The faculty and staff at Scioto County Career Technical Center (SciotoTech) are rethinking the way you might think about vocational schools, with a recent announcement that beginning this fall the school will offer associate degree programs in partnership with Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. Beginning this fall, students can enroll in classes for LPN to RN, criminal justice, surgical technology, computer technology and technical studies. The classes are open to current high school and adult education students attending SciotoTech, as well as new students. Classes will be offered at the SciotoTech campus in Lucasville, and the college degree will be issued by Southern State Community College. Sara Deaterla, director of the Adult Education Workforce Center at SciotoTech, said they were adding these additional classes to give students an option to continue their education beyond the certificate programs they already offer. She said this will be only one of five such surgical technology programs offered in the entire state of Ohio. Some of these are new programs for Southern State too, so theyre interested because it helps broaden their base of programs as well, she said. Deaterla assures that SciotoTech will not be replacing any of its current adult education courses, but simply adding to them. We went to the state, and (Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor) Eric Fingerhut is very proud of these expansions, said SciotoTech Superintendent Stan Jennings. He said the SciotoTech mission does not lend itself to offer liberal art programs, but rather to increase the potential for career technical training. Because the school already enjoys a healthy enrollment in its adult education program, Jennings said he hopes they can move those students into associate programs by offering Southern State Community College classes right here at home, for an affordable tuition. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify. Our goal has always been to partner with community college work for our next level of offerings, Jennings said. Another advantage for students attending SciotoTech is participation in the Seniors to Sophomores program, which will allow high school seniors to double, or triple, the credit they already receive for classes and apply it to college courses. Participating students could graduate from SciotoTech and continue their education on campus with as many as 50 college credits already. Deaterla said offering the classes on the schools campus allowed an easier transition from high school to college, and increased the likelihood of student enrollment. All of this goes into the the bigger picture, that you could have a student at one of our satellite programs to begin with as a freshman and take a regular program it could be carpentry, it could be electricity, it could be a health trade and then stay an extra year and basically have an associates degree within that time frame, Jennings said. Classes are scheduled to begin Sept. 20. For more information about the associate degree program offered by SciotoTech and Southern State, contact the adult education department at SciotoTech by calling (740) 259-5526. SciotoTech is also available online at www.sciototech.org.
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.