Welcome to the website of the Vern Riffe PikeCounty Career Technology Center. This resource will allow you to access information about the exciting educational opportunities available at Ohio’sFirst Joint Vocational School Career Technology Center. We serve four associate school districts located within Pike County. They are Eastern Local, SciotoValley Local, Western Local and Waverly City Schools. With an enrollment over 400, we try to meet the needs of our home schools by providing programs that fit the needs in our area.We operate 14 programs and many academic classes. We have several secondary partners such as Shawnee State University, Hocking College, and Ohio University-Chillicothe. Our senior classes over the past three years have received on average $200,000 in scholarships. This is a great accomplishment and recognizes the hard work of students, parents, and school staff.
This school year brings new ideas and opportunities for our students. We will have at least 4 activity days at the end of each nine weeks. Students will have opportunities to win prizes and be a part of fun activities that allows all students to participate. We will have our own bank located in the new wing of the building. We have partnered with the Atomic Credit Union and it will start late fall. Many of our programs give college credit this year. Please make sure your child speaks with his/her teacher about possible college credits in their vocational program.Not only do we operate a successful secondary program, we also offer Adult Workforce Education Courses and Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) services to Pike and surrounding counties. We have our own Adult Learning Center that is structured to serve Adult Workforce Education and ABLE students.With today’s tough economy, these programs will give individuals the opportunity to obtain employment by providing them the necessary career skills to be successful in the workforce. Our ABLE program allows those wanting to pursue a GED to visit our Pike CTC Learning Center or other locations throughout southern Ohio.The Pike CTC has a long history of partnering with local business and industry.We have advisory committees for secondary and adult programs that include business and industry representatives. Also, we have strong ties with the Pike Chamber of Commerce, SODI, OVRDC and our local WIA board.
Another exciting program we house is the South Region Pre-Service School Bus Training Program. This program allows those wanting to drive a school bus to train and be certified for that career. We also provide CDL training too.With over 50 years of service, the Pike CTC much like it did in the beginning, still focuses on the single idea that “together we can do great things.” Thank you for visiting our website. If you have questions about any program we offer, please contact the Pike CTC secondary office at 740-289-2721or Adult Education and ABLE at 740-289-4172. Have a great year!