For first time Butler County sophomores will have a Butler Tech option
The career school serves 27,000 full- and part-time high school juniors and seniors — and adult students — on five campuses throughout the county and is one of only three, publicly funded career schools in Southwest Ohio.
Butler Tech has 152 partnerships with local businesses.
In February school officials announced it will allow enroll up to 80 high school sophomores for the first time in its history.
The same month saw school officials also announce the $2.75 million purchase of 36 acres along the western border of Monroe – including a portion of the former Americana Amusement Park site – that will eventually be renovated into a new adult education campus for the career school system.
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Former Americana Amusement Park property part of Butler Tech
Graft was speaking as part of an education panel that included officials from Warren County Career Center, Cincinnati State Community College, which has a campus in downtown Middletown and Springboro Schools. Among the summit’s participating organizations was the West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance.
Later, he told the Journal-News that Butler Tech is opening 11 new classrooms for next school year, but those new learning spaces will not alleviate the high school enrollment overflow.
The 1,600 applicants for next school year “was the highest application number we’ve ever had,” said Graft, who added that recent years has seen a gradual increase in the number of high school applicants turned away due to lack of space.
“We’ve added satellite programs, which are associate schools within our Butler Tech member (high schools) … but it just continues to grow everywhere,” he said.
“We are going to continue to expand programs with our member school districts (on site) to make sure we offer the viable programs kids need and want,” Graft.
Despite the growth challenges, Graft remains optimistic.
“We are on the beginning of an education revolution, and we want to be part of transforming that K-12 and business revolution,” he said.
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