College or Career? Choose PLCC and be ready for both!

Education is all about options and PLCC is a great option!  Now is the time to start planning your future.  You have many choices to explore and decisions to make that are right for you and your future.

At PLCC, Your Future is Our Focus!  Sitting in desks in not the defining atmosphere at Portage Lakes Career Center.  Half the day might be spent in the “normal” classroom, but the other half is spent in high-tech labs participating in projects that matter.  From welding a dirt bike, to cooking up real meals, our students run businesses, design, repair, program and are fully engaged in 21st Century Learning.

Over the next few months, Sophomore’s from PLCC’s four partner schools will have several opportunities to Focus On Their Future.  Representatives and students from PLCC will meet with every 10th grader from the four partner districts to discuss the benefits of Career & Technical education, followed by Sophomore Visitation Days where the students will visit PLCC and have a focused visit in three programs of their choice.  In February, parents are invited to bring their student back for a Career Exploration Open House.  Career Tech Tuesdays are an additional way a student can see first-hand what a program is like by shadowing for half of a day.

WHATS NEW FOR 2015

We are excited to announce several NEW offerings coming Fall of 2015.

Aviation Technology is a new and innovative program that will be offered at MAPS Air Museum in Green.  Developed in collaboration with MAPS Air Museum & Kent State University, this two-year program offers extensive exploration & training in the Aviation profession.  At the completion of the program, students will have the opportunity to test for the written portion of a private pilots license.

Formerly known as Public Safety, the Fire Academy will offer students a more focused curriculum to prepare for a career in firefighting.  Students will have the opportunity to earn a number of certifications including Fire Fighter II certification which is required for full-time paid (career) firefighters.

Athletic Health Care & Sports Science, which has been located at Coventry HS, is moving to the main PLCC campus in Green.  This program is designed for the student who loves sports and exercise and hopes to pursue a career as a fitness specialist, personal trainer, athletic trainer, physical therapist or pre-med.

Ohio has a rich history in manufacturing.  We believe advanced manufacturing, involving the use of robotics, computer-aided machinery, and technology to improve products and processes will be a significant part of our future.  A new RAMTEC Training Lab will allow high school students and adult students the opportunity to train on simulators and will provide real life experience practicing on industrial robots – preparing them to be the best of the best out in the field.

Dunlevy Named to All County Teaching Team

NOID1Y01007PLCC would like to congratulate Mr. Dale Dunlevy, PLCC Facility Operations & Maintenance (FOM) instructor, who was recently selected to be a member of the 2014 Summit County All County Teaching Team. Members of the Teaching Team can be nominated by anyone from the community and chosen to represent their school systems by a selection committee comprised of Summit County superintendents and a representative from each Education Celebration sponsor.

Mr. Dunlevy has taught at the Career Center for the past six years. “While I am extremely grateful to receive this award, I realize that I’m only one part of a team of highly motivated PLCC faculty members who serve our students and prepare them for life outside of school.  Our team strives to individualize the education of each student, focusing on the best possible path to allow them to maximize their value to both society and themselves.”  Dale completed the Naval Nuclear Power School, attended Stark State College, Ohio State University and obtained his teaching credentials from Kent State University.

He was recognized for this honor at the Summit County Education Celebration on October 27.

Congratulations Mr. Dunlevy.

Portage Lakes Career Center partnered in Straight A Fund grant awarded $1.5 million

Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC), a career and technical school for both high school students and adult learners, has received $1.5 million through Ohio’s Straight A Fund.  This grant will allow PLCC to partner with eight other career centers to expand and continue the vision of RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) by providing high school and adult students with advanced manufacturing and engineering skills.

The awards were announced Friday, June 20, 2014 by the Straight A Fund Governing Board. Thirty-seven grants were awarded to partnerships from around the state of Ohio in the second round of Governor John Kasich’s Straight A Fund, part of a $1.6 billion increase in state funding for education over the two year budget cycle. The fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.

“We are thrilled to be part of this recent grant,” said Superintendent Ben Moore. “Partnering in this project will continue PLCC’s mission of developing life-long learners with the skills, expertise and knowledge needed for career and college success.”

The RAMTEC Statewide Advanced Manufacturing STEM/Career Technical Education Consortium received a total of $14.99 million through Ohio’s Straight A Fund. This grant will allow PLCC and eight additional career centers to expand and continue the vision of RAMTEC first started at Tri-Rivers Career Center. PLCC will receive an estimated $1.5 million of the $14.99 million grant to develop a Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing program designed to meet the needs of employers in Northeast Ohio.

For more information on the RAMTEC program, visit ramtecohio.com or email Superintendent Moore at bmoore@plcc.edu.