Pictured is Tim Dettwiller, Director of Highland County ACCESS. (Photo courtesy of Southern Ohio Educational Service Center)
Pictured is Tim Dettwiller, Director of Highland County ACCESS. (Photo courtesy of Southern Ohio Educational Service Center)
On Tuesday, May 24, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center (SOESC) employed Tim Dettwiller as the Director of Highland County ACCESS.

ACCESS is a new initiative that will be providing coordinated educational opportunities for both youth and adult students to improve the Highland County workforce. Mr. Dettwiller, who is currently completing his term as District Superintendent of Fairfield Local Schools, will be assigned this new role within Highland County.

Dettwiller has worked in education for 22 years and has served as the Fairfield Local Schools Superintendent since 2018. As Director of ACCESS, Detwiller will begin his assignment in July 2022.

ACCESS stands for the Alignment of Community Connections for Employer and Student Success. This work will be managed by the Highland County Workforce Leadership Council, which is made up of many organizations within the community. Those primarily are the Village of Greenfield, Southern State Community College, Highland County Economic Development Office, Highland County Community Action Organization, GRIT (Growing, Rural, Independence, Together) Program, Highland County Chamber of Commerce and Highland County schools. All partners are working together for one common goal, to provide and coordinate educational opportunities for both youth and adult students to improve the Highland County workforce.

The ACCESS program will be administered by the Highland County Workforce Leadership Council. Southern Ohio Educational Service Center (SOESC) will act as a fiscal agent for the ACCESS Director position as they will employ the director. Members of the council will fund the new director position.

SOESC provides specialized academic and support services to 12 school districts in Adams, Clinton, Fayette, and Highland Counties. Districts receive services from school improvement consultants, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists and special education teachers.