Today we heard from Harry Snyder who is President of Great Oaks Career Campuses. In 1968 Hamilton County got things started with vocational education in our area. Today, they touch 36 school districts, serve over 28,000 adults, over 15,000 secondary students, have over 1200 business partners and offer 30 different career programs. Great Oaks is a state-funded school with a $60 million dollar budget. They offer all sorts of trainings and certifications for various fields including police, fire, aviation and CPR.
A few stats:
- 94% of students are currently employed or enrolled in continuing education.
- 46% go on directly to postsecondary education.
- 84% of the 2015 student class passed a state of industry recognized assessment.
- 96% of students are working in the profession in which they were trained.
Harry shared about a new program called RAMTEC. This stands for Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative. They collaborate with manufacturers, begin with short-term adult training, offer many certifications (Fanuc, Motoman, Mitsubishi, Parker, Yamasaki, Alan Bradley), expand to high schools and expand to lower grades through a mobile lab.