Butler Tech invites ECOT students to explore educational options

As families participating in the Educational Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) face an uncertain future, Butler Tech invites them to explore the career technical education options available on its campuses and within its 10 associate school districts. Students enrolled in Ohio’s public virtual academies who reside within Butler Tech’s region are eligible for priority application status when they apply by January 31.

“We know the traditional educational model simply doesn’t work for every student, which is exactly why today’s Butler Tech provides more options and more pathways to graduation,” said Jon Graft, Superintendent and CEO of Butler Tech. “Whether your goal is to go to college, go to work right after high school, or serve the country in the military – Butler Tech has a pathway to help you reach your full potential.”

Butler Tech offers nearly two dozen career focus areas for high school juniors and seniors on its four campuses, including the arts, healthcare, natural sciences, public safety, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and more. These hands-on programs, led by industry professionals, give students a jump start on future careers. Some include a blended learning model where students take academic courses online and in person with a professional educator. Through Butler Tech’s affiliation with Ohio College Credit Plus, Butler Tech students are able to earn free college credit that puts them further ahead in their post-secondary education. Students can also fully participate in extracurricular activities, including sports and clubs, at their home school district.

The district also has developed many pathways within our associate schools where students can take Butler Tech programs in grades 7 – 12 without leaving their school campus, such as biomedical science, engineering, and business. Many of these programs allow students to earn free college credit while still in high school.

For students about to enter their sophomore year, the Butler Tech 10th Grade Academy combines traditional academics with an engineering pathway to help students better relate their academics to real world careers. This program also allows students to interact within its junior and senior career labs, so they are better prepared to make decisions about which career pathway interests them most.

In order for a student in an online academy to qualify for Butler Tech’s January 31 priority application deadline, they must:

  • Be fully participating in public school programming
  • Reside within one of Butler Tech’s 10 associate school districts (Edgewood, Fairfield, Lakota, Madison, Middletown, Monroe, New Miami, Northwest, Ross, and Talawanda)
  • Have a current transcript showing their status as a 10th grade student with three completed semesters (or a 9th grade student with one completed semester for 10th Grade Academy)
  • Not be three or more credits deficient (two or more for 10th Grade Academy).

For more information about Butler Tech programs, visit ButlerTech.org or speak with the school counselor within your local public school district.