Career Planning

Four County Career Center:

Four County Career Center is an educational option for Juniors and Seniors. Applicants must be entering their third year of high school with no less than eight credits by the end of sophomore year. Five of those eight credits must be from core courses: English, math, science, social studies, health and physical education. At the time of application students must have 6.5 credits with four being core academic credits.  When completing the online application, it must be signed by the student’s parent(s)/guardian and then finished by the school counselor. When a student applies to Four County Career Center, they and their parent(s)/guardian are making a two-year commitment.

Class fees, uniform requirements and equipment expenses vary by career and technical program. Payment plans are available to students who may be unable to pay these fees.

North Central does provide transportation to students attending Four County. Four County school hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Upon successful completion of a career and technical program and academic courses, Four County Career Center students graduate and receive a high school diploma from North Central. However, Career Center students will also attend a Recognition Day ceremony where they receive their Career & Technical Certificate of Completion and Career Passport.

The following are programs that Four County Career Center offers in the 2022 – 2023 school year. Click here more information.

 Accounting & Business Management

 Agricultural Diesel Mechanics

 Auto Collision Repair

 Automotive Technologies

 Building Trades/Carpentry

 Career Based Intervention

 Chief Training

 Computer Design/3D modeling


 Culinary Arts Management

 Diesel Mechanics

 Early Childhood Education


 Exercise Science & Sports Medicine

 Fire & Rescue

 Floral Design

 Guest Services & Skills

 Health Careers

 Industrial Services

 Interior Design

 Computer Networking & Cybersecurity (IT Acad.)

 Computer Programming & Game Design (IT Acad.)

 Landscape & Greenhouse Technologies

 Law Enforcement & Security Tactics

 Mechanical Systems & Piping

 Medical Office Technologies


 Specialized Mechatronics & Robotics Technology

 Veterinarian Assistant

 Visual Art & Design

 Welding Fabrication




Go Army or maybe you’d rather go Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.  No matter the branch, today’s military offers you a great way to build your future.  Through military service you can learn relevant job skills, become more disciplined and mature and find out what it means to be focused on a goal.In order to qualify for military service, you must be a U.S. citizen or have proof of permanent residency, have a high school diploma or equivalent, enjoy good health, have minimum scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and be at least 17.

There are thousands of different jobs within over 140 career fields available in today’s military. Your job assignment comes from a combination of your preference, skills, ASVAB scores and the needs of the military at the time you want to enlist.  If your preferred job is not open when you plan to enlist, ask a recruiter about the military’s Delayed Entry Program.

The military offers many educational benefits. Military service does not mean you have to put your education on hold.  Those who enlist have the opportunity to make rapid educational and career progress through a variety of credit and tuition support programs.  For example, you may be able to earn military school credits through the course work you take to learn your service job.  The American Council on Education works with the Department of Defense and institutions of higher learning to certify military training and experience for college credits.  If a military school doesn’t offer college credit, it may instead lead to certification in a specialized technical field.

In addition, you can work toward a college degree through Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC).  SOC is a group of over 1,800 colleges and universities that agree to transfer credits among themselves for military members and their families.  Wherever you’re stationed, you may be able to continue your college studies via SOC.  Course work can be done in the classroom, by computer, or by mail.  Click here for details. 

Among the tuition plans is the military’s Tuition Assistance Program, which pays up to 100% of the cost of tuition or expenses up to a maximum of $250 per credit and a personal maximum of $4,500 per year per student.  This program is the same for full-time duty members in each military service.  Selected military reserve and National Guard units also offer a Tuition Assistance Program, although the benefits may vary from the active duty program.

The Montgomery GI Bill offers up to $39,636 in tuition in return for a three-year commitment of full-time duty.  You contribute $100 a month for a year and get $1,101 a month for three years.  You can use the GI Bill for college degree programs and for certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeships/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses, among others.  Members of the Reserve and National Guard are also eligible for the G.I. Bill, although at reduced rates.  Click here for details.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a new program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.  Benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009.  Based on your length of active duty service, you are entitled to a percentage of the following: (1) cost of tuition and fees within certain limits; (2) a monthly housing allowance; and (3) a yearly stipend of up to $1,000 per year for books and supplies.  For program specifics, click here for more information.

College Fund Programs (also known as the Montgomery GI Bill “kicker”) are available for those who enlist in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.  If you qualify upon enlistment, you could receive up to $65,000 towards your college tuition when combined with the Montgomery GI Bill upon honorable discharge.  Enlistees who are awarded the College Fund by the Marine Corps or Coast Guard receive additional dollars that can make up a significant part – or all – of the funds needed to complete a college education.

These are just a few of the educational benefits available when you serve in the military.  For more information about these and other benefits, check out the following websites or contact a local recruiter:

U.S. Army  (419) 782-3221

U.S. Navy  (800) 282-1384

U.S. Air Force  (419) 574-2453

U.S. Marine Corps  (419) 782-9663

U.S. Coast Guard


Job Shadowing:

Job shadowing is a technique that provides insight into a job outside of what can be achieved from reading about it or completing research. The definition of job shadowing is on-the-job training and career development by shadowing a person doing the job that you're interested in and where the interested person can ask questions and learn new skills.

People generally shadow someone before deciding on their future career, but it’s also done by people studying related courses. This is also a cost-effective way of getting the information you need, as it often doesn’t include any costs for traveling or paying for a place in a training course.

If you know the career path you want to take but are unsure of the best route for your personality or skill set, job shadowing is for you. We’ve put together 10 huge advantages so you can check if it’s the right option for you.

Following are some of the reasons you should consider job shadowing:

●   You test out possible careers

●   You learn about an organization’s culture

●   You learn from colleagues’ experiences

●   You build professional connections

●   You learn practical skills

●   You get a glimpse into a job’s perks and challenges

●   You gain work experience and build up your CV

●   You’ll have a safe place to ask questions

●   You discover the areas you can improve in

●   You explore other career interests with your employer

Sites for Career Exploration:

America’s Career Info Net


Career Builder (Click on the Advice and Resources tab for career exploration and job search tools.)

Career Explorer (Explore the career you want and the training you need.)

Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (Information is given on various careers and their potential earnings.)

Mapping Our Future (Find out how to choose a career and how to reach your career goal.)
No Major Drama (This site looks at different college majors that are right for you!)

Ohio Labor Market Information

Ohio Means Jobs

O*Net Interest Profiler

US Department of Labor Statistics (Information is listed about occupations)