CTC adopts professional dress code

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, students at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center will be showing their school pride with new sets of uniforms specific to their particular program of study.

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, students at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center will be showing their school pride with new sets of uniforms specific to their particular program of study.

Uniforms will help convey school and civic pride –

Story by Patricia Beech –
Photo by Mark Carpenter –

School uniforms usually associated with private and parochial  schools, are now gradually making their way into career- centered  schools across the country.  This year students and staff at the Adams  County Career and Technical Center will join the growing number of  vocational schools who have adopted uniform programs.
“These aren’t traditional polo-and-khaki school uniforms as people  usually think of them,” said Jason Vesey,principal at the CTC. “They’re industry standard  uniforms, they’re program-specific, and they’re designed to be  identical to what professionals in the industry would wear when they’re on the job.”
Students and staff are required to wear the uniforms Monday through Thursday. Street clothes may be worn on Fridays unless there  are specific school functions that prohibit it. “If the students have  a special event on Friday, or if they’re going out into the community, or if the program instructors request it, they will wear the  uniforms,” said Vesey.
Uniform basics include polo shirts and t-shirts featuring the  school’s Pioneer mascot. Each student will be issued four color-coded  shirts specific to their program of study, free of charge.
“Each  program’s uniforms will be a different color to help identify students  by their field of study,” said Vesey. “Students will also be given the  option to purchase additional clothing, such as hoodies, hats, and  jackets in their program’s color, with their logo.”
According to Vesey, the uniform policy was generated by the school’s advisory committee which includes local business and industry  leaders.  “After the first of the year we met with the committee to  discuss the programs and what they need to do to remain current and to  improve,” said Vesey. “One of the suggestions brought to us from  multiple advisory committees was that our students should be noticed  in the community as representatives of our school. Other vocational schools and  Career Centers have uniforms for their students, and the committee  thought since our kids go out into the community to work, uniforms  would step up our game.”
After researching several uniform providers, the school chose Aramark  Uniform Services.
“It would be difficult for a local mom and pop t-shirt store to  provide this kind of service because we’re looking at real  industry-standard uniforms, and to do it on a massive scale and have  any kind of cost reduction we felt we needed to go with a nationally  known outfit,” added Vesey. “We spent some time investigating where we  could get the best bang for our dollar, and Aramark was the company we  finally settled on. They really went out of their way to meet us and make this project take off.”
The Ohio Valley School Board provided funds to jump start the  uniform policy in its first year, but going forward, the CTC will be  required to sustain the program.
“We have several fund-raising ideas to help meet sustainability costs,  and that process will start at the beginning of the school year,” said  Vesey. “We’re grateful to the board and Mr. Seas for agreeing that  this is a great thing and helping us to get it started. We’re already  thinking about how we’re going to make our purchases next year.”
Parents of CTC students will have an opportunity to ask questions  about the program on Back-to-School night, Thursday,  Aug. 11 at the  CTC.
“We’re trying to get the word out,” said Vesey. “This is a new program  and there’s going to be challenges and questions. We’re asking our  students and parents to work with us as we go through the growing  pains of this process, and we’re hoping it will be popular with  families because it will mean they have to buy fewer clothes.”
The school will begin taking uniform orders during Back to School Night.  Vesey said the school will also make t-shirts available for  sell to the public.
“We’re hoping to show our pride in the CTC by having our colors and  logo out there in the community,” he said. “And it’s also a way to  help us sustain our uniform program.”
Information about the uniform program can be found on the CTC Facebook  page. “It’s been the most shared and tagged post on our page,” said  Vesey. “I think we’re more than ready to take on this challenge and sustain it in the future.”


  1. BELVA ANN HART August 10, 2016 9:22 am

    Personally I agree with this action
    .It will give the student that is serious about having a jump start on learning about their chosen career it will also prepare them for the regonation that they are proud to be doing so.

  2. sue August 10, 2016 9:37 am

    Several of the program have been required to wear a career uniform that ID’s them to their program.Ex.Cosmetology and Nursing. Great idea that all will do the same. Word of suggestion after many years of some students not wanting to follow class rules. Put the responsibilities PD Mon. Thurs. Uniform on students. If just one didn’t wear required uniform shoes and all. Friday casual day was not done for any in class. No surprise they won’t forget again. LOL. Have a great year. Retired Employee.

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