Career-tech

Gain Career Experience in High School with Career-Tech

Career-tech is all “the rage.” This makes us smile! Did you see the article in the Columbus Dispatch? Businesses are hungry for skilled employees. Career-tech education can be the solution.

Years ago, I learned something valuable – a message I’ve been spreading ever since. Career-tech today is NOT the same as “vo-tech” when I went to school. (You may have heard me say this before. This message is that important.)

For years here in Ohio, I have been working with the Delaware Area Career Center and Tolles Career and Technical Center, and we have a new partnership with Cincinnati’s amazing Great Oaks Career Campuses. I am compelled to share the value of career-tech for all students—whether college or career bound after high school!

Career-Tech Today

Career-tech today offers high-tech, hands on experiences students can’t get in their high school. Think of the classes as super-electives that live in a building other than your home high school. Programs like animal science, engineering, IT, cybersecurity, robotics, bioscience, pharmacy, dentistry, digital design, and many more are revolutionizing the experiential learning available to our kids while they are in high school.

Some students benefit from learning in a different way—not pencil and paper, but hands-on. We know many students who are taking AP or IB coursework and still love the hands-on learning they do for half of their day at their career-tech school. Students can also earn college and career credentials in high school.

Let’s just say this out loud: our children will not have the same college experience we did.

It won’t be the same. Times have changed. The cost has changed, too. For our students, experts say their formal education will be more like a train they hop on and off during their lives. After a career-tech experience, students can attain enough high-tech knowledge to go straight into the working world (and make enough to live independently). Later, they may return for the additional schooling they need as their career progresses.

Others will go directly to college after high school. 78% of career-tech students enroll in full time post-secondary education immediately after high school. Can you imagine the college application of a student applying to an engineering program who can talk about the robots they built and programmed and the manufacturing internship they had while in high school? Admissions officials (and future employers) will take notice and know this is a student committed to their selected major/targeted career.

How can parents learn more?

Families in Ohio can find the career-tech school for their school district by clicking here. Find out more about their programming. Attend an open house. Reach out to someone—they are all happy to share about their facilities and programs. Not in Ohio? Here is a resource to learn about career-technical education in every state.

For Central Ohio and Cincinnati parents of 6th to 10th graders (6-9th in the spring), you can take advantage of free coffee chats throughout the year with representatives from some area career-tech schools (see below).

Spending a bit of time now to hear about available programs helps you plan your student’s schedule in the future! Click here for our Event list.

School districts:

  • The Delaware Area Career Center serves Olentangy, Buckeye Valley, Big Walnut, Delaware, Westerville, and Worthington.
  • Tolles Career and Technical Center serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Hilliard, Jonathan Alder, London, Madison‐Plains, & West Jefferson school districts.
  • Great Oaks Career Campuses serves 36 different school districts in the Cincinnati area including Mason, Loveland, Forest Hills, and Fairfield to name a few.


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