School News
PROSTHETIC HAND: "The trajectory of his life has changed forver." - Jim Kothe, Manny's father
Local boy receives prosthetic hand created, developed and fitted by Excel TECC CADD students 
SENIOR SEND-OFF: Congratulations Class of 2016!
Excel TECC Commencement Ceremony
THURSDAY May 12-2016
Mayfield High School
6116 Wilson Mills Road - Mayfield 44143

The 350 Excel TECC graduating seniors of the Class of 2016 will receive their Certificates of Program Completion. This class earned over $10.8 million in scholarship offerings!
Reception will follow ceremony - catered by the Culinary Arts Program.
Ceremony starts promptly at 6:30pm - Seniors are to arrive at Mayfield high school auditorium NO later than 6:00pm. Click here for student expectations sheet.
Call 440-995-6750 for more information.
FRIDAY - MAY 13-2016
@ Mayfield High School
6116 Wilson Mills Road - Mayfield 44143

8:00-8:30am - CADD Presentation @ Mayfield Innovation Center
8:30am-2:30pm - Construction Trades Workshop Open
12:00noon - Awards Presentation in Construction Trades Workshop

Donuts * Hot Dogs * Hamburgers * Raffle

Blueprints Provided by CADD Engineering
Plants Provided by Environmental Education
Art works Provided by Studio Art & Design
Graphic Design by Interactive Media
Mannequin Display created by Cosmetology
Smart Home configured by ITP

Click here to download flyer  

MAY 18
Beachwood Bistro @ Beachwood High School
25100 Fairmount Blvd - Beachwood
Culinary Arts student-run restaurant

$13.00 per person
Seating Times: 11:00am, 11:40am & 12:10pm
Reservations Required: 216-831-2080 ext. 129
PLANT SALE-Environmental Education Ctr
Gates Mills Environmental Education Center
390 County Line Road - Gates Mills
Open school days 8:00am-2:30pm

* Annuals * Hanging Baskets * Herbs *
* Perennials *
* Mixed Planters * Vegetables *

Click here for flyer and prices
STUDIO ART - OH House of Representatives Student Exhibition
Congratulations to Julia Frohlich, senior at Orange High School in the Studio Art & Design program, whose artwork was chosen to be included in the 2016 Ohio House of Representatives Student Exhibition at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The Ohio Art Education Association joined with the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Arts Council to mount a new student exhibition representing all 99 House Districts in the State of Ohio. This exhibition recognizes the talents, creativity, and innovation of students who receive high quality arts education instruction as part of their academic experience in school. Julia's mixed media piece will represent House District 12.

'Read more' for Julia's description of her artwork...
CADD Goes Global! 'Hand' Meets the President!
Congratulations to the CADD Engineering Technology program students and teacher, Craig Schmidt. In August 2015, they adopted a project that would incorporate their design and 3D printing technology skills - manufacturing a prosthetic hand. They worked with a local 3D printing manufacturer, MakerGear of Beachwood, Ohio. Eight months later their hand was featured in a presentation by MakerGear president, Rick Pollack, to President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Hannover Messe 2016 trade show in Hannover, Germany.

[photo L] At the trade show: [R-L] Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor, Rick Pollack, President Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel ['hand' is yellow/red on table]

[photo R] Lt Gov Mary Taylor, with 'hand' in hand, speaks with guest at show

Click here to view the video of the presentation [Click on Video #1] - or click on the video on the right column of this page;

Click here for more about the Hannover Messe tradeshow
Click here for more information about MakerGear

CONGRATULATIONS  to the following senior award winners who competed recently at the State FCCLA contest:

Nya Hill [Brush] - 3rd Place State winner in the Pastry Arts/Cake division [pictured with instructor Chef McHale]

Culinary Arts Team of Zak Bundus [Mayfield], Nicole Korosec [Mayfield] and Macalah Lee [Brush] - Silver Medal winners

SKILLS USA WINNERS! Construction Trades & ITP
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students from the Construction Trades program and Information Technology and Programming program who earned awards at the recent SkillsUSA State competitions!

Gold Medal & National Qualifiers: (Construction Trades) Career Pathways Showcase
Ma’Liah Cunningham (Brush)
Anthony Albino (West Geauga)
Zachary Suba (West Geauga)

Silver Medal: (ITP) Computer Programming, Brandon Amdur (Orange)

Bronze Medal: (ITP) Career Pathways Showcase
Brittany Mack (Brush)
Gage Hanks (Brush)
Thomas Citraro (Mayfield)
NATIONAL TECHNICAL HONOR SOCIETY - Congratulations 2016 Inductees
On Thursday April 14 at Mayfield High School, 66 Excel TECC students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. Students who receive this honor have maintained a 3.5 overall GPA and an 'A' in their career technical course. They are judged based on the seven traits of Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship and Leadership. This year's inductees represent all 9 of our consortium districts and 13 career technical programs. A reception was held following the ceremony. Click on 'Read More' to see the list of names...

