In this edition ...
Dr. Miller's latest blog entitled, "Priorities"
Esperanza lands at Eastland Career Center
Two new programs to debut in Fall 2022
A peek into the Construction program
Around EFCTS in photos
Important dates and events
... and more!
Volume 2 // Issue 4
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Things are really taking off at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools. Our students not just getting to the midway point of their academic courses but also now getting into exciting, hands-on experiences in their labs. Our Adult Workforce Development programs are in full swing. Take a peak into what is happening in our classrooms, which sometimes aren't what you'd imagine when using the word "classroom".
Honing in on what's happening at EFCTS
by Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller
With the arrival of September and fully settling into the school year, you may be feeling the stress of life that is getting busier and busier. Whether you have returned to the classroom yourself or your children are back to school, this is the time of year when our calendars seem to get fuller. Athletics are underway, events such as concerts and parent information sessions are being planned, and making space in our lives for homework after a summer off are just some of the demands on our time and attention. And let’s not forget the additional duties and committees that come with returning to school.
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How do you fit it all in? After all, there are only 24 hours in a day, and we really do have to sleep at some point!
The answer is prioritization.
In my last blog, I referenced Jim Collins' book Good to Great. The book provides an explanation of how some companies and organizations become great while others remain simply good. One of the characteristics of great organizations is the ability to identify their hedgehog concept. The parable of “The Hedgehog and The Fox” illustrates that when we behave like a fox “pursuing many ends at the same time and seeing the world in all its complexity” we become scattered and fail to accomplish what really matters. When we identify our hedgehog concept, we are able to focus on the basic principle or idea and that focus is what unifies and guides us. In other words, we prioritize and go after only the most important goals.
Brené Brown also addresses the importance of prioritization in her book, Dare to Lead, writing about values. When presented with a list of values and asked which of those guide a person, many people will pick 10, 15 or even more. But if we are really going to live our values, we have to really prioritize that list down to 3 or 4.
Here is the point. If everything is a priority or a value, then nothing is. We simply cannot do everything and do it well. Life is complex and ever-changing. The way to succeed and thrive in a complex world is to prioritize.
At Eastland-Fairfield, we are well into our strategic planning so that we can focus our efforts and our resources. We have asked for and are using the input of many stakeholders, which has led to lots of great ideas and values to pursue; however, we have to condense that input into a focused and manageable plan that we can actually accomplish. Our plan will be ambitious. It will also be focused on the priorities that get at the heart of what we are about at Eastland-Fairfield: preparing and guiding our students to success through exceptional educational experiences. That is our hedgehog concept, that our priority is our students.
At Eastland-Fairfield, we know that each learner's journey toward success will be unique. We encourage you to embrace it. Explore and engage the opportunities available to you in order to find your destination and how to get there.
Will it be:
EFCTS to Add Two New Programs
your journey is unique.
Eastland-Fairfield will add Mechatronics and Sports Medicine in Fall 2022
Two new opportunities will be available to students to enter up-and-coming career fields beginning in the Fall of 2022. Mechatronics, an up-and-coming area of study in the engineering and technology worlds, will open to students as a two-year program at Eastland Career Center's newest facility, while those interested in the world of health, fitness and athletics can begin their career journey in our new Sports Medicine satellite program.
Eastland Career Center
In a world of evolving professions, Mechatronics is leading the way with this hybrid of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Mechatronics professions are creating smart, innovative robotic machines that contribute to industries such as manufacturing, mining, aviation, and transport.
In this two-year program, you’ll view tasks through mechanical and engineering lenses as you seek to improve the efficiency of processes, the quality of craftsmanship, and build never-before-seen products. The field of mechatronics is new and wide-ranging, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to explore. Find your niche and challenge yourself by testing out systems, asking questions, and finding the solutions to puzzles in the professional world as well as how this may lay the foundation for your future.
Satellite program at New Albany High School
There is a team of people behind a sports team that keeps athletes healthy on game days. Become one of the few that patrol the sidelines to treat athletic injuries and work with them to prevent injuries from occurring.
Sports Medicine is a two-year program designed to prepare students to pursue careers such as athletic training, physical therapy, and the many other professions under the expansive sports medicine umbrella. In this program, students will learn how the human body reacts to diet and physical exertion then implement that knowledge to help people of all athletic backgrounds become or return to the best versions of themselves. Combine classroom knowledge, hands-on practice, and the latest rehabilitation and training technology and you’ll be ready to tackle any challenge.
