Penta to celebrate 50 years

Penta Career Center, a career-technical public school located at 9301 Buck Road in Perrysburg Township, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 2-4 p.m. The community is invited to attend the celebration which will include an open house and cake reception.

Various historical items will be on display during the event including a 1965 Ford F-100 pick-up truck that was restored by Penta students and staff. During the celebration, Penta’s career-technical labs and classrooms will be open to visitors. Prior to the community celebration, a 50th Anniversary program will take place at 1:00 p.m. inside the Susor auditorium for special guests, Penta staff and students.

Nearly 50 years ago on Sept. 7, 1965, Penta-County Vocational School opened in Perrysburg Township to serve students from 17 area school districts. The school occupied the former Rossford Ordnance Depot on Oregon Road for 43 years.

When it first opened, Penta was known as the first multi-county vocational school in the nation. Between 1966 and 1972, Penta also offered technical college courses. In 2008, a significant milestone took place when Penta opened a new 522,000 square foot facility on Buck Road to better serve the needs of students and the community. The new facility was made possible through a one mill permanent improvement levy that was passed by voters in 2003.

Vocational education and Penta have evolved significantly in 50 years. The term vocational training is now referred to as career and technical education and the school is now called Penta Career Center. An estimated 30,000 people have completed training through either a Penta high school or adult education program since 1965.

Penta currently serves high school students in 16 member school districts, including Swanton. Penta offers 30 career-technical programs for high school students in areas such as health, construction, manufacturing, business, agriculture, transportation, and human services. In addition, the school serves the needs of students who require specialized instruction and support services. Penta also offers training programs for area adults through its Adult & Continuing Education area.