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  their children’s education. Some area schools are beginning to partner with homeschooling families to offer part- time enrollment and other alternatives to traditional schooling.
An example of the fine cooperation between the public and private educational institutions in Sidney is the Sidney Memorial Stadium, a facility opened in 2004 that serves both the Sidney High School Yellow Jackets
and the Lehman Catholic High School Cavaliers. Built through fundraising efforts from both schools and the community at-large, the 7,000-seat stadium is thought to be the only
such collaborative effort in the State of Ohio. Artificial turf was installed in 2014, making the stadium a versatile community center and a prime location for football playoff games.
With college costs at an all-time high, many high schools are looking to help students get a jump on post-secondary studies. One option is Advanced Placement (AP) classes as are offered at Sidney, Lehman Catholic, Christian Academy, Fort Loramie, and Jackson Center High Schools. Not only do
AP classes prepare students for college work, but those who receive high marks on the AP tests given in May can opt out of college classes in those subject areas.
In fall of 2015, programs once known as Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) and Dual Enrollment were combined into the College Credit Plus program. All
Ohio public high schools and colleges are required to give students the opportunity to receive college credits while still in high school through CCP. There is no cost for students but they must enroll in an Ohio public college to receive credit. The high school and the college split the cost. Private high schools and colleges can opt-in, but students may have to pay a part of the cost.
The CPP courses can be taken
at the local college or taught by high school teachers who qualify. The State of Ohio hopes that CCP will be one
answer for skyrocketing college costs since earning credits while in high school enables students to shorten their years in college, saving on tuition, room and board, and fees.
Because of the rural nature of much
of Shelby County, several county high schools offer curriculum offerings in Agricultural Sciences. Ag programs and FFA chapters in these schools are designed to sustain the strong tradition of family farms that exist throughout the area. The Shelby County 4-H Extension Office recently implemented a program at Fairlawn and Houston schools called Manufacturing FUNdamentals that explores manufacturing concepts with third graders. Students learn about robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, electricity, metal fabrication, and tooling.
Secondary school students looking for a more hands-on, career-oriented curriculum can enroll at the Upper Valley Career Center located south of Sidney in Piqua. Upper Valley recently introduced a program in Veterinary Services which moved into a new building in 2018. Resulting from the need for skilled workers in the animal sciences for livestock farms, dairy
and animal agriculture, the two-year program accepts 50 students a year and has a waiting list.
UVCC has career and technical programs available to high school juniors and seniors in agriculture
and environmental systems, arts
and communication, construction, education, engineering and science, health science, hospitality and
tourism, human services, information technology, manufacturing, and transportation systems. Some of the specific fields offered are cosmetology, design and digital print, horticulture and landscape management, culinary arts, carpentry, auto technologies, exercise science, electrical trades, and welding. Open to 14 school districts in Shelby and Miami Counties, the school also has a School-to-Apprenticeship program for twelfth graders to learn
on-the-job skills.
The emphasis at UVCC is on
hands-on, practical learning. For example, in January 2019, students in the carpentry, electrical trades, HVAC, and landscaping programs finished construction of a 1710-square foot project house which was then put up for sale by a local realtor.
UVCC has a unique student- operated, full-service restaurant called The Cornerstone @8811 that is open Wednesday through Friday when classes are in session. Students enrolled in Level I and Level II Culinary Arts classes prepare the menu entrees and manage the restaurant under the guidance of their instructors. The School of Cosmetology has recently opened Salon @8811, a full-service salon open Wednesday through
Friday when school is in session. Cosmetology students offer cutting and styling, chemical texturizing, hair color services, skin care, and nail care at reasonable prices in exchange for on- the-job experience.
UVCC also offers a number of adult education programs, including computer workshops, machining and precision tool work, HVAC/R, PLC Robotics, advanced manufacturing maintenance, electrical power line mechanic, LPN customized training, state tested nursing assistant, and medical office professional. The adult “Aspire” program focuses on adult literacy education (earning a GED).
UVCC is a certified school in the Apprenticeship Ohio program for both high school students and adults where two years of training equals one year
of apprenticeship recognized in the field. The Career Advancement Center on campus connects both high school and adult students with employment opportunities and teaches them how to write a resume and interview
for a job. UVCC works to provide employers with top notch employees ready to succeed in the workplace while promising life-long employment assistance for its graduates.
Another specialized program is the Upper Valley Project Search that works with adults ages 18-22 who have disabilities but want to receive
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