“To prepare individuals of all ages for successful employment in the ever-changing workforce of the region and beyond”.

A new year at Southern Hills CTC

The calendar now reads August, and everyone in the school-world know what that means – a new school year is about to begin. In the education world we have a defined calendar that we live by, a certain ebb and flow to our lives that directly aligns to the school year. Like most beginnings, the start of a school year brings with it a level of excitement and the exhilaration of new possibilities.

This year we are prepared to welcome over 260 new high school Juniors to Southern Hills CTC and welcome back over 200 returning Seniors. While these are certainly healthy numbers, we believe we are the right option for all of these young people that have chosen to spend their final two years of high school at Southern Hills. By making the choice to come to Southern Hills, these students have decided that they want to begin the process of becoming a contributing member of society through learning a set of skills that will serve them well throughout life – regardless of where their life path takes them.

As a Joint Vocational School District, Southern Hills serves all of Brown County as well as the Bright Local School District (Whiteoak HS). Southern Hills CTC is comprised of students from our six associate high schools: Eastern Brown, Fayetteville, Georgetown, Ripley, Western Brown and Whiteoak High Schools. Our school board is made up of one representative from each of the six associate school districts and one member from the Brown County ESC.

At Southern Hills we prepare high school students and adults for the workforce of our region and beyond. The workforce demands of today are very diverse and the skill-sets needed to be successful range from professional degrees to industry credentials. The students that leave Southern Hills are prepared to go any route they desire. We have articulation agreements with a large number of colleges, allowing high school students to leave SHCTC after two years with a diploma, a Career Technical certification and up to 30 college semester hours.

In addition to our Career Center in Georgetown, serving high school Juniors and Seniors, Southern Hills also provides Career Tech courses in a “satellite” setting at all six of our associate districts. These are career technical education courses being taught from grades 7 – 12. Some of our satellite offering include: Information Technologies, Agriculture Education, Business and Engineering.

In addition to offering classes for students in grades 7-12, we also offer career exploration activities for the elementary students in our six associate districts. At the other end of the learning spectrum, Southern Hills has partnered with US Grant CTC to offer adult education courses across Brown and Clermont Counties. Our Adult Education is headquartered in Mt. Orab, and operates under the name, Brown & Clermont Adult Career Campuses. If you have an adult in your life that is looking for a career change, or an opportunity to add credentials to their resume they should contact the BCACC at: (937) 378-6131 x 401 or

As time moves forward, and the marketplace changes, Southern Hills must also change and evolve. Our program offerings and curriculum are always adjusting and responding to the needs of business and industry. If you ever want to know more about Southern Hills please contact us at: (937) 378-6131 x 301 or

Kevin Kratzer,

Superintendent, Southern Hills CTC