According to Proof Positive - the latest report on the first eight graduating classes of Timken Early College High School (TECHS) - 100% (409) of TECHS students have completed a high school diploma since 2009. A report by the Ohio Department of Higher Education
emphasizes the need for an increase in education beyond high school whether it be a certificate, training, or college degree. TECHS Seniors who graduated in 2016 are well on their way to helping the state reach its goal. A full 63% of students in the class of 2016 graduated high school with an associate degree from Stark State College.
What mindset do TECHS students have that helps them be successful? TECHS student feedback from a survey of 2016 graduates provides more of the story. Having a goal early that is nurtured and developed, as well as receiving wrap around services and support, can mean the difference between being in the game or not playing at all:
What was your goal when you applied to Early College in the 8th grade?
- I wanted to be the first in my family with a college degree and career.
- I wanted to finish with two degrees.
- I wanted to work toward becoming a college professor with a PhD.
- I wanted to be a math teacher.
What is the most powerful thing that happens at Timken Early College to support success?
- The staff and faculty at TECHS helped me to realize my goal and get back on track when I needed it.
There is help available including tutoring before and after school, a writing center, and teachers and friends who support you.
- From the first day we are expected to "push high." We were expected to do more, so we did more. They helped us and wanted us to do better.
- TECHS is family oriented. There are common challenges that drew us together. We helped each other and it was the greatest opportunity ever.
- We were not treated like kids. I don't do well when a teacher doesn't care about me as a person, that's not the case at TECHS.
Timken Early College High School Program.