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CLAYTON, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) partners with 27 high schools within the Miami Valley, including five Darke County schools.

Dr. Nick Weldy, superintendent of MVCTC, said 224 students attending the main campus are students from Darke County, and 288 students from Darke County are enrolled in MVCTC’s satellite programs.

The school is scheduled to begin its 2014-2015 school year on Thursday, and Weldy said community members can expect to see a more open technology policy for students, new programs and community partnership implementation, satellite program openings and the development of a robotics and an advanced manufacturing training facility.

Weldy said MVCTC is moving toward a more open technology policy, starting with allowing students the use of cell phones during their lunch period.

The school is also introducing a new firefighter and emergency medical service program for its students. Weldy said individuals enrolled in the program can earn their EMT B, firefighter one and two licenses while in high school, then earn their paramedic license through the adult education program.

Beginning this school year, MVCTC has partnered with Miami Valley Hospital South to give students with disabilities who are in their last year of public education the opportunity to pursue an internship for the duration of the school year as part of the hospital’s staff.

“They might work in environmental services, facilities management, patient transport, sterilization, quite a few areas,” Weldy said. “It gives them real-world work experience … This really gets them totally immersed in a very professional environment.”

The school is also housing new satellite programs at various schools in the area, including a business academy at Franklin Monroe.

Weldy said there is an articulation agreement between MVCTC, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University, and will allow students enrolled in the academy to earn more than 20 college credit hours at no cost to the student.

“It’s a lot different than a traditional high school business program,” he said. “These students will be following more of a college curriculum.”

Students who participate in the satellite program have the opportunity to earn a $3,000 tech-prep scholarship to Sinclair as long as they maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 or higher.

By the beginning of the next school year, MVCTC is looking to introduce a robotics and advanced manufacturing training facility for its high school and adult education students, and it will provide national certification for individuals enrolled.

“As far as workforce development goes, we are partnering with Honda, Motoman and FANUC Robotics,” Weldy said. “[It’s] quite extensive when you look at everything we’re doing for robotics and advanced manufacturing … It’s a game-changer down in this region … we’re fortunate enough to be putting one of these down on this campus, and it’ll be great to have that in place.”

MVCTC was awarded the Straight A grant in consortium with other schools, and will see $1.5 million out of the $14.9 million total, making this project possible.

Weldy said he is looking forward to the new school year.

“We’ve got a great group of students, [new programs] and exciting opportunities for students who are college and career ready,” he said. “We’re ready to go.”

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