When Springfield-Clark Career Technology Student Tehya Maxwell was assigned to write a profile about a person of interest for her College Credit Plus English class, she knew just who to choose: her older brother, Travis Maxwell. Travis is a Springfield-Clark CTC graduate who completed the Electrical Trades program and is now the owner of M5 LLC Goods and Services. Read on to see what Tehya learned during their interview.
Drive, Determination and Hardwork
By Tehya Maxwell
My big brother Travis Maxwell is an outstanding example of drive, determination, and hard work. He began young, navigating his way to eventually arrive where he is in his career now - on the road to success, building his business from the ground up. Travis embodies persistence.
“CTC is an amazing place to get a start for your career. They do a really good job at preparing you for a running start into your career choice,” conveys Travis. Travis attended Springfield Clark Career Technical Center (CTC) his junior and senior year, studying electrical trades. He believes that his time spent at CTC made an enormous impact on who he is today and really helped him advance in his career.
Once leaving CTC he went to Saturn Electrical Services where he worked for 5 years. His very first job in his time there was ironically located at CTC, running the electrical for the Jaguar Room, which was being remodeled. After branching off from Saturn, Travis went to Triec Electrical for 8 years. At Triec he spent a lot of time working his way up in the company. He managed things like the pre fabrication shop and spent a lot of time as a field superintendent.
After working many years at Triec, he realized there was no more room for him to grow. Triec was family-owned and oriented; the positions above his were held by family members meaning the only way for him to be promoted was for someone in the family to retire.
“My family’s need for a larger income played a big part in my decision, also. You see, with my wife as a stay-at-home-mother, my income is all this family of 5 has to survive. As my family ages and my children grow, the cost of living rises,” he notes. “Spending another 10 years working my way up at another company would not bring enough cash flow fast enough. So I decided I would put myself in a position to let my financial worth be decided by work ethic and drive to succeed.”
The young entrepreneur then decided he was going to create his own business, M5 Goods & Services. He made the decision believing it would be the most beneficial to the life he is creating for his family. While he admits his decision was stressful and can come with doubt, his motivation is even greater. “I am motivated by my children. I have spent a lot of time trying to teach my children that hard work and dedication is the way to live. That your only limitation is one's self. I want them to see that with enough will and determination your goals can be accomplished,” describes Travis.
“Drive,” is what my brother proclaims, is the key to success. “Failure is only the beginning of progress,” he continues. “It takes a lot of heart and will to pick yourself back up and continue to push forward when you are tired and weak.” Travis contends: “I have not succeeded yet. Many people may argue with that, but in my mind, success brings along a certain level of comfort and feelings of completion. I do not want that, as I have way too many things left to accomplish. I may have had a few good moments here and there, but the big picture is yet to be completed.”
While paying attention to Travis’s interview, I grew curious about what made him the humble, hardworking man he is now. He expresses, “I owe a lot of what I am doing today to my father. He taught me a lot of things as a child. I hated it back then, he would make me help anytime something needed to be fixed. Back then, I did not understand what he was doing for me. I learned how to fix leaky pipes and to repair our vehicles. I now use those skills to keep my own equipment running and to complete my jobs I take on.” As we conversed about his other motivators and/or inspirations, he recalled a poem titled “The Test of Man,” that a teacher read to him in high school that he uses now as a constant reminder to stay driven. In addition, Travis admired the older gentlemen he worked with; he watched and listened to them always absorbing new information and skills.
“The best for me is knowing the sky's the limit. There is no one to seek approval from when I have ideas on how to accomplish my goals and aspirations.” Travis appreciates the feeling of accomplishment he gets when his customers are satisfied with his work. He enjoys knowing he can make the vision in his clients minds come to life with the work he can do. “When I complete a job and see the customers smile and sense of joy it brings me joy,” he claims.
When his drive, determination, hard work, and success are undeniable, he still remains humble. Travis plans on spending much more time on his company to create something memorable and helpful to the community.
To conclude our interview I asked Travis, "What are your favorite characteristics about yourself?"
Travis humbly replied, “I am not sure. Never really thought about it, I guess. I will leave it up to everyone else to decide.”
September 24, 2021
Dear SCCTC Family,
The 2021-2022 school year is underway, and we are beyond elated to have our students back in the classrooms. Watching our teachers and staff engage in the love of teaching and working with your students - students who chose us - is why we continue to lead workforce development education in this community. Our goal is to maintain in-person learning full-time, five days a week. We firmly believe this is the best way to deliver hands-on career technical education and it is essential to the social-emotional wellbeing of the whole student. The only way we can continue to reinforce an environment dedicated to ensuring students are career ready, college ready, AND life ready is with your support.
