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Mid-East names 2011 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees

Published: October 17, 2011 9:04 AM
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ZANESVILLE This year the Mid-East Career and Technology Centers Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame recognized five outstanding alumni as truly exceptional examples of success in their chosen career paths. This marks the ninth year for the hall of fame and a total of 36 inductees. Each year the community submits nominees for the award and nominees are asked to complete an application. The applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of Mid-East Advisory Committee members. Inductees are selected based on career success, community involvement, accomplishments and recognition, and answers to a series of reflective questions regarding their personal experiences. The 2011 inductees are as follows:

Douglas E. Baker

Douglas E. Baker graduated from the Ag Processing Program and Meadowbrook High School in 1986. He worked his way up from meat apprentice to meat manager at Super Duper in Cambridge. He then spent the next 15 years working in a factory and raising his two sons before he fell back to what he loves doing. He now manages the meat department at Riesbecks in New Concord.

Baker has been able to use his skills to give back in the community. He made arrangements for his meat department to become the main meat supplier for the College Drive Food Pantry in New Concord, where over 150 families are served each week. He has also passed on the importance of Career Technical Education on to his children Clint, who graduated from the Natural Resource Conservation Program last year and Avery who is currently a junior in the program.

Baker said, If it werent for my education at Mid-East I wouldnt be where I am today.

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He also recommends Mid-East to others because the skills you gain are helpful all through life.

Stephanie Glassmire

Stephanie Glassmire graduated from the Early Childhood Education Program and Maysville High School in 1997. Upon graduation from Mid-East, she went on to receive her Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Zane State College in 1999 and her Bachelor of Arts in Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate from Muskingum University in 2008. During the time she was earning her degrees, she worked at Mid-East as an Instructional Assistant in the preschool. In August of 2008, she was hired as a teacher for students with multiple disabilities at Glenford Elementary School. She went on to earn her reading endorsement in 2009 and her Masters of Arts in Education in Intervention Specialist Moderate to Intensive this past August.

Glassmire is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of two-year colleges and was nominated for Whos Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She is an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the National Education Association and also volunteers for many community activities and childrens parties at the Moose Lodge in Zanesville.

Glassmire said, The best thing about Mid-East is the hands-on type of education I experienced.

She said she would recommend Mid-East to others because its a great way to begin a career.

Michael Dean Mason

Michael Dean Mason graduated from the Industrial Electronics Program and Philo High School in 1984. He began his career as an Electronics Copier Technician with Ohio Valley Office Equipment, then Putnam Appliance followed by Electra Sound where he also served as a supervisor. In 1999, he became employed by AEP where he currently serves as an IT SCADA Engineering Manager. He earned his Associates of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from Columbus State Community College in 1999; his Bachelors in Technical Management from Devry University in 2001 and his MBA from Franklin University in 2005.

Michael is actively involved with Brookside Baptist Church as a deacon, trustee, adult Sunday school teacher and Youth Leader. He is also a strong supporter of United Way of America, Operation Feed- Mid-Ohio Bank and the Stowe Baptist Food Kitchen.

Mason said, The skills I learned at Mid-East gave me a great start and I have applied what I learned in both my professional and personal life. The best things about Mid-East are the teaching staff, faculty, friendships formed, and the ability to excel in your field of choice.

Tom Orr

Tom Orr graduated from the Cosmetology Program and Cambridge High School in 1979.

He started out working at the Sunrise Center salon in Zanesville and for the past 30 years has served as owner/operator of Modern Movements in Cambridge, which he opened in 1981. In 2007, after six years as a Cambridge Township trustee, he was elected for his current position as Mayor of Cambridge.

In the community, Orr is a member of the Cambridge Lions Club, a nine year member of the Cambridge Park Board, served for eight years on the Zoning and Planning Committee, is a member and trustee of the Trinity Baptist Church, and was a member of the levy committee for Mid-East Career and Technology Centers. In 1993, he was named Small Businessman of the Year.

Orr said, The skills I learned while at Mid-East helped me establish the life-goals I needed and gave me the self-confidence I needed to go out into the world and open and run my own successful business.

Charles Michael Mike Rutledge

Mike Rutledge graduated from the Welding Program and Maysville High School in 1971. He began his career in the United States Navy as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. Upon retirement from the Navy, he was employed as a Technical Consultant involved in research, analysis and documentation of various Aviation Life Support System Programs. He is currently employed by the US Government involved in Aircraft Accident Investigation as well as In Service/Maintenance Engineering and Integrated Logistics Support concerning cartridge/propellant actuated devices for aviation life support in Navy, Marine, Air Force and Army aircraft.

During his Naval career, Rutledge received four Navy Achievement and three Naval Commendation medals, he was designated Instructor and later achieved designation as Master Training Specialist. He graduated various schools including Aviation Structural Mechanic, Naval Instructor School, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Course, and Aircraft Escape System Familiarization schools. During his US Government employment, he graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, was selected for and graduated from the Aircraft Accident Investigation course of study at the National Transportation and Safety Board Academy and was selected for the Michael R. Grost Award by the national organization SAFE (Safety And Flight Equipment) for outstanding support of aircraft mishap investigations.

Rutledge said, Through my participation in the student organizations at Mid-East I learned enhanced skills as well as the development of positive values and social skills.

He credits Mid-East saying the skills he learned here were and are useful throughout life.

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