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Chardon Local Schools is excited to announce its debut of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program for Chardon High School students…

Certified Production Technician Program 

Chardon Local Schools is excited to announce its debut of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program for Chardon High School students. The CPT course offering is a career-based intervention locally spearheaded by Auburn Career Center’s Superintendent Brian Botempo and operated as a partnership with Chardon Local Schools, Cardinal Local Schools and Painesville City Schools. 

Ohio State Sen. John Eklund, a supporter of career-tech and credentialing for high school students, served as the guest speaker at the CPT grand opening ceremony held on Oct. 7 at Painesville’s Harvey High School. Among the attendees were administrative representatives from each of the four schools.

Through the CPT program, students learn manufacturing processes, as well as maintenance, safety, and quality control with the end goal of students taking the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certification exams. Geared towards freshmen and sophomores, the program is designed to prepare students to be productive team members in a manufacturing environment. 

“The CPT credential represents an exciting opportunity for our students to continue to develop their real-world skills and learn and practice with businesses within the community,” said Chardon Schools Assistant Superintendent Ed Klein.

Five local sponsors have generously donated over $150,000 to make this opportunity possible for the schools: Avery Dennison Corp., Eaton Corp., The Lozick Family Foundation, Mar-Bal Inc. and PCC Airfoils LLC.

To learn more about the CPT program, visit

Annual Air Quality Study

Chardon High School teacher Amanda Bunker retooled her class’ annual Working Wednesdays field trips as Therapeutic Thursday field trips for fall 2020 to accommodate a modified format due to Covid-19 safety protocols. This year, students are forgoing time traditionally spent on Wednesdays engaged in hands-on learning activities such as finding items, comparing prices, and making purchases in stores. On Therapeutic Thursdays, weather permitting, Mrs. Bunker’s students learn more about the community while working on safety skills all the while spending time enjoying the outdoors.

During their Sept. 24 Therapeutic Thursday field trip, students initiated an air quality study in Chardon by attaching paper cards to telephone poles and applying petroleum jelly to the papers to capture results. During a later field trip, students collected the papers from town and then used a microscope in the classroom to examine the results. The project concluded with students individually presenting information on their findings to their peers.

“Overall, the results from this year’s air quality study revealed cleaner papers than last year with some significant difference in our samples,” said Bunker. “The cleaner papers are attributed to the rain that has fallen and therefore impeded the true study. We realize that we can’t control Mother Nature and are still happy with another year of studying the air around town.”


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