From career center to city hall: with the building blocks provided by the Polaris Career Center, Michael Ciaravino has constructed a very successful career and become a leader of his community.In 1979, Michael Ciaravino entered the carpentry program at Polaris Career Center Polaris Career Center is a vocational school located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, USA. It works in conjunction with the 11th and 12th grade students from the Berea, Brooklyn, Fairview, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, and Strongsville school districts. in Middleburg Heights, Ohio Middleburg Heights is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 15,542 at the 2000 census. Geography
Middleburg Heights is located at (41.366725, -81.808893)GR1. , a suburb southwest of Cleveland. At the time, Ciaravino was a junior at Midpark High School Midpark High School is a public high school located at 7000 Paula Drive in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, southwest of Cleveland, Ohio. It is part of the Berea City School District, along with Berea High School. , one of seven local high schools Polaris serves.
While he had an interest in gaining construction industry knowledge, Ciaravino was not particularly fond of academics. That changed while he was in the Polaris program, however; Ciaravino not only sharpened sharp·en
tr. & intr.v. sharp·ened, sharp·en·ing, sharp·ens
To make or become sharp or sharper.
sharp his technical skills, but he thrived in the hands-on learning environment of career and technical education, which provided him with immediate feedback. His success at Polaris also helped him build the confidence needed to take on tougher challenges in his life.
After graduating in 1981, Ciaravino intended to continue in the construction trades field, but times were slow, and full-time jobs were not available. However, the self-assurance he gained at Polaris gave him the incentive to further his education.
Financing his studies with a variety of construction jobs, Ciaravino entered Cuyahoga Community College, and then went on to John Carroll University The university is organized into three schools including two undergraduate colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences and the Boler School of Business, and one graduate school, each defining its own academic programs under the auspices of the Academic Vice President. , where he obtained his bachelor's degree. While at John Carroll John Carroll may be:
Ciaravino went on to become an attorney and a magistrate in private practice, as well as a city prosecutor and assistant law director for the City of Maple Heights Maple Heights, city (1990 pop. 27,089), Cuyahoga co., NE Ohio; inc. 1932. It is chiefly a residential suburb of Cleveland, with major shopping centers and an industrial park. (a suburb east of Cleveland).
Throughout his career, Ciaravino's skills in carpentry and construction have proved to be an asset in trials involving tradespeople trades·peo·ple
1. People engaged in retail trade.
2. Skilled workers.
Noun 1. tradespeople - people engaged in trade . He has used the success that he began building at Polaris Career Center to attain many professional and personal goals. In November of 2003, he added another impressive title to his resume when he was elected the mayor of Maple Heights.
Career and technical education has often provided its students with technical skills and sometimes their first true appreciation and love for academic learning. It has helped them build the confidence necessary to become true leaders in their communities and has opened many doors for them. For Michael Ciaravino, career and technical education provided many of these gifts and opened many doors. One of those doors was the one to City Hall.
Doug Miller is a marketing and communications specialist with the Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. He can be contacted at dmiller@ polaris.edu.
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