Written by Kelly Kaczala
December 11, 2009
Ever thought about becoming a chef? Or maybe snagging a green job? The Oregon Career & Technology Center, part of the Oregon City Schools system, might just be what you’re looking for.
The Center, at 2424 Seaman Road, offers training in various fields. The top five are certified dental administrative assistant, certified medical administrative assistant, green energy, electrical, and environmental specialist, northwest Ohio culinary institute, and EMT basic.
Brandi L.Walerius, the Center’s workforce development director, said the green energy, electrical and environmental specialist class has seen the highest enrollment thus far.
“We had to increase the number of seats for the July class to 27,” she said. Both the July and October class reached enrollment capacity by June.
Courses for the green energy, electrical and environmental specialist are completed in 21 weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuition is $4,172. Courses include solar heat and electric, wind power, alternative fuels, geothermal, LEED rating specialist, green building materials, green construction, and installation of renewable energy products. Students will sit for the General Knowledge Certificate through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
The Center added the Dental Administrative Assistant program last year after seeing there was a need for them in the northwest Ohio area.
The Center will add new vocational programs if there is a demonstrated need identified by business and industry, said Walerius
“For example, the Center’s Dental Administrative Assistant program was developed when a staff member visited a dental facility for a dental appointment and the dentist discussed how difficult it was to find trained dental front office staff. After doing research, the Center discovered many area dental offices shared the same frustration of finding qualified employees, and at the time there wasn’t any dental office training programs. So the Center hired Billy Duffer, who has over two decades of Dental Administrative experience to be the lead instructor of the program,” said Walerius.
Courses the Dental Administrative Assistsant program last 21 weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and includes a 120 hour externship. Tuition is $4,195. Courses include front office administration, dental terminology, dental patient scheduling, billing and insurance, entry level accounting, managing treatment plans and business documents. Students will sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist Word exam.
Courses for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant 19 weeks, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes a 120 hour externship. Tuition is $4,195. Courses include medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, medical transcription, medical office procedures, Microsoft 2007. Students will sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and the certified billing and coding specialist certification through National Healthcare Association.
Courses at The Northwest Ohio Culinary Institute last 25 weeks from Monday through Thursday, from 4:15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., and includes a 120 hour externship. Tuition is $4,340. Courses include product identification, food service equipment, meat and seafood fundamental skills, classic culinary methods, small and large plate design, advance culinary cuisine, large party and banquet desserts. Students will sit for the ServSafe certification.
Courses for EMT Basic are 19 weeks, Monday and Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuition is $700. The courses are designed to prepare individuals to serve on rescue squads, ambulance services and fire departments. Students will sit for the EMT-A certification.
Entry level pay ranges for the above jobs are between $10-$19 per hour, according to Walerius.
The employment placement rate at the Center is between 75-85 percent.
The most recent programs added to the Center are the dental program in 2008, and the Green Energy, Electrical and Environmental Specialist program this year, said Walerius.
“Due to the downturn in the automotive industry and Lucas County’s investments in the Green Energy industry, it made perfect sense to add our very popular Green Energy program, a program Oregon Career & Technology Center has been working on for two years,” said Walerius.
The Medical Administrative Assistant Program is the longest standing program, she said. “It was implemented over 10 years ago and due to its popularity, we have added five start dates to the 2009-2010 year.”
The Oregon Career & Technology Center is the adult workforce development of Oregon City Schools, she said. It has been in existence for over 30 years, providing ABLE/GED courses. In the 1990s, occupational training courses were added to reflect a new vision for the center. The goal of the Center is to provide quality, low cost, short-term training solutions for adults and businesses in northwest Ohio.
The objectives of the center, according to Walerius, include:
• Creation of adult occupational training programs that integrate skills needed by area employers;
• Development of Adult Basic, and Literacy Education programming to assist adults in furthering their careers through lifelong learning opportunities;
• Development and maintenance of training partnerships with local employers and governmental agencies providing programming in social and occupational skills development, proper work ethic emphasis and balancing work and family life.
For more information, contact the Center at 419-697-3450.
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