Career-tech donating PPE, supplies to help meet growing need

The following article originally appeared on the Ohio ACTE website. 

Career-technical centers and career-technical programs across Ohio are donating personal protective equipment (PPE) that would have been used in classes that are not able to meet because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The donations are being made to local medical facilities and emergency medical associations as the statewide school closures ordered by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine enters the second week.

“We have all heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment in our hospitals and other medical settings as the pandemic grows, and our healthcare workers need to stay safe,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director. “Career-technical education programs that include instruction in medical and veterinary fields are not meeting for classes and do not need the PPE, so many schools are donating their current supply to local hospitals and other medical facilities that need them immediately,” she added.

Career-technical education is part of Ohio’s public school system and is delivered to high school students throughout Ohio, either in a career center, a comprehensive high school or a compact, which is a group of school districts who join together to offer career-technical education. Almost 122,000 of Ohio’s high school students participate in career technical education, and almost 15% of those students are in a health science pathway, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

Career-technical programs are part of the communities they serve and are stepping up to help during this crisis. “Upper Valley Career Center values our community support and believes it is part of our mission to serve others especially in this time of significant need,” said Nancy Luce, Superintendent of Upper Valley Career Center and Ohio ACTE President.

“Miami Valley Career Technical Center has answered the call from our local counties to help provide medical and cleaning supplies…our partners at the EMAs have been extremely thankful for our efforts,” said Nick Weldy, Superintendent of Miami Valley Career Technical Center and Ohio ACTE Past President.

In addition to health science programs, career technical programs are offered to high school and adult students in 15 other career fields across the state with a goal to offer programs that meet local workforce demand. All career technical programs prepare students for further education and/or to enter the workforce and must meet standards set by the Ohio Department of Education for academic rigor and career field instruction.

Schools that have donated PPE:

Apollo Career Center
Belmont Career Center
Buckeye Career Center
Butler Tech
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center
Columbus City Compact
Delaware Area Career Center
Four Cities Compact, Barberton High School
Four County Career Center (also serving as medical overflow facility for Henry County)
Great Oaks Career Campuses
Kettering-Fairmont High Schools
Lorain County JVS
Knox County Career Center
Lakeshore Compact, Mentor High School
Madison Local Schools
Miami Valley Career and Technical Center
Mid-East Career Center
Millstream Career Center
Parma City Schools
Penta Career Center
Pickaway-Ross Career Technical Center
Pioneer Career Center
Polaris Career Center
Six District Education Compact – Kent City Schools
South-Western City Schools Career Academy
South Stark Career Academy – Canton Local, Perry Local
Stark Career Compact – Hoover High School
Springfield Clark Career Center
Tri-Rivers Career Center
Tri-Star Career Compact
Upper Valley Career Center
Warren County Career Center
Vanguard Sentinel Career Center
Vantage Career Center – also using truck driving academy to transport food for United Way

If your school/program has made a donation, please email Christine Gardner at christine@ohioacte.org so we can keep this list up to date.

Schools wishing to make donations should contact their local health department, EMA or medical facility.