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Are You Interested In Discovering Your Passion & Designing Your Future?

Portage Lakes Career Center is a school of choice for students to experience hands-on education in a specific career path.  Our Career Technical Education (CTE) courses are different from those offered at a traditional high school.  The training students receive is relevant to their future career goals and is taught in a way that makes education more exciting & fun. 


PLCC offers 18 exciting and challenging career technical programs in a wide variety of fields ranging from transportation systems such as Auto Technology to human service fields such as Cosmetology and manufacturing fields such as Welding.  Our CTE courses prepare students for both college AND careers.

Visiting PLCC

We primarily serve students from our four partner districts; Coventry, Green, Manchester, and Springfield.   In November of your sophomore year, you will have the opportunity to visit PLCC in person during our Sophomore Visit Days. During this visit, you will select 3 programs that you are interested in learning more about and get an up-close look at what hands-on learning is like at PLCC.  Following the Visit Days we will have an evening Career Open House event where you can bring your parents/guardians back to explore all that PLCC has to offer with you.

Click on your home school button to select your 3 programs to visit.

Placement In A Program

Students seeking enrollment must have two years of high school education prior to admission.  Each home school is guaranteed a minimum number of seats in each program, proportional to the enrollment in that school.  Students who apply for programs that are full will be selected by a lottery system.   We begin placing students after the priority deadline which is typically in early December.

When To Apply

We are dedicated to connecting students to success by aligning them with the best pathway that suits their interests, skills, and aspirations.  Many of our programs fill quickly so we encourage students who are eager to get the process started to apply online before the priority deadline in December.  If you miss that deadline, no worries!  We still continue to accept applications all the way up to the start of the school year.  If you or your parents/guardians have questions, we encourage you to contact one of our Admission Coordinators at 330-896-8276.

Additional Resources

Course Catalog

Portage Lakes Career Center offers 18 exciting and challenging career technical programs in a wide variety of fields ranging from mechanical trades to human service fields. See them all in our Course Catalog.

Earn Your Associate Degree Through


Are you eager for a challenge and prepared to tackle college-level academics in high school?  If so, Early College High School may be a prefect fit.  Portage Lakes Career Center has developed an unprecedented model that will allow our students to earn a FREE Associate Degree from The University of Akron’s College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) while completing their high school experience.  Early College High School (ECHS) students will earn technical credits through their career technical program and complete their academic general education requirements in PLCC’s Distance Learning Lab.


All college expenses, including textbooks and tuition, are covered by PLCC.  Each Associate Degree has a path to a Bachelor’s Degree and additional graduate education opportunities at The University of Akron and other institutions across Ohio.


If you plan to go to college, ECHS is your opportunity to learn technical skills, attain industry certifications, prepare for a career, and earn a college degree upon graduation from high school – AT NO COST.  Rather than enrolling in a few AP classes or taking CCP classes that may or may not fulfill a college’s requirements, ECHS offers a direct path to a portable degree.


PLCC’s ECHS program will begin the summer before your junior year.  Classes will be taken at PLCC and instructed in person by a University of Akron instructor.


*Applying to the ECHS program is in addition to the Career Tech program application.  Please click the link below for the ECHS application.

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.