Transforming Students and Education
Photography by Jon Keeling
“We tell students ‘Come as you are and leave who you want to be,’” says Jon Graft, superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech. “And in order to help, we provide them with modern career pathways that will equip them with skills and confidence to join the ever-changing workforce after they graduate high school or college.”
With their recently added $16 million Bioscience Building in West Chester, Butler Tech is continuing to expand to provide more 21st century skill-training options for their 17,000 students who are served throughout Southwest Ohio.
“We are heavily focused on getting students ready to serve in the healthcare industry,” explains Graft. “Students can study biomedical engineering, exercise science and dental science. Another career pathway that is in heavy demand is skilled manufacturing work like precision machining and welding.
“Our IT pathways continue to grow and we have recently added more facilities to accommodate the demand. In the 2019 school year we will launch an aviation pathway in cooperation with Cincinnati State.”
Working with at least 130 companies, Butler Tech assists students to arrange on-the-job training with job shadowing and internship opportunities.
“Many of our students will have job placements before leaving high school,” says Graft. “These companies see us as a feeder for excellent employees and some students will have 10 or 12 job offers before they graduate.
“We also have just as high of a success rate as other public schools of students going to college. And a higher likelihood that our students will have a lower college debt. If a student wants to be a doctor, we have a pathway for them. If they want to be a biomedical engineer, we have that pathway as well.”
Spanning across five campuses, 200 satellite programs and 10 associate school districts, Butler Tech has been changing the way students approach education over 40 years.
“Our community is in a real need of innovation of public education,” explains Graft. “Instead of incremental change, Butler Tech is interested in transformational change. We built a team of staff members that were dedicated to transforming public education for students of all walks of life. Whether they need a job to have a sustainable wage, are going to college or are going into the military – all while helping meet the workforce needs of Southwest Ohio.”
Butler Tech is located at 3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton, OH 45011. For more information, call 513.868.6300 or visit butlertech.org.