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FAQs

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 440-576-6015 if you have additional questions.

A-Tech – High School

1. How many career technical programs are offered at A-Tech?
 
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 Career-Technical Exploration Program are eligible to apply for entry into any two-year program at the A-Tech.
 
 
2. Who can attend A-Tech?
 
Juniors or seniors living within the following school districts:
 
  • Conneaut
  • Buckeye (Edgewood)
  • Geneva 
  • Grand Valley
  • Jefferson
  • Ashtabula City (Lakeside)
  • Pymatuning Valley
  • Saint John
3. If I attend 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. 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 A-Tech students is to not only obtain a high school diploma, but to also obtain a Career-Technical Certificate of Completion.
 
A-Tech students also have the opportunity to earn industry certifications and college credit!
 
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 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.
Students also gain a competitive advantage at A-Tech by earning college credit while they are still in high school.  
 
 
8. Can students at the A-Tech earn college credits or advanced standings for their coursework?
 
Yes. A-Tech students can gain a competitive edge by earning college credit while they are still in high school!
Students who successfully complete specified technical programs are eligible to have credit transfer to public colleges and universities throughout Ohio. Learn more about college credit by clicking here. 
 
 
9. Can I earn any special industry certification that will provide me with an advantage in the workforce?
 
Yes. 
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 End of Course Exams, can I still attend the A-Tech?
 
Yes, we offer testing on campus. 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? 
 
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 (FCCLA), FFA, SkillsUSA, National Cosmetology Association and National Honors Society.
 
 
14. How can I enroll in a High School program at A-Tech?
 
Sophomores and juniors living with their parent and/or legal guardian within an A-Tech participating school district should complete an online enrollment intent form. 
 
To begin the enrollment process, interested high school students should complete an online enrollment intent form by clicking here.
 
  
15. How can I find out more information about A-Tech?
 
If you have further questions about the A-Tech, please call 440-576-6015 or e-mail.

A-Tech – Workforce Development

1. Is $50 registration fee in addition to the tuition fee?
 
NO.  The $50.00 registration fee is part of your tuition.
 
 
2. Are books and supplies an additional 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?
 
Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm 
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
 
 
5. How do I register for an Adult Workforce Development class? 
 
Complete the Application for Information and someone will contact you. 
 
 
6. What if I don’t know what type of workforce development adult training I want to take?
 
Contact the Workforce Development office at 440-576-5505.
Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm 
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm 
 
 
 
7. What type of certification would I receive if I take an adult class?
 
Each training program offers a different type of certification.
Please contact us to find out which certification is best for you.
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