To view our entire high school course catalog, click here or visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/catalog
Esperanza has Landed!
The Aviation program received its newest teaching tool and got a surprise landing just hours later.
In our previous newsletter we reported that through an incredibly generous donation by local pilot LeRoy Johnson, the Eastland-Fairfield Aviation program would have a new aircraft to add to its fleet and enhance the learning experience for its students. On Monday, September 10, that aircraft, named Esperanza, was hauled into the hangar at Eastland Career Center's Engineering Technologies Center.
While the excitement in having a pristine Vans RV-6A was enough to make the day special, our Aviation students and those near the ETC received a second treat when the gentleman that delivered Esperanza noted that he was an active helicopter pilot and was due to deliver an aircraft that day. The pilot and deliveryman, Steve Slater, was so impressed with the new facility that returned just a few hours after delivering Esperanza. However, instead of arriving in a truck he arrived in the very helicopter he was set to take to the Fairfield County Airport.
Our students used one of its drones to take aerial photos and send to Mr. Slater, serving as a layout of the ECC property and a guide to direct him where to land. Later than afternoon, Mr. Slater and the 2007 MD 500N helicopter he was flying landed outside of the Aviation program's hangar. Mr. Slater then showed the students and staff that gathered the ins and outs of the aircraft and then went on to give insight on how to become a helicopter pilot and what students may experience in the field.
This impromptu learning experience was a fantastic experience for our students, and we thank Mr. Slater for his generosity with his time and knowledge.
(photo credit: Alex D'Ettorre, click to enlarge)
Alexander Escobar (Whitehall Yearling)
Favorite tool: Hammer
Why I love the program: It's a growing and promising industry. I enjoy what I do and want to make a career out of it.
Levi Rechsteiner (Teays Valley)
Favorite tool: Sawzall
Why I love the program: This program will give me a skill set I'll always be able to fall back on.
Matthew Ward (Bloom Carroll)
Favorite tool : Bobcat
Why I love the program: I love working with others and working with my hands.
Joseph Diaz (Reynoldsburg, eSTEM)
Favorite tool: Nail gun
Why they love the program: I like to design and build houses.
Lucas Downs (Reynoldsburg, Bell)
Favorite tool: Bobcat
Why I love the program: I enjoy making things and I want to make decent money.
Brandon Schemlzer (Fairfield Union)
Favorite tool : Sledge hammer
Why I love the program: It allows me to to learn my future career during high school.
Colby Vest (Bloom Carroll)
Favorite tool : Portable belt sander
Why I love the program: It teaches me how to do what I like to do.
To help recognize National Construction Week and the students we are helping to prepare to enter that career field, we asked our junior students at Fairfield Career Center why they love their program and what is their favorite tool they've used!
Mason Bowman (Gahanna Lincoln)
Favorite tool: Nail gun
Why I love the program: It's a growing industry with a lot of money.
National Construction Week (Sept. 20-27)
Out n' About EFCTS
Top: Graphic Design is hard at work making beautiful digital art!
Bottom: Aviation students celebrated National Drone Safety Week while learning how to properly operate their equipment.
Left column: Our Pre-Engineering students showed us how they design objects then use their new lathes and mills.
Top right: Culinary Arts made some tasty treats to share during our most recent Board of Education meeting.
Right column: We welcomed nearly 90 new students into our ESOL adult program at a program pep rally on Sept. 12. Modern Cultivation Technologies showed how 2,000 worms can produce 1 pound of soil per day, which they will use to grow their own produce.
Check out what has been happening around Eastland-Fairfield since our last check-in!
Top: Construction students pose while showing off their favorite tools.
Bottom: Culinary Arts had a soft open to their restaurant,
The Heritage Room, with a Jamaican themed menu.
After last year's hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, Eastland-Fairfield will be back at the Fairfield County Fair this October! The fair runs October 10-16, and EFCTS will have its reserved spot at the county fairgrounds Art Hall and a small outside area nearby during select times.
Sunday (10/10): 12pm-5pm
Wednesday (10/13): 10am to 5pm
Friday-Saturday (10/15-16): 11am to 6pm
Come by and visit to see some of our programs and EFCTS represented by staff and students from ECC, FCC, Adult Workforce Development, and off-site programs. A full schedule of what programs will be represented will be made available in the next newsletter.
Eastland-Fairfield is thrilled to announce its inaugural Tech or Treat event on the evening of Wednesday, October 27.
