JEFFERSON — In December, students and community members alike were welcomed to the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Center campus in Jefferson to participate in sophomore visitation and the annual holiday dinner.
Sophomore visitation gives students from area schools the opportunity to visit the campus and see three of the technical programs that are of interest to them. Even though most county students know that A-Tech exists, few have had the chance to see what types of programs are offered or what actually happens during a normal school day.
A-Tech students typically spend half of their day in academic classes such as math, science, English and social studies, and then spend the other half of their day learning and working within the technical field of the lab they attend. Schools which participate in A-Tech programs include Lakeside, Geneva, Pymatuning Valley, Grand Valley, Howland, Jefferson, Conneaut, Edgewood, St. John and Ledgemont high schools.
Each year, 10th-grade students from all of the participating schools have the opportunity to visit and get a feel for the campus and get an up-close view of some of the work A-tech students do on a daily basis.
An interesting aspect of the visitations is that while program instructors introduce their programs and are present throughout the visitation the entire day, students do most of the work explaining the programs and demonstrating the work done in the lab setting.
A-Tech principal Jon Whipple said that he was very impressed with the enthusiasm of the students and staff with their demonstrations.
“They did a great job keeping everything going smoothly and organized. The visitors have had a positive experience and I was very impressed with the behavior and attendance of the sophomores. Overall it went well and I think the visitors had a great experience,” Mr. Whipple said.