From digital electronics to early childhood education, to fabrication, radiology to radiant energy, and everywhere in between, Career Technical Education helps students learn skills for the future. By the time the students graduate, they will have earned an education founded on rigor, career certifications, and on-the-job experience. The South-Western City Schools Career Technical Programs prepare students for two-year and even four-year colleges. Programs are available at the district's four home high schools and the South-Western Career Academy. Typically, two years in a single program are required to earn at least five credits, so students should choose carefully during their sophomore year for a two-year commitment to a program. Students coming out of each of these programs have the upper hand in landing a job because there is such a high demand in today's job sector for these skilled trades. For more information on Today's Career Technical Education, click on the About tab and view the videos, or click on the High School tab to read more.
Congratulations to Miriam Velazquez on becoming the District's First Elected BPA State Officer!
The South-Western City School District would like to congratulate Miriam Velazquez on being selected as the first student from our district for the state-wide student leadership team for Business Professionals of America, the Ohio Association! The six state officers for the 2016-17 school year were elected by hundreds of their peers from around Ohio at the BPA State Leadership Conference on November 29, 2016. Miriam will serve as the Vice President for BPA Ohio. Being a member of the BPA state leadership team is a unique opportunity to develop valuable skills to prepare for academic and professional success.
Miriam's states, "Being a BPA state officer will allow me to present change and inspire people. I want to unite BPA members to strive for new heights and stand united as one. I want for others in Ohio to gain independence from their fears and to dream. I know how easy it is to give up, so my goal is for others to look at me and keep going on no matter the obstacles."
Congratulations to Interactive Media Design Senior Taylor Franz!
Congratulations to Interactive Media Design senior Taylor Fanz for placing as one of the winners for her pin design in the Ohio BPA State Pin Competition. Her design (seen below) is a static image with an optical illusion of the word OHIO moving. This will be commercially produced as a trading pin for the national BPA competition in Orlando, Florida. Congratulations Taylor!
SWCSD Career Day!
This year's Career Days will be upon us soon! Career Day gives sophomores the opportunity to meet with current Career Tech students, talk with industry representatives, and learn about careers of interest through a more interactive approach. Check out the dates below for this year's high school events which will take place during the school day for sophomore students only:
- January 30th: Central Crossing High School
- January 31st: Westland High School
- February 1st: Grove City High School
- February 2nd: Franklin Heights High School
South-Western Career Academy
Sophomore Program Exploration Days:
Sophomore Program Exploration Days:
The Sophomore Program Exploration Day will again take place in February at the South-Western Career Academy where the students will have the chance to tour the facility, meet the teachers, and interact with Career Tech programs in which they are interested. Check out the school visitation dates and times below.
Sophomore students on their visit to the Career Academy for last year's Program Exploration Day.
Automotive and Electrical Trades Seniors Visit Horton's Emergency Vehicles
Automotive Technologies and Electrical Trades seniors recently visited Horton Emergency Vehicles, in Grove City. Brad Garrison, Director of Operations, organized the day’s events including lunch, an overview presentation of Horton, tour of the facility and a question/answer session where prizes were awarded to the students. Current students were able to see how the training in their career technical program directly relates to Horton Emergency Vehicles. Several students said that they are interested in pursuing a career at Horton after graduation. Recent graduates, Billy Douglas and Bryan Stephens (Automotive Technologies) and Gary Price (Materials Joining) are currently working full time for Horton.
Teachers at the South-Western Career Academy Organize a Diversity Club
English teachers Vondra Hoop and Sarah Cordingly this year initiated and organized the South-Western Career Academy's first ever Diversity Club to promote and celebrate the school's diversity. Other teachers involved include Demaris LeBlanc, Kelsey Hodge, and Marie Wenske.
The goal of the club is to forge friendships and celebrate the differences that make us unique. The club meets every other Wednesday after school where students and staff choose a new country each week to celebrate the food, dance, games, and various other attributes of that country. The turn out has been a success and the students have enjoyed their time learning while at the same time making new friends.