September 28, 2022

A-Tech Emphasizes Adult Programming at Home Show | Local News

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP – Asjhtabula County Technical and Vocational Campus will be exhibiting at Ashtabula Home Show 2022.

A-Tech Superintendent Scott Wludyga said the school’s presence at the show will serve to promote A-Tech’s adult programming.

“We have dozens of adult opportunities and a number of programs, whether someone is looking to change careers, start a career, or just learn additional skills to increase their potential,” Wludyga said. “It’s about helping adults across the county understand that we’re here to help them expand their opportunities.”

He said many people are unaware that there is financial aid available for a number of adult courses. Course costs can range from a few hundred dollars to $15,000, Wludyga said.

“We want people to know that there are opportunities for high school students and adults,” Wludyga said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your career or looking to change careers or develop what you’re capable of and increase your earning potential, we have a number of programs here.”

The Ashtabula County Home Show will be held March 11-13 at Ashtabula Towne Square during mall hours.

Wludyga said a recent study by the Alpaugh Family Economic Center shows that adults with a career technical certificate earn $12,323 more per year than high school graduates without a similar certification, and after 10 years that jumps to $50,742.

“We offer industry-recognized degrees that give students a competitive edge in the job market,” Wludyga said.

There are a few hundred adult students taking A-Tech’s programs this year, Wludyga said. Some of A-Tech’s most popular adult programs include Firefighter/EMT, LPN, RN, Welding, Apprenticeship, HVAC and Industrial Electrical, Wludyga said.

Increased interest has also brought back A-Tech’s adult cosmetology program, which hadn’t worked in recent years, Wludyga said.

“The bottom line is that adults who earn a certificate in a program at A-Tech increase their earning potential exponentially,” Wludyga said.

A-Tech is partnering with local businesses to develop training to upgrade the skills of current employees, Wludyga said.

“We work with businesses to meet their specific needs,” he said.