Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria visited three career-technical schools Feb. 22 to celebrate how career-tech programs across Ohio prepare students for bright futures.
DeMaria met with students and staff at Swiss Hills Career Center in Woodsfield, Belmont-Harrison in St. Clairsville and the Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) of Licking County in Newark to celebrate Career-Technical Education Month, which was February.
DeMaria discussed with students their choice for career-tech education and how it benefits them and their future.
“A career-technical education is a win-win-win. Students win because they have an engaging learning experience that leads to knowledge and skills that will support their success in a career and in college, if they choose to attend. Schools win because engaged students are more likely to reach higher levels of learning as they see how concepts apply in the real world. Businesses win because career-tech programs contribute to improving the talent pool that supports their success.”
Nationally, 75 percent of career-technical students move on to postsecondary education programs.
The first stop on DeMaria’s school tour was Swiss Hills Career Center, which offers programs ranging from business administration and management to cosmetology and a recently expanded construction trades program. The construction trades program will provide students with a new specialization in heavy equipment operating beginning in fall 2019.
DeMaria also visited Belmont-Harrison Career Center, where 23 programs are offered across two campuses. The center focuses on academic and career-technical programs that prepare students for postsecondary education and opportunities to earn state and national industry credentials. Qualified seniors are eligible for early job placement during school hours.
Wrapping up his career-tech tour, DeMaria toured C-TEC of Licking County, which serves 11 school districts with 20 innovative programs for high school students. C-TEC partners with Ariel Corporation, a Mount Vernon manufacturer of high-speed gas reciprocating compressors, to train students to fill entry-level and skilled positions.
You can watch the video on the Department's Facebook and Twitter channels.