FAQ

We are CTE! What does that mean?

CTE stands for Career Technical Education and provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. CTE prepares learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context.

How do I apply?

Applying is easily done on our website under the Enrollment button.

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How long has Vanguard-Sentinel been providing top-notch training?

There was a vision more than 50 years ago by Governor James A. Rhodes of creating a network of schools across the state of Ohio to give High school students access to vocational training. Local leaders, under the direction of Roy W. Klay responded to this and worked tirelessly to make this vision a reality and in 1968 our doors opened to students providing them opportunities to learn valuable skills.

What is the AIM Mobile Career Technology Lab?

The AIM Mobile Lab is a resource to introduce K-5 students in the VSCTC district to in-demand careers by allowing them to explore Career Technical Education (CTE) through a variety of resources including interactive, challenging and comprehensive activities, hardware and trainers that give younger students a foundation in a wide range of careers. The AIM Lab visits our educational partners via invitation from classroom teachers and complements their lessons.

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What is a Career Tech Student Organizations (CTSO’s)?

These organizations offer our students the chance to participate in social and learning opportunities that in turn make them more marketable in today’s competitive workplace. CTSO’s help our students sharpen their technical skills while training teamwork and leadership abilities. Our district offers participation in Business Professional of America (BPA), Educators Rising, FFA, and SkillsUSA. In addition, we are proud of our Drug Free Clubs of America program that rewards drug-free students for their healthy choices!

How are you funded?

We continue to operate under the original levy that was passed in 1968 of 1.6 mil and have never asked taxpayers for additional funds. VSCTC has been fiscally responsible with tax payer dollars and pro-active in obtaining grants to put directly into program growth and equipment purchases.

What grade does a student have to be in to attend?

We now offer multiple entry points which means that students can come for one, two, three or even four years! The Bronze through Platinum programming will give opportunities for 1 year, 2 year, 3 year, and 4 year training programs in their field of choice. Now students are able to start at a younger age, or if not ready to make that decision can decide later and still have an opportunity to receive quality technical training in a specific skill. Their choices are unlimited and can include up to 1,300+ hours of training, technical skill attainment, earning industry credentials, and having pre-apprenticeship and job placement opportunities with local business and industry.

Is there a cost to attend?

There is no tuition charge for students to attend VSCTC. There may be some minimal costs for students to purchase uniforms and tools for their respective programs.

How many programs do you have?

We offer over 31 career-training programs on two campuses in Fremont and Tiffin, Ohio.

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Can my student still participate in extracurricular activities at their home school?

YES! Students who attend VSCTC can participate in their partner school’s extracurricular activities, i.e. sports, marching band, clubs, etc. We also encourage our students to get involved in our Career-Tech Service Organizations offering them more social and learning opportunities.

My student does not have a driver’s license; can they still attend VSCTC?

Yes. Transportation of students is provided and coordinated with each of our partner schools.

I have graduated from high school and think I would like some further training, what is available to me?

Full and short-time Adult Workforce Development Classes are offered in fields such as public safety, medical and office administration, and manufacturing. Also, Aspire and Gateway programs that allow students who have dropped out of high school earn their GED or high school diploma are also available.

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What opportunities will VSCTC prepare my child for?

Students are often asked to decide between college readiness and career preparation, when this decision is unnecessary as CTE prepares students for whatever path they follow. In fact, statistics show that CTE students are more prepared for life after graduation and are significantly more likely to develop problem-solving, project completion, research, communication, time management and critical thinking skills, all of which employers and branches of the military find highly desirable. Enrolling in a CTE program does not divert college-bound students’ attention away from college preparation classes. In fact, 88% of CTE students plan on post-secondary education and one study discovered that 80% of students nationwide that take both CTE and college prep courses meet college and career readiness goals versus only 63% of students who take only college prep courses.

Personal Connection

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Collaboration

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A Common Goal

Staff, students, and the community are working in partnership to strengthen educational excellence.

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Optimistic Environment

A professional community that approaches its work with optimism and a tremendous sense of possibility.

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