Ohio’s Auburn Career Center has successfully navigated its way through COVID-19 in the last year.
“We did have to shut down for two weeks, but other than that we finished classes and have seen enrollment be strong,” staff member Michelle Rodewald said in an email to Plastics News.
“We added an online component to all of our classes to give students an opportunity to continue learning at home if they have to quarantine or if they get COVID,” added Rodewald, who serves as Auburn’s director of adult workforce education and business partnerships. “We have also used Zoom when students need to Zoom into class to be safe.”
Auburn is a vocational school for high school students located in Concord Township, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. The school has about 30 students in industrial maintenance and industrial electrical classes.
One Auburn student is working as an intern at plastics extruder Mercury Plastics in Middlefield, Ohio. Auburn has had an internship program with Mercury for several years.
Rodewald said that since Auburn is a large facility with large labs, students and faculty “can spread out and be safe.”
“Our board of education, along with the Lake County board of health, worked really hard coming up with a great safety plan involving students going in and out of the building closest to their class,” she explained. “We used masks, social distancing, the whole nine yards.”