The Central Region Tech Prep Center

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News and Announcements

Welcome to The Central Region Tech Prep Center Website!

Spring Stakeholders' Meeting Set
The Central Region Tech Prep Spring Stakeholders' Meeting has been set for Tuesday, June 20 at Tolles Career & Technical Center.  We will be meeting from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and will be discussing issues critical to the future of Tech Prep.  Click on Prof. Development in the blue banner above to get to the registration document.

"Career and Technical Education Should Be the Rule, Not the Exception"

Tim Hodges, Ph.D., the Director of Research for Gallup's Education Practice masterfully articulates the value of career technical education for the future of our economy and workforce.  Click HERE to read the entire article.

Apprenticeship Initiative Gaining Momentum

An influential coalition of partners in the service area of the Central Region Tech Prep Center is investigating the creation of additional internship and apprenticeship opportunities for students.  Representatives of business and industry, Ohio Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Education, community colleges, career centers, and technical skill centers  have had several meetings.  The overall goal is to:

Improve communication between business and industry, the State of Ohio, secondary and postsecondary education institutions,
MAGNET, and other supporting initiatives to create a seamless pathway for skilled workers to enter employment opportunities
which will lead to a stronger workforce and increase economic development.


The group has investigated the needs of business and industry, state requirements and procedures for implementation,  model programs already in place, and funding opportunities.  Next steps could include, but not be limited to, combining the efforts of several career centers to form a cohort of students and create agreement "templates" that  could be used by other career centers and for additional pathways.  A decision was made early on to limit the focus of our initial discussions to manufacturing.  However, the ultimate goal is a model that can be easily adapted to other pathways and other workforce needs.

Apprenticeship is gaining momentum nationwide and is receiving Federal funding which could dramatically impact this initiative.  To learn more, click HERE for an interesting brief on "Revisiting Apprenticeships" from the American Council on Education / Center for Education Attainment & Innovation.

South-Western City Schools and Columbus State Partner to Ensure Students Use the Credit They Earn

Click HERE to learn how how South-Western and Columbus State are helping students save time and money on their way to an associate's degree.