The Ohio College Tech Prep concept is a seamless, non-duplicative, integrated pathway of education and experience that starts in high school, continues through postsecondary, and leads to success in the chosen technical career field. The Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education permits school districts to offer introductory classes as early as middle school.
The Ohio College Tech Prep regional centers serve as liaisons to secondary and postsecondary partners to ensure Ohio maintains high-quality Career-Technical Education programs.
To support, promote, and expand student access to quality career-technical education pathways by connecting secondary and postsecondary partners and leading the development of state-approved Career Pathways and Programs of Study.
To provide high-level support services to Ohio’s 91 career-technical education planning districts, 23 community colleges and 14 universities, impacting all career-technical education students in the state.
The Northeast Ohio College Tech Prep Regional Center consists of Lakeland College Tech Prep, Lorain County Tech Prep, and the North Coast Tech Prep Consortium, located at Cuyahoga Community College. The Northeast Regional Center provides Career-Technical Education support to all secondary career-technical centers and public community colleges and universities in Northeast Ohio.
Cuyahoga Community College, located in Cleveland, Ohio, serves as the fiscal agent for the Northeast Regional Center and also houses the Center’s administrative staff. The Center provides program guidance and oversight through a network of “Geographic Partner Institutions” (Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College, and Lorain County Community College), in accordance with the directives of the Ohio Department of Education/Ohio College Tech Prep scope of work. The Center serves as the collection/distribution point for information flowing both from the state and from the school districts and Career Technical Planning Districts.
The Northeast Regional Center provides direct technical assistance to its partners and stakeholders regarding the development of articulation agreements, programs of study, the CTE-26 preparation and submission process, professional development opportunities for educators, and other statewide initiatives. This support has historically included:
The Northeast Regional Center is one of six regional centers located strategically throughout the state. Although it represents
the smallest geographic area, the Northeast Regional Center serves the largest population of the six centers.
North Coast Tech Prep Partnership at Cuyahoga Community College
Lakeland Community College
Lorain County Community College