Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

What Is Career-Technical Education?

Today, many parents of high-school age students remember that going to the vocational school meant you weren't going to college.  That is not true today, as career-technical education students must meet the same academic requirements of all high school students as well as complete additional coursework in their chosen field. In fact, most students go on to college - almost 60% to 70% according to Ohio Department of Education stats

In Ohio, every high school student has the opportunity to enroll in a career-technical education course of study. This means that in addition to the rigorous academic requirements, students take specific classes in their chosen field.  Engineering, healthcare, computer graphics, auto technology and culinary arts are just a few of the 16 career fields in which Ohio high school students can enroll.  This specialized education is delivered through career centers or in the local high school, depending on where the student lives in Ohio. Many career-technical programs also offer additional programs to assist area residents in training for regional opportunities after high school.

Compact/Comprehensive Schools


Tri-Height C.P.C.
Lakewood City
Maple Heights/Bedford
Parma City
Lakeshore Compact
Sylvania City
Meigs Local
Alliance City
Plain Local
Four City Compact
Six District Compact
Canton Local
Millstream Career
Centerville City
Tri-Star Compact

Comprehensive (Major City):

Cleveland City
Columbus City
Cincinnati City
Toledo City
Youngstown City
Dayton City
Canton City
Akron City

Comprehensive (Single District):

Lima City
Hamilton City
East Liverpool City
East Cleveland City
Sandusky City
South-Western City
Lorain City
Oregon City
Washington Local
Switzerland of Ohio
Mad River Local
Morgan Local
Madison Local
Mansfield City
Massillon City
Ohio Valley Local
Greenville City
Lancaster City

Career Centers

Apollo Career Center
Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center
Ashtabula County JVS
Auburn Career Center
Belmont-Harrison Career Centers
Buckeye Career Center
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Butler Technology & Career Development Schools 
(D. Russel Lee)
Career & Technology Education Centers of Licking County
Collins Career Center
Columbiana County Career Center
Coshocton County Career Center
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
Delaware Area Career Center
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools
Ehove Career Center
Four County Career Center
Grant Career Center
Great Oaks Institute
Greene County Career Center
Jefferson County JVS
Knox County Career Center
Lorain County JVS
Mahoning County Career & Technical Center
Maplewood Career Center
Medina County Career Center
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Mid-East Career & Technology Centers
Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
Penta Career Center
Pickaway-Ross JVS and Circleville Annex
Pike County JVS
Pioneer Career and Technology
Polaris Career Center
Portage Lakes Career Center
R.G. Drage Career Center
Scioto County JVS
Southern Hills Career & Technical Center
Springfield-Clark County JVS
Tolles Technical Center
Tri-County Career Center
Tri-Rivers Career Center
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
Upper Valley JVS
Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center
Vantage Career Center
Warren County Career Center
Washington County Career Center
Wayne County Schools Career Center
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