Penta Career Center adheres to an “open admission” policy. Penta Career Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or disadvantaged status and follows affirmative action policies. The career center provides accommodations for students who self-identify to have special needs. Students may indicate their needs during the initial enrollment meeting or anytime throughout the school year, provided they have the necessary documentation.
- Please note, certain
programs will require a background check before being accepted into the
program. The purpose of this is to make sure students can perform in
off-site clinical or observations that may be a part of the class requirements.
To enroll in one of Penta Career Center’s occupational training programs, the applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid photo ID.
If the applicant does not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma, he or she is encouraged to enroll in one of Penta Career Center’s ASPIRE classes. Once the applicant has attained the high school equivalency diploma, he or she is encouraged to re-apply to an occupational post-secondary training program of their choice.
To enter an occupation program at Penta Career Center and to
receive Federal Student Aid funds, the applicant must be qualified to study at
the postsecondary level. The applicant qualifies if he or she meets the following
- Has a valid high
- Has the High School Equivalency Diploma
- Has completed a valid home-schooling program at the secondary level
- Is otherwise eligible
as mandated by the State of Ohio
If the US Department of Education or Penta Career Center questions the validity of the applicant’s high school credentials, the institution will first check the “Unacceptable Proof of Graduation” list. If the applicant’s high school is on that list it will be judged as unacceptable. If the applicant’s high school is not on that list, but the institution still questions the validity of the high school credential, a transcript will be requested from the high school showing courses completed and passed. If the applicant’s credentials are still in question, the Ohio Department of Education will be contacted to ascertain if the high school is approved by the state.
All applicants must have completed secondary education (high school or equivalent) to be eligible for Federal Student Aid funds (Pell Grants). If the applicant’s diploma is from a foreign country, he or she must follow the special procedures outlined below:
- Have the diploma
translated into English
- Once the diploma has
been translated into English, it must be reviewed by a credential evaluator to determine
if it is equivalent to a US Diploma.
See the NACES website (https://www.naces.org/) for a list of evaluators
who belong to The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. This
list is for comparison only. Penta Career Center does not recommend one agency
above another. Evaluators do charge for this service and it can take several
weeks, so be sure to follow these procedures early in the enrollment process.
Fees & Tuition:
Refer to the Penta Career Center Adult Post-Secondary Course
brochure for specific fees and tuition costs, as each course varies. The Course
brochure is available in print and online at the Penta Career Center Adult
Post-Secondary Education website: http://www.pentacareercenter.org/Programs.aspx
Class Schedules &
See the current Penta Career Center Adult Post-Secondary Course
Brochure for the School Calendar and specific program start dates and
class times. Students will also be given a complete program calendar at their
All applicants are required to complete Enrollment and
Registration Forms prior to acceptance as well as provide their high school
diploma (or equivalent) and a photo ID. All applicants will be required to
attend a New Student Orientation before the start of class or on the first day
Penta Career Center reserves the right to cancel or delay the
opening of any program that has less than sufficient enrollees. All tuition
will be returned in full if program cancellation is required.
A student is considered withdrawn on the date the student
notifies the career center official. If the student submits their request by
sending a letter or email to a career center official, the withdrawal date is
the date the letter or email is received. The career center also may use the
last day of participation in an academically related activity for the purpose
of the return of funds calculation.
In the event a student does not commence class, withdraws, is dismissed (see 3.12 Dismissal Policy), or drops out of their program of training, tuition cost is subject to refund pursuant to the following guidelines:
- Withdrawal BEFORE start of program = 100% REFUND
- Withdrawal AFTER start of program = NO REFUND
No refund will be issued for overpayments of $5.00 or less.
Students who withdraw or are dismissed from a program must return all books,
supplies, and toolkits in working condition. Students who fail to return these
items in working condition will be charged for all applicable items.
If tuition and fees are collected in advance of the start date of a program that is canceled by Penta Career Center, 100% of the tuition collected will be refunded. The refund shall be made within 45 days of the program's planned start date.
Credit for Previous
Penta Career Center does not evaluate and accept credit or clock hours from other institutions nor award credit for previous learning for the adult post-secondary programs.
Enrolled students may transfer from one Penta Career Center program to another only during the first week of the program. Additional tuition may apply.
Class Schedules &
Program schedules will be distributed during orientation (the first day of the program). The current calendar is on the last page of this handbook. Also, the current school year calendar is on the Penta Career Center Adult Post-Secondary Education Website.
- Please note, calendars
are subject to minor changes based on the discretion of Penta Career Center
and/or the instructor.