Superintendent Joyce Malainy said the Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) of Licking County's proposed 1-mill operating levy offers a great value to the community when one considers the services the school provides.

Superintendent Joyce Malainy said the Career and Technology Education Centers (C-TEC) of Licking County's proposed 1-mill operating levy offers a great value to the community when one considers the services the school provides.

The proposed continuing levy for current operating expenses would generate $3.8-million annually and cost taxpayers $30.63 per year for every $100,000 of home value.

C-TEC serves students at its 150 Price Road facility, as well as 913 students in satellite programs at eight high schools in the county, COTC/OSU-Newark and Weathervane Playhouse.

"A lot of people don't understand how far-reaching we are, and that's important," Malainy said. "We do career development programming with teachers in K-12 throughout the county, and the adult program serves 4,000 throughout the county. We have a graduation rate of over 98 percent, and over 90 percent of our adults and secondary students are placed either in the work force or go on to college."

She said C-TEC contributes greatly to the local economy.

"We bring jobs to the community," Malainy said. "We need to train our workforce for our community. We need to keep the wealth in the county and we're instrumental in that. We provide a tremendous service for our county."

Treasurer Benjamin R. Streby said C-TEC has been collecting the same millage -- 2 mills -- since 1976.

"Since 1976, we starting collecting 2 mills," Streby said. "In 1987, we had a .8 mill-levy, a five-year operating levy, but we did not renew that. It jumped to 2.8 in '87 but that rolled off the books."

If May's levy would fail, C-TEC would cut an additional $1.7-million from its budget in addition to $1.6-million already being eliminated for a total of $3.3-million in cuts.

As part of the $1.6-million in cuts, 20.5 positions are being eliminated, and another 22.5 positions will be eliminated if the levy fails.

Malainy will recommend the elimination of those positions during the board's March 23 meeting.

"One and half of those positions involve switching of funding," Streby said. "The 1.5 positions would require the switching of the funding source to adult education."

The school is eliminating three programs regardless of May's levy outcome.

Those programs are information technology foundations, serving students at Northridge and Licking Valley; industrial and engineering foundations and hotel and travel management. Personnel are being eliminated from those programs through attrition.

If the levy fails, C-TEC will cut eight more programs: theatre arts academy, computerized accounting, industrial and engineering foundations at Northridge and at Heath, computer machine technology, teaching professions academy, heath foundations, and the Graduation Reality and Dual-Role Skills (GRADS) program.

"If the levy fails, we'll make additional (program) cuts next year but we'll hold off on five of the 22.5 positions until school year 2011-12, because there's a high enough number of juniors in the programs this year that we want them to be able to finish out their senior year," Streby said.

Those four programs are legal office administration, marketing and retail management, electronic media arts and automotive collision repair. When considering cuts, C-TEC has considered enrollment, placement into a job or college and post-secondary education.

"We did look at all of that data for all of the cuts," Streby said, "but when you get to the level of cuts we have to make, it's harder to reduce the impact on students."

Students attending C-TEC in Newark from other county schools include Granville High School, 23; Heath High School, 70; Johnstown-Monroe High School, 36; Lakewood High School, 89; Licking Heights High School, 49; Licking Valley High School, 97; Newark Catholic, 4; Newark High School, 199; Northridge High School, 45; Utica High School, 94; and Watkins Memorial, 73.

Among the higher enrollment satellite programs include 146 students in work and family life at Watkins Memorial; 98 and 90 students at Heath and Johnstown high schools, respectively, in industrial and engineering foundations. At Northridge High School, 62 students are enrolled in industrial and engineering foundations while 49 students are enrolled in the information technology foundation. Fifty-six students are in the electronic media arts program offered through C-TEC at Newark High School.

C-TEC's most popular programs include clinical care, physical therapy/exercise science, cosmetology, dental assisting, firefighting/emergency medical services, computer networking and applications and criminal justice.

More about C-TEC can be found on its Web site at www.c-tec.edu.