HAMILTON, Ohio — Hamilton High School students can now study to become a dental hygienist, software engineer or veterinarian thanks to a partnership with Butler Tech.
Hamilton students previously had access to about eight programs, but now students can travel to satellite campuses for 30 career tech programs.
The partnership allows Hamilton High School to accommodate the increasing amount of students interested in career tech programs. Executive Director of secondary programs Rick Pate said over 500 students are involved in the program.
The high school’s automotive, cosmetology and carpentry courses are still thriving, Pate said, and there aren’t any plans to change those courses.
“We do have many programs here at Hamilton High School, and I think it’s important for the community to understand that those programs are staying here,” Pate said.
Pate said the career tech program is important because it sets students up to enter the workforce making a living wage.
“I think a lot of people are confused that students will go through these programs and come out and not be much better off than they would have been had they gone and worked at a minimum wage job,” Pate said. “We have students who leave our programs and within a couple years they’re making six figures in some of these fields.”