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Full-Time Programs

Automotive Service Technician

Learn a wide range of repair, equipment maintenance, and operation monitoring tasks for the automotive service industry. You’ll focus on key auto systems, such as brakes, steering and suspension, drive trains, engine repair and performance, electrical and computers, and heating and air conditioning.


If you’ve decided that you want to be a cosmetologist, the next step is to get the education and training you need to become a licensed professional. In this program, you will learn the art of hair styling including cutting and coloring, basic skin care, manicure and pedicure techniques, and makeup application.


Become a skin-care expert through our full-time esthetician program and help people improve the health and beauty of their skin. At PLCC, you’ll learn advanced skin care practices, makeup application, hair removal, and much more.





At PLCC, we provide hands-on training to master the skills needed to install, maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout the entire heating and ventilation system. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration service technicians install, maintain and repair such systems.


Manufacturing Technologies

This new course will offer training experience that prepares students to enter the manufacturing industry.  The increased need in both state and local industries exceeds qualified people trained in this profession.

Practical Nursing

The W. Howard Nicol School of Practical Nursing, located at Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC), is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Graduates of this one-year program have a high rate of success on the Licensing Exam, and upon graduation, are employed at hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ and dentists’ offices, clinics and health care agencies.


PLCC’s welding program prepares students for employment in the welding industry. The increased need in both state and local industries exceeds qualified people trained in the profession of welding.

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Part-Time Programs

Culinary & Hospitality

Are you passionate about food and creating a memorable dining experience for others?  Are you a terrific cook  who would like to take your skills to the next level?  PLCCs Culinary & Hospitality  program is a quick but thorough guide to make you into the chef you’d like to be.

EKG & Phlebotomy Technician

Students in this program will be prepared to enter the workforce as both EKG and Phlebotomy Technicians.

Emergency Dispatch

A career as a 911 dispatcher is fast-paced, full of variety, and above all else, rewarding.  Get a jump start on a career where you can take pride in what you. do and make a difference in your community.

Nail Technician

Becoming a licensed Nail Technician offers individuals seeking to build a dynamic career in Nail Technology the credentials they need. This licensure program will help prepare students to obtain credentials by taking the manicuring exam with the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology and Barber Board.

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.