Explore Pioneer

Pioneer's Mission
Partnering with our communities to deliver innovation and excellence in education by providing real skills and real knowledge for real world success. 

A Different Workforce
Pioneer Career and Technology Center officially opened in 1968 with a mission – For every graduate, a salable skill. Pioneer students learned their trades well and became productive members of their communities. Now, over 40 years later, we continue to help students jump-start their futures with career technical programs and academic courses that offer rigorous and relevant training to better prepare them for today’s high-tech workplace and further education.

The 21st Century Employeewoman working on 3D printer
Seventy-five percent of future jobs will be considered a skilled trade, and this will require a highly trained worker to compete in this changing economy. Skills taught at Pioneer prepare students to enter the trades or prepare them to continue training for a two- or four-year college degree.

Description of Facilities
Pioneer Career and Technology Center is located at 27 Ryan Road, Shelby, Ohio, in the Central Ohio Industrial Park. Classrooms and labs provide a comfortable, safe, spacious environment conducive to learning. Labs are furnished with up-to-date equipment. Hands-on learning is the focus of all programs. Ample parking is available.

High School Programs
Pioneer serves high school juniors and seniors offering over 35 career-training programs. Our students focus on academic classes for half of the school day and experience hands-on learning the other half of the day in their career-technical lab and on the job. Pioneer programs are housed at these locations: Pioneer campus, partner schools (satellite programs), North Central State College Kehoe Learning Center and the Pioneer Performing Arts Academy in Mansfield. Pioneer students graduate from their associate high school upon completion of all required course work and passage of the Ohio Graduation Tests.

students practice with tools of their tradeCollege-Ready & Career Focused
Pioneer offers a seamless educational path with advanced college prep courses designed for students planning to continue their education at a college or technical school. Students may earn college credits while at Pioneer through articulation agreements with area colleges and tech schools.

Making a Positive Impression
Students who complete a Pioneer program earn a Career Passport that documents their competencies for employment. The Career Passport helps students make a positive impact on prospective employers. The Passport contains the career/tech prep certificate, grades, competency test scores, attendance record, resume, along with Pioneer’s Training Warranty and Work Keys test scores. Pioneer’s full-time Job Leads service is available to students and graduates, including a resume preparation service.

Our Partner Schools
Enrollment at Pioneer is open to students from our 14 partner schools: Buckeye Central, Bucyrus, Colonel Crawford, Crestline, Crestview, Galion, Lexington, Lucas, Northmor, Ontario, Plymouth/Shiloh, Shelby, Willard and Wynford.

Student Fees
There is no tuition or entrance fee for students enrolled through any of Pioneer’s 14 partner schools or the North Central College Tech Prep Consortium. However, each program has fees for supplies, tools or equipment, uniforms and career-technical student organizations. A fee sheet can be obtained by contacting Pioneer. Students who qualify may apply for the Clarence E. Yohn Scholarship to help with student fees. This scholarship can match up to 1/2 of the student’s total fees. Applications are available in the Pioneer Student Services Office.

Our partner schools provide transportation to Pioneer. College Tech Prep students not enrolled in a Pioneer associate school must provide their own transportation. Students may also drive to school with parental/guardian permission.

College Credit Plus (CCP)
College Credit Plus classes are available to Pioneer students through North Central State College. Classes may be taken at Pioneer, the North Central State College campus, or at other colleges or universities. The student must provide transportation for courses taught at North Central State College or other universities.

students engaged in extracurricular activityExtracurricular Activities
Pioneer students are involved in sports and extracurricular activities at their associate school, and eligibility is determined by the associate school. Pioneer also offers a variety of student organizations designed to build leadership skills and reinforce program knowledge. These include:

  • BPA - Business Professionals of America
  • DECA - an association for marketing students
  • FCCLA - Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • FEA - Future Educators Association for students in the Teaching Professions
  • FFA – Future Farmers of America for agricultural students
  • HOSA - Health Occupations Students of America
  • SkillsUSA - for students in Industrial & Engineering Systems and Human Services
  • Student Council

Job Search | Job Placement
Pioneer’s Job Leads service is available to students and graduates. A resumé preparation service is also available. Pioneer’s web site features job listings and other job search aids. Early Job Placement is available to those students that meet certain qualifications during their senior year.

How to Apply
To enroll in a career-technical program at Pioneer, high school students must be enrolled in one of Pioneer’s 14 partner schools or a school that is a member of the North Central Tech Prep Consortium. The student must be able to complete their high school graduation requirements two years and meet the requirements of the College Tech Prep Consortium. Students can easily apply online at here or see their high school guidance counselor for assistance if needed.