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A New Era Begins at Grand River Tech
August 9, 2013

By AUSTIN BUCKNER
Reporter, Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune

CAPTION: A new administration is in place at Grand River Technical School. New Assistant Director Adam Wolf (left) and new Director Jayme Caughron (right) will begin their first school year together on Wednesday, August 21. Wolf comes to GRTS from the Eldon, Missouri, school district. Caughron had served as assistant director since 2004.


CT Photo: AUSTIN BUCKNER

Students may notice a couple of new faces in the front office at Grand River Technical School when the 2013-14 school year begins on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Following the retirements of GRTS Co-Directors Ron Wolf and Roger Wolf, Jayme Caughron was named the technical school's new director. Caughron, who has 23 years' experience in education, began her career with GRTS as a business technologies teacher in 1997 and had been assistant director since 2004. Caughron said she is excited for her new position as GRTS has been an integral part of her life since she was 17 years old. "I came here as a senior in high school," Caughron explained. "I was an area student from Hale who completed what was called 'modern office procedures' back then-'business technology' today. The skills I developed in that program helped me in the jobs I held throughout college as well as those I later relied upon daily as a business instructor. Although I had worked in retail management in the Kansas City area and as a teacher in two K-12 school districts (LaMonte R-IV and Hale R-1), I always knew that one day I wanted to teach in a technical school where education takes place in a real world setting. There continues to be a vast skills gap in today's labor force, and it is essential that we (in technical education) all do our part to bridge that gap. In doing so, we help people improve their education and develop valuable skills so that they can have better lives for themselves and their families. We also strive to provide business and industry with employees who will have strong technical skills and good work ethic. When we do this, our communities grow and thrive."

Filling the position of GRTS Assistant Director will be Adam Wolf. Wolf, a Chillicothe native and graduate of Chillicothe High School, who is no stranger to Grand River Tech as he was enrolled in the Agriculture program throughout all four years of high school. He has a strong background in career and technical education, having served as an agriculture instructor in the Eldon school district for the past seven years. "I want to learn as much as I can about the programs, teachers, and all the area schools who send students to us," Wolf said. "I want to continue the success that Grand River Tech has of finding jobs for students."

Despite the change in administration, Caughron said students probably will not notice much of a difference in the school's atmosphere. "We (GRTS faculty and staff) have always had the same mission and that is to prepare our students for careers in which they can be successful," Caughron explained. "We are committed to our school and community and will continue to do our best to meet the needs of both students and employers."

Grand River Technical School currently offers 13 technical programs, academic courses in technical math and applied communications, numerous short-term classes, customized training based on employer requests, evening community education courses, an associates of applied science degree in conjunction with North Central Missouri College, and up to 30 hours of free articulated college credit in many programs. An enrollment of 750 students is expected for the 2013-14 school year. Adults from throughout the Midwest as well as students from the following area high schools will attend: Bosworth, Braymer, Breckenridge, Cameron, Grundy Co., Hale, Hamilton, Linn County, Meadville, Northwestern, Southwest, Tina-Avalon, Trenton, and Tri-County.

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