Craig Suttman, career education principal at Centerville, said 450 juniors and seniors there are in tech prep programs.
Jensen said 38 percent of kids in career tech now are also taking advanced placement or international baccalaureate courses. Sinclair has seen that a higher percentage of career tech graduates than others stay in college and finish.”
The Centerville/Fairmont/Oakwood program is officially listed as the Centerville City Career-Technical Planning District, but participants have petitioned the department of education to rename it Centerville-Kettering-Oakwood.
Students from those three schools can take classes at their home buildings or travel between the schools, because Kettering and Centerville offer some programs the others do not.
Fairmont’s specialized programs include: accounting, allied health, aerospace engineering, automotive technology, bio technology, construction trades, digital design, early childhood education, project lead-the-way engineering, interactive media, information technology and marketing.
Additional course offered at Centerville include: business tech prep, business administration and management tech prep, environmental management, exercise science, technical theater, hospitality management, tourism and restaurant management.