Career-technical centers and career-technical programs across Ohio are donating personal protective equipment (PPE) that would have been used in classes that are not able to meet because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The donations are being made to local medical facilities and emergency medical associations as the statewide school closures ordered by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine enters the second week.
“We have all heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment in our hospitals and other medical settings as the pandemic grows, and our healthcare workers need to stay safe,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. “Career-technical education programs that include instruction in medical and veterinary fields are not meeting for classes and do not need the PPE, so many schools are donating their current supply to local hospitals and other medical facilities that need them immediately,” she added.
Career-technical education is part of Ohio’s public school system and is delivered to high school students throughout Ohio, either in a career center, a comprehensive high school or a compact, which is a group of school districts who join together to offer career-technical education. Almost 122,000 of Ohio’s high school students participate in career technical education, and almost 15% of those students are in a health science pathway, according to the Ohio Department of Education.
Career-technical programs are part of the communities they serve and are stepping up to help during this crisis. “Upper Valley Career Center values our community support and believes it is part of our mission to serve others especially in this time of significant need,” said Nancy Luce, Superintendent of Upper Valley Career Center and Ohio ACTE President.
“Miami Valley Career Technical Center has answered the call from our local counties to help provide medical and cleaning supplies…our partners at the EMAs have been extremely thankful for our efforts,” said Nick Weldy, Superintendent of Miami Valley Career Technical Center and Ohio ACTE Past President.
In addition to health science programs, career technical programs are offered to high school and adult students in 15 other career fields across the state with a goal to offer programs that meet local workforce demand. All career technical programs prepare students for further education and/or to enter the workforce and must meet standards set by the Ohio Department of Education for academic rigor and career field instruction.
Schools that have donated PPE:
- Apollo Career Center
- Belmont Career Center
- Buckeye Career Center
- Butler Tech
- Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County
- Columbiana County Career and Technical Center
- Columbus City Compact
- Delaware Area Career Center
- Eastland - Fairfield Career Center
- Four Cities Compact, Barberton High School
- Four County Career Center (also serving as medical overflow facility for Henry County)
- Great Oaks Career Campuses
- Kettering-Fairmont High Schools
- Lorain County JVS
- Knox County Career Center
- Lakeshore Compact, Mentor High School
- Madison Local Schools
- Miami Valley Career and Technical Center
- Mid-East Career Center
- Millstream Career Center
- Northern Career Institute
- Parma City Schools
- Penta Career Center
- Pickaway-Ross Career Technical Center
- Pioneer Career Center
- Polaris Career Center
- Six District Education Compact - Kent City Schools
- South-Western City Schools Career Academy
- South Stark Career Academy - Canton Local, Perry Local
- Stark Career Compact - Hoover High School
- Springfield Clark Career Center
- Tri-Rivers Career Center
- Tri-Star Career Compact
- Upper Valley Career Center
- Warren County Career Center
- Vanguard Sentinel Career Center
- Vantage Career Center - also using truck driving academy to transport food for United Way
If your school/program has made a donation, please email Christine Gardner at email@example.com so we can keep this list up to date.
Schools wishing to make donations should contact their local health department, EMA or medical facility.