The Pickaway County ESC
The Pickaway County ESC is a county agency that serves the four school districts in Pickaway County: Circleville City Schools and Logan Elm, Teays Valley and Westfall Local School Districts, and Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center.
The ESC provides a variety of services to schools and students.
To learn more about those services and the history of educational service centers, click on the "About Our ESC" button at left.
From the Superintendent
What I Think... by Ty Ankrom

If you are an educator in a Pickaway County school, your work with our students generally ends when they finish high school.

But for Christy Mills with Pickaway H.E.L.P.S., her job is to encourage students to pursue educational opportunities after high school.

The ESC has been a partner of Pickaway H.E.L.P.S. since its inception in 2007. Christy has an office at the ESC and the use of our facility.

However, our big partnership is the ACT prep workshops that Christy oversees for high school juniors throughout the county.

“We want to make education beyond high school possible for everybody,” Christy said.

The workshops were started in 2008 and gradually, the challenges that Christy has faced are being met.

Culturally, Christy has had to work against the perception among some that not everyone could go to college.

To that end, in 2012, the Pickaway H.E.L.P.S./Ula Jean Ater Metzler Scholarship was created that is specifically for first-generation college students.

The scholarship was named to honor Ula Jean, a former county commissioner who founded Pickaway H.E.L.P.S.

“I think now parents have learned the benefit (of going to college) but maybe they don’t know how to help their children with the process,” Christy said.

Christy helps with that through the ACT Prep workshops that are held once in the fall and once in the spring.

The four-hour workshop provides students with simulated timed tests, test-taking skills, time-management and stress-management tips. Students also receive the mandatory workbook at a reduced price of $10.

But the students have to bring the right attitude to be successful, Christy said.

“I tell them, ‘You will only get out of it what you put into it.’ ”

Each day, Christy visits a different school district and works with students in 7th through 10th grades providing college- and career-readiness activities. She explains to students what the ACT benchmarks are and why they are important.

“In the beginning, there were a lot of questions for the purpose and the need but I think we’ve grown past that,” she said.

Ankrom is the superintendent of the Pickaway County Educational Service Center.

Past columns
Community Connections
Learn about Pickaway County ESC's partnerships with county schools and its service through the Community Connections page that appears every other month in the Circleville Herald.
Click below to see the current and past issues.
Student News
2015 Franklin B. Walter Award winner
Sydnee Roese, a Teays Valley senior, was selected as the 2015 Franklin B. Walter Award recipient.
To read about Sydnee, click here.
ESC News and Updates
Stand Up for Public Schools
The Ohio School Boards Association posted an article from our Community Connections page as part of their Stand Up For Public Schools effort:
Ohio Center for Substitute Teachers
PCESC / OCST partnership provides high quality training for substitute teachers  
Online Graduate Credit Courses
The Pickaway County Educational Service Center is pleased to offer online graduate courses to educators. This service is possible due to a partnership between PCESC and two universities: the University of Phoenix and Ashland University.   To see a listing of the courses available, click on the "Downloads / Links" tab then look for the links under the "Resources" section.  
Satisfaction Surveys Demonstrate Steady Improvement of Services
Biennial Surveys Provide Data for Past Performance and Future Actions  
Directions to Pickaway County ESC

For an interactive map, click on "Read More" below.

PCESC Update
The PCESC Update is a bi-monthly newsletter written primarily for ESC staff members.  
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
Pickaway County Educational Service Center is approved by the Ohio Department of Education as a Supplemental Educational Service (SES) provider.  Learn more about SES by clicking on the link.  
Upcoming Events
Governing Board meeting
Tue Dec 8 2015
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