In an ever-changing world and evolving job market, it makes sense that young people need options to advance their career goals. At Tolles Career & Technical Center, we lift students with a rigorous education combined with bankable skills for what’s ahead.

Many students aspire to attain a college degree after completing high school. Tolles offers innovative ways for high school students to do that. As an official Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative Center (also known by its acronym, RAMTEC), we provide training for new types of skilled manufacturing vocations that employers say are going unfilled in Ohio.

This kind of training improves our students’ ability to begin high-end manufacturing careers immediately upon the completion of high school.

In addition to experiences in the trades-and-manufacturing programs, we offer real-world training programs for the workforce or college, such as pre-nursing, pharmacy, logistics and engineering. In fact, most programs offered at our career campus include college credits.

In 2018, three Dublin City Schools students earned 12 semester hours in computer programming through the Dublin IT Programming Academy. Those same three students also completed a 12-week internship with Veeva Systems and were offered full-time employment at the conclusion of their internship.

In today’s world, technical education has become complex and sophisticated. Many students use our technical training as a different pathway to college and to gain custom preparation for their college majors.

In addition to a high school diploma from their home school, many of our students have the opportunity to earn certifications, allowing them to work in their field of study while attending college. This creates an opportunity for our students to make college more affordable while gaining specialized job experience that will be essential for life beyond college graduation. This type of field experience alongside college coursework is attractive to employers.

In short, we believe in the potential of all students. With high expectations and strong academic coursework enriched by skills education, there is no limit to the heights our students can reach.

Many of our students choose to attend colleges and university after graduation; others choose specialized training at our center to begin meaningful careers after graduation.

Our goal is to equip students with advanced technical and skills training, launching many into good-paying careers and giving them a head start toward a college degree.

This all can be done while continuing sports and activities at a student’s home school, truly allowing our high school students the best of both worlds.

Emmy Beeson is superintendent of Tolles Career & Technical Center in Plain City, which includes students from the Dublin and Hilliard school districts. Contact her at ebeeson@ tollestech.com.