CVCC marks 50 years of educational opportunities

The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center continues to offer opportunities for specialized careers after 50 years of excellence

Shatha Damra, Staff Writer

The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, or CVCC, is an option for students who want to go straight into the workforce after high school. It also allows students to take their hard work in a specific career to another level. 

Gabrielle Scorzino, the media specialist of CVCC, said, “The 2021-2022 school year marks CVCC’s 50th Anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, CVCC has events planned throughout the year. Alumni spotlights and events, the showcasing of CVCC’s history, staff appreciation occasions, community service efforts, and student activities have taken place and will continue to this year to commemorate CVCC’s 50 years.”

CVCC hosts many events throughout the year. “We just had a skills USA competition,” said Angel Eaton, a junior at Brecksville Broadview-Heights High School and a student in CVCC’s cosmetology program. 

Scorzino also said, “This May, CVCC will be having a Signing Day event to recognize students from work-based learning that are transitioning to full-time employment and apprenticeships, along with those who have enlisted in the military service.”  Look out for more updates and contact information on the CVCC website. And lastly, Scorzino said, “ CVCC is so grateful to our surrounding communities for the continuous support. We are honored to serve career-technical High School students, Adult Education students, K-12 Career Education, and provide quality Community resources.”

According to Scorzino, the career center offers about 30 high school programs.  These include academic class offerings and programs for students with disabilities. They also offer adult education courses. Scorzino said. “In terms of Adult Education, CVCC offers an abundance of programs, many of which offer financial aid as well as industry recognized credentials. Customized training opportunities and personal interest offerings are available.”

In terms of high school programs, CVCC offers programs that vary greatly. Scorzino said that programs include: standard academic classes, including language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, arts & communications, business & administrative services, construction technologies, education & training, engineering & science technologies, health science, hospitality & tourism, human services, information technology, law & public safety, manufacturing technology, transportation systems, and programs designed for students with disabilities. “There are so many different programs. I’d say there’s definitely a specific program that could be perfect for you,” said Eaton.

Since high school students spend about half of their school day at CVCC, and the other half at their high school, the career center’s programs can award students credits for some graduation requirements. “Personally, I’m going to be able to graduate with two science credits. I know some programs give you math credits as well,” said Eaton

Scorzino said, “ Looking at high school student opportunities, aside from academic course credits that can be taken at CVCC, many of our career-technical programs offer industry credentials and/or college credit opportunities as well.” Specific program details can be found on CVCC’s website.