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Dental Assisting     

The field of Dental Assisting is growing according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. As valuable members of the dental care team, assistants increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care.

This program takes place in a state-of-the-art, fully renovated lab. Learn the skills needed to assist chairside, including basic dental laboratory procedures, dental terminology, use of instruments and equipment, x-ray procedures, preparation of dental materials and dental office management skills.

Curriculum includes:
• Introduction to dentistry/oral health and nutrition
• Infection control/safety
• Head and neck anatomy/physiology
• Patient care/dental charting/psychology
• Restorative materials/advanced chairside
• Laboratory materials
• Radiology
• Practice management
• Computer technology
• Dental specialties
• Dental competencies
• Employability skills

Dental Assisting students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a 250-hour, unpaid externship (work-based activity). Externship (work-based activity) hours must be completed during daytime working hours. A minimum of 90% attendance with a C average (70%) grade or better is required for students to participate in the externship (workbased activity) opportunity.

Students may be required to complete (at the student’s expense), immunizations/titers, drug screening, physical exam and/or background check prior to the student’s placement at an externship (work-based activity) site. Students must complete the Hepatitis B series prior to participation in their externships (work-based activities).

Students completing the program will be eligible to take the Certified Ohio Dental Assisting examination and earn the Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA) credential. Students will also complete the Ohio Dental Assistant Radiographer initial training course. This initial training course satisfies the requirements of the Ohio State Dental Board and allows the student to earn the Ohio Dental Assistant Radiographer license.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Completion of externship (work-based activity)

Certification/License:
• Certified Ohio Dental Assistant (CODA)
• Ohio Dental Assistant Radiographer license (at student’s expense $35)
• AHA Healthcare Provider CPR

Requirements for licensure:
• Complete 7-hour course
• Complete test with at least 70% pass rate
• Complete series of x-rays at externship (work-based activity) office within 60 days of testing
• Submit above items to the Ohio State Dental Board for licensure
• AHA Healthcare Provider CPR

Career Opportunities:
• Dental Assistant
• Orthodontist Assistant
• Pediatric Dental Assistant
• Oral Surgery Assistant
• Front Desk/Receptionist
• Teaching
• Dental Sales
• Sterilization Assistant
• Office Management


Cardiographic Technician     

The Cardiographic Technician program is designed to prepare students to perform non-invasive cardiac testing procedures, such as electrocardiograms, Holter and telemetry monitoring, along with stress testing and safe practices for the healthcare professional. Cardiographic Technicians work in hospitals and cardiology offices to assist physicians in the diagnosis and monitoring of heart disease.

Students will receive 130 hours of classroom training, have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a 100-hour unpaid externship (work-based activity) in a local, non-smoking clinical setting and learn employability skills. A minimum of 90% attendance with a C average (70%) grade or better is required for students to participate in the externship (work-based activity) opportunity.

Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the Certified EKG Technician (CET) exam through the National Healthcareer Association, and the Cardiographic Technician (CCT) exam through Cardiovascular Credentialing International. (CCT exam not included in program cost).

Note: Students may be required to complete (at the student’s expense) immunizations/titers, drug screening, physical exam, and/or background check prior to externship (work-based activity) placement at an externship (work-based activity)/clinical site. Externship (work-based activity) hours must be completed during daytime working hours.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Completion of externship (work-based activity)

Certifications:
• Certified EKG Technician (CET)
• AHA Healthcare Provider CPR

Career Opportunities:
• EKG Technician
• Cardiac Telemetry Monitor Technician
• Certified Holter Technician
• Stress Lab Technician
• Cardiovascular Technician (with additional training)


Cosmetology Academy     

The Cosmetology Academy program prepares students for careers in this exciting, cutting-edge field. Gain hands-on experience in the brand-new Polaris Career Center Salon Allure, while obtaining the industry knowledge necessary for the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology license.

