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Excel TECC APPLICATIONS - NOW for 2018-2019

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will be interviewed for each program they apply to. Interview Day is Thursday January 11, 2018 as a field trip [to Mayfield high school] during the school day - contact your home school counselor for information.
Apply by Monday Janury 8 to meet the guaranteed slot deadline. Please bring to your interview any materials required by the program, e.g. a portfolio for Studio Art & Design and Interactive Media. Performing Arts Academy will be holding auditions on that day - go to their page on this website for details.
Click here to apply or click on the 'Show Menu' on this page to find the 'Apply to Excel TECC' link.
Browse our website to explore career technical offerings; Questions: contact 440-995-6750

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
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FEATURED on WKYC's Lakeside Today program was a segment about the Performing Arts Academy housed at Chagrin Falls high school:
The Academy for the Performing Arts in Chagrin Falls is celebrating their 10th Anniversary! The Academy’s Teacher & Administrative Director, Dusten Welch and student, Autumn Key talk about the academy, their anniversary plans & upcoming shows!

Click on video on right hand side to view..
Click here to go to Lakeside Today site
Click here to go to for story and video of 'Ragtime'

CULINARY ARTS Students Donate to Hurricane Relief


This Fall, the Excel TECC culinary program decided to take action in the form of raising funds for hurricane relief. The culinary program is associated with the American Culinary Federation which is a local and nation level professional organization for food professionals. That being said, the junior class and senior classes decided to collaborate to raise funds for the American Culinary Federation’s Disaster Relief Fund. 

This fund gives financial assistance to fellow food professionals nationwide who have been affected by the recent severe weather conditions all over our country. Together, the classes raised $175.35. Well done culinarians!   

CONGRATULATIONS Excel TECC National Winners!!

The 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Louisville Kentucky on June 19th-24th. The students of Excel TECC did a magnificent job representing our CTE Consortium as well as the State of Ohio at the 2017 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Championships. Our students were amidst over 6,000 student competitors, all state gold medal champions, representing the top one-percent of all career-technical education students in America including DC and three territories.

-ITP students David Bryson, Max Kotlan and Joshua Jaffe - First Place/Gold Medal
-W-E Cosmetology student Savanna Kubish - Gold Medal
-Welding student Joseph Jarmuszkiewicz - Gold Medal
-CADD students Devon Medsker, Emily Pietrantone and Ryan Previte - National Finalists
-ITP student Dominic Ferrante - National Finalist
-Construction Trades students Kyle Ross, David Gelo and Charlie Cole - 13th place finish
-ITP juniors Max Brinton and Mitchell McLauglin - 21st place finish
Click 'MORE+' below for details of contests

A sincere thank you to all our advisors and supporters: Mr. Eubank, Welding Instructor at NCI, CADD instructor Mr. Schmidt and Construction Trades Instructor Mr. Zinvy as well as Mrs. Roseum of NCI who joined us in Louisville. Also an extra thank you to Mr. Eubank for his assistance with uniforms and transportation.

For further information on SkillsUSA or the 2017 NLSC, visit

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Two teams of ITP earned 2nd and 3rd place in the 2017 RITE Board Cool Tech Challenge. Students are asked to develop or write up a concept for a website, software or mobile app focusing on an idea that would be creative, innovative and impactful. These are evaluated by industry specialists who choose the winning team projects. There were over 200 projects submitted from across Northeast Ohio for this year's challenge.
2nd Place - *Max Kotlan and *David Bryson for their Wild Plant ID project; Wild Plant ID is a custom iOS app developed for Friends of Euclid Creek. It is a botanist's field guide that is geographically customizable to any wilderness region. Representatives of Wayne National Forest, the Cuyahoga National Park, and Cleveland Metro Park have inquired about adopting this app. Max and David will share a $1500 scholarship.
3rd Place - *Alex Tramontanto, *Dominic Ferrante, *Brendan Nolan and *Simon Livshits for their Lyndhurst Community Presbyterian Church website project []. They will divide a $1000 scholarship among them.


In mid-April, a team of 44 Excel TECC students competed in the SkillsUSA State Championships in Columbus. Of the 44 students, 24 medaled and 12 of those are National Qualifiers. Earning a medal at state places one in the TOP 150 in the country in their respective field and earning a Gold Medal places one in the TOP 50 in the country. National qualifiers will travel to Louisville in June to compete with over 5,000 other state gold medalists from the US.

