Katlin Koehler, a junior at the Breathitt Area Technology Center, has advanced to the Certiport Microsoft Office Specialist Word 2010 National Competition in Anaheim, CA. The competition will take place at the 2013 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference on June 29 held at the Anaheim Hilton. This is the first year the competition has been part of FBLA.
Ms. Koehler is the only representative from the KY Tech system and one of only five students representing the entire state. To qualify, Ms. Koehler scored an impressive 908 out of 1000 on the Microsoft Office Word 2010 Exam. During the competition, she will be taking the Word 2010 Expert Exam.
Before year’s end, Ms. Koehler will be Microsoft Office Specialist Certified in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The staff at the Breathitt ATC could not be more proud of Ms. Koehler’s accomplishment and wish her the best of luck at the competition.
On Friday, December 7, 20012, twenty-two members of the Breathitt ATC FBLA visited Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary to help with the 4-H “Dollars and Sense” program.
The program simulates budgeting and making smart buying choices. The elementary students are given a budget of $135 (in play money) and must visit and make a purchase from each of several stores (operated by the FBLA members). Each store has several buying choices in different price ranges. When students decide what they want to purchase, the FBLA members take payment for the purchase and record it in the students’ check registers. The students must learn how to make wise choices so they can stay within budget. The young buyers are allowed to return items if they run out of money before visiting all stores. Some of the students learned about tough buying choices since they ran out of money before visiting all stores! At the end of the day, everybody had a great time and learned a little along the way.
The program was organized by Ms. Jessica Mullins and Mrs. Stacy Neace of the University of Kentucky Extension Office 4-H Program. The members and advisers of Breathitt ATC FBLA would like to thank these ladies for the opportunity to participate in this worthwhile activity.
On Friday, November 9, 2012, members of the Breathitt Area Technology Center FBLA, SkillsUSA, and HOSA clubs visited Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary School to help run the annual Fall Festival.
MRC Reading Recovery Coach Virginia Herald organizes the event each year and ensures that each ATC student knows the rules for the game they will be running. Some of this year’s games included basketball shoot, ball dart throw, disturb the jug, ladder toss, and the fish pond. The MRC students won lots of prizes. As usual, the ATC club students had a great time helping the elementary students. After the Festival had concluded, Mrs. Hearld treated the 38 ATC students to deep fried Oreos.
On Monday, October 22, 2012, Morehead State University President Dr. Wayne Andrews and MSU Early College Program Coordinator Mr. Joel Pace visited the Office Technology classes at Breathitt Area Technology Center. The delegation from MSU wanted to check on the progress of the Computer Literacy (CIS101) courses offered by instructors Joe Mayabb and Jerry Smith. Mayabb and Smith were happy to report that the CIS101 students are doing well and are on track to earn three credit hours for the course in December.
(L-to-R) Dr. Wayne Andrews, Breathitt County Schools Superintendent Melanie Stevens, Instructor Joe Mayabb, Instructor Jerry Smith, and EC Program Coordinator Joel Pace
Photo by Margaret E. Gross
The MSU Early College (EC) Program aims to offer high school students a chance to earn college credit through MSU by taking University-sanctioned classes taught by qualified faculty at the students’ high schools. In order to qualify for the program, students must have a composite ACT score of 18, have a 3.0 GPA, and be a Junior or Senior. This is the first year that Breathitt ATC has offered any EC courses. According to Program Coordinator Joel Pace, the EC Program has been wildly successful at several schools within MSU’s service area, despite only having been in full-swing for two years.
The Office Tech instructors hope to continue offering EC courses in the future, as it has been a welcomed opportunity for the students. A section of CIS211 – Spreadsheets and Database Applications will be offered in Spring 2013. For more information, call Jerry Smith at 606-666-5153.
Breathitt High School is planning a Community Career Day for October 25, 8:00 to 11am. We are asking for your participation to showcase options for local employment.
We realize the future of Eastern Kentucky is in our youth and it is our goal to provide skilled employees to meet your future needs.
Being very aware that you may not be able to spend the entire time with us, we ask that you or a representative commit to at least a portion of the day. In the event you are unable to attend. Please contact us five (5) days prior so we may plan accordingly.
A career coordinator will be contacting you in the future. We are looking forward to working with you and providing insight into career opportunities for the youth and future of Breathitt County and Eastern Kentucky.
Please respond to Breathitt High School at 666-7511 or Breathitt ATC at 666-5153 and request a career coordinator.
On Sept. 27th, Breathitt County ATC’s Carpentry, Electricity, and Automotive Skills-USA clubs, along with Breathitt High School’s TSA club members visited the annual K4C Construction Fair held in Shelbyville, KY. It truly was a great experience for our students. Each student had the opportunity to meet construction industry professionals and discuss future career opportunities, some were even offered jobs. All vendors had great demonstrations in which the students got to participate. Everything from house framing to electrical wiring and concrete pouring was demonstrated. Club members also enjoyed activities such as, operating a back-hoe, man lift, excavator, boom truck, crane and building many small projects.
“We’re already looking forward to next year,” says Breathitt ATC Carpentry instructor Gene Booth.
Breathitt ATC Auto Tech Instructor Jesse Tackett receives a medallion in recognition of being certified ASE Master Technician for 25 years
Jesse Tackett, the longtime Automotive Technology Instructor at the Breathitt Area Technology Center, has been honored by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for being a certified ASE Master Technician for 25 years. Mr. Tackett was awarded with an official ASE medallion and a letter of congratulations on the achievement. To maintain ASE Master Technician status, Mr. Tackett has had to recertify in all eight areas recognized by ASE every five years since he began at the ATC in August 1986.
Along with instructing hundreds of students, Tackett is the senior member of the Breathitt ATC staff where he has provided guidance for the younger staff during his tenure. The entire staff would like to congratulate him on this achievement.
Jerry Smith (right) presents Josh Carroll (left) with MS Office Specialist Certifications in Word and PowerPoint.
Josh Carroll, 2012 graduate of Breathitt High School, recently became the first Breathitt County student to earn Microsoft certification. Josh passed both the Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint exams to become a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Josh earned a perfect score on PowerPoint on his way to certification. The Breathitt County Area Technology Center became a certified testing center during the 2012 school year and plans are being made to offer certification and training to all Breathitt High and Jackson Independent students that take computer courses at the ATC. Business Technology instructors at the ATC are Joe Mayabb and Jerry Smith.
On April 18, 2012, students, faculty, staff, and parents gathered in the Breathitt High School cafeteria for the annual Senior Awards Night ceremony. Each Breahtitt ATC program awarded a medal of acheivement to a student who exemplified the skills and attitude of his or her chosen program. The 2012 Breahtitt ATC Program Award recipeients were:
- Auto Tech – Alex Hurt
- Carpentry – Tyler Pelfrey
- Electricity - Steven Joseph
- Health Science – Jackie Vires
- Office Tech Entrepreneurship - Joe Hamblin
- Office Tech Technology - Josh Carroll
The Breathitt ATC teachers are all very proud of these students and the excellence each represents.
Many seniors who are about to graduate will be looking for a job. Luckily, seniors graduating in Kentucky have an excellent resource to help them begin their search. Simply go to Career/Focus, click the Create an Account button, answer a few questions, and you’ll be put into a database that will notify you of jobs that fit your interests.