Subject areas:
• Infection control & principles/practices lab and theory
• Properties of the hair & scalp
• Manicure & pedicure procedures & practices
• Employability skills
• Salon operations & communication skills
• Skin care procedures & practices
• Artificial lashes/extensions
• Facial make-up
• Chemical procedures & practices
• Sanitation and safety
• Cosmetology laws & rules
• Hair procedures & practices

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school

License:
• Ohio State Board Licensed Cosmetologist

Requirements for licensure:
• Must complete 1500 hours
• Must pay examination fee
• Must pass the state board exam
• Required for employment

Requirements for Employment:
• Ohio State Board Licensed Cosmetologist
• Must be a resident of Ohio

Career Opportunities (State license required):
• Cosmetologist
• Color technician
• Perm specialist
• Hair cutting specialist
• Esthetician
• Nail technician
• Platform artist
• Equipment sales

The Cosmetology Academy program is a two-year program. Qualified students will have access to two years of financial aid funding.

Qualifies for the One-Year Option College Credit.


Early Child Care Education/Child Development Associate     

The Early Child Care Education/Child Development Associate (CDA) is the most widely-recognized credential in early child care education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. The Polaris Career Center CDA program is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the requirements for the nationally-recognized CDA credential.

The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. CDA students will learn how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children. Students will also learn employability skills. The CDA student will gain knowledge of how to put the CDA Competency Standards into practice and an understanding of why those standards help children move with success from one developmental stage to another. Students will receive at least 65 Ohio Approved training hours, as well as knowledge of working with the Ohio Early Learning Development Standards. Upon completion of the classroom hours, students will be prepared to begin working in a Step Up To Quality rated childcare center. Students will have completed a registry profile with OCCRRA and gain real-life experience working in the child care field. With the new requirements for Step Up To Quality and the career pathways model, earning a CDA credential will enhance a student’s job opportunities and pay rate in the field. Learn the CDA Observation Method, R-O-R (Review, Observe & Reflect) and plan for the verification visit.

Students will receive 220-hours of classroom training and gain practical experience in a 480-hour unpaid field experience (work-based activity) at an area Step Up To Quality child care center. Field experience (work-based activity) hours will vary between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Specific hours will be determined by the child care center.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Completion of field experience (work-based activity)

Certifications:
• AHA CPR/AED
• Communicable Disease for Childcare Personnel
• AHA Pediatric First Aid
• Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention Training
• Ohio Approved Professional Development Certificate
• Child Development Associate (CDA)

Requirements for Certification:
Within six months after completion of 480 hours of field experience (work-based activity) student must:
1. Complete application
2. Pay fee (included in program cost)
3. Schedule and complete observation
4. Complete exam

Requirements for Employment:
In order to be hired in an ODJFS licensed childcare program employees must have the following:
• An OPR (Profile on the Ohio Professional Registry), Completed BCI/FBI Background Check
(Form JFS01176). This is done by submitting a request for background check (Form JFS 01175) and being electronically fingerprinted at an OHIO web check facility.
• Employee Medical Statement (Form JFS 01296), which includes MMR and TDAP Immunizations.
• High School Diploma or GED.
• At the time of hire, new employees will need to complete the Staff Orientation training, and the Child Abuse One Hour Overview.

Career Opportunities:
• Lead teacher in infant, toddler or preschool program
• Assistant teacher in an infant, toddler or preschool program
• Teacher’s aide in an infant, toddler or preschool program
• Floater or substitute in an infant, toddler or preschool program
• Administrator in an infant, toddler or preschool program

Qualifies for Adult Diploma Program


Heating Ventilating Air Conditioning and Refrigeration     

The highly-trained and in-demand technicians in the Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) profession maintain the complex HVAC/R systems used in residential, light industrial and commercial buildings. Trained technicians have job stability and high earning potential. This program takes place in a state-of-the-art, fully renovated lab.
The program includes:
• Safety, tools and equipment
• Theory of heat
• Basic and automatic controls
• Electric motors
• Heating and humidification
• Air conditioning and air distribution
• All weather systems
• Certifications
• Heating & air conditioning installation procedures
• Understanding schematics
• Airside systems
• Proper venting
• Duct work
• Electrical code & electrical controls
• Mechanical maintenance
• Air properties & balancing
• Heating & air conditioning diagnostic techniques
• Refrigeration troubleshooting
• Customer service
• Employability skills

