Alison Stewart
Ohio.com correspondent


BARBERTON: Barberton High School Principal Jeff Ramnytz provided the Board of Education with an informative presentation during its meeting on Wednesday.



“Every time I have somebody in the school for a tour, I say listen, you have to see the amazing career opportunities these students have,” said Ramnytz.



Three students joined Ramnytz at the meeting to discuss the programs they participate in and to talk about their experience. Each of the programs offered are split up between the students’junior and senior years.



Student speakers included three seniors: nursing student Kaylee Smith, machine tech student Mike McDonald and CISCO student Liz Roller.



Smith described the different nursing labs located at the school that include hospital beds and equipment for the students to practice with.



“We practice nursing techniques on each other while the teachers supervise,” said Smith. “Overall, the program is great. It opens up a lot of opportunities and doesn't stop you from being involved in other things.”



Smith said she is involved in other school activities, including student council.



In order to pass the program, students must complete a state-mandated nurses aid exam.



McDonald described the machine tech workshop hands-on program.



“The equipment is state of the art and the teachers provide one-on-one lessons in how to use the machinery,” said McDonald.



Akron Electric hired McDonald a year ago and they will be paying for his entire college experience.



“I am 18 old and am making over $15 an hour,” said McDonald. “I'd say I'm doing pretty well.”



Liz Roller of the CISCO program described how much she has been able to learn about computers.



“I didn't know anything about computers except how to turn one on and use the Internet before I joined this program,” said Roller. “Now I can take a computer apart and put it back together. I can build a computer from scratch. I can make and maintain networks and troubleshoot. I can even set up WiFi points.”



Roller said the students are able to have real-life experiences fixing other people's computers.



The curriculum for all of these programs can be found online so the students can also work from home.



Each student can also earn college credit from being involved in these programs.



Barberton High School also offers other programs including cosmetology, busiess, marketing, technology and criminal justice.



“I am very impressed with these students and am very fortunate to work with them,” said Ramnytz. “The school has taken a big step forward in recent years to make sure students have great career opportunities.”



So far 15 to 20 colleges including Cleveland State and Ohio State have visited Barberton High School to talk to school officials about what they have to offer, Ramnytz said.  He added that Barberton students have also visited campuses such as Kent State, The University of Akron and Mount Union.



“It is important for students to see all the different options that are out there,” said Ramnytz.