The misalignment between education and our workforce:
Towpath Trail High School recognizes that the single greatest reason why students leave high school is that they don’t see the relevance between academics and what they’ll need as an adult. It is currently estimated that 66% of high school graduates go to college and yet only 25% of those students actually graduate. Of those who do graduate, 50% don’t get a job in the area of their degree forcing them to take a job for which they are over-qualified and underpaid.
Through the Career-Tech Education option at Towpath Trail High School, graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and position themselves for 3 major goals in life: Job security, social mobility, and financial prosperity without having to go to college.
Success in today’s economy. It’s as easy as …
1 : 2 : 7
This sequence of numbers is the true ratio of jobs in our economy. For every 1 job that requires a Master’s degree or more, there are 2 professional jobs that will require a university degree and 7 jobs that require a 1-year certificate or an Associate’s degree.
So…why NOT you?
Towpath Trail High School focuses on providing the training and experience students need to become highly skilled technicians, certified in a high growth / high demand skill area of their choosing. And…this training can be completed in less than a year.
Did you know…
- There are more than 30 million jobs in the United States that pay an average of $55,000 a year and do not require a college degree
- 57% of jobs are middle-skill jobs requiring technical skills and training at the credential or Associates level
- Millennials are now the largest generation in the labor force
- You can now graduate without having to pass high stakes tests such as the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT’s) or End of Course (EOC) exams. The Ohio Department of Education now recognizes the earning of industry-recognized credentials as an alternative pathway for earning your diploma
- With the Ohio Department of Education’s new Integrated Coursework and Simultaneous Credit options, students can earn academic credit for completion of Career-Tech courses
Selecting a pathway:
Although college is NOT for everyone, being successful today does require that graduates have hands-on skills, knowledge, and abilities. To that end, we provide industry credential training in 5 major areas with hands-on experiential learning opportunities available. In some cases, eligible youth may be able to receive a financial stipend for those hours of Workforce Experience Programming.
Choose from the following:
Construction: Learn basic safety techniques and how to appropriately use hand and power tools such as hammers, levels, drills, saws, grinders, and sanders. Construction math skills are essential to learning how to frame and build. Learn how to read basic construction drawings, use scaffolding, rigging hitches and hoists. Utilizing the proper techniques and procedures for material handling and equipment is essential for proper care, equipment safety and longevity of tools. Students who complete the construction program are ready to get a job or pursue apprenticeship options in any construction or construction related field.
Healthcare: Students will, at a minimum, learn to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and be eligible to take the State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) examination. Topics include body mechanics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, human disease processes, infection control, communication skills, and resident rights. Students will master various personal care skills such as how to help patients bathe, eat, and groom themselves. Those who wish to continue their healthcare training may continue their studies to become Certified Medical Assistants focusing on examining room procedures, obtaining vital signs and medical histories, routine laboratory procedures including phlebotomy and EKG, sterilizing and maintaining equipment, CPR, and first aid. Instruction also includes office skills training such as answering telephones, greeting patients, handling correspondence, scheduling appointments, and billing.
Manufacturing: Instruction focuses on 4 essential areas in order to master the skills required as a production technician. Those areas include Safety, Processes & Production, Quality Practices & Management, and Maintenance Awareness. Students will master skills such as setting production goals, job assignments, shipping and distribution of final products. Calibrating gages and performing critical measurement of machinery for quality standards is also learned. Electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic automation systems are critical components of basic production systems and are all aspects of learning in this certification program.
Information Technology: Learn 4 of the Microsoft Office programs on your way to becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist. Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel programs are taught using a project-based approach in which students use real-world exercises to make learning functional. In Word, students learn to create and manage documents, format text, paragraphs, create tables and lists and insert formatting objects. In Word, students create and manage presentations, insert and format shapes, slides, videos and apply transitions and animations. In Outlook, students use interface format messaging for content while also learning to create or insert graphics elements. Students learn to send and respond to emails and meeting requests while also managing and sharing multiple calendars, meetings, and appointments and inform contact groups of relevant information. In Excel, students learn the fundamentals of creating and managing worksheets, workbooks, tables, formulas and functions and creating charts and objects.
Early Childhood Education: Using the latest training curriculum, students will develop the skills necessary to effectively work with Infants and Toddlers in six major areas including: establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy and learning environment, advancing physical and intellectual competence, supporting social and emotional development, establishing positive and productive relationships with families, ensuring well run purposeful programs that are responsive to participant needs and maintaining a commitment to professionalism. At the successful completion of this program, the student will have earned his/her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
information included on this page comes from Dr. Kevin Fleming and his work "Success in the New Economy" (2015)