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school

Certifications:
• R-410A Safety Training and Certification for Technicians
• 608 EPA Refrigerant Recovery Universal (Type 1, 2 and 3)
• OSHA 10-Hour
• Industry Competency Exam (ICE) - Residential Air Conditioning & Heating
• HC/HFO - Hydrocarbon/Hydrofluoroolefin

Career Opportunities:
• Furnace A/C Installer
• HVAC/R Service Technician
• Facilities Maintenance
• Appliance Repair
• HVAC Wholesaler
• HVAC/R Contractor

Qualifies for One-Year Option College Credit & CT2 College Credit


Medical Assisting     

The accredited Medical Assisting program is a great way to gain access to this exciting profession in the growing healthcare field. The Medical Assisting curriculum prepares students to perform administrative and clinical procedures for employment in a physician’s office, clinic or hospital.

This program includes:
• Medical law and ethics
• Medical terminology
• Psychology
• Communication (written and verbal)
• Administration procedures (functions, accounting, coding, management)
• Electronic health records
• Phlebotomy (including diagnostic testing)
• CPR, First Aid and medical emergencies
• Injections/pharmacology, med conversion and mathematics
• Urinalysis/microbiology (specimen collections, throat swabs, processing, catheter)
• Vital statistics and anthropometrics
• Electrocardiology
• Assisting w/ minor procedures, sterile field, autoclaving, instruments
• Patient care, positioning and history
• Handwashing, aseptic, sterile, gloving
• Special senses (visual acuity snellen testing & ear irrigators)
• Employability skills
• Externship
• OSHA
• Safe practices for the healthcare professional

Students may be required to complete (at the student’s expense), immunizations/titers, drug screening, physical exam and/or background check prior to externship (work-based activity) placement. Students must complete the Hepatitis B series prior to participation in their externship (work-based activity).

Medical Assisting students will have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a 160-hour unpaid externship (work-based activity) which takes place during the program’s 946 hours.

A minimum of 90% attendance with a C average (70%) grade or better is required for students to participate in the externship (work-based activity) opportunity.

The Polaris Career Center Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater FL 33763, phone: 727.210.2350, fax: 727.210.2354, email: Mail@caahep.org.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Completion of externship (work-based activity)
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Students must successfully pass all the psychomotor and affective competencies in order to pass the course and/or progress in the program

Certifications:
• Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
• Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
• AHA Healthcare Provider CPR and Heartsaver First Aid

Career Opportunities:
• Certified Medical Assistant (CMA through AAMA)
• Certified Phlebotomy Technologist (CPT through NHA)
• Clinical Medical Assistant
• Medical Administrative Assistant

Qualifies for One-Year Option College Credit & CT2 College Credit


Medical Billing and Coding     

This 900-hour program is designed for those who wish to gain employment in medical billing, coding and health information management. This comprehensive program utilizes the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) curriculum that includes Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, CPT coding, ICD-10 Coding and HCPCS Coding and is designed to prepare individuals to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) examination. Students will develop thorough knowledge of diseases and conditions, electronic health records, practice management software, medical office administration practices, hospital billing, reimbursement and claim form procedures, employability skills and healthcare law and ethics.

The program includes instructor lectures, knowledge-based assessments, practical applications and self-directed study. Employers include physician practices, outpatient clinics, billing companies, as well as a variety of other medical facilities.

Students will complete a 160-hour unpaid externship (workbased activity) during daytime working hours. A minimum of 90% attendance with a C average (70%) grade or better is required for students to participate in the externship (work-based activity) opportunity.

Students may be required to complete (at the student’s expense), immunizations/titers, drug screening, physical exam and/or background check prior to the student’s placement at an externship (work-based activity) site.

