November 2019
A-Tech Youth Philanthropy Board
Pictured are Rick Coblitz (representing the Ashtabula Foundation), Brodie Mlckovsky, A-Tech Philanthropy Board Advisor Brian Kimmel. Melissa Robinson, Carolyn Kobus, DaHai Skaruppa, Padam Sidu, Wilmarie Telleria, Seth Hering, Sara Gonzalez, Savanna Sternberg, Alexis Kicielinski, Karena Byler
Not pictured are: Nic Brown, Malachai Rossiter, Vincent Schismenos, Advisor Gilda McQuoid
The Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus (A-Tech) Youth Philanthropy Board (YPB) has been provided with $5,000 by the Ashtabula Foundation to dispense to worthy community groups and organizations, who meet certain criteria on their applications as a 501 C3 non-profit. 

The YPB board at A-Tech is composed of 14 juniors and seniors who have the mission of assisting in directing the funding of projects in our community that will directly benefit people in the area.

The board is requesting that area non-profit organizations with special projects needing monetary assistance submit their applications for review. Requests for applications from the non-profit (501C3) groups are due by January 24, 2020. Completed applications are due by February 7, 2020. After the applications are received, the YPB members will review the applications and interviews if necessary, will be arranged with the applicants. The YPB will meet and review all applications. Once the YPB makes its selections, the recipients have the obligation to demonstrate how they spent the grant money.
In partnering with A-Tech the Ashtabula Foundation’s goal is to allow the students to focus on ways to give back to the community through service learning, to expand leadership skills, to use their individual talents and energy to help in this type of endeavor relating to the community in which they live and work. Last year, A-Tech students selected four community groups to receive funds.

Members of the A-Tech YPB this year are juniors: Nic Brown (Visual Design & Imaging), Karena Byler (Cosmetology), Carolyn Kobus (Culinary Arts), Malachai Rossiter (Software Application Design), Vincent Schismenos (Software Application Design), Padam Sidhu (Healthcare Academy), DaHai Skaruppa (Healthcare Academy), Wilmarie Telleria (Visual Design & Imaging); and seniors: Sara Gonzalez (Early Childhood Education), Seth Hering (Software Application & Design), Alexis Kicielinski (Health Care Academy), Brodie Mlckovsky (Health Care Academy), Melissa Robinson (Health Care Academy), and Savanna Sternberg (Health Care Academy).

For information on how to apply or to receive an application please contact Gilda McQuoid at or 440-576-6015, extension 1076.
A-Tech Host Post-Secondary Opportunity Fair
Brock Bean and Reid Boczar, Career Technical Exploration students, discuss opportunities with
US Air Force Sgt. Malik Royal.
A-Tech Construction & Building Maintenance senior, Jonathan Raygoza talks with Brad Tisdale from the Steamfitters Union about career opportunities.
Jonathan Raygoza is excited about the opportunities ahead after high school. As a senior in the Construction Building Maintenance program at the Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus (A-Tech), he feels he has a lot of options. That’s why the Steamfitters Local 449 table at A-Tech’s Post-secondary Opportunity Day caught his eye. “Everything I do in lab has something to do with this,” he said. “It stands out to me. The pay is good.”

A journeyman steamfitter can earn $41/hour. Steamfitters Union representative Brad Tisdale, who is a 1981 graduate of the Electronics program when the school was known as the ACJVS, said there is a demand for workers. “An apprenticeship is like getting a scholarship. We’re looking for people who want to work hard, run complex pipe systems and be leaders,” he said. He knows first-hand that A-Tech grads are prepared for the challenge. 

Tisdale was one of 21 representatives from area trade unions, technical schools, four-year colleges, community colleges, branches of the military and A-Tech’s Adult Workforce Development who were set up in the cafeteria at A-Tech on October 22nd. Students explored the various career and educational paths to see what might be the best fit after graduation. 

“We tried to make sure every avenue was covered,” said A-Tech Guidance Counselor Katie Severino. 

“Our students have a competitive advantage with the skills they’ve acquired in their career technical programs. We want them to know they have many opportunities.”

Public Safety Academy seniors Misael Alicea and Damien Estes were thrilled to see the work they’ve completed at A-Tech qualifies for college credit at Lakeland Community College. 

“I can pursue my career. That’s six college credit hours just because I went to A-Tech,” Alicea pointed out.

To learn more about the 21 Career-Technical programs for high school students at A-Tech, call 440-576-6015 or visit

Physics Classes Build Bridges
Architecture & Engineering Design II student, William Neyhard, uses popsicles sticks and glue to construct the bridge he is building in his Physics class.
Ms. Sarah Davis's Physics class students are building bridges with glue and popsicle sticks. Students are using their knowledge of tensile strength to build bridges that must cover 20 inch gap between two tables. They are limited to using 200 popsicle sticks and glue. The bridge cannot weigh more than 300 grams and it must have room enough for a Matchbox car to travel across.

"I think this is an important lesson because it actually gets them to be able to apply a lot of the concepts that they’re learning about," said Davis. 

“We use a lot of different angles and the formulas we learned in class,” said senior Sebastian Adams.

The students who design the bridge that can hold the most weight will be treated to lunch in the Harbor Room.