Our Mission

The mission of PLCC is to develop life-long learners with the skills, expertise and knowledge needed for career and college success.

Great Things Are Happening At PLCC

Where there was once a stereotype to the words “career center,” PLCC proves otherwise by providing the skill sets, technical expertise, and field knowledge needed for career or college entrance.

Here are the facts:

  • 89% of PLCC students advance to a career in their field of study or college
  • 58% of PLCC students advance to college, military or apprenticeship
  • 42% of Ohio’s high school students are enrolled in career centers
  • 30% of PLCC seniors were placed on job placement during the 2012-13 school year
  • 23% of Ohio’s high school students are in workforce development programs

Our History

On August 29, 1974, the citizens of Coventry, Green and Manchester School Districts approved a levy that would provide the money to build and operate a school to provide vocational education training for people living in the community.  The school was named Portage Lakes Joint Vocational School.  In 1989, the name was changed to Portage Lakes Career Center.

A 47-acre site on Shriver Road in Green Township was purchased on May 12, 1975, and the building was completed by August 1, 1977.  The original building was 118,000 square feet and included 15 classrooms and 15 skills area, a large group instructional area, a library/media center, a reading/math lab, a computer lab, and an Adult Education Center.

In November 1991, the Career Center’s Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to enlarge the Portage Lakes Joint Vocational School District to include the secondary vocational education programs at Springfield High School.  The inclusion of Springfield’s programs took effect in July 1992.  Under the merger, Springfield became a satellite facility of the Career Center.

In November of 2009, the Career Center broke ground to add an additional 11,540 square foot Health Technology Wing.

Our Beliefs

  • We believe our Center is dedicated to providing individuals with skills that will lead to meaningful and lifelong employment.
  • We believe high expectations instill a sense of pride, responsibility, creativity and self-discipline for future success.
  • We believe all members of our educational family must be treated in a trusting and caring manner.
  • We believe all students must be valued and respected for their uniqueness.
  • We believe we are a resource center for business, industry and the community.

We are a learning community committed to these beliefs, which we assert will assist each of us in continuing lifelong learning.


Portage Lakes Career Center had zero (0) incidents involving bullying for the first half of the 2014-15 school year. This posting is required by ORC (Ohio Revised Code).

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