ITP WINNERS: CoolTech Challenge
 Congratulations to Information Technology and Programming team: Brandon Amdur of Orange and Aaron Ruiz of Aurora, who earned 3rd place in the CoolTech Challenge 2016. Each has earned $1000 scholarship as well as a Best Buy gift card for their entry. 
The scholarship checks will be awarded at their 10th annual Best of Tech Awards dinner on April 21, 2016.

The CoolTech Challenge has become one of the premier coding competitions in NE Ohio. This competition is different from others in that it allows the students to choose something they want to do, rather than have something assigned to them. To find out more click here.
College Articulation-Tech Prep Night

Information for applying for College Tech Prep credits: In case there may have been confusion on the requirements from the presentation at College Articulation/Tech Prep Night held at Mayfield high school auditorium on Wednesday 9 March - please refer to the following important note:

To Be Eligible For Credit A Student Must:


1. The College Tech Prep Teacher must validate that the student metthe requirements to receive articulated credits by June 1 of the student’scurrent graduation year by either signing the back of this form along with theeligible student signature and submitting this form to the College Tech PrepOffice at LCC or by the teacher validating online the student eligibility forarticulation credits through our College Tech Prep Data Retrieval System.

2. Complete and submit a Lakeland Community College Application.

3. Successfully complete an approved high school Tech Prep programwith a GPA of B (3.0) or higher in Tech Prep courses.

4. Successfully complete Algebra II or equivalent

5. Submit an official final high school transcript to LCC no laterthan August 1 of graduation year

For more information call the Excel TECC office - 440-995-6750

Congratulations to Rick Zivny, Dave Hrudka and the students of the Construction Trades Program for their amazing performance recently at the North Central Ohio Regional SkillsUSA Competition. Our Construction Trades students distinguished themselves among a tough field of competitors which typically include competitors from full-time dedicated carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and masonry programs respectively. This was the first year for Excel TECC Construction Trades to participate in SkillsUSA and thus far, the efforts and results have been awesome!

Medalists (all medalists are State Qualifiers):
Gold Medal: Tyler Blazek, Senior, West Geauga, CARPENTRY
Silver Medal: Austin Biggs, Senior, Aurora, ELECTRICAL WIRING; earned a $1000 Scholarship from Lincoln Technical College
Bronze Medal: TEAM WORKS
Danny Matic, Senior, West Geauga
Charlie Plank, Senior, Solon
Keegan Lax, Senior, West Geauga
Parker Harris, Senior, Solon



Photos: L-R - Gold Medal, Tyler; Silver Medal, Austin; Bronze Medal Team

OTHER SKILLS CONTESTANTS: Earning Honorable Mention are Dominic DelBalso, an ITP Senior from Brush who was a finalist in the INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES contest and Nicholas Kocsis, an ITP Junior from Mayfield who was a finalist in the RELATED TECHNICAL MATHMATICS contest.

Competing in the challenging Job Interview competitions from ITP was Senior, Elijah Alexander.

Good luck at the SkillsUSA Ohio Championships on April 26, 27 in Columbus!  

CULINARY ARTS - Gold Medal Winners!!
Congratulations to the select Excel TECC culinary students who competed this past week in the FCCLA regionals at Akron East high school. Everyone brought home Gold! 

Pastry Arts - cake - Nya Hill Brush HS - received 99/100 points! Culinary Team - Seniors:
Zak Bundus - Mayfield HS; Macalah Lee - Brush HS; Nicole Korosec - Mayfield HS Culinary Team - Juniors:
Alec Moore - West Geauga HS; Sarah Messina - Brush HS; Mira Silvasy - West Geauga HS

[Photos - Top: Nya; Bottom L-R: Senior Culinary Team; Junior Culinary Team]
Mr. Bishko @ CTE Community Forum
On Thursday, February 18, 2016 Excel TECC Director, Nate Bishko was invited to participate in a Community Forum hosted by the Honorable Representative John Barnes. The forum was held at the Harvard Community Services Center and the discussion focused around Cleveland Municipal School District's vision of creating a high school devoted to Career Technical Education Programming. Mr. Bishko shared some of great data from our Excel TECC programs as well and also spoke about how CTE can benefit students and the community. It was a great event with over 50 community members attending.

