One session in Loveland on Wednesday, January 15

by Jon Weidlich

Parents of middle school and high school students often don’t realize that attending a career-technical school can be an advantage for college-bound students, says education consultant Beth Probst of At The Core, LLC. “Attending a career center like Great Oaks in the Cincinnati area can provide experience, connections, professional credentials, college credit, and even a sense of purpose for students who plan to attend college,” she said, “But sometimes parents get focused on one single path for their kids.”

Attending a career-technical school can be an advantage for college-bound students.

That realization prompted her to begin offering free coffee chats for parents in southwestern and central Ohio to discuss the paths available. Probst, who works with families on college and career planning, is a believer in career-technical schools. “Like many parents, I had a perception of career centers from my own high school experience years ago. When I saw all that today’s career centers offer our high school students, I was blown away and knew that parents like me needed to understand the value to their college-bound kids.”

The informal discussions include information on potential educational and career options as well as how to maximize the high school experience to be prepared for college.

Four coffee chats, sponsored by Great Oaks Career Campuses and At The Core, are scheduled for southwest Ohio this winter. The chats are for parents of 6th-10th graders living in Great Oaks—affiliated school districts. They are:

Loveland City Hall

Wednesday, January 15 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm: Loveland City Hall, 120 West Loveland Avenue, Council Chambers Room, Loveland, OH 45140

Symmes Township Branch Library

Thursday, January 23 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm: Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Meeting Room, Loveland, OH 45140

Wyoming Library

Monday, January 27 – 6:00 to 7:30 pm: Wyoming Library, 500 Springfield Pike, Meeting Room, Cincinnati, OH 45215

The events are free but seating is limited. Registration is required at For more information about Great Oaks, go to

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