County Cup wins national recognition

Representatives from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) joined Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell in accepting the National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for Employment and Training at NACo’s annual conference in Long Beach, California. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Jacalyn Auris and Mr. R. Scot Semple from the CCIU, County Commissioner Terence...

CCIU’s Early Intervention making a big difference

DOWNINGTOWN — At age four, Hunter Graham did not speak. He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and was non-verbal. Now, two years later, he will attend kindergarten at Fern Hill Elementary School in West Chester thanks to Early Intervention services. Hunter’s journey, though not over, has been an amazing one for his parents, Amy and Sean Graham. Amy said that her son might still...

CCDC celebrates graduation with former Eagle

Jon Runyon encourages grads to keep battling challenges By Bob Ludwig, Special to The Times CCDC graduate Cody and his dog Claire walk in the commencement on June 8. COATESVILLE – Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 330 pounds, former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyon casts a large shadow. Even Runyon, the commencement speaker for the Child and Career Development Center (CCDC) graduation, could not overshadow...

Adult students make the cut at CCIU barber program

Jessica Hernandez gives barbering instructor Drew Givler a haircut in the barbershop at TCHS Brandywine. DOWNINGTOWN — As Jessica Hernandez was browsing online for information about barbering certifications, she came across the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) barbering program for adults. One of several adult education programs organized by the CCIU, the Brandywine Barber School operates...

Franklin Mint donates $5,000 to CCIU holiday charity event

Students and staff at TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus accept a $5,000 donation from FMFCU for Holiday Hope Chest. Left to right: Marissa Nadachowski, Hailey Maxwell, Leon Spencer, Michael Sheils, Noah Ramagano, Brian Hughes, Patty Knecht. DOWNINGTOWN — It was only the second week of November, but the spirit of the holidays was already palpable at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s...

TCHS student wins $15K scholarship

Gilberto Correa placed first in the HVAC category at the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA competition in April. He will be attending the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June. DOWNINGTOWN – Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s Bridge Campus student Gilberto Correa didn’t want to get his hopes up. As a first place finisher in the HVAC category at the SkillsUSA...

County’s top speller to be named Monday

Pictured here, is 2014 Chester County Spelling Bee Champion Jacob George from St. Norbert School who out-spelled the other students to earn the title. The 2015 Chester County Spelling Bee will take place on Monday, February 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and will be live streamed on CCiTV. DOWNINGTOWN – Who is Chester County’s top speller? That question will be answered on Monday, February 9 at...

Thousand attend Chesco College Fair

The Exton Square Mall hosted the Chester County College Fair, Monday. More than 5,000 students and parents attended the event. EXTON — More than 5,000 high school students and their parents shopped for higher education at the Exton Square Mall on Oct.27 when representatives from over 225 colleges nationwide gathered for the 2014 Chester County College Fair. Attendees were able to travel from...

County schools argue for fair schools funding

Chester County Intermediate Unit executive director, Dr. Joseph O’Brien, welcomes attendees of the local videoconference event, bringing school officials from across the region to discuss the state’s current funding formula. DOWNINGTOWN — School leaders and educators across Pennsylvania participated in the virtual kick-off of the Campaign for Fair Education Funding on September 30. Dozens...