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Fairfield Career Center recognized with a Purple Star designation

Fairfield Career Center recognized with a Purple Star designation

GROVEPORT– Fairfield Career Center was recently named one of more than 150 schools in Ohio to receive the Purple Star designation from the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce.

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce announced that 171 Ohio schools have received the Purple Star designation as members of the Purple Star Class of 2024. Purple Star schools demonstrate a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to the armed forces of our country. Ninety-seven schools in Ohio received the esteemed distinction for the first time, and 74 schools received renewal after three years as dedicated Purple Star Schools.

“Achieving the Purple Star designation demonstrates Fairfield Career Center’s continued commitment to providing exceptional service to our military-connected students and their families as they transition to their next step after high school, symbolized by the ‘E ‘ of Enlistment,” FCC Director Beau Stidham said in a press release. “This commitment extends beyond the current graduating class to future cohorts. It is a commitment to providing support, recognition and achievement to all students and their families. I am proud to be part of a team that collectively values ​​the importance of nurturing the academic, technical and professional development of our students.”

To be eligible for the award, schools select a staff member to serve as a liaison between military families and the school. These liaisons complete professional development, identify students associated with the military, and facilitate support throughout the school community for identified students and families. Assistant Principals Heather Tinsley and Angela Fuentes will serve as liaisons for students and families at the Fairfield Career Center. Helping the FCC earn the Purple Star designation, serving families connected to the military and supporting students interested in military service is personal for both. Before becoming an educator, Tinsley served in the U.S. Army National Guard. Fuentes is the proud parent of a soldier, currently serving in the United States Army.

“Maintaining the Purple Star designation is indeed critical to providing a support system for students connected to the military,” Tinsley said. “It underlines the commitment to understanding and effectively addressing their needs, which is critical to ensuring their success in education. This commitment to supporting those who have served our country and their families is not only important, it is essential to honor their sacrifices.”

The Purple Star schools also participate in at least one supporting activity every year. The Purple Star Class of 2024 includes schools that host monthly club meetings, provide professional education to all educators on the unique considerations of military-connected students, implement peer-to-peer transition programs or host school-wide celebrations honoring military students and families.

On April 25, Fairfield Career Center held its first such celebration by honoring 13 students who committed to enlist in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Fairfield Career Center will receive the designation for three years, after which it can apply for an extension of the designation. The complete list of award winners and active Purple Star schools is available on the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce’s Purple Star School webpage.