Commercial Truck Technology Program Prepares Students for the Long Haul
April 14, 2014 -- Jim Clifford Jr.'s fascination with trucks began during childhood growing up in Elyria.
"I played with my share of Tonka toys when I was a kid - trucks, bulldozers, just about anything Tonka made," Clifford said. "I knew very early that trucks were going to be a part of my life."
This "child's play" certainly paid off. Clifford parlayed his love of "all things big and mechanical" into a career as a heavy equipment technician for Ross Transportation Services, of Grafton. The company specializes in the transportation of hazardous and industrial waste materials.
"Hauling industrial waste is a huge responsibility, so we take big pride in maintaining our vehicles," said Clifford, who also services tow motors, back hoes and metal shredders.
In February (2014), the Ross trucking fleet celebrated three million safe driving miles, the equivalent of traveling six times to the moon and back, according to the company web site.
Clifford, a 2002 JVS Commercial Truck Technology Program graduate, now living in South Amherst, knew he was destined for this particular career-technical program because, "I'm not ashamed to admit I like getting my hands dirty and making sure the vehicles in my charge are well-maintained and ready to go," he said.
JVS Invites Community to Help Kick-off Lorain County Little Free Library Initiative
Carpentry students (from left) Tom Bramwell (Firelands), Patrick Galley (Oberlin), and Michael Henery (Firelands) with three of the “Little Free Libraries” they helped to build.
April 10, 2014 -- The public is invited to visit the JVS on Saturday, April 26th from 1pm-3pm to help celebrate the Lorain County Little Free Library Initiative, a global literacy project that is being implemented in Lorain County.
Simply put, a Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. The initiative is being funded by a grant from The Stocker Foundation and the libraries will be located throughout Lorain County.
Students in the Lorain County JVS Carpentry Program have constructed 30 of the 53 "libraries" that will be placed throughout Lorain County. The libraries are small replicas of buildings that house the books. The students' designs range from houses and barns to more elaborate models of community buildings like the Wellington Town Hall.
Each library is assigned a volunteer steward to help maintain the inventory. The JVS National Technical Honor Society students have volunteered to steward a library that will be located at the school.
The community is invited to view 44 of "Little Free Libraries" on April 26th at the JVS which is located at 15181 St. Rt. 58 in Oberlin.
For more information about the Lorain County Little Free Library Initiative, contact Melanie Wilson, of The Stocker Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.littlefreelibrary.org to learn more about the project.