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ERIC Number: EJ779064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
Community Support Gives Rise to New Penta Career Center
McCulloch, Michelle
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v82 n8 p38-40 Nov-Dec 2007
For more than 40 years, Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio, has successfully served thousands of high school students and adults from Northwest Ohio. Calling a converted 1949 United States Army Depot building home, Penta serves students from 16 surrounding school districts, and offers programs in six core areas: arts and communications; business and management; industrial and engineering systems; environmental and agricultural systems; health services; and human services. Seven years ago, with a growing high school student population as well as a thriving adult and continuing education program, Penta administrators began to realize that its facility was in need of significant upgrades and expansion in order to continue to meet the needs of its students. The building's deficiencies made it difficult for Penta to meet the academic benchmarks mandated by the Ohio Department of Education, and adapt to the advancements in career and technical education (CTE). In 2000, a leading educational facilities consulting firm confirmed the concerns of Penta administrators: the facility's programmatic goals could not be met without drastic changes. Financially, Penta was spending a large percentage of its budget every summer on maintenance to the existing buildings, and functionally, there was a major increase in the academic programs that Penta was to provide. This placed a demand for more integration of the academic and career-technical curriculum. This article describes how a vision and business and community support give rise to a new Penta Career Center.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio