Career technical education has evolved over its 100-year history, from a vocational agriculture training program to a worthwhile option for college-going students.
MASSILLON The seniors in the dental assisting program at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center all have learned the basic dental laboratory and X-ray procedures, the terminology, as well as how to prepare the many instruments and dental materials so they can work with a dentist in treating patients.
But how each student plans to use those skills — and their Ohio Dental Assistant Certification, Ohio Radiology Certification, CPR and first aid certification and bloodborne pathogen certificate — after they graduate runs the gamut. For example:
Ava Radel, Natalie Skeems and Madyson Nofsinger plan to expand on their dental assisting licenses by attending college.
Radal plans to attend a four-year program at West Liberty University, where she hopes to earn a degree and eventually become a dentist. Skeems and Nofsinger both plan to enroll in two-year colleges to become dental hygienists. Skeems has set her sights on Stark State College, while Nofsinger hasn’t selected a college yet.
Olivia Klever wants to use her dental skills to find a job in a local dentist office while she takes a year off from school. Klever said she wants to use the break to figure out whether she wants to go to college, and, if so, whether she wants to further her dental training or pursue a degree to become a physician’s assistant.
Keyonna Marvin may use her dental assisting skills to springboard into a different career path altogether. Marvin wants to eventually become a lawyer, but isn’t ready to return to the classroom right away.
“I don’t want to come out of school and go right back to school,” she said.
Their varying post-high school responses illustrate how far career technical education has evolved over its 100-year history. R.G. Drage and Ohio’s other 90…