Students from high schools across Clark County visited the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center on Thursday, getting a sample of programs that ranges from culinary courses to a forestry program.
Sophomores from area school districts spent the day touring two labs of their choice, offering just a brief glimpse of what the CTC has to offer, said Michael Rice, associate schools coordinator overseeing admissions. The CTC serves juniors and seniors from all Clark County school districts.
The students were asked earlier to select two labs they were interested in, Rice said, allowing them an opportunity to find out if they might be interested in one of the programs when they become juniors.
Olivia Browning, a senior at Springfield High School, is nearing graduation in the CTC’s culinary program. She explained Thursday various dishes the culinary students created and that were available for the sophomores to sample.
Browning remembers attending the career exploration event when she was a sophomore and said it convinced her the program was a good fit. She’s been accepted into the Bradford Culinary Institute in Columbus to study after graduation.
“It’s an experience to come here and see our different programs and it’s a sample of what you’ll do here every day when you come to class,” Browning said of the career exploration day.
Declan Gephardt, a sophomore at the Global Impact STEM Academy, said he wanted to see the culinary lab because he grew up cooking. He also visited the CTC’s forestry and park management program.
“I’ve always been interested in cooking since I was a kid and cooked with my mother and sister,” Gephardt said. “I thought it was an interesting place to get started to create my own restaurant someday.”
Ameris Bossard, also a sophomore at the Global Impact STEM Academy, toured the dental and cosmetology labs.
“My sister went here and she said it was really fun,” Bossard said of the dental program.