This is my third year as Chair of the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute Administrative Council and fourth year of serving on their council. I am excited about the career opportunities that our students are exposed to through a variety of programs and classes offered at their site. We have the good fortune to have a very high caliber of faculty and staff working with our students. Under the leadership of Director Rick Coffman and Assistant Director Ryan Haught, there is no doubt in my mind that MOVTI successes will continue to be achieved.
The MOVTI center serves students in Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, and Wetzel counties. The variety of learning opportunities at MOVTI provide our students with the knowledge and hands-on learning that will prepare them in the ever changing world of work. The MOVTI center provides students with classes in Computer Repair, Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Welding Technology, Facilities Maintenance, Health Occupations, and Emergency Preparations. The traditional Business program underwent changes this school year to reflect the changing world of business technology. All participant counties are excited about that. Parents and the communities served by MOVTI now see the career opportunities offered as an alternative to the traditional curriculum that is provided in our high schools. Annually staff members from MOVTI visit our local high schools to inform students of program availability and course offerings. On site tours have become commonplace for eighth and tenth grade students as they begin crafting their future educational plans.
Both Directors bring a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to the center. Their proven dedication to vocational education is infectious with their already committed staff and students attending MOVTI. Under their leadership, no longer does this center deserve a reputation and image of being solely for "saw dusters`". Challenging academics have become an integral part within all of the offered curriculums.
Tyler County presently has 33 students enrolled in eight different program areas at the MOVTI. The Health Sciences area currently has the largest number of Tyler students enrolled. Juniors and seniors are beginning to understand the importance of taking the courses available to earn community and technical college credit when possible.
Tyler County Schools