Tylor Tenniswood (Adrian High School), Hannah Heers (Tecumseh High School) and Jared Demski (Blissfield High School) are students in the LISD Engineering, Design and CAD program.

LISD engineering students head to state competition

The LISD Tech Center will send all 33 of its Engineering, Design and CAD students to the Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) state competition for the third year in a row. The state competition will be held on April 21 in Grand Rapids. The TRAC Civil Engineering competition is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation and is intended to connect students to the real-world work experiences of a civil engineer. The scenarios include designing bridges and writing an extensive proposal. Instructor Kim Benson took 11 teams of three students each to this year’s qualifying competition. Continue Reading

A team from the LISD Tech Center culinary arts program placed first at the state ProStart competition and will advance to nationals. Pictured here are Chef Jake Graf and students Katie Schibetta, Isaac Jeffrey, Kourtney Reynolds, Carson Musolf and Sierra Bloomer.

LISD Tech Center culinary arts students advance to national competition

The Lenawee Intermediate School District Tech Center’s culinary arts class will send five students to the National ProStart competition in Anaheim, California, after their recent win at the state-level competition on March 22 and 23. Chef Jake Graf and teaching assistants Helen Thomas and Jamie Patrick accompanied 11 students to the state ProStart competition. Students on the winning team were Sierra Bloomer from Hudson High School, Kourtney Reynolds and Isaac Jeffrey from Adrian High School, Katie Schibetta from Tecumseh High School and Carson Musolf from Britton Deerfield High School. All members of the team are juniors except for Reynolds, who is a senior. The second team that placed at the ProStart competition was comprised of seniors Jessica Goethals (Addison High School), Angela Davis and Riley Carrier (Tecumseh High School), and junior Alexis Thacker (Madison High School). Continue Reading

A group of Adrian-area students earned college scholarships from TLC Community Credit Union for a marketing project they took on as part of a two-week summer program called iChallengeU. Seated, from left to right, are students Taylor Mohler, Haleigh Galnares, Stephanie Ziviski and Andrea Germain. (Not present was team member Nathaniel Melnik.) Standing, from left to right, are TLC human resources manager Deb Elliott; Bob Tebo, director of the Regional Business Fellowship; Keith Covey, a teacher from Madison High School who worked with the students; TLC CEO Randy Smith; vice president of operations Bob Schrock; and executive vice president of administration Mike Servoss.

Five Adrian-area students earn college scholarships for TLC marketing project

A marketing project for TLC Community Credit Union led to college scholarships for five Adrian-area teens. The students were participants in iChallengeU, a summer educational program organized by the Regional Business Fellowship at South Central Michigan Works. The program, now in its second year, is an intensive two-week educational opportunity in which students form teams to work on problems posed by local businesses, who pay a fee to take part. The students who worked with TLC were Adrian High School seniors Haleigh Galnares, Nathaniel Melnik and Stephanie Ziviski; Adrian graduate Andrea Germain; and Madison High School senior Taylor Mohler. (Germain, Mohler and Ziviski all were dual-enrolled at the LISD Tech Center.) The question TLC posed was how the credit union could get more people of all ages to use its e-services such as its smartphone app and online and mobile banking. Continue Reading

Kourtnee Taylor of Hudson High School is a student in the LISD Tech Center Residential Construction program.

Two Lenawee County students recognized for breaking traditions

April Tarver, a Blissfield High School student attending the LISD Tech Center Collision Repair and Refinish program, and Kourtnee Taylor, a Hudson High School student attending the LISD Tech Center Residential Construction program, were both selected to receive the Michigan 2014 Breaking Traditions Award certificate. They were selected from a statewide group of 41 to receive this award, in recognition of their accomplishments in a nontraditional Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The Breaking Traditions Awards were established to recognize students who have been successful in CTE program areas considered nontraditional for their gender. Continue Reading