LIMA - Apollo Career Center will hold its first annual Apollopalooza on Jan. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7p.m., to kick-off National Career and Technical Education Month, which runs through February. Apollopalooza will showcase both the high school and adult education programs. The event is free and open to the public.

"Because Apollo is not a traditional high school or college, and because adults and high school students are being trained during the day and evening, Apollo is opening up the building, for the public to see and experience what Apollo students learn everyday," said Dana Dukes Norton, community relations liaison.

For over 35 years, Apollo has provided workforce development to thousands of adult and high school students in a 610 square mile district. The training and programs offered, as well as the equipment and technology used, has changed dramatically since the doors opened to the first classes.

"This is an opportunity for the community, students interested in attending, adult and high school, alumni, and current students, to see, explain and showcase the value of having a training facility like Apollo in the Allen County area," Dukes Norton offered.

Apollo instructors and students will showcase their skills to the public, but the public will also be able to learn through various seminars, demonstrations, how-to sessions, and simulations provided by instructors and current students. Attendees will have the chance to win a three night, two-person stay at Myrtle Beach courtesy of Clear Channel. Anyone 18 and over is eligible for the drawing (excluding Apollo staff and immediate family). In addition to the trip giveaway, Droid tablets have been donated for prospective high school students to win.

To learn more about the specific activities at Apollopalooza, including an Alumni VIP Room, a live broadcast from KISS 93.9, free Biggby coffee, snacks, and helpful seminars and how-to sessions, visit, call 419.998.2947, or Like us on Facebook.