By MAX FILBY
Millstream Career Center is trying to hit a record for enrollment next fall, pushing its number of students to 575.
The center, located on Broad Avenue near Findlay High School, currently has 550 students who come from 14 regional school districts.
Millstream hosted an open house Sunday where it welcomed families as a way to interest prospective students. Students have until Feb. 1 to apply to attend Millstream next school year.
One family with a student already planning to attend came just to see the center’s new building, which opened in August 2012.
“We just wanted to come and see it. It’s so nice, just like a mini-college campus,” said Cassie Meeker, mother of prospective student Corbin Trumbull from Van Buren.
The new building is attracting more visitors, Director Chris Renn said: 867 students came to look in December, up from 676 in December 2012.
“We’re definitely in our busiest time of year,” Renn said.
Before the new facility was constructed, Millstream was located in multiple buildings in Findlay.
“We’ve got a lot more space now,” Renn said. “When you’re walking into a new facility every day, it’s hard to complain.”
The extra space allows for multiple programs, including culinary arts, cosmetology, medical technology, and two auto programs.
Renn is hoping to further expand the scope of career paths offered at Millstream in the next few years.
Trumbull is interested in attending the career center’s computer programming classes as a way to get ahead on his college studies.
“It just seems like a no-brainer,” his mother said.
Millstream also offers college credit, something that could help Trumbull and other students. The career center has a near 100 percent rating when it comes to getting students a job or into college, Renn said.
“One of our students went through our welding program, went to college at Miami and ended up becoming a metal sculptor,” Renn said. “Now she works for big city parks, making sculptures.”
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