The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

November 22, 2012

A-Tech expanding programs to offer more choices for county students to prepare for future careers

JEFFERSON — There have been exciting changes in the Career Technical Labs at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center, including in the Public Safety Academy and the addition of a new Pharmaceutical Tech program.

The Public Safety Academy has a new instructor, Van Robison. Robison was interested in the position not only because of his professional connections to former instructor, Keith Stewart, who began the program in 2003, but also because the academy had such a great reputation. Robison said that he had experience working with students at the high school level, as well as at the college level through his presentations on homicide investigation and computer forensic presentations at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus.

Robison served for a total of 29 years with the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department, achieving the rank of detective lieutenant. The first 17 years of his career, Robison worked in the road patrol division. He then moved up into the Detective Bureau for six years and ultimately was promoted to the position of lieutenant in the Detective Bureau, which he operated for six years. Robison’s strengths are what brought him to A-tech, especially on the criminal justice side. Experience with both the investigative as well as the administrative operations side of his profession is what makes him love his job and enjoy sharing his passion with students. Robison said that the Public Safety Academy seems to attract students well equipped to work in the police and fire fields, both of which require a high level of maturity and discipline. Robison now has a new appreciation for the career of fire fighting, which is a very tactical field.

The Public Safety Academy is an immense opportunity for students to obtain all kinds of certifications.

“For my first year teaching, I am very blessed with two very good groups of students, that being the juniors and the seniors,” Mr. Robison said. “This is one of the best opportunities young adults have; it prepares them for many public safety fields that include EMT, fire fighter, law enforcement officer, parole officer, corrections officer and dispatcher.”

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