Four County Career Center celebrating 50 years

Open house, program planned

Four County Career Center is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and is hosting a community Open House and Celebration Program on Monday, Oct. 15.

Ten superintendents met in 1965 to discuss the possibility of organizing a vocational school district in the four county area. A survey was conducted and in 1966 29 school districts formed the Four County Joint Vocational School District and Technical Institute.

Levy and bond issues were passed and land was purchased in 1967. The first class of 205 seniors started school in 1968 and the school building was dedicated the next year.

The evening will begin with an open house which is open to the public from 6-7 p.m. There will be memorabilia to view as well as displays from each of the 30 career and technical programs and adult workforce education. During this time heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available.

The Celebration Program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Career Center cafeteria. During the program, special guest speakers will include state legislators Senator Robert McColley, Senator Randy Gardner, Representative Derek Merrin, Representative James Hoops, and Representative Craig Riedel. Legislators will present Proclamations from Ohio Governor John Kasich as well as the Senate and House of Representatives.

Former Superintendents, Dr. David Nicholls and William Spiess, will also be present to say a few words about their tenure at the Career Center.

The celebration program will continue as induction is held for the newest Wall of Fame members – past graduates who have had success in their careers and will serve as outstanding representatives for the school. This year’s inductees include Lori Deem (Jonesville, Michigan); Todd Henricks (Bryan); Tiffany Kennerk (Edgerton); Brad Mangas (Defiance); Shelly Reagle (Sherwood); and Gregory VanDyke (Hicksville). The program will conclude honoring William Spiess, as he receives the Distinguished Service Award.

Open house, program planned