Butler Tech is one of Ohio’s largest career school systems, serving more than 18,500 high school and adult students, providing job and career training and certification in dozens of industries ranging from the culinary arts to welding to robotics and drone piloting.
The school system has drawn increasing national attention for its strategy of working closely with private industries to modernize its programs to better serve as a supplier of trained and certified teens and young adults ready to work and pursue careers.
Earlier this year, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured some of Butler Tech’s classes, and work is now finishing up on an expansion of the career school district’s showcase Bioscience Center in West Chester Twp.
Last year, Butler Tech expanded by adding an adult career education campus in Monroe, a drone piloting program at the Middletown Airport and the addition of the former Hamilton Schools career school.
Ohio Senator Bill Colely (R-Liberty Twp.) joined in the ribbon cutting for the new cosmetology classroom spaces and told the crowd of teenagers watching that marketable skills are more important for lifetime employment than college degrees.
“Success isn’t a degree. It isn’t something you hang a wall. Success is something inside of you. And success is defined by each one of you … you each make your own definition of success and (ask) am I achieving what I want to achieve,” Coley told the teens.
“You guys are participating in a great program here and you are helping to find out who you are and your helping to define the word success and what it means to you.”