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State Awards West Shore $5.78M Grant
Christine Gordillo

The West Shore Career-Technical District and Lakewood City Schools are thrilled to announce that West Shore Career-Tech has received a $5.78 million career-tech expansion grant from the State of Ohio as part of the State’s efforts to improve technical education and training across Ohio. The grant will allow West Shore to build facilities to house programs in welding and micro electronic mechanical systems (MEMS), which is the technology behind computer chips, among other applications.


West Shore coordinator Yakoob Badat with Gov. DeWine at the announcementl.

These two programs will be housed at Lakewood High School and will be able to serve an additional 96 West Shore Career-Tech students from Lakewood, Bay Village, Rocky River and Westlake. West Shore Career-Tech is a consortium comprised of those four school districts.

"We are delighted to hear that we have received the grant funds for two new exciting programs. Advancing educational and career opportunities for our students is our mission," said Lakewood Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki. "Each of these additions accelerates our students' abilities to gain employment in high-demand jobs when they graduate." 

Dr. Yakoob Badat, educational coordinator of West Shore, added: “The acquisition of $5.7 million in funding will empower us to establish cutting-edge welding and MEMS labs. This significant grant is an investment that will drive innovation and create new opportunities for our students. Thank you to the state leadership for supporting career technical education and workforce development.”

Administration projects that the earliest the career-tech programs may open is fall 2026. The welding facility is slated to be housed behind the high school north of the D building, where auto-tech currently is taught. The MEMS program will be located on the first floor of the high school, replacing some current classrooms. Both programs’ footprint will include lab and classroom space.

The grants received are part of a $200 million career-tech expansion grant program that was included in the most recent biennium budget. 

MAD Seniors' Art Selected for Exhibit
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to West Shore Career-Tech Media Art & Design (MAD) seniors Liv Behun, Reagan Bratko, and Wilbur Gwynn on being selected for the Ohio Art Education Association's Ohio Emerging Artist High School Exhibition! One hundred sixty-three out of 260 artworks were selected for this juried show from the eight OAEA regions in the state. The exhibit was recently at the Westerville Public Library and moves to the Ohio Department of Education building in October. Great work, Liv, Regan and Wilbur!

Senior Earns Silver in Nat'l Culinary Contest
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to senior West Shore Career-Tech culinary arts student Sophia Kowalski, who earned a silver medal in the national FCCLA Baking and Pastry competition held in Denver July 3. 


For this competition Sophia was required to bring certain supplies and equipment from her own school kitchen, organize everything in a logistical way, ride on a bus to travel to an off-site kitchen away from the convention center (and her nervous instructors) and produce in an unfamiliar and challenging kitchen, which she did with time to spare! She had to measure, execute and present carrot muffins, chocolate chip cookies, custard-filled and glazed cream puffs and decorate a cake given specific guidelines and do it all in 2 hours and 45 minute start to finish!

Sophia attended the conference with her family and her instructors, Chefs Devan Corti and Rob McGorray.  

Said her instructors: "We are so proud of Sophia and how hard she worked getting ready for the competition after school, sacrificing many of her summer vacation days  and free time to make sure West Shore, Lakewood, Lakewood Schools and all involved were well represented!"

Well done, Sophia!

Health Careers Students Earn 100% Pass Rate
Christine Gordillo

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 juniors in the West Shore Career-Tech Health Careers program as all 15 passed the state exam and earned the industry credential of State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA)! Well done, Class of 2024 and teacher Jackie Smith!

Christine Gordillo

On April 3, The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River hosted the 25th annual West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Awards at their weekly luncheon. Fourteen recipients were honored for their dedication, leadership, and accomplishments in their career-technical programs.  

West Shore Career-Technical District Education Coordinator, William DiMascio, spoke highly of this year’s nominees, saying “Career-technical education students are the driving force of innovation and progress in our society. Being recognized as an outstanding student by Rotary is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence. We are so proud of these students and their accomplishments.”  

Each award recipient is automatically nominated for the “Career-Technical Student of the Year” award, which will be announced later in the school year at the annual Career Passport Assembly.

West Shore Career-Technical District encompasses Bay Village, Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake.  WSCT will serve 439 students in its workforce development programs in the upcoming 2023-2024 school year. 

The 2022-23 Outstanding Student Award recipients are: 

  • Automotive Technology: Avery Darroch
  • Business Management: Eric Barber
  • Community-Based Program, Gordon Food Service: Jayden Thompson
  • Community-Based Program, Wyndham: Hunter Tate
  • Construction Trades: Grant Ospelt
  • Culinary Arts: Christian Reyes
  • Early Childhood Education: Rebecca Frolo
  • Electronic Engineering Technology: Tyler DiLoreto
  • Health Careers: Say K-Pyu Moo
  • Media Art & Design: Muriel Bourn
  • Medical Office Management: Sophie Wilmot
  • Networking & Cybersecurity: Victor Cottrell
  • Engineering Technology: Project Lead the Way: Alexa Colburn
  • Sports & Exercise Science: Eli LaDue
  • Theatre Arts: Grace Lamparyk
award winners


Outstanding Student Award recipients are joined by Lakewood Superintendent Maggie Niedzwiecki, Rocky River Assistant Superintendent Liz Anderson, Rocky River High School Principal Rob Winton and Bay High School Principal Ramsey Inman.