Community Invited September 29, 2016 from 4 – 7 p.m.
A two-year, $53 million renovation and expansion project will become reality when Apollo Career Center holds its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration on September 29, 2016. The community is invited to attend the much anticipated event from 4 – 7 p.m. at 3325 Shawnee Road in Lima, Ohio.
The celebration marks another significant milestone for Apollo as the Career Center is also celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. “Our mission is the same today as it was the day we opened our doors 40 years ago,” says Judy Wells, Apollo Superintendent. “The first Superintendent F.D. Goare and his Board said it best: This project belongs to the community and these buildings will serve the educational needs of the citizens as they reach for new occupational goals.”
Superintendent Wells invites the public to come and explore September 29th. “We will be dedicating the new state-of-the-art facility and celebrating our long-standing and vital business and industry partners who continue to support our workforce development training programs.”
Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Apollo’s Memorial Garden which is located in front of the main building. Superintendent Wells will kick off the event with opening remarks followed by a flag raising. Representatives from each of Apollo’s 11 associate school bands will then play The Star Spangled Banner. After the ribbon cutting, participants will move indoors to see the unveiling of the Partner Wall. Dr. Jon Rockhold, retired Apollo Superintendent and current Apollo Educational Foundation President will introduce our corporate sponsors. Their generous donations to the Foundation will fund post-secondary scholarships for our high school and adult learners for many years to come.
Apollo graduate Paul Crow, President/CEO of Tuttle Services, Inc., and a corporate sponsor for scholarships, will add his remarks and introduce the sub-contractors who will be participating in the individual lab ribbon cuttings immediately following the program. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility and view a multitude of hands-on activities showcasing the new technologies within career fields and STEM courses.
The project began June 2, 2014 and consisted of seven phases. It was a unique challenge as construction occurred while school was in session. “Our communities are going to succeed by preparing our youth and adults with the workforce skills needed by our local employers,” says Jeff Sprague, President, Allen Economic Development Group. “The partnerships Apollo has built over the past 40 years and this new facility positions our community for extraordinary opportunities…we are excited about the community-wide investment in Apollo and the future for all of us.”