Northfield Village -- A new energy park that was built by Cuyahoga Valley Career Center students on the school's backyard patio is an example of their innovative skills, CVCC Superintendent Celina Roebuck told the audience at the Oct. 13 Nordonia Hills State of the Schools address.
Roebuck, along with Nordonia Hills City Schools Superintendent Joe Clark, had been invited to speak at the Nordonia Hills Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon.
"The construction trade students put the chairs and tables together with recycled products," she said. "The area is used for group discussions. We'll be developing further as we go."
She said that is one example of the skills that are taught at the school, where 121 Nordonia Hills students are enrolled at the Broadview Heights campus.
Another skill is portrayed by the school's digital design students, who Roebuck said could take residents' family portraits, with colorful leaves in the background, or holiday family portraits.
Clark noted nine Nordonia students were inducted into the CVCC's National Technical Honor Society, and seven Nordonia seniors from the Class of 2016 were selected as "Outstanding Student" in their individual CVCC career program.
For high school students, an Oct. 5 college night at the career center attracted 112 colleges and more than 700 residents. The school also launched ACT prep courses for students.
"They are very popular," she said.
Roebuck said 302 students participated in the school's work force development program through the adult education center last school year. She said the school's most popular program is nursing.
The school has a 98 percent job placement rate for high school and adult students who complete a program, she said.
She said that kind of success can continue with passage Nov. 8 of a 1-mill operating levy for a continuous period of time. In Summit County, Issue 47 for the Nordonia Hills and Twinsburg city school districts would renew a five-year levy voters have been renewing since 1982.
If approved, homeowners would keep paying about $30 for every $100,000 of their home's value, which will raise about $5.7 million a year.
This is the school's 45th year of providing current technical education to the Nordonia Hills communities, along with 25 other communities which includes eight other public school districts, she said.
"We not only serve these communities, but also we serve northeast Ohio," she said. "Our interest is in providing skilled training and jobs for our residents. We believe success is measured in a job, work force development skills and making a life for yourself.
"We have a business model that we follow," she said.
"It is built with residents' input. Our goal is to provide a fluid transition for students from our communities to our campus. It is to provide a college connection and make a one-stop shop for our students through our programs, earning high school and college credits."