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Advisory Board Meetings
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Grand River Technical School hosted its annual advisory meetings and banquet on Thursday evening, November 21, with 145 in attendance. Each program at GRTS has its own advisory committee made up of industry personnel, parents, and current and former students. Topics of the meetings included an evaluation of GRTS mission and goals, discussion of the new accreditation process, equipment needs and updates, curriculum review and evaluation, placement information and discussion, student performance discussion, budget needs and concerns, long term goals and other general program evaluations. Committee members provided instructors with up-to-date information about the latest trends in industry and what they need most from employees. GRTS staff greatly appreciates their advisory committee members as many program improvements have been made over the years through input from these committees.

CAPTION: Senator David Pearce visited each program committee. Here, he visits with instructors and members of the Health Science advisory committee. Representative Lair also participated in the evenings' activities. GRTS greatly appreciates the legislators' support of career and technical education. [Standing, left to right: Instructors Sonja Daley and Jamie Sullivan, Director Jayme Caughron, and Senator David Pearce]

Following individual program committee meetings, everyone met for a general session which included dinner, staff introductions, presentations, and a drawing for door prizes. Dr. Roger Barnes, Chillicothe R-II Superintendent, gave the welcome. GRTS Director Jayme Caughron then introduced the new Assistant Director, Adam Wolf. After speaking briefly about the importance of career and technical education and the impact advisory committee members have, Wolf introduced the two new staff members: Collision Tech Teaching Assistant, Justin Alexander and Welding Teaching Assistant, Ronnie Endicott. Caughron then gave an update on current issues affecting Career & Technical Education and the overall success of GRTS students. Health Science instructor Jamie Sullivan and Tech Math instructor Nancy Burtch then presented an interesting program on "Math in CTE." In closing, Marla Harrington and Adam Wolf conducted a drawing for a variety of door prizes.

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