Effective May 8, 2020, Portage Lakes Career Center will be operating under a test-optional admissions policy for the following programs: Cosmetology, Spa Technician, Esthetics, Nail Technician, EKG and Phlebotomy Technician, Automotive Technician, HVAC-R Technician, Welding Technology, and Plumbing Technologies.
With the ACT WorkKeys Assessment currently unavailable, PLCC feels that students should still be given the opportunity to secure enrollment for the upcoming school year and has, therefore, modified its admissions requirements to a test-optional policy.  Students looking to enroll in the above-listed programs can now opt to submit an official high school or GED transcript to be reviewed.  Team members will grant student placement only after evaluating the transcript and determining that it meets all criteria for admission.  Students who still wish to test in order to be considered for program enrollment may do so once testing and normal operations resume.
**PLEASE NOTE: This test-optional policy DOES NOT APPLY to the Practical Nursing program.  Students hoping to enroll in that program MUST test.

Education. The key to getting ahead in today’s tough economy.

The Adult Education Department of Portage Lakes Career Center offers day and evening classes to help adult students remain competitive in today’s workforce. From basic education to job training, Portage Lakes Career Center provides hands-on, skills-based instruction that will help you meet your educational goals.

Whether you are interested in learning a new skill, furthering your education, advancing in your current job or wish to embark on a new career path, Portage Lakes Career Center is here to help you succeed.

Adults needing help setting professional goals will benefit from a Career Assessment. A trained career advisor will help individuals identify interests and abilities and explore career options.

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Affordable and Flexible

Our affordable, flexible education options allow you to make an investment in your future without sacrificing time and money.  Portage Lakes Adult Education is member of the University System of Ohio, offering both part-time and full-time job training.


Portage Lakes Career Center is fully accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.  The Council on Occupational Education (COE), originally founded in 1971 as a regional accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is the successor to the Commission on Occupational Education Institutions (COEI).  In 1995, the Council became a national accrediting agency.  In 2006, the Council celebrated its 35th year of assuring quality and integrity in career and technical education.  The council’s accreditation process is conducted on behalf of more than 360,000 students across the nation who pursue careers in a variety of technical fields.  For more information, contact the Council on Occupational Education:  7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA  30350.  Telephone:  770-396-3898 or web:  www.council.org.  2015 CPL Data

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