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Brecksville -- The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center will have something for nearly everybody in the community when it marks its 45th anniversary year with an Oct. 1 open house.
It's a tradition the career center has been carrying on since 2001.
"We celebrate a big birthday every five years," said Superintendent Celina Roebuck. "We're anticipating a couple of thousand people throughout the course of the day We want people to stop in no matter what their day looks like -- whether they stop in for the pancake breakfast, or if they come in for the food trucks or the car show, or whether they plan to stay for the entire day."
The CVCC was established in 1972 and serves eight area school districts including Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Garfield Heights, Independence, Nordonia Hills, North Royalton, Revere and Twinsburg.
In addition to offering vocational education to high school students, the center offers programs for adults, continuing education programs for those who are already working, as well as career introduction training for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and community services.
The open house will include many of the career center's services through brief, interactive programs available for both children and adults, along with entertainment, food and a classic car show. (See the schedule here.)
Roebuck said the car show, which will be going on throughout the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. open house, is a "fan favorite" with at least 90 automobiles on display.
"It brings people from all over Ohio and even out of state to show their cars," she said.
The car show is sponsored by career center educators, members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees.
The pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is sponsored by the Twinsburg Music Boosters.
At 11:30 a.m., food trucks including the SWAT Food Truck, Barrio Tacos Food Truck, and Swenson's Food Truck will be serving lunch.
Entertainment on the career center's main stage will include vocal and dance groups performing in the morning, followed by classic rock beginning at noon by The Blazing River Freedom Band and Men of Steel Classic Rock.
And along with the entertainment, visitors are invited to participate in as many workshops and demonstrations as they can fit into their schedule.
With so many things to do, those interested in attending can plan their day with a free calendar that can be accessed via smartphone.
The calendar is available at the career center's website, www.cvccworks.edu.
There are dozens of programs for people of all ages, such as classes on car care, buying a computer, website design, drywall repair, just to list a few for adults.
Children's programs include workshops on digital animation, video game design, and "Marshmallow Bridge Building."
Other programs are suitable for the entire family, such as the robotics demonstration and Bone Lab: Build a Skeleton.
"We're all about honing people's skills," Roebuck said. "These are all the diverse varieties of things that you can gain here at Cuyahoga Valley."
In keeping with the career center's vocational focus, military services will have displays, but there will also be a workshops on job finding skills, a seminar on the Ohio Means Jobs website and how to fill out the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid -- a requirement for those who wish to finance higher education through government loans or grants.
There will also be displays by area employers in a "mini job expo," as well as a seminar for adults who may be qualified to teach a course of instruction at CVCC.
Those interested in the food service industry -- or those who enjoy food-related television -- may want to check out the "Culinary Chopped Challenge," where participants will get a chance to serve as contestants and judges in a cooking competition. Roebuck said those interested in participating have to show early up to fill to available slots. Everyone else is invited to be in the audience.
Health-related activities include an American Red Cross Blood drive in the health careers lab in the School of Nursing, which will offer health screenings including body mass and blood pressure checks, along with flu shots by the Brecksville Walgreens. The flu shots are available from noon to 2 p.m. for a fee, but insurance cards will be accepted, Roebuck said.
Roebuck said the open house is "just our way to thank the community for keeping Cuyahoga Valley Career Center such a valuable part of the community."
Eric Marotta: 330-541-9433