"Connecting Your Passions, Your Dreams"

Discover the 21st century education for 21st century jobs.

Join a community of problem solvers and go-getters. At Ohio Hi-Point, you'll find hands-on learning in hi-tech labs, strong academics that blend with your career program, and a commitment to your success that stretches far beyond graduation.

Our application for the 2020-21 school year will be available on November 26, 2019 during our Open House and Application Launch!


Upcoming Events

Experience Days

You and your peers will visit Ohio Hi-Point on one of the following days, exploring two programs of your choice.

Experience Days
Friday, November 22
Monday, November 25
Tuesday, November 26

Get ready for an eye-opening experience and bring back your parents during our Open House and Application Launch to submit an application for admission before the application goes live on our website the following day. 

Open House and Application Launch

You and your family are invited to tour campus, explore the program labs, speak to teachers, and be the first to apply during our Open House and Application Launch! 

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
2280 St. Rt. 540
Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Learn about your career and college options, enjoy refreshments, and see how our students are finding success in and out of the classroom.

Personal Tours

Not quite sure which program is the best choice for you? That's ok! We invite you back to campus for a personal tour to see what a typical day looks like for our students. 

Arrange a personal tour (usually scheduled on Tuesdays) through your partner school counselor or email our admissions representative, Lisa Martin, at lmartin@ohiohipoint.com



Learn more about Ohio Hi-Point and the opportunities available to you by checking out our Intro to OHP booklet.

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Programs Available

Robots, animals, tool belts, stethoscopes, chef coats, and DSLR cameras help create our educational atmosphere. The Ohio Hi-Point Bellefontaine Main Campus offers the following programs:

Animal Science
Automotive Academy
Culinary Arts
Diesel Technology
Education Academy
Engineering Academy
Graphic and Media Arts Academy
Health Careers Academy
Outdoor Careers
Structural Construction
Welding and Fabrication

Ohio Hi-Point also offers one-year programs (for high school seniors) in the following areas: 

Ohio Certified Nursery Technician
NCCER and Equipment Operations
NIMS Machining




Admission Guidelines

Students applying must be on track to earn enough high school credits for graduation (8 credits for sophomore status, 12 credits for junior status) and meet one of the following:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 1.5 out of a 4.0 scale
  • Less than 36 missed days of school in the past two years

Applications are reviewed and ranked based on the above criteria. The state limits career-technical class sizes to 25 students per teacher. Our programs may have more students apply than can be accepted so it is important to apply early to your chosen program. If you’re not accepted, you may be placed on a waiting list until space becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out if I'm accepted?

Students who apply and have a completed application (transcript included) by January 17 receive their admission decision by mid- to late February. Students who apply and have a completed application (transcript included) after Jan. 17 receive their admission decision on a rolling basis beginning in mid-March.

The state limits career-technical programs to 25 students per class, so it's important to apply early to secure your spot!

Can I still participate in my home school activities?
Yes! Students are encouraged to gain the best of both worlds – remaining active in their home schools as well as becoming involved with OHP. Our students return to their home schools for athletics, music, student organizations, and other activities.

Becoming a well-rounded individual is all about taking advantage of the opportunities to be involved. OHP offers several activities for students including FFA, SkillsUSA, FCCLA, DECA, HOSA, BPA, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, and Student Ambassadors.

I want to go to college. Is it possible with this education?
Of course! Many OHP students transition directly into college after earning college credit while attending Ohio Hi-Point. We have several college credit agreements with colleges and universities across the state, allowing students to earn up to 30 credit hours depending on career choice and academics selected.

Can I attend half-day?
Yes, the half-day option is available for students who want to participate in their chosen lab, but return to their home school for academics. Check with your home school guidance counselor to see if this option is available for you.

Do I have to wear a uniform?
Yes, you'll wear a program shirt/required lab attire every day. Dress down days, or jeans days, happen monthly and additional days may be earned throughout the year.

I'm not sure about what to do after graduation. Why should I choose OHP?
Many students are interested in career fields, but don’t know if that’s what they really want to do! OHP gives you an opportunity to explore a career field – at a much less cost than attending college and switching majors. If you decide to go directly into a career, OHP continuously works with business and industry to provide the in-demand training and certifications, saving you money on the same training and certifications a company would charge employees for.

What would the typical day be like if I attended OHP?
You'll spend about 2.5 hours a day in your chosen lab, learning the tools of the trade and preparing for certification exams under the guidance of your instructor and skilled professionals who have worked in the field. The remainder of the day will be dedicated to academics, fulfilling requirements from the state and home school for graduation.

How much does it cost?
Ohio Hi-Point is a free public education institution, and there are no program fees. The only costs of attending include a parking permit (if you choose to purchase one) and additional lab apparel pieces not included in the provided uniform list.

Do Ohio Hi-Point students receive a diploma?
We work with your partner schools so that when graduation day comes, you'll receive your high school diploma from your home school, and a Certification of Completion and Career Passport from OHP.

How will Ohio Hi-Point help me successfully connect with job opportunities?
If you meet the grade and attendance requirements, you'll be eligible for OHP’s School-to-Work program your senior year. This is an opportunity for you to complete your academic work during the school day and work in the job field during lab time, gaining on-the-job training and earning a paycheck. Many of these opportunities will lead to full-time employment after graduation. In addition, several of the organizations at OHP will help you build your network of professionals, beginning with your instructor.

