Sunday, Sept. 13, Penta Career Center in Perrysburg, Ohio celebrated it's 50th anniversary. Penta was founded in 1965, as the first mulit-county vocational school in the nation, serving 16 school districts.
Over the past 50 years, Penta has helped over 30,000 students close the skills gap. Penta, along with Ohio's 49 other career centers, have played an important role in providing hands-on training so that students can go on to higher education or directly to the workforce.
Penta Career Center's Superintendent, Ron Matter, stresses the message that a four-year degree should not be a student's only option.
"We don't want to create barriers for students," Matter said. "This is not an anti-four-year-degree-message, we need to value all kinds of work in this country, and this is where the jobs are."
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that roughly 45 percent of all U.S. jobs fall into a so-called skills gap, requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree. Even so, only 25 percent of the work force is qualified to perform these jobs.
Penta Career Center, along with every career technical education program in Ohio, strives to help students discover their passion in life earlier, and in turn, fills jobs and helps the economy.
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Image courtesy of Penta Career Center's Construction Carpentry Program