It is required that students have access to a computer with Internet access to complete at-home assignments.
It is highly recommended the student have keyboarding skills with some experience in Microsoft Word & Excel.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Completion of externship (work-based activity)

Certifications:
• Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
• ProHIPAA
• Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

Career Opportunities:
• Medical Billing Specialist
• Medical Coding Specialist
• Medical Records Specialist
• Medical Reimbursement Specialist
• Medical Billing Collections & Resolution Specialist
• Claims Processor
• Medical Billing Appeals/Denials Analyst


Phlebotomy Certification     

Students will be trained to perform blood collections with proper techniques and precautions using vacuum collections devices, syringes, winged infusion sets and capillary skin punctures. Students will also be instructed on the proper collection methods and special handling of non-blood specimens.

Lectures, PowerPoints and hands-on laboratory instructions will prepare the student to take the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam. A 100-hour unpaid clinical externship (work-based activity) opportunity is awarded to the students with a minimum of 90% attendance and a C average (70%) grade or better. Successful completion of a medical terminology course is recommended, but not required.

Note: Students may be required to complete (at the student’s expense) immunizations/titers, drug screening, physical exam and/ or background check prior to externship (work-based activity) placement. Externship (work-based activity) hours will be scheduled during the day, and students will be placed as space is available. Prior to externship (work-based activity), students will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check, drug screen and complete the three-part Hepatitis B vaccination series. Students must have received the first of three Hepatitis B vaccinations prior to the first day of class.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Completion of externship (work-based activity)

Certifications:
• Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)
• AHA Healthcare Provider CPR

Career Opportunities:
• Phlebotomist at the following locations: hospitals, healthcare clinics, physician offices, insurance companies, home health services, private labs, Red Cross, blood collection centers, dialysis units and plasma centers


Police Academy     

This program will adhere to all State of Ohio OPOTC standards.
The Polaris Career Center Police Academy prepares candidates for police and natural resource law enforcement officer positions and other careers that require peace officer training. This 765-hour program is conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The instruction will be provided by those who have experience and expertise in the field of law enforcement, natural resources and parks and recreation.

The Academy training includes:
• Administration
• Legal
• Human relations
• Firearms
• Driving
• Subject control techniques
• First Aid/CPR/AED
• Patrol
• Civil disorders
• Traffic
• Investigation
• Physical conditioning
• Homeland Security
• OC spray skills
• Taser skills
• Safety

This all-inclusive academy will provide the following during the program:
• Academy uniforms (except shoes and black belt) including the following: two shirts, two pairs of pants, one sweatshirt, one pair of sweatpants, one jacket, one knit hat and one duty bag
• Use of duty belt with accessories (holster, magazine pouch, handcuff case, etc.)
• Use of handgun and ammunition
• Use of shotgun and ammunition
• Use of expandable baton
• Use of chemical repellent spray (OC/ Pepper Spray)
• Use of taser

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher is required for non-OPOTA hours
• Attendance rate not less than 90% is required for non-OPOTA hours
• Required attendance for OPOTA hours is 100%. Any time missed is required to be made-up at the expense of the student within two weeks of time missed.
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school
• Successfully pass all state proficiency standards (2 attempts)

Students registered in the Police Academy will also adhere to the policies presented in the PEACE OFFICER BASIC TRAINING STUDENT HANDBOOK administered by the State of Ohio.

Certifications /License:
• Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC)

Requirements for licensure:
• To be eligible for OPOTC certification as a peace officer, students will need to successfully complete certain skillbased student performance objectives (SPO’s), meet higher physical fitness assessment standards, and pass a written state certification exam (SCE) showing knowledge of cognitive-based SPO’s. Each student is given two opportunities to pass each proficiency. Must pass at 70% or higher.
• AHA First Aid & CPR/AED
• Collapsible Baton Certification
• Taser Certification

Requirements for Employment:
• OPOTC certification is required for anyone securing a job as a peace officer.
• High school diploma, GED certificate or its equivalent
• Must be 21 years of age

Career Opportunities:
• Police Officer
• County Sheriff
• Park Ranger
• Wildlife Officer
• Hospital-based Police Officer
• Security

Requirements and Prerequisites to Register:
Students may register once all prerequisite requirements listed below are met. Students must:
• Be a U.S. citizen
• Be 21 years of age by the completion of the program
• Show proof of a valid driver’s license
• Show proof of current automobile insurance
• Complete a physical exam with satisfactory results (after April 1, 2020)
• Complete and pass the State of Ohio required physical fitness assessment
• Complete a satisfactory drug screening test
• Complete a background check with satisfactory results (no felonies or serious misdemeanors)

Contact the Adult Education department to schedule the physical fitness assessment by calling 440.891.7653 or 440.891.7697.

