SPRINGFIELD, OHIO (January 22, 2019) — Cliff Park High School, an Oakmont Education dropout recovery school, held a grand opening Tuesday to showcase its $1 million expansion to community partners. The new wing houses the school’s Career Technical Education programs and enables Cliff Park to now offer industry credentials in the construction, electrical and nursing fields.
Targeting opportunity youth who have not succeeded in traditional classrooms, the Springfield-based dropout recovery school aims to help students transition into meaningful careers, while also strengthening ties between the school and community.
“This is our way of saying that we are not just here but we are ready to work with all community partners: other schools, businesses, to find success for our students and the community of Springfield,” said Cliff Park Director Jeff Waechter. “That is why we are here, to boost the community and to make Springfield a better place.”
The 7,000-square-foot expansion, which was not funded by any additional tax dollars, provides four new classrooms that will offer Career Tech training that includes the opportunity to earn nationally recognized industry credentials in construction, electrical work and nursing. These are key areas where Springfield could benefit from workforce replenishment.
“We looked at Department of Labor statistics that tell us in our local area what jobs are most needed,” Waechter said. “We don’t want to give someone training and there be nothing for them in Springfield.”
The new wing will also serve as a place for students to prepare for internships and additional real-world experiences. Cliff Park High School is actively seeking new ways to engage area businesses and community partners in creating opportunities for the students.
Cliff Park High School currently has approximately 180 students enrolled and is one of more than 10 dropout recovery schools operated by Oakmont Education. State Representative Kyle Koehler spoke at the grand opening.