The following was written by English 1100 instructor Pam Antos as a response to an email asking for a College Jumpstart update for the website. Her reply was so perfect that it made no sense to do anything but post it directly to the site without edits. Mrs. Antos also teaches Honors English 9 to our 8th grade students here at the ILC.
As the 2014 calendar year comes to a close and the excitement of 2015 moves to the forefront, it’s important that we take time to reflect upon our accomplishments, successes, and failures the same way that we ask our students to do on a daily basis. The McVey Innovative Learning Center is only in year 2 of operation, but as we take a look back through the top posts of 2014 it seems like a lifetime of lessons and memories have taken place.
The following links are to stories posted on our website in 2014. They provide a panoramic view of our students, the staff, and the experiences that make the ILC an asset to the Hilliard community.
1. Mr. Wise closes out the 2013-14 school year with a reflection titled “The Why”
2. Academy EDU students visit Crossing Elementary to help elementary students discover their passion
3. Check out the online experience as we peak inside the online program and debunk some myths about online teaching and learning
4. Led by senior Connor Lairson, Personal Success Network students raise money for D.A.S.H
5. As the 2014-15 school year launched, Mr. Wise could hear all of the smiling
Yes, you read that headline correctly, and those are exclamation points of excitement!
Our philosophy around the ILC encourages failure in many ways. We talk about it openly, and therefore, it’s a positive, not a negative. The type of failure that I am referring to is that of trial and error. Failure that provides a learning opportunity, some authentic feedback, and a chance to then take a different path to discovery or success.
We have several students that will be dropping a course at the semester time. Why? No, they didn’t fail out of school with an ‘F,’ they simply discovered that the career path they had chosen to look into wasn’t for them.
Most recently a student nervously approached our Academy EDU teachers to let them know that she has decided she doesn’t want to be a teacher. Much to her surprise, their response was something similar to “GREAT!”
The goal of our opportunities cannot be to mold every single student into a teacher, or doctor, or business person. Our goal is to help her discover her next step and to prepare her appropriately. This senior in high school may have gone to college and spent an entire semester studying to be a teacher only to find she didn’t want to pursue that path. Time and money saved!!
Whether it is failure on a project, a paper, or as simple as finding out the class isn’t for you; we want students diving into their education far enough to experience a moment that impacts them well beyond their time at the ILC.
Failure is everywhere, and we couldn’t be more excited to take on these opportunities to learn from the experiences it provides.
Students in the HCSD Career Mentorship Program who have an interest in engineering, math and science, were introduced to local manufacturing industries in Hilliard. OhioSemitronics and Pharmaforce opened their doors to introduce our students to manufacturing. The first tour was at OhioSemitronics guided by John Redmyer, President & CEO and Kathy Roush, Director of Sales. Students enjoyed learning about the work they do for the military and were surprised to learn of the companies around the Nation that depend on OhioSemitronics for specialized products, including Disney World. Ian Timan shared “The company hand solders components to circuit boards, and uses CAD software and 3-D printers which is essentially the work I have done through my Engineering Program. It was a super cool experience to see that all the work I’ve done at Davidson will pay off in the long run.”
The second tour was with Pharmaforce guided by Derrick Bennett, Site Manager and Kellen Morrissey, HR Coordinator. After gearing up in lab coats, hair nets and shoe covers, students were guided through the facility to learn how the company manufactures, packages and ships the pharmaceuticals. Mychal Ellis commented, “This facility was neat because all of the areas had certain levels of sterility. Some places were super sterile and required gloves, hood, masks… the whole nine yards. If you’re claustrophobic, this career path is probably not for you. In fact, they warn people of that in their interviewing process.” Students’ eyes were opened to the many job opportunities available so close to home. They were even invited to participate in their internship program next year as they enter their freshman year at college, as several plan to attend OSU. Ellis went on to share, “It’s amazing that these things are done so close to home. It kind of makes you wonder what else is right down the street.”
A special thank you to Gary Walzer and John Watson of OH! Manufacturing for arranging the tour and joining us for the day.