Check Out Corey's Story

College Isn't for All APS Students
Posted on 08/13/2019
Image of Corey PettitThe perfect fit: Akron grad finds passion within industry hungry for skilled workers

The day of Corey Pettit’s backyard graduation party it rained on and off. But the northern Ohio spring drizzle never dampened the celebration.

The mood was one of joy and success. Sweet success. Eighteen-year-old Corey was graduating from Akron Public Schools and was excited to be done.

Surrounded by 200 family members, friends and mentors, Corey was celebrating with the people who helped him accomplish his goals, and one goal that he checked off his list was finding employment immediately following high school.

“I never wanted to attend college. I did not want any more time sitting in a classroom,” Corey says. With three older sisters who pursued post-secondary degrees, still paying off student debt, Corey knew that wasn’t in his future.

Thanks to Akron Public Schools Online, he was able to follow his own path and take general classes remotely during high school, working on credits at his own pace. Read more here >>.

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