Superintendent: MVCTC offers critical job skills to area students
Recently you may have heard the terms “vocational training” or “workforce education” used as buzzwords in the various political discussions taking place at all levels of the government. The staff at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) knows the importance of workforce education and has dedicated the past 47 years to develop a strong pool of employees in the Miami Valley.
The economy in 2018 is strong, but workforce education is needed now more than ever. In fact, I believe a lack of qualified and skilled employees is one of the greatest threats to our bustling economy. Our future workforce will not simply be found, it must be created.
The historically low unemployment rate indicates that there are only so many people left who can truly contribute to our workforce. MVCTC provides career training for over 5,000 middle and high school students each year. In addition to developing the next generation of highly skilled employees, the MVCTC also specializes in career training for adults.
MVCTC Adult Education programs offer training in career pathways in 13 full-time financial-aid-eligible areas. From precision machining and other trade areas to practical nursing and four other health-care fields, MVCTC connects adults who want to increase their earning potential with area employers who seek skilled workers.
In addition to full-time programs, MVCTC offers short-term credentials and certifications recognized by business and industry. These programs help adults quickly increase their skills so they may advance in their current position or seek a new profession. Services available range from assisting adults in attaining a high school diploma to programs in the trades and health care that are worth 30 college semester hours when enrolling at an area community college — Sinclair, Clark State or Edison, for example.
MVCTC Adult Education Aspire Services also offer options for adults wishing to obtain their high school diploma, which will increase their chances of obtaining a living wage. The Adult Diploma Program is for adults 22 or older who do not have a diploma or GED. ADP allows you to earn a credential in one of the shortterm trade programs that MVCTC Adult Education offers, as well as your high school diploma.
MVCTC Adult Education is also prepared to assist area employers. The Ohio Apprenticeship Council recently approved MVCTC as an official sponsor for the state of Ohio. MVCTC Adult Education can assist with apprenticeship training for local industries and with the hiring processes.
For our region to grow, we must continually encourage both high school students and adults to focus on a skill and continue their education, regardless of their current status. We at MVCTC are proud to serve our local communities and look forward to continuing to provide career technical programs that are of great value in the Miami Valley.
Nick Weldy is superintendent for Miami Valley Career Technology Center.