which are used by
agriculture students and FFA members throughout the year. According to
Wolf, the future cattle buildings and two small livestock buildings on
the fairgrounds will be almost identical in size in terms of
square-footage to the ones currently being used at the existing
fairgrounds. The multi-purpose building will house the 4-H exhibits as
well as an indoor arena where the county's youth will exhibit their
animals. The way these buildings are designed, that can be
Wolf said, explaining that the livestock buildings may be used to
house different species depending on their popularity from year to
year. Both Wolf and Schreiner reported that the plans for the new
fairgrounds include adequate space for parking, and plenty of areas
for campground and picnic sites. The 2006 Livingston County Fair will
be held at the current site on U.S. Highway 36 at the Chillicothe
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Building Trades Home Open House
May 22, 2006
The new home built by students enrolled in the building trades program at Grand River Technical School was the site of an open house (Sunday), and a large crowd perused the one-story, 2,100 square-foot home. The home will be sold at an auction on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
C-T Photo/Butch Shaffer
Building Trades Home On Display
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Work continues on the house being built by Grand River Technical School's building trades class at 1930 Lakeview Drive in Chillicothe. Brett Griffith and Vern Yost were among several students working on the home today (Tuesday). The house will be on display during a public open house from 1 until 4 p.m. this Sunday and the house will sell at an auction at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 24.
Work was continuing today on the house being built by students enrolled in the building trades program at Grand River Technical School.
Last fall the students started with a mere plot of ground in Lakeview Estates and now, some nine months later, a beautiful one-story brick home stands. There were 49 students - both high school students as well as post-high school students - working on the home.
The house will be on display from 1 until 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 21, and will be sold at an auction at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.
The home has a country feel with a convenient location, according to Donnie Dennis, who is a buildings trade instructor along with Chris Todd. The three-bedroom house features approximately 2,100 square-feet.
The home has a beautiful maintenance-free screened-in deck on the north side, overlooking a lake and measuring 12 feet by 26 feet with a 6x8 outside barbecue area. It also has a 24x24 storm shelter/storage area under the garage.
Among the home's many features:
- custom oak cabinetry with oak trim
- a central vacuum system, TV and phone jacks throughout
- three baths
- open kitchen with custom cabinets and all new kitchen appliances with oak hardwood
- an eating area
- laundry room with new washer and dryer on the same level as bedrooms with custom
- a nice large master
- master bathroom has a whirlpool tub and shower, two
- large master walk-in
- vinyl clad windows and six-inch seamless
- wet-blown cellulose
- large great
- tankless water
- furnace dual fuel heat
- garage measuring 25 feet by 24 feet with a garage door measuring 7 feet by 18 feet and a walkout
- a 12x26 patio below the deck outside of the walkout
- 8x20 patio outside the walkout
- 24-foot by 24-foot storm shelter/storage area under
For more information, contact Grand River Technical School at 646-3414.
Building Trades Home Under Construction
The latest home being built by the Grand River Technical School's (GRTS) building trades students has taken shape in Lakeview Estates in Chillicothe. The 2,500 square-foot, three bedroom home is the 39th home built by a building trades class at the GRTS. It will be auctioned off in May.
C-T Photo/Laura Schuler
Home Sells for $224,000
Staff Writer, Megan Neis, June 2, 2005
Approximately 100 people attended the Grand River Technical School building trades home auction last (Wednesday) evening. The home, located on 100 Parkview Circle in the Lakeview Estates, was purchased by Patricia Ann Gray, of Chillicothe, for a record-breaking $224,000.
C-T Photo/Megan Neis
Grand River Technical School (GRTS) building trades home auction brought in the most money ever in school history and sold to a woman who lived just down the street from the new home.
Patricia Ann Gray, of Chillicothe, purchased the home for $224,000 during the on-site sale yesterday, at 100 Parkview Circle in the Lakeview Estates.
According to Roger Wolf, GRTS co-director, the house brought close to what he and other school officials had expected.
"We were very happy that the home sold well," Wolf said. "This is the first house that we've built in that area."
The three-bedroom house features a walk-out basement and custom oak cabinetry and painted trim throughout. The home has three baths and an open kitchen with custom cabinets, all new appliances and oak hardwood flooring.
The master bedroom has a patio door opening to a large deck and the master bathroom includes a whirlpool tub and a large master walk-in closet. The house has a large great room and a family room in the basement.
Wolf estimated that between four to six people seriously looked at the home multiple times prior to the auction.
Assistant superintendent Dave May (who is also an auctioneer), sold the home during the auction which drew a crowd of around 100.
All proceeds from the sale will go toward paying building expenses and equipment, according to Wolf.
Trades Home Nears Completion
C-T Article, Thursday, May 19, 2005
The building trades students from Grand River Technical school are busy putting the final touches on a home located at 100 Parkview Circle, before the open house from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, and the auction at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1.
According to co-instructor, Stan Baldwin, beginning phases of construction of the home began at the first of the school year in August.
Baldwin reported that two recent graduates have come back to help finish the house though they graduated last week. There is a total of 43 GRTS students working on the home.
According to Baldwin, the house is about 95 percent done. "We're putting the final touches on everything," he said. Specifically, work on the deck is being completed, along with finishing up the cabinets and touching up paint.
The three bedroom house with a walkout basement boasts custom oak cabinetry with painted trim throughout. There is a central vacuum system with television and phone jacks throughout the entire house as well.
The home has three baths and an open kitchen with custom cabinets, all new appliances and oak hardwood flooring.
There is a 12-by-22-foot maintenance deck with an eating area. The laundry room has a new washer and dryer and on the same level as the bedrooms with custom cabinets.
Grand River Technical School building trades students are finishing up the construction process on the building trades home located at 100 Parkview Circle. There will be an open house at the home on Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. The three bedroom, three bath home will be sold at auction on Wednesday, June 1.
C-T Photo/Megan Neis