LIMA — Lima schools will launch an audio engineering technology program next fall, expanding its career technical programming for juniors and seniors who wish to earn industry credentials or learn a trade before graduating high school.
The audio engineering program, announced on Thursday, will give students access to state-of-the-art recording studios as well as the opportunity to earn four credentials in professional audio software that they can use toward a college degree.
Students will also learn music theory, the post-production process and entertainment marketing.
“We want to stay ahead of the game,” said Courtnee Morris, head of career tech programming for Lima schools, about the new program set to launch next fall.
Lima schools already offers 11 career tech programs to its juniors and seniors, who may study early childhood education, construction trades, auto technology or marketing, among others. The district is investing in its career programming with the recent launch of its agricultural education program and a possible media video production offering that could be ready within the next few years.
Students are encouraged to start considering their future careers by middle school, lessons which continue into high school with college readiness and career aptitude courses for freshmen and advanced, hands-on courses for older students.
But Lima schools will soon expand its career awareness programming to elementary students too. They could master basic skills needed for the trades before entering high school, starting through a series of elementary-level lessons in a box, known as a “skills box.”
Career tech program instructors were asked to identify the five most valuable skills needed to succeed in their programs, which were condensed into the skills box lessons.
Morris said the lessons will not only help students master skills early but encourage students to identify their passions and talents before having to choose a career pathway, which he said should help place students in the right program come high school.