New Pathways Program for Buckeye Career Center Students
Kent State University at Tuscarawas and Buckeye Career Center are partnering to offer a new career program for Buckeye Career Center students. Beginning this fall, Buckeye students can choose Performing Arts as an educational career program and take the courses at Kent State Tuscarawas. Participating students will receive high school credits and college credits through the university’s College Credit Plus Program. The tuition and books associated with the courses are free.
“This program creates a way for Buckeye students to gain both a solid education and practical experience in the arts,” said Mike Morelli, general manager of the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. “By participating in this pathway program, students considering a career in the arts have the opportunity to work with nationally touring shows and headline performers at the Performing Arts Center.”
The College Credit Plus Program replaces the programs formerly known as Post-Secondary Enrollment Options and Dual Credit. The program promotes rigorous academic pursuits and provides a wide variety of options to college-ready students.
"Buckeye Career Center is very excited to partner with Kent State University at Tuscarawas for the Pathways in Performing Arts program,” stated Bob Alsept, superintendent of Buckeye Career Center. “We feel this will increase the opportunities for students in our 11 associate schools to explore careers in the arts. This program will open a whole new world to our students!"
Students who complete the Performing Arts Center pathway program will learn to provide technical assistance for performances and events; learn theatrical terminology; set-up and operate lights, sound, communications and video for performances; safely operate hand and power tools used in prop and stage construction; and demonstrate acting and improve techniques used in stage performance.
“We are so excited to partner with Buckeye Career Center on this new academic initiative,” commented Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “There is nothing else like pathway program in the area - it is truly groundbreaking. The program offers students the opportunity to earn up to 18 college credit hours within two years. After completion of the program, the students will have acquired knowledge to further their education and the skills to be able to assist in backstage technical operations for national touring shows, learn and demonstrate acting techniques or to explore the history and development of theatre.”
Some of the classes in the program include: Fundamentals of Production, Art of the Theatre, Script Analysis and Acting.
With the addition of the Performing Arts Pathway Program, Buckeye Career Center now offers 32 career programs.
For information about the Performing Arts Pathway Program, contact Melissa Crites at Kent State Tuscarawas at 330.339.3391 or Principal Jay Davis at Buckeye Career Center at 330-339-2288 ext. 1202.