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What are the graduation requirements at the R. G. Drage Career Technical Center?

Students who attend R. G. Drage still graduate from their home school district and must meet the requirements of that district.

What are the benefits of attending the Career Technical Center?

Our students experience the best of both worlds:  academics + "real-world" career training.

Can my child still be involved in activities at the home school?
Students at R. G. Drage are encouraged to participate in sports, band, and other extracurricular activities at their home schools!

Fees & Transportation

All students are subject to program fees for tools and/or uniforms necessary for their selected programs.  These fees will vary with the courses selected.  Each member district provides bus transportation for students attending the Career Center.  Students in unique programs, tuition students, and those participating in cooperative programs are required to provide their own transportation.

What academic course offerings are available at the R. G. Drage Career Technical Center?
  • English/Advanced English
  • All math levels through Calculus
  • Anatomy/Chemistry/Physics
  • Government/American History
  • Entrepreneurship/Personal Finance/Psychology/Sociology/Relationships Matter
What if I need to take a class that is not offered at R. G. Drage?

Scheduling is flexible and every effort is made to accommodate schedule requests with the home school, as well as the college campus, when applicable.

What is a typical day like for a student who is enrolled in a Career Technical Center program?

Career & Technical students spend approximately half of the school day in their career program labs.  Students then spend the remainder of the day completing academic and/or program-related coursework.  The required courses are determined by the career program choice.

What evidence is there that graduates who have taken Career Technical studies have advantages in the job market over other graduates?

A recent large scale study of 13,000 Ohio Career Technical graduates found that seven years after high school, the Career Technical graduates earned significantly more money than a comparable group of Non-career Tech graduates, and the earnings gap between the two groups appeared to widen with time.

Won't attending the Career Technical Center put her/him on the wrong track?

Career Technical studies do not discourage going to college.  In fact, Career Technical programs at R. G. Drage can help students focus their career aspirations so that they will be better students in post-high school institutions.  Moreover, some students are able to pay their way through college with part-time jobs for which their Career Technical studies prepared them!

All students should have options:  to finish high school and go to college or to go to work first and then attend college.  School-to-Work is all about eliminating different tracks for different students and providing relevant academic and Career Technical instruction and career guidance for all students.

What is Articulated College Credit?
The "Articulated College Credit" option is college credit that is available through a written agreement between a high school and a college. Articulated Credit is awarded to students who successfully complete a high school course/program and meet the requirements of the Articulation Agreement between the high school and the college partner. 
What is College Credit Plus?
The "College Credit Plus" option is when eligible students take a course and earn high school and college credit that appears on both their high school and college transcripts. (College Credit Plus replaces the Post-Secondary Education Option--also known as PSEQ.)
I want my child to go to college.
What option does my child have if he/she does not want to go to college?

National statistics tell us:  less than half of all students who enroll in college earn a four-year degree.  Job market analysts say that only 20 percent of America's jobs require a bachelor's degree or higher.  But 65 percent of good jobs that can provide wonderful careers require less than four years of college.  Only 15 percent of America's jobs are available to people without skill training.  Many careers can be launched with a two-year college associate's degree - for example:  manufacturing and service technicians, computer systems technicians, graphic arts designers, aircraft mechanics, and engineering technicians.

How does the Career Technical Center help a student successfully connect with job opportunities?

Many students who meet grade and attendance requirements are eligible for job placement in the senior year.  Students fulfill their academic requirements at school and then leave the campus to go to work during their laboratory class time.  These job opportunities are made available through the program instructor or the Career Technical Center Job Developer. These jobs often lead to full-time employment after graduation.

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