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Career Prep teaches students just that

ELYRIA — Life requires you to have more than a diploma.

In some ways, this could be a new mantra for Career Prep Center of Elyria, where Valerie Howard, the school’s new student pathways adviser, is developing programming to prepare students for life after high school and dispel myths related to the school being categorized by the Ohio Department of Education as a dropout recovery community school.

Students at the West River Road North school are between 16 and 22 years old, and this year can learn career technical skills. A new health care program allows students to earn certifications in phlebotomy, patient care and as an electrocardiogram technician.

The first class started Oct. 3 and includes seven students who have a good attendance rate, zero discipline infractions and consistent academic progress, said principal Crystal Gorman.

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