Two Ohio career-technical education centers located 100 miles apart are experiencing success in programs designed to enable students to complete grade 12 with three credentials – a career-technical certificate of completion, a high school diploma and a two-year associate degree.
|Pathways to Engineering Class of 2011
These Muskingum County program graduates are as follows: Front row (left to right), Joseph (J.C.) Huber, Christian Gadd, Samantha Jack, Mike Whitson (faculty advisor); second row, Carl Moore, Tyler Stewart, Britlee Brost, Weston Burch; and back row, Jesse Parkinson, Rob Loewendick, Matt Adkins, Dakota McConaha.
Pioneer Career Center in Shelby (Richland County) just completed its sixth year of a project-based learning engineering academy called College-Now; the postsecondary partner is North Central State College. Mid-East Career and Technology Centers in Zanesville (Muskingum County) has enrolled students in its Pathways to Engineering program for the past five years; the postsecondary partner is Zane State College.
“The successes of these programs are in the launch of promising futures,” said Zane State College President Paul R. Brown. “One of the best aspects is the opportunity for choices – to continue on to a four-year degree program, the military or immediately into the work force. Regardless of the path students ultimately choose, this model of education is a great benefit to the graduates and the companies that are fortunate enough to acquire highly skilled employees.”
Programs like College NOW are a success when high schools and colleges work together for the benefit of the student, according to Donald L. Plotts, president, North Central State College.
He added, “The partnership among North Central State College, Pioneer Career and Technology Center and the area high schools has offered opportunities for students to learn and grow in a community of low college attainment. The participation of business and industry in the program provides internships, jobs, and practical classroom assignments. When connections are made, students get excited about what they are learning, and great things happen.”
To access fact sheets on the programs at the centers, including an update on the respective Class of 2011 members and success stories, click on the links below.
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