[Photo] Mr. Bishko, fourth from left, and participants in the Community Forum
CADD Program Featured at STEM Benefit
The CADD Engineering Technology program was featured at the Green Tie Gala event held at Landerhaven. The event was a fundraiser to support the recently opened STEM building and programs of Mayfield City Schools. Superintendent Keith Kelly introduced to attendees Manny Kothe, 9, of Lyndhurst. Manny will, in a few weeks, be the recipient of a prosthetic hand high school students in the CADD Engineering Technology class will make in the Innovation Center using a 3-D printer.

[Photo] CADD students at the Mayfield Innovation Center also used 3-D printers to make plastic logos for businesses that sponsored the Green Tie Gala. The logos were placed on tables as centerpieces at the event. Also pictured are floral centerpieces made by the district's environmental education students.

Click here to read complete story at
Senators Lend a Hand for Excel TECC!
Nate Bishko, Director of Excel TECC, is in Columbus for the Ohio ACTE 2016 Legislative Seminar. Mr Bishko visited Senators Yuko and Patton and other legislators to talk about pertinent issues in Career Technical Education as well as some of the great things our students in Excel TECC are accomplishing.

Pictured are Senator Yuko with Mr Bishko [left] and Senator Patton with Mr Bishko [right] demonstrating the prosthetic hand produced with a 3D printer by students in the CADD Engineering Technology program.
Beachwood BUZZ features Culinary Arts program
The January 2016 issue of the Beachwood Buzz magazine features an article about the Culinary Arts program that is run at Beachwood high school and operates the Beachwood Bistro restaurant located in the high school. The Beachwood Buzz magazine is a publication 'about the Beachwood community, for the Beachwood community, and by the Beachwood community.'

Click here to download a pdf of the magazine.
Congratulations to the Student of the Month from Excel TECC Mayfield Cosmetology program - Nina Carlone. Nina was recognized at the November Mayfield school board meeting.

Click here to read about Nina
Congratulations to students in Mr. Tuhela's Landscape Construction and Design class who recently went to Millcreek Gardens for the District 3 FFA Landscape Competition and came back winners. The team included a TOP scoring student, Joshua Friedler, and a third place winner, Dakota Gray!!
The team qualified to move on to state competitions in Columbus in January.
Team members are:
Joshua Friedler, Dakota Gray, James Matras and Jarret White [alternate] from Aurora;
Sean Webb and Brandon Steffes from Mayfield;
Robert Woods from Solon;
Spencer Karkosa from West Geauga

GOOD LUCK at states!
Family Fall Fest Fun
Mayfield City Schools and the Mayfield Alliance presented the annual FAMILY FALL FEST at the Gates Mills Environmental Education Center on Saturday October 10. Lots of fun included a craft fair, games, hay rides, apple bobbing, music and a costume contest for children 12 and under. Thank you to Mayfield school board members Sue Groszek, Al Hess, Jim Teresi and George Hughes for serving as judges for the costume contest.

Click here for a photo gallery of Fall Fest
Excel TECC @ Mayfield HS Homecoming Parade

Excel TECC programs participated in the Mayfield HS Homecoming Parade on October 7. Students from CADD, Interactive Media, Medical Technologies, Culinary Arts, Environmental Education, Early Childhood Education, Fire/EMS Training Academy, Information Technology & Programming, Cosmetology and Construction Trades joined the march down Lander Road on a very pleasant fall evening.  

Click here for a photo gallery of the parade.  
The CADD Engineering Design program has been in the news recently for their latest project: manufacturing 3D printed prosthetic hands for local beneficiaries. Instructor Craig Schmidt was introduced to the idea from another teacher at the high school and jumped right in to involve his students in this real-world adventure. The CADD program is now located at the Mayfield Innovation Center.

Click here for the report on
Click here for the Fox 8 news story
Click here for 3D Printing Magazine article
The Ohio Department of Education has released the 2015 Career Technical Planning District report cards. This data is from our class of 2013. We are pleased to announce that Excel TECC received “A’s” in all categories evaluated. We also met ALL federal indicators. 

Click here for a pdf of the Report Card

Excel TECC is featured in Achieve’s national narrative, which highlights how career and technical centers are preparing students for success in college and career. The narrative also includes a description of Ohio’s state-level approach to career-technical education and state-level data that indicates how career-tech does indeed prepare students for success beyond high school. Stories of three career-technical centers will be peppered throughout the narrative, along with student profiles.

This award was based on data analysis that includes post secondary placement, technical skill assessments, college attendance amongst others. EXCEL TECC is honored to have been selected to be highlighted nationally by the education think tank, Achieve. 

Click here to read the report: SEIZING THE FUTURE-How Ohio's Career-Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Careers
Building Info
Excel TECC
6116 Wilson Mills Road
Mayfield Village, OH 44143

Principal: Nathan Bishko

Important Numbers:

Administration: (440)-995-6750
Attendance: (440)-995-6765
Fax: (440)-995-6755
Main Office: (440)-995-6750

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