Once a student has satisfactorily completed all prerequisites, the student may register in-person by following the admission procedures.

Qualifies for CT2 College Credit


Precision/CNC Machine Technology     

Join the high-demand, high-tech field of precision machining, and enjoy stable employment in the dynamic environment of manufacturing. Experience the satisfaction of making your own components from concept to completion using Computer Numerical Control (CNC) production technology and equipment. This program takes place in a state-of-the-art, fully-renovated lab.

All students will be given the opportunity to earn Level 1 credentials from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS).

This hands-on curriculum includes:
• Applied mathematics, blueprint interpretation, geometric dimensioning
• Project work on lathes, mills, surface grinders, CNC mill and shop theory
• CNC/CAM fundamentals
• Manufacturing, shop and OSHA safety training
• Hand tools and drilling machines
• Inspection instruments and quality control
• Web-based instruction in partnership with Tooling U-SME
• Employability skills

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school

Certifications:
• National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Inc. (NIMS)
• OSHA 10-Hour

Career Opportunities:
• Tool & Die Maker
• CNC Programmer
• General Machinist
• CNC Operator

Qualifies for Adult Diploma Program


Welding     

Become a trained technician in the welding, fabricating and metallurgical trades and learn the skills needed for entry-level employment. Some welding and fabrication occupations include welding inspector or metal fabricator. Trained technicians repair and produce the products used in the manufacturing, structural and fabrication industries. Qualified welding and metal fabricating technicians have job stability and high earning potential.

This program takes place in both classroom and fully-equipped, state-of-the-art welding lab settings. It is designed to teach practical applications and theory related to the welding trade while preparing students for the American Welding Society (AWS) certifications.

This program includes:
• Welding safety
• Blueprint fundamentals
• Reading welding symbols
• Oxyfuel cutting and welding
• Base metal preparations
• Weld quality
• FCAW FluxCore Arc Welding
• SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding or Stick Welding)
• SMAW equipment and setup
• SMAW electrodes and selection
• SMAW groove welds with backing
• SMAW open V-groove welds
• SMAW open-root pipe welds
• SMAW vertical welding
• Plasma arc cutting
• Basic GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding, TIG)
• Basic GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding, MIG)
• Theory, welding and machine operation
• Introduction to pipe welding
• Virtual reality welding
• OSHA - 10 Hour
• Employability skills

Students are given the opportunity to earn the American Welding Society (AWS) certification.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school

Certifications:
• American Welding Society (AWS)
• OSHA 10-Hour

Career Opportunities:
• Welding Inspector
• Metal Fabricator
• Aerospace Welder
• Manufacturing Welder

Qualifies for One-Year Option College Credit and Adult Diploma Program.


Automotive Service Technician     

This 600-hour program prepares students in a state-of-the-art lab, for employment as entry-level technicians through classroom and hands-on training. Included in the program are the following ASE Certification subjects:
• Automatic transmissions and transaxles
• Electrical/electronic systems
• Brakes
• Engine theory and repair
• Engine performance
• Manual drive transmission and axles
• Heating and air conditioning
• Suspension and steering systems

Introductory, routine maintenance and employability skills topics are also included. This competency-based program combines theory and lab to provide an effective beginning for students who wish to become certified automotive service technicians. The ASE Entry Level, ASE G1 and Section 609 MACS exams are included in the program cost.

Requirements for Completion:
• A “C” average (70%) or higher
• Attendance rate not less than 90%
• Payment of all outstanding obligations to the school

Certifications:
• Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level
• Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) G1 (Auto Maintenance & Light Repair)
• Section 609 MACS

Career Opportunities:
• Automotive Service Technician
• Automotive Parts
• Service Writer
• Fleet Mechanic
• Express Lane Technician