Field Trip: Summer career training for Bethel-Tate High School students means a jump on job skills

BETHEL, Ohio - Teachers around the Tri-State use innovative and creative means to engage their students and instill a love of learning. With our "Field Trip" series, we head back to camp or school for lessons in what works.

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A new biotechnology satellite program offered at Bethel-Tate High School through Grant Career Center is off to a popping start. Although the 2013-2014 school year concluded in May, some students from the class continued their studies through June 27, when they presented a research project in a national competition.

“I was very proud of them. It was their very first time ever doing this, and they did very well,” said biotechnology teacher Kristine Brookover.

Diversifying career opportunities

Located in Bethel, Ohio, Grant Career Center is a vocational school offering a variety of programs for high school juniors and seniors in four Clermont County school districts.

About 250 students attend Grant, studying for careers in fields ranging from automotive service technology to cosmetology and allied health science.

With enrollment up this year, administrators face the challenge of offering new programs that are relevant to students.

“We’re trying to find more ways to offer more diverse career training for students,” said Pam McKinney, Public Relations Director.

The biotechnology program, which was first offered during the 2013-2014 school year, is one way of keeping up with the demand.

WCPO Insiders can read about how the program sparked the interest of one student, who plans to pursue science in college.

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