Orrville City School District
One of the key foundations for Orrville’s successful industrial activities is in its exceptional educational system at all levels, from preschools through advanced degree and adult education programs. Each year, a significant number of Orrville’s students achieve recognition for their scholastic accomplishments, including above-average scores in SATs, ACTs, and Ohio Tests of Scholastic Achievement.
Through the combined efforts of parents, teachers, students, business and community leaders, Orrville’s public schools continually attain excellent levels of academic performance and achievement. In the fall of 1991, the Heartland Education Community, Inc. was formed to encourage the participation of the whole community in the educational process. The highly successful program involves volunteers who devote their time and resources to bettering education, with a substantial focus on improving competency and literacy and increasing parental involvement. Ultimately, the project’s goal is to foster citizenship, life-long learning, and productive employment in Orrville. The city received a road sign designating Orrville as a BEST (Building Excellent Schools for Today and the 21st Century) Community.
An enriched, expanded curriculum is available for students with exceptional ability, and Orrville schools feature computer education experiences from 1st through 12th grades. Full and part-time staff assist those with special learning difficulties.
To complement the diverse range of advanced programming and early college placement opportunities with a number of local colleges, the Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville offers students 33 vocational programs, from auto mechanics to welding and metal fabrication. In addition, Orrville Public Library represents a priceless community resource, which continues to grow as a member of the regional network and as a member of CLEVNET, a system that gives patrons access to more than a million titles from over two dozen Ohio libraries.
Just outside of Orrville, The University of Akron-Wayne College, The College of Wooster, and the OSU Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster offer a wide selection of options for higher education, from a two-year technical degree to baccalaureate and graduate degrees. In all, 16 institutions of higher learning, covering the spectrum of private and public colleges and universities as well as branch campuses, are located within an hour’s drive of Orrville.
Wayne County Schools Career Center, High School & Adult Education
With relentless technological advances and global competition, the Wayne County Schools Career Center fulfills an essential role as it prepares high school and adult students for successful careers with highly technical and relevant academic skills. The Career Center serves approximately 800 high school students in 25 programs. Adult & Community Education offers 11 full-time career programs and many short term classes, enabling thousands of adults to upgrade or learn new skills.
Our focus is on student success. We utilize innovative techniques to engage students and enhance learning, ensuring high school completion and opportunity for future achievement. We provide extra help to students in a variety of ways including before and after school tutoring, online credit recovery and advanced courses, and Ohio Graduation Test preparation with instructor-led courses.
Our students’ educational experiences stretch far beyond our doors. This year at national competitions, six WCSCC students received gold medals and one received silver. Over 60 students placed in the top 10 at state competition. We also offer many opportunities for externships, job shadowing, and senior job placement.
Having agreements with over 20 college and university partners, the majority of our high school and adult education workforce development programs offer college credits, as well as dual credit for college-level academic courses. We have one of the highest passage rates in the state for business and industry certification and licensure assessments. Our students are prepared for both college and careers while at WCSCC.
We have a rich history of excellence in education, partner collaboration, and success in career preparation for adults and high school students of the Wayne County area. This certainly adds to the economic vitality of Wayne County by providing future workers and community leaders with high-demand skills, knowledge, and leadership capabilities for employability and career growth.
University of Akron – Wayne College
Working within the Strategic Plan of The University of Akron, Wayne College provides high quality, accessible credit and non-credit educational opportunities to the citizens of Wayne, Medina, and Holmes counties and is a partner with and a resource for the communities and organizations it serves.
Values and Beliefs
The vision and strategic priorities of Wayne College are built upon the following values/beliefs:
- The power of education to change lives
- The importance of engagement with the community
- The value of shared participatory governance
- The benefits of continuous improvement
- The importance of inclusive excellence and the value of every student and every colleague
Wayne College will be recognized within The University of Akron, the College’s service area, and among two-year colleges in the State of Ohio as a center of excellence for teaching and learning. It will be acknowledged via outcome measures and accrediting agencies for the high quality of its teaching, programs, services, and facilities. And, while it effectively utilizes appropriate technology and instructional strategies, Wayne College will continue to provide a teaching-learning environment in which “Where Student Success Comes First” remains the chief guiding principle.