Washington County Career Center students return

Students are back in class at the Washington County Career Center, albeit with less hands-on time in the classroom. (Photo Provided)

Washington County Career Center students are back in class, but the lack of class time been a challenge.

According to the restart Plan B, during blending learning, students will follow an alternating schedule where they will physically attend every other day. On the days they are not on campus, they will do virtual learning.

Penny Jenkins, WCCC marketing and events coordinator, said for juniors, this is their first year at the career center, and they aren’t getting a chance to feel the full effect of an entire class.

“All of the kids that come here, they really do understand we are a big family and they like that atmosphere,” Jenkins said.

There are 15 programs for high school students and each program faces its own challenges with the alternating schedule.

Students are back in class at the Washington County Career Center, albeit with less hands-on time in the classroom. (Photo Provided)

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Matthew Gaylor, 18, is a senior at Belpre High School. He studies auto collision/custom paint and graphics at the career center.

“It’s been rough, but it’s been interesting at times. The hands-on training part has been kind of rough, I reckon,” he said, adding the project he’s working on is putting rocker panels on a 1998 GMC truck

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Bruce Bayles, 17, is a senior from Warren High School. He studies auto mechanics and thinks the alternating schedule is “pretty bad”.

Students are back in class at the Washington County Career Center, albeit with less hands-on time in the classroom. (Photo Provided)

“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like it,” he said. “My personal opinion is if you’re taking me half out of school, take me out.”

Bayles said he’s working on a GMC Sonoma that hasn’t run since last year.

“One of our students messed it up and we’re taking a look at it,” he explained.

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Gabriel Hendrix, 16, is a junior at Warren. He said studying diesel truck mechanics has been “more difficult than you’d expect.”

Students are back in class at the Washington County Career Center, albeit with less hands-on time in the classroom. (Photo Provided)

He said it’s hard to breathe with the mask on and it’s still fun, but more hard work than last year.

“We’re just working on basics like wiring and stuff.”

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Cassidy Bable, 17, a senior from Warren, is studying digital marketing.

“Today we went out and took pictures of the different programs,” she explained.

The hands-on training hasn’t been as difficult as with other programs.

“I think it’s working out OK, honestly,” she said.

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Casondra Heiss, 17, is a senior at Fort Frye High School. She is studying graphic design and video production and is working on animation.

“I think it’ll be easier as time goes on,” she said. “We can learn Adobe products on a computer at home.”

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Warren senior Ravyn Lucas, 17, is learning building technology/carpentry.

“It gets a little challenging, as its very hands-on,” she said. “The way the school’s doing it, it’s as good as it’s going to get with the pandemic.”

She said they are getting ready to build a house, and juniors are working on getting floor joists cut, while seniors are building a cabinet.

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For 17-year-old Fort Frye senior Chloe Tornes, her schedule has been fine so far. She’s studying electricity, and they are reviewing what they learned last year, as they weren’t able to finish the year out.

“The hands-on will definitely be more difficult this year,” she said. “With the social distancing, we’ll not be able to help each other as much.”

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Joshua Hopkins, 18, is a senior at Warren and studies heavy equipment.

“It’s been fine with my program,” he said, noting their hands-on training is outside. “It’s nice to be able to take our masks off, since we’re on our own piece of equipment and doing different projects.”

He said they are working on the basics now and will do a pond or water resource project that’s been in the works for the last three years.

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McKenzie Nichols, 18, is a Warren senior studying landscape construction and turf management.

“I’m OK with (the alternating plan), but I’d like to get in (to campus) more,” she said. “I like how we have breaks.”

She is working on landscaping around the school, including laying down mulch and checking plants.

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Sophia Pope, 17, a senior from Marietta, studies masonry.

“It’s been harder to not be able to get everything,” she said. “We have to do our assignments at home.”

She’s working on stone projects, practicing putting stone against a wall.


Welding student Victoria Defreitas, 17, is a senior from Warren.

“It’s been rough, if I’m being honest with you,” she explained. “I find it difficult being the only girl in the class of 23 boys. Being with only half of them now, I feel like I’m only with half my family.”

She is working on tig welding a pipe in class.

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Aliciana Adkins, 16, is a cosmetology student and a junior from Belpre. She said personally, the alternating plan is not an issue.

“My grandmother is a cosmetologist, so I learn from her,” Adkins said. “The way they are split up the scheduling, you don’t learn as much.”

In class, she learned how to decontaminate properly.

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Medical college prep student Taylor Addlesburger, 17, is a senior from Frontier High School.

“It’s been a lot different from last year, but we’re managing,” she said. “Right now, we are learning skills for the STNA test. I think it’s toward the middle of the year, but we’re not sure, with the COVID stuff.”

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Allyson Campbell, 16, is a patient health care student and a junior from Marietta.

“It hasn’t been too bad. it’s really different from other years of school, but I think they’re handling it the best they can.”

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Peyton Borman, 16, a junior from Marietta, studies sports medicine and exercise science.

“It’s definitely a lot different. There’s a lot we can’t do because of COVID,” Borman said.

They have been distancing students through most things. Students are learning to take a pulse, along with a lot of fitness tests to see where the students are. Later in the year, the test will be taken again to see how much they’ve progressed.


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