LIMA — The career technical classes offered at Lima Senior High School are growing, and they’re excelling.
Don’t just take district administrators’ word for it.
The Ohio Department of Education has awarded Lima Senior an overall B grade for its vocational programming, including A’s in the district’s graduate rate for career tech students (up from a B last year) and an A in post-secondary outcomes, which tracks the percentage of Lima Senior career tech students who are either employed, obtain an apprenticeship, have joined the military or are enrolled in post-secondary education.
These accomplishments were announced Wednesday morning during a news conference at the school to kick off Career Tech Month. Superintendent of Lima schools Jill Ackerman said the state’s report card “is essential to our school district and community. It shows if a program is effective and if students are finding success both while in the program and beyond. And I am proud to say that the answer to these questions here at Lima Senior is a resounding yes.”
Ackerman said 92.8% of the students enrolled in career tech classes graduate in four years, up from 89% in last year’s report.
The administrator also cited the importance of partnerships the school has formed with local business and industries.
“These relationships help us better train our students for what the workforce needs,” Ackerman said. “The partnerships provide more opportunities for our students both while they are with us and after graduation.”
One of those partners is Liberty Retirement Community of Lima. Kelly Steinke, representing the business at Wednesday’s event, said the relationship between the school and the retirement center is “a great partnership. It introduces the students to real life health care and our residents enjoy the program, too. The students bring a high level of energy and we are proud and thankful to have them,” Steinke said.
“I can’t say enough about our students and how they move on in their careers,” said Ashley Rozell, patient care instructor at Lima Senior and a 2006 graduate of the program. “I just wanted to come back here and give back to the program.”
Two students — both seniors — were featured during Wednesday’s news conference. Te’Osha Williams is in the patient care technology program and hopes to one day be a urologist. She interned at a local hospital this summer “and I really liked it.”
Jawan Anderson is enrolled in the construction trades program and said that building a ramp at the home of an area resident in need last year was “really nice.”
Other programs at Lima Senior that make up the career tech program include automotive technology, early childhood education, engineering technology, graphic communications, hospitality and food service management, marketing education and welding and metal fabrication.
Ackerman said an announcement will be made in the near future about a new addition to the programming.
Information on the school’s career tech programs is available at limacityschools.org.