Will I earn any industry certifications?
Eligible students may earn certifications in their chosen career field after completing a certification test. Earning certifications will position you in an ideal spot while job hunting since employers look for candidates with the necessary qualifications instead having to pay for classes to earn them.

Is transportation provided to OHP?
Yes! Your home school provides transportation to OHP every day. However, with a purchase of a parking permit, students can drive to campus. For more information about busing, including half-day busing, contact your home school guidance counselor.

How successful are OHP graduates?
Extremely successful! OHP's overall career/college placement rate for the graduating class of 2017 was 96.7% (based on survey responses from the 2017 graduating class. In addition, the Bellefontaine Main Campus class of 2018 earned over $600,000 in scholarship monies and 462 industry certifications were earned.

Several of our graduates are successful business owners, teachers, doctors, police officers, chefs, engineers – the list goes on! There is no limit to what you can become.

Do I have to attend the Bellefontaine Main Campus?
No, we offer several satellite programs in our partner schools. You can find the program offerings here.

What is the OHP culture?
You’ll find students interested in a particular career field and eager to explore it before graduating high school. Our students are hands-on learners and want to graduate with options to advance to college or their particular career. They have the freedom to build on their talents and skills while growing as a leader. Students at OHP work hard and support each other.

Satellite Programs

Satellite programs are located within 11 of our 14 partner schools.

Satellite programs provide easy access for students (as early as middle school) the opportunity to explore careers or vary their educational experience while remaining in their own school. Students take one course a year to complete the CTE program.

As sophomores, students can choose to apply for a two-year program on the Bellefontaine Main Campus.

See which programs are available at your school today!

Learn More About Career Technical Education

College Credit & Industry Certification

Clark State Community College at Hi Point
Columbus State Community College at Hi Point
Rhodes State at Hi Point
Sinclair at Hi Point

We have several partnerships with colleges and universities across the state to provide a jump start on your next level of education. Earning college credit and industry certifications helps save you money after high school and connects you to opportunities for success!

By The Numbers

  • According to The Atlantic in 2012, 53% of students who graduated with a bachelor's degree were underemployed or unemployed. The college classes of 2014-15 had 51% of students working jobs that do not require a bachelor's degree, according to Accenture Strategy.

  • For 2018, Harvard University predicts only 33% of all jobs will require a 4-year degree or more, while the majority of jobs will require skills and training at the credential or associate’s degree level.

  • The Institute of College Access and Success reports that the average undergraduate student borrower is facing $30,100 in 2015, up 4% from 2014. Americans are burdened by more loan debt than ever, owing $1.3 trillion among nearly 44 million borrowers, according to Student Loan Hero.

  • The true ratio of jobs in our economy is 1:2:7. For every job that requires a master’s degree or more, two jobs require a bachelor’s degree, and more than half a dozen jobs require a credential or two-year degree. This ratio is across all industries and was the same in 1950, 1990, and will be the same in 2030.

  • 80% of students taking college prep academic curriculum combined with career-tech met the standard for college and career readiness compared with just 63% of students enrolled in the same academic core without a career-tech component, according to Gallup.
  • The average graduation rates are higher amongst career-technical students, 93% compared to 80% for non-career-tech students.

  • More than 75% of secondary career-tech students pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school, and four out of five of them had earned a credential or were still enrolled two years later.

  • More than 400,000 young people in the top half of their high school class go to college, and at least eight years later, they have not gained either a two- or four-year degree or certificate, according to the Center of Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University.


Choosing Career-Technical Education is an important decision. We want to provide you the most accurate information about trends and outcomes of CTE students. Take a look at the below information discover the benefits.

Our students are finding success in and out of the classroom. Where could an Ohio Hi-Point education take you?

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We are dedicated to connecting students to success by aligning them with the best pathway that suites their interests, skills and aspirations.


Admissions Visits

Our admissions department will come to you. We'll visit all of our partner schools in between September and November.



Experience Days

Sophomores visit our Bellefontaine Main Campus for just over an hour of eye-opening program overview at the end of November.



Open House

Sophomores and families are invited back to campus for our Open House and Application Launch on November 26 to meet our staff, tour the labs, learn about career and college options, and apply!




Be the first to apply during our Open House and Application Launch on November 26 before our application goes live online the following day. The state limits class sizes to 25 students per teacher, so don't miss your chance to apply early!

Visit Our Campus

Want to see more? Schedule an additional tour with our admissions team by emailing lmartin@ohiohipoint.com.

Getting into OSU isn't easy, and attending Ohio Hi-Point has played a part in my success."
- Shelby McMaken '17
(Majoring in Zoology at The Ohio State University)





Admissions Team

TJ Bales, M.Ed

Special Education Coordinator

Samantha Gessler

School Counselor

Melissa Gonglik

School Counselor

Robin Harrington

Special Education Coordinator

Lisa Martin

Admissions Representative

Ryin Oder

Student Services' Secretary

Shelly Swaney

Career Assessment Coordinator