Portage Lakes Career Center


Our Mission

Our Mission

We equip and empower tomorrow’s leaders to discover their passion and design their future.


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 Vision


Our Beliefs

  • We believe an innovative culture positions our students to navigate an evolving global economy.
  • We believe success demands a safe environment, where individuals are respected and valued.
  • We believe experiences beyond the classroom walls enrich learning and maximize student growth.
  • We believe learning, teaching, designing, and leading is a shared responsibility.

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 five (5) incidents involving bullying for the 2021-22 school year. This posting is required by ORC (Ohio Revised Code).

Schedule a Tour

We take pride in our facility and welcome the opportunity to show it off!  You would never buy a car without looking at it first.  Choosing the place to give you a head start on a successful path in life should be no different.  We invite you to schedule a tour of our beautiful campus.  We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed!

If you are a high school student, please note that you will have several opportunities to visit PLCC during your sophomore year.

Once we receive your request, a PLCC staff member will follow up directly. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Portage Lakes Career Center is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. Visitors should contact the Main Office at 330-896-8200 prior to arrival for parking instructions and other information.