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December 2012

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Practical Nursing

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RJTC Wins First Place for the Sixth Consecutive Year at Cedar Lakes Winterfest Contributed by: Michchael Wilkinson

October Perfect Attendance

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Students of the Month

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Child Development

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Wnterfest Collage 4

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Dec. 11 Administrative Council Dec. 21 IS Dec. 24– Jan. 1 Christmas Break Jan. 16 ED Roane Jan. 21 No School Jan. 30 ED Jackson Feb. 6 ED Roane Feb. 18 No School

Designed and built by students at Roane-Jackson Technical Center, the “Dancing Fountain of Lights” display carried home the sixth-straight first place win in the Cedar Lakes Winterfest Competition. The unique exhibition is unparalleled in ingenuity and dazzling multicolor lighting effects. First designed on AutoCAD and Inventor software in the Drafting program, the nearly 100 foot floating display began to literally “take shape” in the Welding class, where students rolled each of the four arches on a student– built tubing roller. They then welded the entire square tubing framework, before sending it to the Auto Collision Repair shop, where students painted the structure to protect it from the elements. Once the main frame was complete, more than fifty power

and data connections were soldered by students in the Computer Networking and Electronics program using waterproof connectors. The display weighs nearly 1000 pounds and consists of sixteen verticals and 4 arches that each span over thirteen feet. There are a total of 1,888 RGB LED lights included that are powered by two home computer power supplies and coordinated by two Arduino Mega 2560 microcontrollers. Cedar Lakes Winterfest is open

Left: Students from CAD, Networking and Welding pose with the winning $1000 check.

to the public nightly through Jan. 1 from 6:00-9:00pm . There is no charge to drive through Cedar Lakes, however donations are accepted to offset the cost of the display. For more information about the display or the Christmas activities at Cedar Lakes visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ cedarlakes/winterfest.html. For more information on the RJTC contributions to Cedar Lakes visit: http://roanejacksontechnicalcenter.com/ awards/winterfest.htm


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Practical Nursing Students Finishing Second Quarter

The Practical Nursing class is nearing completion of their second quarter in December. In this portion of the PN program, students begin clinical experience at Camden Clark, Jackson General, and Pleasant Valley hospitals. Through the clinical experience, students are able to use the knowledge gained in classroom studies in a hospital setting.

The LPN Entrance Exam will be given on Jan. 15, 2013 at 9:30. Call Monica for more information at 372-7335.

October Perfect Attendance Winners

Above: Austin Starkey (L) of Auto Technology and Storm Hall of Auto Body won the award for AM Perfect Attendance.

Above: Jonathan Harmon (L) of Welding and Bette Crihfield of Health Occupations won the award for PM Perfect Attendance

Above: Sara Hinzman, of Practical Nursing won the Post-Secondary Perfect Attendance Award


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Child Development Students Win at State FEA Conference Several students from the Child Development class attended the annual Future Educators of America conference. The conference was held at Stonewall Jackson Resort and Conference Center on December 4-5. Students participated in activities and competitions and networked with other Child Development students from around the state. Phoebe McClung, Cassandra Toole and Samantha VanHoy won first place in the “Technology Video” competition with The Magical World of Technology. In the “Lesson Plan and Delivery” division Kimberly Jones won first place in Early Childhood, Savannah Lucas won second place with Elementary, and Cody Carte won third place in Secondary.

Samantha Lucas won second place in the “Exploring Education Support Service Professionals.” Finally, Brittany Below: RJTC Child Development students Burdette won second place in the “Job pictured with Mr. Layhew and Mr. Application and Interview” division. The Cummings. first and second place finishers will attend the 24th Annual FEA National Conference on April 26-28 in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations to all the students who participated!

November Students of the Month

Secondary Student of the Month was Cory Rogers of Roane County High School. Cory is the son of Tracy and Amy Rogers of Left Hand. Cory is enrolled in the Building Construction course taught by Jeff James. He plans to work in the construction field upon graduation in May.

Kristen Errickson was named Post Secondary Student of the Month for November. Kristen is from Reedy and is married with two children. She is enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program with Instructors Michelle Ellis, Vicki Langford, and Director Evie Harris.

Congratulations to Cory and Kristen!!


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