Join our students and staff for a Halloween treat (or is it a trick?). Wear your Halloween costume and scurry from room to room down our hallowed halls collecting sweet treats. We'll be on the lookout for the best costume, and the winner will win a fang-tastic prize!
This event is open to children of all ages for all families within the EFCTS District, plus EFCTS staff and their families. It will be hosted at both the Eastland Career Center AND the Fairfield Career Center, so you can choose which building you wish to explore.
More details will be provided as we get closer to the event!
TECH OR TREAT
Wednesday, October 27
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Eastland Career Center (Groveport)
Fairfield Career Center (Carroll)
* To help prevent the spread COVID-19,
masks must be worn during this event *
lunch menus changes
join us for
'tech or treat'
Eastland-Fairfield Career Centers
The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends universal masking for all staff and students in K-12 schools. The Ohio Department of Health recommends masks for those who are not fully vaccinated. Because all EFCTS staff and students are eligible (by age) to receive the COVID vaccine, masks or face coverings are optional for students, staff, and visitors at our Eastland and Fairfield campuses.
While COVID-19 vaccines are not required in Ohio public schools, vaccines are recommended for all individuals ages 12 and up by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, and the Ohio Department of Health. Masks are strongly recommended for those students, staff, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated.
This applies to high school and Adult Workforce Development (AWD) students taking courses at the AWD Center.
Mask guidelines are at the discretion of each school district and may vary. Please contact your satellite program’s host school district to learn more about its mask and face covering policies.
Click here for more detailed information on Eastland-Fairfield's COVID-19/mask guidance.
* all information is based on current guidance and recommendations from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health.
If guidance changes, we will update you with any impact on our operations.
Our lunch menus at the Eastland and Fairfield Career Centers have been undergoing frequent modifications recently as a direct result of nationwide supply shortages and distribution challenges. Our cafeteria staffs are working tireless to offer suitable substitutes, as needed. To keep up with these changes, we encourage parents/guardians and students to visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/menu for the most up-to-date menu. We want to assure you that each student at Eastland-Fairfield will receive a meal each day and there will be no increase in the cost of meals.
EFCTS at the
fairfield county fair
Explore any program you want with just the click of a button. You can explore the career-tech labs at Eastland Career Center, Fairfield Career Center, and our satellite program locations by taking the virtual tour on your computer or mobile device.
The Tour Checklist:
Explore all corners of as many career-tech labs as you’d like.
Stop at our flashing interactive elements to learn more about the program(s).
Watch a video showcasing a lab demonstration.
Learn more about industry credentials, certifications and college credits you potentially earn in a program.
Check out some alumni, business partner, or current student testimonials or be introduced to the program instructor.
Want even more information? There is a form in each lab where you can request additional information.
EFCTS to USMC
Eastland-Fairfield graduate chooses Enlistment
You can visit any or all of our locations, based on your program interest. To schedule your in-person tour at your desired location(s), please contact your school counselor to begin the scheduling process.
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools is proud to report one of its program completers, Landon Kidwell '21, has recently graduated from his training and is now a Marine in the United States Marine Corps.
Landon recently completed his training at Parris Island in South Carolina. He is now stationed at Camp Geiger (NC) where he will train for 14 weeks with the infantry training battalion.
Landon is a 2021 graduate of Bloom Carroll High School and completed the Culinary Arts program at Eastland Career Center. Landon chose ENLISTMENT as his 'E' and will now proudly serve his country. He is the son of his proud parents, Matt Kidwell and Stephanie Bigerton, both graduates of Fairfield Career Center and Bloom Carroll High School, stepmother Sarah Kidwell, and brother to siblings Jaden, Jaxon, and Oakley.
Congratulations to Landon on successfully choosing your 'E' and completing your training to become a member of the USMC. Thank you for your service.
What is YOUR 'E'?
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Sept. 22: 'E' Fair: Enlistment (ECC)
Sept. 23: 'E' Fair: Enlistment (FCC)
Sept. 27: First Day of AWD Welding class
Oct. 4: Photo Retakes (FCC)
Oct. 10-16: EFCTS at Fairfield Co. Fair
Oct. 14: Staff PD Day (no school)
Oct. 15: No school for staff or students
Oct. 27: 'Tech or Treat' Event (FCC and ECC)
Click here for our online calendar
In our next edition ...
Check out what is going on inside the EFCTS Firefighting and Cyber Security satellite programs!
A 'thank you' to a few of our essential staff members.
Event updates and details
... and much more!
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