Sophomores invited to UVCC

PIQUA — Regular high school classes at Upper Valley Career Center will be dismissed Wednesday, Dec. 6, freeing students to dedicate the day to job shadow, visit potential employers, colleges or a variety of other career exploration-related activities as the school observes their annual Explore Careers Day.

These alternative off-campus assignments will free career-technical instructors and partnering academic instructors to welcome hundreds of district sophomores to explore the career training programs available at the Upper Valley Career Center. Lab demonstrations facilitated with the help of student volunteers will be repeated throughout morning and afternoon sessions as the tenth graders spend time in two career tech programs of their choosing.

Upper Valley Career Center Enrollment Coordinator Andrew Snyder said, “Career and technical education is very different from the traditional learning environment: we invite students to experience this difference to fully grasp the concept.”

Hundreds of sophomores from associate schools throughout Miami and Shelby counties are expected to attend.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, parents are invited to join their 10th grade student at the school’s 6-7:30 p.m. Open House to visit labs, meet instructors and submit an application. Snyder encourages families to attend the Open House and take action as soon as possible, “Last year we received over 300 applications during the 90-minute open house.This level of response could potentially fill some programs.” Applications will be accepted during the open house and will be available online beginning Dec. 8 at