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September 22, 2013
The Herald-Star

CHANGES: Eastern Gateway Community College has announced four changes in its academic ranks:

Christine Elliot is the program administrator of the LPN to RN ACCESS Program at the Valley Center, Youngstown; Judy Miller moved from director of career services and alumni to instructor of business technologies in the administrative assistant program on the Jefferson County campus; Jennie Scott became a health technologies instructor in the nursing program at the Valley Center; and John "Jack" Thayer became an instructor for the welding program and a workforce instructor.

Elliot of Andover holds a master's degree in nursing as a women's health nurse practitioner and a bachelor's degree in nursing, both from Kent State University.

Prior to joining Eastern Gateway, she was director of educational services for Valley Care Health System in Warren. She also is an RN NCLEX live review instructor for Pearson. Previously, she was an instructor and coordinator for the LPN to RN ACCESS program at Lorain County Community College.

Elliot is a member of Sigma Theta Tau-Delta XI Chapter and Ohio League of Nursing.

Miller of Toronto earned two associate of applied business degrees in business management and executive secretarial from Eastern Gateway, a bachelor's degree in business management from Wheeling Jesuit University and a master's degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University.

She began her career at the college in 1975 as a part-time secretary and then secretary to the director of counseling and career planning services. In 2000, Miller was appointed director of career services and alumni. She also has been an adjunct instructor since 1992.

Scott of Richmond holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

She taught part time at the college before her advancement. She also works as a registered nurse at Weirton Medical Center.

Thayer of Ellwood City, Pa., graduated from Lincoln Electric Comprehensive Welding School and attended Beaver and Butler Community Colleges. He did a four-year apprenticeship with Plumbers and Steamfitters L.U. 47. He has 40 years of experience in welding, fabricating and industrial production and construction.

He belongs to the American Welding Society as a certified welding inspector and a certified welding educator.

LEADERSHIP: West Virginia University's Extension Service is offering its Community Leadership Academy Oct. 3-4 at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown.

The keynote speaker is Ed Morrison, MBA, JD and regional economic development adviser for Purdue University.

It's an opportunity to learn about innovative projects that can be put to work in a community, develop leadership skills in local government administration, collaboration and strategy and discover avenues for collaborating.

For information, go to

Mountaineer names quarterly honoree

NEWELL - Patti Toomey was recognized as Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort's Team Member of the Quarter.

Toomey has been employed at Mountaineer since December 2002. As purchasing agent, she is involved in almost every item, product, service and capital improvement at Mountaineer. She supports the operational departments by providing quality products, delivered on time and saving the company thousands of dollars, officials said.

Team members are nominated by their specific department and the winner is selected by the resort's executives.

Others who were nominated include Tom Chambers (doorman), Charles Copestick (security), Tom Dama (casino dealer), Tina Davis (gaming housekeeping), Kevin DeCesare (slot tech), Paul Duffy (bartender), Debbie Gamble (mutual teller), Tim Garcia (gaming housekeeping), Charles Higgens (hotel housekeeping), Chris Kernen (steward), Robert Reed (placing judge), Kenny Reynolds (maintenance) and Rhonda Rohraugh (poker dealer).

ESC tops in homeschooling

STEUBENVILLE - Jefferson County Educational Service Center's Virtual Learning Academy was awarded the Top Homeschooling Curriculum Award for 2013 by

The honor was awarded after a team review from and vote by home school families, using online curriculum.

In existence since 2001, JCESC VLA offers more than 100 courses that are aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards and is one of only eight ESCs in the nation to receive national accreditation by North Central Association on Accreditation and School Improvement, an accreditation division of AdvancED.

The academy provides a portfolio of web-based curriculum spanning grades kindergarten through 12th, offered through a user-friendly Learning Management System that can be navigated by students of all ages and abilities.

For information and full course listing from the JCESC Virtual Learning Academy, visit the website at:, e-mail or call (740) 283-3347.


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