Over 500 9th-grade students from Benton-Carroll-Salem, Port Clinton, Woodmore, Danbury, and Put-In-Bay High Schools, as well as North Point ESC, attended the first and uniquely programmed career showcase event entitled “Discover where your talents can take you”. The event was targeted toward fostering student interest in local employers and careers. Organized by the Ottawa County Business Advisory, hosted by the Civilian Marksmanship Program and sponsored by numerous Ottawa County Businesses the event was the part of an ongoing multi-county initiative to increase communication and partnership between schools and businesses.
The collaborative effort between private sector and education set the stage for students to engage with sixteen companies and learn about career opportunities that exist in the same communities where they live, play, and learn. The companies were able to engage students in different activities that demonstrated the skill sets necessary to excel in a broad cross section of careers, including CNC, culinary/hospitality, electrical, engineering, emerging healthcare, machine operation, maintenance, and welding (among others).
Speaking in regard to a student who had been intently participating in the numerous activities of a particular company, Todd Buck, Assistant Principal at Port Clinton High School noted that the student had been difficult to engage in the classroom, yet while interacting with the companies he was not only engaged, but inquisitive and excited…maybe this young man found a career path in his own backyard.