CONGRATULATIONS and Best of Luck at Nationals to the following:
CADD Engineering: Gold Medal Team in Engineering & Manufacturing Showcase - *Devon Medsker, *Emily Pietrantone and *Ryan Previte [National Qualifiers];
Construction Trades: Gold Medal in Architecture and Construction Showcase - *David Gelo and *Kyle Ross [National Qualifiers]; Bronze Medal in Carpentry - *Charlie Cole;
Information Technology & Programming: Gold Medal Team in Information Technology Showcase - *David Bryson and *Max Kotlan [National Qualifiers]; Gold Medal Team in Web Design - *Max Brinton and *William Horvat [National Qualifiers]; Gold Medal in Computer Programming - *Dominic Ferrante [National Qualifier]; Silver Medal Team in Video Game Development - *Ryan Dockman and *Paul Stifler; Silver Medal in Technical Computer Applications - *Joshua Jaffe; Bronze Medal Team in Information Technology Showcase - *Simon Livshits, *Brendan Nolan and *Alex Tramontanto; Bronze Medal in Computer Programming - *Richard Sent;
Medical Technologies: Silver Medal in Job Skills Demonstration - *Kayla Blake; 4th Place Team in Health Knowledge Bowl - *Lauren Boral, *Tessa George, *Jack Hann and *Erica Herchick;
Fire/EMS Training Academy: Silver Medal in Public Safety Showcase - *Junior Class


CONGRATULATIONS to the 72 juniors and seniors who were inducted in the National Technical Honor Society on April 13. The 2017 NTHS induction ceremony was held at Mayfield high school. Students represented all ten consortium districts and eleven consortium high schools.These students have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic excellence, extra-curricular activities, employability, service to school and community, leadership and character by inviting them to apply for membership into the National Technical Honor Society. They must maintain a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and 'A' in their career tech classes.

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STUDIO ART & DESIGN State & National Winners!!

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the national award recipients of the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards given to teens in grades 7-12. A record-breaking 330,000 works, including poetry, photography, sculpture, humor, editorial cartoons, and video-game design, were submitted at the regional level. The 1,300 medalists will be awarded on June 8 National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners from Studio Art & Design:
*Grace Bohlen [Solon senior] - Gold Medal Sculpture 'Wings of Grace' [also Fowl Representation/Gold Key; Reeling/Silver Key; The Queen/Silver Key; Farewell/Silver Key; Feathered Friends/Silver Key]
*Camryn Fish [Orange senior] - Gold Medal  Fashion 'Harmony' [also Puff/Silver Key]
*Andrew Kousa [Orange junior] - Gold Medal Drawing/Illustration 'Woodshop Class' [also Skulls in Pastel/Gold Key; Gesture of an Owl and Squirrel/Gold Key]
Photos [L-R]: Grace, Camryn, Andrew's drawing
*Sarah Tuttle - Used/Gold Key; *Thayer Sindelar - Lepomis/Gold Key; *Duncan Daugherty - Tools of the Trade/Silver Key
Regional Contest Winners:
The Exhibition is a non-profit organization established in 1970 to promote the arts and to reward the youth of Ohio for their achievement in the visual arts. The 2017 Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition is a 300 piece show of artwork by Ohio high school students in grades 9-12 selected from 12,000 student entries.
CONGRATULATIONS to Grace Bohlen who will have her oil painting triptych in the show


Thirty-five Environmental Education students traveled to Mahoning County JVS recently to compete in the district FFA Floriculture Contest.
2nd Place Team Winners: *Danielle Kaufman [also 2nd Place Individual winner], Rayne Gasbarrino, R.J. Berger and Kaylen Anderson
3rd Place Team Winners: *Madison Morra [also 1st Place Individual winner], Jada Harrison, Zack Kudroff and Anthony Eagan
4th Place Team Winners: *Dana Frank, Tess Harold, Dwayne Claytor and Hannah Lassiter

Business Academy WINNERS!

