Toledo, Ohio, has something to be proud of — a vocational high school that should be the envy of plastics processors worldwide.
The Toledo Technology Academy, which opened in 1997, has students competing just to get in the door. This year 125 freshmen took the five-page placement test to qualify for one of 40 available openings.
Why is it so successful? Senior reporter Bill Bregar discovered a few reasons during his recent visit: The school isn't a babysitting service; it challenges students with demanding projects. It gives them direction, encouraging young people to focus on a specific goal.
Staff members at the school were selected based on merit, not seniority. And, perhaps most important, local employers are lending a hand, donating equipment and hiring interns and graduates from the academy.
It's not an easy recipe to follow, but it's a successful one.