Chances are that when you need help in this community the person who assists you has had some sort of training from Apollo Career Center. Whether it is help from a firefighter, policeman, EMT personnel, a nurse, auto mechanic, electrician, welder, truck driver, cooks/waiters at your favorite restaurant, florist, carpenter or landscaper, most likely they have trained or taken additional classes at Apollo.
Did you know that Apollo has nearly 4,000 adults attending each year? Also there are 600 junior and senior high school students attending each year from 11 different surrounding school districts. These people are the backbone of our community. They will work here, open small businesses and raise their families right here in the Lima area. There are jobs waiting for trained people right here in the Lima area, but we must train them to meet the needs of an ever changing world. And you cannot do that with an outdated building that was built 37 years ago and outdated equipment. The last time Apollo asked the taxpayer for new money was in 1981. Apollo has done an excellent job of looking after our tax dollars while adding new buildings and programs.
Did you know that Apollo Career Center is No. 1 in the state in industry credentials earned by students in adult education, for two years in a row? Did you know that Apollo students have the option now of attending a college if they choose? Did you know that Apollo has satellite classes in Bath, Shawnee, Wapak, Elida, Perry and Bluffton which means that Apollo furnishes the teacher, and curriculum and a student can stay at their home school and learn a trade?
Apollo works closely with area businesses and manufacturers and higher education colleges to meet their needs and make sure our students meet those requirements.
Now, the state will give Apollo $23 million in grant money to renovate, remodel and update the facility, but we must do our share, we must vote yes to pass this levy.
A yes vote means that you support the academic school as well as the Apollo Career Center, that you support the levy request, and the states offer to grant Apollo 23 million dollars, and that you support the business community that is waiting to put the trained worker on the job right here in Lima. We are proud supporters of the Apollo Career Center having a son and two grandsons graduate from Apollo and take advantage of adult education classes, that are gainfully employed in the Lima area. We encourage you to join us in supporting the Apollo levy request.
Fran Weigt is a former 12 year member of the Apollo board of education from Shawnee, and is presently serving as president of the Apollo Educational Foundation.