Is career exploration important? According to the Scioto County Career Technical Center “Scioto Tech” career exploration is vital step in choosing a career path. In fact, to make sure every student in Scioto County has the opportunity to learn and experience career technical education, eighth graders and sophomores from all the local school districts were invited to visit the Scioto Tech campus.
During the month of November eighth grade students toured 17 career technical program labs and classrooms. According to Kyle Copley, Scioto Tech principal, 853 students from nine schools participated in career exploration. “It is important for the students to understand what career technical training encompasses. Visiting our labs gave the students an opportunity to see skill-based demonstrations and gain an understanding of our programs.”
In December more than 853 sophomores from local high schools attended the annual Sophomore Hands-On Day. “I am excited about the number of students who attended Hands-On Day,” said Copley. “We hope all those who came enjoyed the experience and we look forward to seeing many of them bring their parents to our Open House in February.”
Sophomore Hands-On Day is an opportunity for the sophomores to tour career-technical labs and classrooms participating in activities that simulate real world work experiences. Each sophomore attendee selects two of the 17 career-technical programs to preview. They spend 50 minutes in each program lab observing demonstrations and participating in hands-on activities.
According to Juli Ramey, guidance counselor, “It is a great opportunity for all the sophomores to visit and see our program offerings. Getting actual hands-on experience is an important part of the selection process.”
Career-technical education provides students with a blending of real world applications and academic skills. All career-technical students are encouraged to enter a career pathway. Career pathways lead students to the continuation of their education through career technical programs, apprenticeships, licensure, and post-secondary educational opportunities.
Scioto Tech also offers a dual-enrollment program through Southern State Community College. This program gives qualifying career technical students, during their senior year, the opportunity to take academic college coursework while completing a career technical program.
If all graduation requirements are met, students attending Scioto Tech receive a high school diploma from their participating home school. Students meeting career-technical requirements earn an Ohio Vocational Certificate.
Students interested in career-technical education at Scioto Tech should contact their home school counselor or a Scioto Tech guidance counselor, for an application. Secondary career technical programs include medical office management, building & property maintenance, carpentry, electrical trades, masonry, criminal justice, care and guidance of children, cosmetology, health technology, dental assisting, information technology, welding, industrial maintenance, engineering, auto body, auto technology and culinary arts.
The community is encouraged to attend Open House on February 20. This event gives sophomores interested in attending Scioto Tech the opportunity to bring their parents for a tour the labs and an opportunity to talk with the instructors.