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MCTC Educators Rising Students Place FIRST in State Contests!

Members of the Educators Rising chapter at Monroe County Technical Center placed first in state competition.  Winners were:  Children's Literature PreK - K First Place - Abby Craghead and Morgan Mills, Creative Lecture First Place - Michael Fraley,  Educator's Rising Moment First Place - Sierra Broyles, and Impromptu Speaking First Place - Michael Fraley.  Students competed virtually, due to COVID-19, and excelled in their skills and leadership.  Mrs. Julie Bradley, Careers in Education instructor at MCTC, praised the students for their hard work and great execution of their skills.  CTE Director Tricia King added, "In this very different school year, it is amazing to see students hang on to motivation and the desire to achieve great things.  We are so proud of their efforts!"   The contests were a showcase of each student's skills, creativity and leadership.  They are all eligible to compete in national competition in June.

MCTC HOSA Chapter Members Score BIG at State Competition

The week of March 15-20 found Monroe County Technical Center students competing in contests and leading the state at the virtual WV HOSA State Leadership Conference.  HOSA is a co-curricular organization for students in Health Sciences programs of study.  Through HOSA, students learn and practice valuable industry and leadership skills.  MCTC is home to two health science programs of study and two HOSA chapters; Therapeutic Services and Biomedical Science PLTW.

This year's contests winners were:

First Place: Prepared Public Speaking, Kendra Munsey
First Place: Behavioral Health, Bryceson Whitt
First Place: HOSA Bowl, Cole Thomas, Isabel Adkins, Jordan Lowe, Maddie McMillion
First Place: Creative Problem Solving, Katie Willis, Aliyah Mullins, Brooklyn Lester

MCTC's own Katie Willis served as HOSA State President this year , fulfilling her duties and presiding virtually due to COVID-19.

"These students and their advisors, Mrs. Erin Sowers and Ms. Jessica Allen, can be very proud of their accomplishments.  They are great examples of resiliency and perseverance throughout this very different school year," stated CTE Director Tricia King.  She added, "The pandemic definitely changed how the State Leadership Conference, and the school year, look.  But these individuals are not only surviving - they are thriving!"

MCTC Biomedical Science Students are Making Connections and Taking Charge!

Three students from the MCTC Biomedical Science program have made an important move toward the future.  See the photo and article below. As MCTC Biomedical Science PLTW instructor Jessica Allen noted, "These students have each participated as leaders of our Simulated Workplace program.  It's great to see them moving forward with their plans for the future, using those leadership skills."

SGT Wheeler, William Sneddon, James Sneddon and Jacob Craft
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Mr. Tom Gardinier

Passing of the Torch at Monroe County Technical Center

Mr. Marshall Neel, longtime beloved instructor of Business Education at Monroe County Technical Center, has now retired.  While he retired from his education profession, he remains busy as a successful entrepreneur and businessman.  Mr. Neel’s years of commitment and excellence as an educator continue in the lives of his many students, whose successes professionally and personally may be, at least in part, attributed to the lessons learned in T3 at MCTC.

CTE Director Tricia King stated, “Mr. Neel’s retirement is a definite loss for the MCTC staff, but also a well-deserved and hard-earned milestone for him. We wish him all the best!”

It is with excitement MCTC announces our newest member to the faculty, Mr. Tom Gardinier.  He brings years of business experience to the classroom, and is eager to continue the tradition of quality career and technical instruction.  For the previous 10 years, Mr Gardinier has been working at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, both as a Concierge and Group Sales Manager. Ten years prior to his employment at The Greenbrier, Mr Gardinier operated an insurance agency in South Florida. Mr Gardinier will be teaching our students in the fields of Business Management, Marketing, Administration, Finance, and Computers.  CTE Director Tricia King shared, “Mr. Gardiner has an impressive energy and professionalism that he brings to the classroom.  We are so glad to have him as a member of our team.”

Mr Gardinier is married to his wonderful wife Jamie, and they have 3 children, each at Mountain View School; Peyton (8th grade) Bryce (6th grade) Hailey (2nd grade). Mr Gardinier is active in our community, as President of the local Union Little League Baseball, youth basketball, baseball and soccer coach, as well as helping with 4-H Club.

Mr Gardinier hopes to bring real world experience to the classroom, and is looking forward to this exciting and challenging school year. He will be partnering with local business to give our students real world experiences and opportunities.

“Congratulations and Best Wishes,” to Mr. Marshall Neel, and “Welcome,” to Mr. Gardinier!


Health Science students with mannequin
JROTC cadets learn to alter uniforms
ECE student records PSA with Mr. Blevins
WVARNG visits carpentry with FRS
MCTC meat house
JROTC uniform inspection
LaPS building inspection
Biomed Lab
Business dept ice cream sales
ECE cup activity
40 years strong