Congratulations to Business Academy students who have won awards in several contests:

DECA Regionals [all students will advance to state competition]-
Seniors: *Mario Contreras & Soarb Myrtaj: Marketing Management Team Decision Making - 2nd Place *Anthony Ahmad, Daria Pahoresky, & Summer McNeal: Independent Business Plan - Automatic, 30 Page Report/Interview

Juniors: *Angelle McIntire: Accounting Applications Series - 5th Place *Colin Segulin: Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series - 1st Place *Collin Urbania: Business Finance Series - 2nd Place *Tana Bankhead & Jasmine Gaskin: Start-Up Business Plan - Automatic, 30 Page Report/Interview *Sharnae Emory: Start-Up Business Plan - Automatic, 30 Page Report/Interview *Keenan Harden: Professional Selling - 3rd Place

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to all students who went to the DECA State contest and placed in the Top Ten in their event: *Tana Bankhead & Jasmine Gaskin; *Sharnae Emory; *Keenan Harden; *Angelle McIntire; *Collin Urbania; *Anthony Ahmad, Daria Pahoresky & Summer McNeal; Mario Contreras & Soarb Myrtaj

University Schools Pitchfest-
*Mario Contreras, Mayfield - Top Ten

Veale Venture Challenge/Case Western University-
*Angelle McIntire, West Geagua - First Place/Local Competition - Finalist for advancing

CONGRATULATIONS Environmental Ed Winners!

In October the FFA District 3 Landscape Competition was held at Holden Arboretum where nine teams and 127 students competed. Mr Tuhela's entire Landscape Construction & Design class participated. Our team came in second. Junior Brandon Best placed second overall. This qualifies us to go onto FFA states in January.

Team members

Brandon Best West Geauga Junior
Jarrett White Aurora Senior
Robert Woods Solon Senior
Kai Beller Brush Senior
Tyus Williams Brush Senior
Spencer Karkoska West Geauga Junior
Sam Karkoska West Geauga senior
Noah Amato West Geauga Senior (Alternate)

Congratulations and Good Luck at States!


Thursday October 20 was the date for the Excel TECC Grand Tour 2016!

Fifty-five school administrators, counselors, school board members, and community/business leaders  braved the gray skies to travel around to Excel TECC programs at Mayfield high school, Mayfield Innovation Center, North high school, Northern Career Institute-Eastlake, Northern Career Institute-Willoughby, Beachwood high school and Brush high school. Featured this year were programs new the Excel TECC consortium from Willoughby-Eastlake schools and brand-new at Brush high school for 2017-2018: Exercise Science and Sports Rehabilitation.
Click here to view Grand Tour Photo Gallery

Anyone who could not make the tour, please call anytime to set up a time to visit and find out more information: Joe Hayes 440-995-6761.

CADD at Manufacturing Day

Formtek Metal Forming Inc., located in Warrensville Heights, held one of the 2,619 National Manufacturing Day, also known as MFG Day, events happening across the country.

National Manufacturing Day, held annually on the first Friday in October, “is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers,” according to the MFG Day website,

Formtek’s event ... collaborated with 19 other Northeast Ohio companies, manufacturers and colleges to set up informational exhibits for students at the Formtek facility located at 4899 Commerce Parkway.

Students ... tried their hand at picking up small plastic balls with a 3-D printed prosthetic hand made the students of EXCEL TECC’s Computer Aided Design and Drafting Engineering Technologies program.

Click here to read article in News Herald

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 8. 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 teacher Rebecca Schmidt, Excel TECC Cathy Catullo, and Mayfield school board members Sue Groszek, Al Hess, and George Hughes for serving as judges for the costume contest.

Click here for a photo gallery of Fall Fest

On-Line Registration for NEW NON-MAYFIELD students in MAYFIELD programs

Any new Non-Mayfield Excel TECC student that has been accepted into a program hosted by MAYFIELD High School must fill out the Mayfield Online Registration. This includes the following programs:
Construction Trades
Cosmetology @ Mayfield
CADD Engineering Technology
Career Based Intervention
Environmental Education
Fire/EMS Training Academy
Information Technology & Programming [ITP]
Interactive Media
Job Training
Medical Technologies

Click to begin the Online Registration

Students attending all other programs do not need to complete this registration.Click the link above to read the step by step instructions.

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

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

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.


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

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