Back to school a possibility for adults at Buckeye Career Center

Sharpening skills is a possibility at Buckeye Career Center through its main campus in New Philadelphia and the satellite in Berlin.

By Jacob Mahaffey

The Budget

Have you been considering a different career path? Maybe you never really settled on a career and now want to give it a try. Maybe you have been considering a hobby and don’t know where to start.

Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia just might have an answer for you. While Buckeye is mainly known as a high school, providing career education to over 1,000 high school students from Tuscarawas, Holmes, and Carroll counties.

They also provide adult education classes. “It’s also important for us to offer programs for adults as well,” explained Shyanne Carroll, Public Relations Coordinator for Buckeye. “Many people want to advance their skills or maybe they just want to learn something new.”

Buckeye offers full-time classes for those looking to get into a new career. They also offer part-time classes for adults that are just looking for something to do. Buckeye’s full-time options include: cosmetology, dental assisting, HVAC-R, Heavy Equipment/CDLA Operator, Medical Assisting, Medical Office and Billing Specialist, Ohio Peace Officers Training and Utility Lineworker. These full-time options run throughout the school year, beginning in late August and running through May. Some classes meet during the day while others are scheduled at night to allow flexibility for students.

Don’t think that these classes are just set aside for someone who wants to change career paths halfway through life. “Really, we get students who are just out of high school, some of our students will come back and take the adult courses along with students from all over,” Carroll explained. “We’ve got your 18-year-olds who are fresh out of high school, but we’ve also got your older adults who might be 40, 50, 60, and 70 years old.”

If cost is a concern, financial aid may be available. “Students are eligible for financial aid,” she added. “It goes for the full-time adult programs. Not everyone qualifies, you have to go through a process.”

There are numerous options for part-time classes, covering areas like health, manufacturing, transportation, public safety, electrical and special interests. The special interest category is where you would be able to find a class that just might be the gateway to your new hobby. In order to see all the exciting opportunities that Buckeye has to offer, visit their website www.buckeyecareercenter.org.

If you would like more information or to enroll in any of their classes, call 330-339-2288. Carroll noted that the time is now to enroll as classes fill quickly.

The East Holmes Campus offers two programs: Buckeye Business Academy and the Buckeye Construction Program.
Students enrolled in the Business Academy learn keyboarding, office filing, graphic design, accounting and more. On the construction side, students learn carpentry skills, framing, varnishing/painting techniques, along with furniture building.

Amy Stauffer-McNutt, who teaches the Buckeye Business Academy, feels her program is unique because it blends typical learning experiences with interactive leadership development and business communication. “The East Holmes campus has been successful for over 26 years, and local employers often seek out business class graduates to fill open positions,” she shared. “Both programs at BCC East Holmes campus have schedules that allow a student to maintain a part-time job or help at a family business while enrolled. In fact, ideally, a student can dual-enroll and learn business skills to complement woodworking and construction skills.”

The local furniture industry is unlocked by those who participate in the Construction program. “Students in this program learn everything from framing construction, roofing, trim, carpentry, cabinet and furniture building and finishing,” explained teacher Jamie Garber. “This is a very detail-oriented program with the main focus being on fine woodworking and finishing.”

The Berlin facility is located at 4363 State Route 39, Millersburg. The satellite shares a drive with ‘Tis the Season and is directly across from Hiland High School.

This story originally appeared in the August 8, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.