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Vocational Training

George Junior Republic students, grades 9-12, are eligible for admission to the Career and Technical Center. Students must be at least 14 years of age, and are admitted regardless of grades and/or test scores. Students are assigned to vocational shops according to their skill competencies to be learned, and their expressed choice on a priority basis. This competency based program which allows new students to enroll weekly, is built around the requirements of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

Due to the transient student population these programs were designed to allow students to work at different paces within each instructional area. Students in GJR's vocational programs must receive large amounts of individual attention to meet their needs.

Career and Technical Center programs are adapted to meet the specific needs of students, by teaching single skills. Based on the school’s historic post placement statistical data, it is estimated that fifteen percent (15%) of the students, who enroll at George Junior Republic’s Career and Technical Center, continue their education at a Career and Technical School in their home district. Of these students, it is estimated that twenty-five percent (25%) have full-time employment utilizing single skills learned. Additionally, an estimated fifty percent (50%) continue to pursue some type of post secondary vocational training and/or work experience program. Vocational guidance services and job placement services are provided by the Barnes School guidance department and by George Junior Republic staff members.

The programs of the vocational school are state approved. Students who complete 75 or more hours in a vocational program will receive a certificate of completion.

Automotive Body Repair
This course presents current practices in the rapidly changing world of auto body repair. The latest approaches to modern automobile repair and reconstruction require skilled workmanship. Students in the Auto Body program learn all phases of auto body repair including Instruction of the proper use of hand and power tools, damage analysis, rebuilding, reconditioning, sanding and refinishing, basic metalworking and dent repair, frame straightening, spray painting, welding and safety practices.

Automotive Mechanics
Changes in automotive technology have increased the importance of the automotive technician. This program provides the student with the theory and practical experience needed to repair and maintain automotive systems and their components. Students in the Automotive Mechanics program learn all phases of auto mechanics including Instruction on ignition systems, tire, braking, steering and suspension, alignment, electrical and electronic systems, fuel injection, engine repair, engine performance and cooling systems.

Culinary Arts / Food Service
The Food Service program assists students who are interested in the fast-paced and ever-growing food service industry. The program offers a comprehensive presentation of basic principles and techniques necessary to obtain an entry level position in the food service industry, or to prepare for continued training and education. Students in the Food Service program learn all phases of food service including: Preparation of soups, sauces, salads, meats, poultry, vegetables, presentation, garnishing and preparation of desserts. In addition, instructional areas include safety and sanitation, proper use of equipment, inventory control, menu planning, diet and nutrition, serving and food service management.

Metal Fabrication / Welding
This is a comprehensive program designed to give students entry-level skills in the field of metal fabrication / welding. Areas of study include the techniques and fundamentals of pattern development, fabrication, design, proper use of hand and power tools, acetylene welding, acetylene cutting and gas metal arc welding (mig).

Building / Property / Maintenance / Manager
This program prepares students to enter the building trades industry with marketable skills. First year students learn how to safely operate hand and power tools. They acquire the fundamental skills and theory behind laying brick and block. The students gain knowledge of basic building materials, rough framing and basic principles of wiring and plumbing.

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
This instructional program focuses on the design, implementation and management of linked systems of computers, peripherals and associated software, and prepares individuals with the technical skills required to support networks and network users. This program includes instruction in networks technologies and standards: system design, architecture, operating systems, security, communications protocols, trouble-shooting and server optimization.

To inquire about Vocational Programs at
George Junior Republic please contact:

Jim Anderson
Vice Principal, George Junior Republic School
Grove City Area School District
Phone: (724) 458-9330