August 27, 2014

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Lorain County JVS considers name change

OBERLIN – A name change may be due for the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.

Superintendent Glenn Faircloth said there have been discussions about changing the name of the school to get away from the stigma that comes with traditional joint vocational schools.

“We’re more technology savvy, and I want it to reflect in our name,” he said.

Faircloth said school officials have been examining a name that would include the words, “career technical center.” The name would be representative of all the programs that the JVS has to offer, including classes in career and college readiness, he said.

Faircloth said there is a stigma that joint vocational school students do not fit in at a traditional high school, but he said Lorain County JVS students receive high-marks in the classroom. The JVS has rigorous programs, he said, and many of the programs are focused on technology and job placement.

As part of the re-branding effort, the Lorain County JVS Board of Education has begun re-working the school’s mission statement, which Faircloth said is updated regularly. He said money has been set aside for marketing the name change, and much of the money comes from grants used by the school for advertising purposes.

Enrollment at the Lorain County JVS has remained steady – around 1,400 students – but Faircloth expects a change will improve enrollment figures.

“I think it will increase enrollment. I think it will definitely update us,” he said.

The programs will remain the same, but Faircloth said the school hopes to expand a new partnership with Lorain County Community College, in which adult education programs are offered.

Faircloth could not say when the change would go into effect, just that the plan is in the early stages.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.