Bus and shuttle transportation is provided to those students needing it to and from the workplace and other locations.
Butler Tech senior Raphael Baez, who is enrolled in the career school’s construction technology program, enjoys being part of an educational experiment. He will be learning first-hand at a construction site in Fairfield.
“I’m very excited because I enjoy working,” said the Monroe teen. “I get more hours and I get to learn more and further my career.”
His Butler Tech instructor, Clem Skinner, is almost as hyped about the program as his students. He knows the importance and motivation teens can derive from a school day spent working in the real world.
“I’ve been in career tech education for 26 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Skinner said.
“We get to have students go out and do some enrichment stuff off campus … things they wouldn’t normally get to do and they get to learn about it and do it at their own pace.”
Ally Donahue, a theater student at Butler Tech from Fairfield, said the “5th Day Experience will let me unleash my possibilities and go out and see the world instead of just staying in my little arts bubble.”
“We (Butler Tech students) are so excited to experience something like this. And we are so excited to go out there and get our feet wet in any industry we would like to and it doesn’t have to be in our major,” said Donahue.
The high school senior said she is looking forward to “making some connections and network before it’s time for us to graduate.”
Joe Hinson, president and CEO of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, praised Butler Tech for being the first in Ohio to try the experiment, calling it “a forward-thinking opportunity for students to take control of their future.”
“This educational model will allow students to grow outside the normal classroom setting through varied real world learning experiences that can be as unique and different as they choose,” said Hinson.
And it helps local companies and industries, he said.
“Having our students participate in this innovative program will also benefit our businesses by providing a more well-rounded future employee. And our students can gain valuable insight to our local business community and make key business connections that may interest them in staying local, instead of moving elsewhere once they graduate,” said Hinson.