Students attending WCHS have the opportunity to take classes at the Area Technology Center, headed by Principal John Kinnett. These classes pertain more to trade skills and business. Just like WCHS, the ATC participates in club day with three clubs of their own that can be found in the building.
SkillsUSA is hosted in the Industrial Maintenance Classroom during third period. The club has a total of five advisers each specializing in a different field: Mark Burke, Automotive Technology; Josh Parmley, Carpentry Technology; Mark Smith, Machine Tool Technology; David Booher, Welding Technology; and Steven Bates, Industrial Maintenance Technology. SkillsUSA focuses on preparing its members to be integral, skilled members of the workforce. According to the club’s mission statement, “SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics.” There are currently twenty-two members in the club, though they have been known to have as many as fifty students. The club has an officer team, consisting of a President (Josias Conde), Vice President (Johnny Crabtree), Secretary (Dylan Hicks), and Reporter (Ethan Prince). SkillsUSA participates in Leadership Competitions over a variety of different fields, competing at a local, state, and national level. Students must be enrolled in a shop class at the ATC to be eligible for this club.
Future Business Leaders of America is hosted in Dana Hurd’s room during first period. The club advisers are business teachers Dana Hurd and Rob Allen. FBLA focuses on preparing students to be business leaders, as the name implies. Currently the club has thirty-five members. FBLA participates in several activities: fundraising projects, community service projects, conferences, and competitions. Already this year twenty-six of the members have signed up to compete and have begun working on their events. The club competes at a regional, state, and national level; taking on average eight to ten students to state, and have had students qualify to compete at a national level for the past several years. The club has four officers: Rachael Allen, President; Madison Smith, Vice President; Riley Jones, Treasurer; and Lorin Dodd, Secretary. Students must be enrolled in a business class at the ATC to be eligible for this club. Students in FBLA are currently preparing for the Regional Conference, set for March 15th.
HOSA, Health Occupations Students of America, is sponsored by Leshaunda Neal and Brittany Lawrence. HOSA is geared towards students who intend to pick up a healthcare based career in the future. This club serves to educate and prepare these future medical students. Each year they participate in community service projects, such as “adopting” children for Christmas and collecting soda tabs and donations for the Ronald McDonald House. The club also participates in the National HOSA project, collecting money and taking donations for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Standing at ninety members, HOSA is hosted in the auditorium of WCHS due to its size, during fourth period. It has five officers: President, Callie Phillips; Vice President, Madison Smith; Secretary, Staisha Keith; Treasurer, Heather Abbott; and Historian, Kori Guffey. The club is currently preparing for their state competition, to be held in Louisville, March 21-23. The top three winners for each event will be given the chance to attend nationals at Disney World.
Students in these clubs work hard to meet the expectations set for them and perform their best in competitions. Clubs from the ATC are encouraging students to be the best of America’s future, with trade skills that will be unmatched by competitors. Students participating in these clubs can expect to graduate with skills needed to excel in the field they choose.
(L-R): Wayne Tucker, Nick Alley, Whitney Lester, Thomas Simpson, Alex Crabtree, Ethan Prince, Josias Conde, Arin Pitman, Trevor Gregory, and Dallas Russell.
(L-R) Devin Hill, Emily Coomer, Dashawn Smith, Emily Whitelock, Byron Gregory, Corey Buster, Troy Vaughn, Johnny Barnes, Ethan Prince, Noah Dishman
Transportation Tool ID left to right, Nick Alley 2nd place, Mark Burke, Johnathan Mansfield 3rd place, Johnny Crabtree 3rd place precision machine
Automotive Service Technology Wayne Tucker, Marke Burke, Arin Pittman competed in the automotive service technology 1 and placed second
Related Technical Math Alex Crabtree 2nd place
Skills USA Members at competition
Johnny Barnes preparing for his competition
John Mercer working on his project
SkillsUSA 2018-2019 Officers (l-r): Vice President, Johnny Crabtree; Secretary, Dylan Hicks; President, Josias Conde; Reporter, Ethan Prince
Dylan Tucker working in automative service technology
Marcus Brown 3rd place, Dylan Tucker 2nd place, Chris Rednour
Precision Machine 3rd place Johnny Crabtree
Maddy Royalty, Grayson Roberts, Monce Bravo, and WCHS Teacher Brittany Lawrence at a recent meeting during club day
2018-19 FBLA Members
FBLA Participates in Bell's Literacy Night
(L-R) Front row: Renee Allen, Rachael Allen, Alex Piercy
Middle Row: Haley Roberts, Rachel Rains. Leah Bell, Nicole Hesse, Chloye Rice
Back Row: Haley Coffey, Sierra Hagerman, Kacie Rose, Lauren Hughes, Natalie Elam
The Wayne County ATC Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America at 2018 Regionals
The FBLA Students the advanced to State Conference in April 2018
Wayne County ATC FBLA Attends State Leadership Conference
(L-R): Keelan Rodriguez, Cas Barnett, Riley Jones, Bailey Wright, Renee Allen, WC ATC teacher Rob Allen, Rachael Allen
The winners of the FBLA SLC: Rachel Allen, 2nd place in Healthcare Administration, Bailey Wright, 1st place in Talent Show - most entertaining, Renee Allen, Word Processing - 4th place
Bailey Wright winning first place at the Talent Show
Renee Allen placed 4th in Word Processing
Rachel Allen finished in 2nd in Healthcare Administration