Through College Tech Prep, students in high school have the opportunity to earn industry-recognized credentials, combined with college credit at Lorain County Community College, in order to prepare for entry-level work following high school graduation.
Most programs offer students the opportunity to learn a skill that prepares them for a high-wage, in-demand career in Northeast Ohio at no cost to the student. College Tech Prep experiences are offered to students in career-tech programs at select high schools and at all Ohio career centers.
The career tech programs are designed with secondary schools, colleges and universities, business and industry partners and nationally recognized student organizations.
Traditionally, College Tech Prep programs are open to students in their junior and senior years, but the value of Tech Prep is now recognized as early as a student’s freshman year.
Because the College Tech Prep program emphasizes both academic and technical skills, it prepares students for a variety of pathways. Many use what they’ve learned to enter into military service, obtain employment immediately following high school or enroll in college or a university to pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree, including those through LCCC’s University Partnership. Oftentimes, students have already earned college credits, which saves them time and money on their path to an associate degree.
Many students appreciate that what they learn in high school can directly be applied to a future career. “I find it (CTP) to be a great program because it exposes us to what engineers have to go through in college at the high school level,” high school senior and Lorain resident Paul Casper said. “It gives us a head start to some of the harder courses such as thermodynamics.”
Through College Tech Prep programs, students save money and time when enrolling in college. All students in a College Tech Prep program in Lorain County are eligible for earned college credit. Students can also participate in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program which allows them to take general education courses (such as math, English, social studies and more) at the college level – gaining credit toward both a high school diploma and future associate degree.
One student who plans to continue his education after he completes the program, Ty Carrington, is a senior at Lorain High School and part of the hospitality pathway. He works in the Lighthouse Grill at the high school and serves guests, rings up orders and prepares food. Carrington values the hands-on experience that the training gives him. “It gives you a new experience and shows you different types of people and what to do in certain situations,” he said. “You can’t learn the stuff in a book. It’s really fun, too.”
College Tech Prep program options include programs in the following areas: allied health sciences; automotive maintenance and repair; biomedical sciences; building design and construction technology; business management; computer aided design; criminal justice; culinary arts; early childhood education; graphic communications; heating ventilation and air conditioning; interactive multimedia; marketing and management; network communications; sports health and fitness; teacher education exploration; web and graphic design; and welding. Scholarships are available for Tech Prep students who want to continue their education at LCCC after completing their program, and the scholarships can be applied towards tuition or books and supplies.
Ultimately, College Tech Prep gives students a variety of options following high school graduation and prepares them for their entrance into the workforce and for continuing their educational pursuits.
To learn more about the College Tech Prep program, contact the Lorain County College Tech Prep Office at (440) 366-7625 or visit www.lorainccc.edu/tech-prep.