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Opportunities abound at Delaware Area Career Center

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ONE Olentangy has been asked, "What is the Delaware Area Career Center all about?" 

The Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) serves students from the Delaware County public school districts of Big Walnut, Buckeye Valley, Delaware City and Olentangy and also serves students in the Westerville and Worthington school districts and high school students from the Ohio School for the Deaf. Students usually enter the DACC programs their junior year of high school and then continue the program through their senior year. Students have opportunities to go to a four-year college, a two-year technical school or straight into the job market upon graduation.

The class schedule is set so that students can attend their home schools for half of the day to take academic courses and the career center the other half of the day to take career courses. Or for those students who prefer to do their academic classes at the DACC, science, social studies, math and English are offered at the DACC’s north campus. 

Because the DACC’s schedule mirrors that of their home high schools, it is easy for students to participate in extra-curricular activities at their home high school or get involved in the after school activities at the DACC. DACC students also participate in graduation ceremonies for the Career Center and their home high schools.

Just like their peers who choose to stay all day at the home high school, students attending the DACC have the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. Fourteen of the DACC programs offer college credit to students who achieve the appropriate academic standings. DACC students also have the opportunity to earn industry credentials in select programs like CISCO Networking, Ohio Certified Professional Firefighter, Adobe Certified Associate and more.

Dates change for Olentangy's 2015 spring break

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At the April 10 Olentangy school board meeting, spring break for 2015 was changed from March 16-20 to March 30-April 3 due to state graduation testing. 
According to school board member Julie Feasel, the need to make this change was necessitated by the state’s decision to maintain the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in 2015. Feasel explained that when Ohio's new Academic Content Standards were adopted a new graduation test was to be developed, but because of disagreements between state lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education, that new test has yet to be developed which would have been administered closer to the end of the school year. Because the new test has not been developed, the Ohio Department of Education will continue to use the current OGT for next year during the same testing time period, which will be March 16-20, 2015. This test impacts every sophomore in Ohio along with any junior or senior who needs to pass the test. 
The Olentangy school board determined that it is in the best interest of students to move spring break to the same week as this year, which is March 30 through April 3. According to the school board, this change allows high school students more time to prepare for the Ohio Graduation Test. The change was approved 5-0 at the April 10 school board meeting. 

Rep. Andrew Brenner and public education

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State Rep. Andrew Brenner has received local, statewide and even national attention for comments he made about public education that were posted March 3 to his wife’s website Brenner Brief News.  In the post Brenner calls public education “socialism” and appears to encourage the United States to follow the former Soviet Union’s lead by selling off existing school buildings, equipment and real estate to the private sector. He concludes the column by stating, “Privatize everything and the results will speak for themselves.” 

Two weeks after the first blog post, Brenner followed up with a second post to Brenner Brief News that further details his concerns on public education in Ohio. While he briefly mentions Olentangy Schools as a high performing and cost effective district, most of his comments relate to questions on how to fix failing schools, school choice, and other reform initiatives.

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