As the school year began, our hope was to move past the COVID-19 stresses experienced over the past 18 months. However, we knew that we had to be prepared to adjust our safety protocols quickly and efficiently if unsafe health conditions emerged.
An analysis of our data between August 31, 2021 - September 19, 2021, indicates we can do better at keeping students in school. Please find relevant data points below:
- Approximately 260 staff or students were isolated or quarantined
- 33/260 or 12.7% were positive cases that had to be isolated
- 227/260 students were identified as contacts to a positive case in either the community or at the SCCTC
- 66/227 or 32% of staff or students identified as close contacts were able to remain in school-based upon quarantine guidelines surrounding distance, face masks, and/or vaccination status
- 32/227 or 14% of students identified within the school setting were within close contact during lunch; a space where only vaccination status may permit a student to remain in school pending the distance from the positive case
- 104/227 or 46% of staff or students who, when applying quarantine guidelines, were required to be quarantined based on contact within the school setting
When all factors are considered, approximately 46% of those quarantined would have been able to remain in school if they had been wearing a face mask.
Keeping Students in School
When determining whether a student is unable to come to school due to quarantine, the District is required to follow the Guidelines for Quarantine After Exposure in the K-12 Classroom Settings, published by the ODH and CCCHD.
Our two main objectives are to keep students and staff safe AND to keep students learning in person. With that said, according to the CDC, ODH, and CCCHD guidelines for quarantine after exposure in K-12 settings, vaccinated individuals may remain in the classroom and participate in extracurricular activities, sports, and/or early placement opportunities as long as they are symptom-free. Additionally, if the exposed individual was unvaccinated, but wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing, they can also remain in the classroom and participate in sports, extracurricular activities, and/or early placement opportunities as long as they are symptom-free. This is only possible under the following conditions:
- Masking for students and staff (regardless of vaccination status).
- Strategies to maximize physical distancing (at least 3 feet social distance).
- Documented COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures (identification of individuals experiencing symptoms, strategies to increase ventilation, protocols for cleaning, etc.).
Our masking requirement applies to anyone on our campus, including visitors. If you will be visiting our campus for any reason, please plan to bring a face mask to wear. We also have disposable masks available in the school office.
As a public school district, it is our responsibility to provide students with the best possible education. Knowing from past experience that students learn best in-person - especially CTE lab experience - the SCCTC will continue to proactively implement every possible level of protection to ensure the safety of our students and staff and remain in the classroom.
Therefore, to continue safe in-person instruction and limit the number of required quarantines, the District will require masks for all students, staff, and visitors inside all district buildings beginning Monday, September 27, 2021.
Labs in which industry standards indicate masking poses a risk to the safety of the individual will be the exception. In these labs, instructors will ensure safety and distancing.
Students who are unable to safely wear a mask due to disability or who may qualify for an approved exemption should contact our school nurse to obtain the necessary exemption form. Exemptions only apply to the requirement to wear a mask. It does not exempt the student from the impact of quarantine.
Please note that data will be reviewed on a weekly basis to determine the necessity of masking.
Career Ready. College Ready. Life Ready.
Based on community voice, the District is aware that parents and students exist on both sides of the mask debate. We are not here to debate the science of masking, but we do believe that we can keep more students in school learning by applying the quarantine guidelines with respect to mask-wearing. The Springfield-Clark CTC Board of Education and District Administration value and respect the perspectives of all of our families. I ask you to come together and support one another to ensure the health and safety of our students and keep them all learning in person together.
Thank you, stay well, and know that we will continue to make sure we do our part in making sure our students are Career Ready. College Ready. Life Ready.
Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center
Clark County students in Mrs. Angela Yake’s Cyber Security program have earned a $15,000 prize in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition through Donors Choose.
Clark County students in the Cyber Security program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center earned a spot during the 2020-2021 school year as semi-finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, securing a $15,000 prize in Samsung technology and classroom supplies for the program.
The Springfield-Clark CTC was the only semi-finalist team in the state of Ohio in the competition that challenges students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities.
Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Angela Yake’s students chose to pursue technology solutions to make students feel more connected to the classroom when they are learning at home, including augmented and virtual reality. The project’s applications can be extended to provide solutions for high-risk individuals, including elderly or immune-deficient individuals, to connect with family and friends.
“Real-world applications and hands-on learning are key components of the engaging educational experience we offer at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center,” said Superintendent Michelle Patrick. “This project is an exceptional example of how students can be empowered through their learning to explore and implement solutions to key issues affecting our communities.”
The SCCTC team included twelve students: Grayce Tipton, Victoria McFadden, Jay Lee, Nathan Dirlam, Hunter Cantrell, Austin Keyton, Owen Kojola, Bryce Dray, Samual Hendershot, Shane Sprinkle, Shakor Gilbert, and Joshua Weng.