Pioneer Career and Technology Center Building

Pioneer Career and Technology Center is located in Shelby.

SHELBY -- COVID-19 has caused challenge after challenge, setback after setback and obstacle after obstacle in most aspects of life.

Specifically for private schools and schools of choice a new obstacle is on the horizon: How do schools that don't have a guaranteed enrollment find ways to reach prospective students and families?

Pioneer Career and Technology Center has found itself asking these same questions in October as it began thinking about the 2021-2022 school year. As with everything else, it will be done a little differently this year with a creative approach that turns obstacles into opportunities.

Traditionally during the month of January sophomore students from our 14 partner schools visit Pioneer and learn what program most excites them and relates to their career goals. However, to avoid the potential spread of Covid-19, Pioneer decided to take a new approach to the visitation experience.

Thanks to hard work of the staff and students Pioneer is excited to be unveiling its brand new Virtual Visitation Experience to each of its local partner schools at the start of next week. 

This year during Sophomore Visits, a Pioneer Ambassador will meet with students at the partner schools and will assist them as they visit four Career-Technical Labs of their choosing virtually. During that time every sophomore student will have the opportunity to “walk the halls” of Pioneer and interact with over 35 Career Technical lab programs. 

Additional lab visits may be done at home with their parents as well as the 360° virtual tour of the entire Pioneer building. These tours are available anytime, 24/7, on Pioneer’s website. Students can also apply anytime on the new simplified application by visiting Pioneer’s website

Pioneer Ambassadors will be working with students from Ashland, Buckeye Central, Bucyrus, Colonel Crawford, Crestline, Crestview, Galion, Lexington, Lucas, Northmor, Ontario, Plymouth, Shelby, Willard, Wynford, and any other school that would like to discuss the opportunities available at Pioneer from Jan. 19 to Feb. 25.

During Sophomore Visits, a Pioneer Ambassador will inform sophomores that students at Pioneer Career and Technology Center participate in clubs, activities and sports at their current school, as well as participating in activities and clubs at Pioneer that include Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Student Council, National Technical Honor Society, Business Professionals of America (BPA), FFA, SkillsUSA and more.

Additionally ambassadors will also assist sophomores and answer questions as sophomores virtually explore Pioneer.

Pioneer Career and Technology Center has been providing quality career-technical education to high school juniors and seniors for over 50 years. By being able to adapt and offer such an impressive Virtual Visitation Experience it is clear that they will continue to be an asset to the greater area for the next 50 years.

Visit Pioneer’s website at to complete the experience yourself or call Pioneer at 419-347-7744 to learn more about Pioneer.

Link to Virtual Career Tech lab & Pioneer building Tours

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