Students and parents need lots of information before making the choice to transfer from the home high school to the A-Tech. We hope the following questions and answers help you make an informed choice! Please call with additional questions anytime.
1. How many career technical programs are offered at the A-Tech?
The A-Tech offers 20 two-year programs, beginning in the student’s junior year of high school. The Career Discovery Program is designed for students who are at least 16 years old and have not yet obtained junior status. Students who successfully complete the Vocational Readiness Program are eligible to apply for entry into any two-year program at the A-Tech.
2. Who can attend the A-Tech?
Juniors or seniors living within the following school districts; Conneaut, Edgewood, Geneva, Grand Valley, Jefferson, Lakeside, Pymatuning Valley, and Saint John.
3. If I attend the A-Tech do I still have to take academic classes?
A-Tech students spend one-half of the day in the program of their choice and the remainder of the day completing academic coursework. The A-Tech curriculum includes academic courses in English, Science, History, Math, and American Government. The A-Tech works closely with home school districts to align the curriculum with home school and state standards.
4. Do A-Tech students receive a high school diploma?
Yes, upon satisfactorily completing the home school and Ohio State Graduation Requirements students will receive a high school diploma from the participating home school. A goal of the A-Tech students is to not only obtain a high school diploma, but to also obtain a Career-Technical Certificate of Completion.
5. Can I still participate in activities at my home school?
Yes! Students are encouraged to participate in home school athletics and extra-curricular activities. Coaches, music directors, and club advisors will work with A-Tech students to make sure that they will have the opportunity to participate in home school activities. Home school guidance counselors meet at the A-Tech each month to provide information on up-coming home school events. When necessary, A-Tech students may be excused from class to fulfill commitments and attend these activities.
6. How does the A-Tech help students successfully connect with job opportunities?
A-Tech students that meet early placement requirements can attend school and work half the day in a related job. While at work students are graded and paid by the employer. Specific guidelines must be met and transportation to and from the work site is the student’s responsibility. Many of these job opportunities lead to full-time employment after graduation.
7. Can I move on to postsecondary education after attending the A-Tech?
Yes, many A-Tech students have gone on to be successful in two- and four- year college programs and apprenticeship programs.
8. Can students at the A-Tech earn college credits or advanced standings for their coursework?
The A-Tech has articulation agreements with Lakeland Community College, which provide a seamless transition to post-secondary education. More college and universities may be added to our growing list of college partners who offer qualifying students free college credits.
9. Can I earn any special industry certification that will provide me with an advantage in the workf
The A-Tech has met the high standards required for accreditation in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditations and approving agencies include:
- American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Inc.
- America Welding Society
- Articulation Agreements with Lakeland Community College, University of Northwestern, University of Cincinnati, and The Winner Institute of Arts and Sciences.
- ASME Pipe Welding Certifications
- Automotive Service Excellence/ASE
- AWS Structural Steel Certifications
- Commission of Schools of the North Central Association for Colleges and Schools
- Computer Technology Industry Association (COMPTIA) A+
- Education and Nurse Registration
- Herron Testing Laboratories (Welding)
- Human Resource Certification Institute
- National Center for Construction Education and Research (Electricity)
- Ohio State Board of Nursing
- Oracle Academy
- State of Ohio Board of Cosmetology
10. Does the A-Tech provide programs and services for students and parents with special concerns?
The A-Tech Guidance Department provides a broad range of counseling and consulting services for students, staff, parents, and home schools. Services to parents include providing information on their child’s goals and progress. When required we will inform and update them about their child’s Individualized Education Program . Also, an Access Advisor will work closely with colleges and technical schools to provide access and information to students and families. Plus, all students have a “LINKS” faculty advisor to encourage the development of positive life skill activities.
11. If I have not passed the Ohio Graduation Tests, can I still attend the A-Tech?
Yes, we offer Ohio Graduation Testing on campus in October and March. Remediation classes are also offered to help students better prepare for the tests.
12. How much does it cost to enroll in A-Tech programs?
With the wonderful support of the community, the A-Tech offers free public education through the tax support of citizens and businesses. Many programs require students to purchase lab items (uniforms, safety wear, tools, workbooks, etc.). However, because many of the items are used during both the junior and senior year, often times the senior fees are lower.
13. What kinds of clubs or extra-curricular activities are offered to A-Tech students?
The A-Tech offers many opportunities for students to participate in numerous activities, including skill and leadership competitions, leadership council, field trips, intramural athletics, an annual school talent show, as well as seasonal charity and Red Cross Bloodmobile drives. The Career-Technical Organizations and Associations include: Business Professionals of America, DECA, Family, Career, and Community Leadership of America, FFA, SkillsUSA, National Cosmetology Association and National Honors Society.
14. How can I enroll in a program at the ATECH?
Sophomores and juniors living with their parent and/or legal guardian within an A-Tech participating school district may complete an enrollment intent form. The A-Tech requires that all new students visit the program they wish to enroll in prior to completing the on-line enrollment intent form. Steps of application include:
- Call A-Tech to set up an appointment to visit a program or contact your associate school guidance counselor about your visit date
- Visit the program you wish to enroll in prior to completing the on-line enrollment intent form
- Complete an on-line enrollment intent form
- Obtain parent and/or legal guardian signature
- Enrollment intent forms are available through your associate school counselor
15. How can I find out more information about the A-Tech?
If you have further questions about the A-Tech, please feel free to call 440-576-6015 or send us e-mail.
1. Is $50 registration fee in addition to the tuition fee?
NO. The $50.00 registration fee is not a separate fee. This is included in tuition fee.
2. Are books and supplies an addition cost?
NO. All books and supplies are included in tuition fee unless otherwise specified.
3. Are all courses eligible for federal financial aid?
NO. Only courses considered full-time are eligible for the Pell grant. A full time course is any course 600 hours or more.
4. What are the hours for the Workforce Development Department?
We are here from 8:00 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on Fridays.
5. How do I register for an adult workforce development class?
Just fill out the enrollment application on-line and submit it to our department. Someone will contact you for more information.
6. What if I don’t know what type of workforce development adult training I want to take?
Just contact the Workforce Development office anytime between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:30 Mon-Thurs and 8:00-4:30 on Friday and someone will be happy to help you explain the programs to you. You may also email us and ask any questions.
7. What type of certification would I receive if I take an adult class?
There is several types of training programs and each of them has their own types of certifications. Please contact us to find out about what type would come with the training you are interested in.