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Swiss Hills Career Center: Developing Student Skills While Serving the Public

Posted on: January 10, 2020
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Swiss Hills Career Center

The Switzerland of Ohio School District takes its responsibility to prepare students for “life after Switzerland” very seriously. That is why at Swiss Hills Career Center, practical hands-on experience with customers is just as important a part of the curriculum as learning the career skills themselves.

“Students need to understand how to apply what they are learning in a real-life situation,” explains Mr. Jeff Dunn, Principal. “It’s great to know the mechanics of cutting hair, or repairing a car, but how do you adapt when you’re faced with something unexpected that you have not come across in the classroom? How do interact with customers to gain trust and meet each person’s specific needs? When our students leave Swiss Hills, we want them to be well-rounded in the day-to-day, on-the-job needs as well as the technical skills they will require.”

Swiss Hills strives to create an authentic real-world atmosphere.. This includes creating space that reflects restaurants, salons, and mechanic shops, plus offering services to the public so students have the chance to interact with real customers.

Mr. Dunn continues, “We love having the community come into Swiss Hills to take advantage of the unique opportunity to receive high-quality services at a deeply discounted price – all while helping our future workforce learn and develop.”

Instructors oversee students at every step, which ensures a high-quality experience for customers. “It’s fun and rewarding to be a direct part of a student’s learning process,” he says. “In a year or two, you’ll see these students out in the community, doing a great job, and you’ll know you were instrumental in helping them get there.”

If you have not visited Swiss Hills Career Center, please be sure to take advantage of these opportunities.

The Alpine Room: A full-service restaurant inside Swiss Hills Career Center serves lunch to the public Monday through Friday from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm and buffets for special occasions such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. For groups, please call 740-472-0722 x4540.

Swiss Hills Career Center Cosmetology Salon: Junior and senior students show off their hair skills at Hair-a-Thon by offering cuts, color, perms, and more on the first Thursday of each month from 12:30 pm to 8 pm. The salon is set up just like a real salon, with all the amenities needed to provide a variety of services. For more information, pricing, and to make an appointment, please call 740-472-0722 x4510.

Automotive Repair: Save significantly on expensive car repairs but receive great service by taking advantage of the Swiss Hills Auto Repair shop. The latest technology and services allow students to diagnose and service any type of automotive issue. Call 740-472-0722 x4573 to learn more.