Joint vocational school districts (JVSDs) like Great Oaks were created specifically as a shared service for K-12 school districts. Through pooling resources, traditional school districts are able to offer valuable career-technical education to their students in state-of-the-industry labs and using equipment and materials that individual school districts cannot afford to provide alone. Through their partnership with each other and with Great Oaks, 36 area school districts can make nearly 40 career programs available to high school juniors and seniors.
That’s our purpose for existing and our daily mission.
Beyond that, though, Great Oaks has developed many ways to share services with other educational entities, public organizations, and governmental institutions which save taxpayers many thousands of dollars annually and provide better experiences for students.
Services currently shared
Shared office and classroom space
Ohio Board of Regents—Great Oaks makes space available for a local employee of the Board of Regents, which makes the employee more efficient and able to carry out necessary work in southwest Ohio.
Ashland University—Having a full-time Ashland staff member housed at Great Oaks improves professional development opportunities available through Ashland.
Region 5 Workforce Coalition—Great Oaks is a member of this coalition and provides space for quarterly meetings.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College—Classroom space, office space, and labs are provided for the Practical Nursing program and the off-campus satellite program director. This program is located at Diamond Oaks, Laurel Oaks, Live Oaks, and Scarlet Oaks.
Public Safety Services—A centrally-located firing range allows local law enforcement officers to receive required training without the need for individual police departments to own and maintain a facility.
HighAIMS—This consortium of area school districts is housed at the Instructional Resource Center.
Fire/EMT Training—Space at Diamond Oaks, Live Oaks, and Scarlet Oaks, including fire towers, is used for EMT and firefighter training for fire departments across southwestern Ohio.
UC Clermont—The UC Clermont Police Academy uses facilities at Live Oaks.
Southern Ohio Education Service Center—The SOESC is housed at the Laurel Oaks Agricultural Center.
FBI—A regional training center for the FBI is located at the Public Safety Services Center.
Nearly 50,000 people in community groups, trade organizations, and non-profit organizations use Great Oaks facilities each year for meeting space.
Shared professional services
Learn21—By joining with other area school districts, Great Oaks is a Learn21 member who receives cost effective instructional technology support, services, and solutions including learning management system, shared maintenance, and professional development.
SWOCA—As a client of this shared data center, Great Oaks saves computer hardware and software expense and reduces personnel costs that would be associated with having a stand-alone financial system.
HCCA—The student data system is operated through this shared data center.
HighAIMS Consortium—Created by area school districts including Great Oaks, HighAIMS offers shared professional development, curriculum research, and training in improving STEM teaching and learning .
APEC—As one of the founding members of the Association for Professionals in Educational Communications developed by the Hamilton County ESC, Great Oaks shares best practices and public relations efforts with other area school districts.
Shared educational services
Satellite programs—An extension of the original mission to provide centralized career-technical education, Great Oaks has moved many foundational and career development classes to the campuses of affiliate high schools and junior highs. Programs in technology, business, teaching professions, management, marketing, and other career areas that don’t require specialized labs can—and are—being offered at the affiliate schools which eliminates transportation costs and makes the opportunities more accessible to students. More than 11,000 students are part of satellite programs in 25 school districts.
Career exploration—Traditional school districts are mandated to provide career education to students. With expertise in career-based education, Great Oaks provides leadership, guidance, and centralized funding for those classes at the affiliate schools.
Warren County Career Center/Electrical Powerline Mechanic Program—Partnering with WCCC’s existing program allows us to expand our offerings without the capital expense.
Health Careers Collaborative—A unique partnership with Children’s Hospital and other agencies and healthcare providers offers a Cincinnati site for State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) and other training. They provide the location and access to potential students; Great Oaks provides instructors and curriculum.
Hocking College—Using Great Oaks staff as adjunct faculty and by coordinating curriculum, an arrangement between Hocking College and Great Oaks allows students in qualifying classes to earn both high school and college credit.