Five new hires at Career Center

From local reports

Due to the retirement of four employees and the opening of an instructor job, the Washington County Career Center administration has been busy filling vacant positions.

Byron Butts transitioned from a part-time to a full-time custodian position with the Career Center. Upon graduation out of the Career Center’s Welding program in 1976, Butts entered the former Boilermakers Local Union #711 and was employed through them for 6 years. For the following 10 years, he was employed with the former Queue Systems, in Parkersburg, as an assistant plant manager. Butts co-owned Metz Cleaning with Rick Metz for five years and then became employed with Fenton Art Glass as a machinist/mold maker for 18 years until they closed their doors in February 2011. He is an instructor for the Career Center’s adult technical training remodeling, electrical, & plumbing technology program. Butts is certified in both electrical schematics and refrigeration. Additionally, he owns rental apartments in the Marietta area. Butts resides in Marietta and has one grown daughter, Tressa, and a grandson, Castyn.

Christopher Byron, a former employee with Ohio Valley Educational Service Center since 2005 is the Career Center’s new intervention specialist. Byron has extensive work experience in this field having worked with the multi-handicapped and students with cognitive delays and specific learning disabilities in various academics. He received his bachelor’s degree in comprehensive social sciences and master’s degree in special education from Rio Grande University. Byron lives in Athens with his wife, Dianna, who is employed with Holzer Health Systems as a registered nurse. They have one daughter, Colleen.

Michele Grosklos was rehired in adult technical training as an office assistant. Grosklos previously worked in this position for 11 years before working at Washington State Community College (WSCC) as an administrative assistant to the interim dean of arts and sciences for a little over two years. She is a 1982 graduate from Waterford High School and the Career Center’s word processing technology program. Grosklos obtained her associate degree from WSCC in secretarial science. She enjoys camping, watching her children play sports, and spending time with the family. Grosklos lives in Lowell with her husband, Patrick, who is employed with Home Depot as a master plumbing specialist. They have two children, Nicholas and Carly.

Christopher Palmer, a former employee of Belpre Local Schools for the past 7 years, is the Career Center’s computer graphics instructor. Before coming on board, he taught at Belpre High School in integrated social studies and has coached both their boys’ basketball and varsity track. Palmer obtained his master’s degree from Ohio University in educational technology as well as majored in integrated social studies with a minor in both history and political science. He enjoys the outdoors and loves to hunt and fish in his spare time. Palmer lives in Marietta with his wife, Kyndra, who is employed with Zoetis as a microbiologist. They have one son, Grant.

John Stone is the Career Center’s heavy equipment instructor. Previously, he was employed as an equipment operator and maintenance technician for Bob Powell Excavating and is a consultant to Northwest Community College. Stone graduated magna cum laude from The University of Akron and received a bachelor of science degree in technical education. Before that, he graduated suma cum laude and was valedictorian from Washington Technical College, where he obtained an associate degree in applied science of automotive diesel Technology. Stone was the Diesel Truck Systems Technology director at WSCC for nine years. He comes to the Career Center with a vast knowledge, certifications, work experience, and the skills needed to prepare the students for a successful career directly into the workforce and/or college after high school. He lives in Belpre with his wife, Theresa, who is employed with Mary Bee’s Diner as a server. Stone has one son, the late John Stone, and two grown stepchildren, Lindsay Vankirk and Corey Brumbaugh, both of Belpre. He and his wife have four grandchildren.