CONCORD TOWNSHIP – Auburn Career Center Superintendent Maggie Lynch was invited to speak at the Feb. 1 Concord Township Board of Trustees Feb. 1 meeting.
The school is located at 8140 Auburn Rd. The buildings are a high school, a Technology Learning Center, High School Emergency Medical Service Program, Industrial Technology Building and Horticulture Building.
“We are the oldest technical center in the state of Ohio,” Lynch said. “We were founded by a resolution of the Lake County Educational Service Center in 1962 with the then-superintendent, Henry LaMuth.”
Since the state’s career centers are situated so they don’t overlap, Auburn Career Center serves both Lake and Geauga counties.
The high school programs for juniors and seniors are half-days for two years. However, sophomores may also take classes now.
The students must meet academic standards and be interviewed before being accepted since only 20 students are accepted into each program.
They have 19 adult programs such as: firefighters, EMS, paramedic and practical nursing, as well as manufacturing and technical courses.
“Our mission is to provide innovative career and technical education that empowers all learners to excel in the emerging workplace, and to enrich their community,” Lynch said. “As a result, Auburn has lots of partners, because to enrich a community you partner with organizations such as your own community, Leadership Lake County, the Y. We partner with businesses, and that helps all of our students to get real world experiences so that they have so much more to add to their resume when they are combining work and education, or simply entering the workplace.”
About three years ago Auburn started an internship program and had 32 students participate. This year 72 students interned during just the first semester.
Trustee Chair Paul Malchesky said he believes Auburn helps young people learn careers and should be acknowledged and appreciated.