Glenda Ritz, state superintendent of schools, visited the Southeastern Career Center Wednesday, Feb. 12, according to Tricia Johnson, SCC assistant director.
During the visit, Ritz attended part of the career center’s board meeting and gave an update on what was happening at the state level. After the meeting, she answered questions from the superintendents from the 12 schools that make up the career center’s board. She talked about her support of career pathways for all students, not just career and technical students. She is monitoring possible changes to diploma options and the educational funding structure.
Ritz also took a tour of the center and was able to see students and teachers in action. She saw one of three new Cummins diesel trainer engines that were purchased through grants from Ohio County and Dearborn County community foundations.
The SCC’s partnership with Cummins, area community foundations and Economic Opportunities through Education by 2015 has allowed the diesel program to expand and become a feeder program to Cummins’ Engineering Technology and Research and Development departments. This is one of the many industry partnerships that the career center has to insure its students are receiving current, relevant technology and have the skills to be successful in the work force.