KidsOhio’s new report, “Understanding Career Education Options for Columbus Students,” reveals that half of juniors and seniors enrolled in a career program are engaged in one of seven programs: engineering science, health science, performing arts, job training coordinating, visual design, media arts and business management. The other half are divided among 30 other programs ranging from precision machining to cosmetology.
One of 37 career programs, Job Training Coordinating, was designed specifically for students with special education needs, equipping them with soft skills and basic job skills. The program served 97 juniors and seniors.
When Job Training Coordinating was factored out of the equation, the rate of students with special education needs among career education students enrolled in the other 36 programs dropped to 17 percent, which is slightly lower than the rate for all juniors and seniors (18 percent).