A step to success – Sidney Daily News
SIDNEY – Twelve local seniors took a big step towards their future careers in Shelby County on Wednesday morning.
“This is the first year of what will hopefully be an annual event where we will see senior graduates who have made a career decision in their life that could change their lives forever in terms of growth, ‘opportunities and success,’ Mick Given, president of the Shelby County Workforce Partnership, said. “That’s what it’s all about – students, families, and just exposing our graduating young adults to careers that will hopefully last a lifetime.”
The Workforce Partnership of Shelby County was formed in 2013 after breaking out of the economic development group; The Workforce Partnership originally partnered with 20 Shelby County businesses. Since 2013, that number has grown to 45 companies, all locally owned and operated, that create opportunities for senior graduates to enter the workforce in the career of their choice fresh out of high school. The partnership focuses on students in grades seven through 12 and focuses on promoting workforce readiness skills.
On Wednesday, May 25, 12 local seniors who participate in the Workforce Partnership signed contracts with local businesses to start working in their career field upon graduation. Students include: Zane Cline, from Sidney High School, who signed with Air Handling Inc.; Doug Ellison, of Houston High School and Upper Valley Career Center, who signed with Sollman Electric; Blaine Vaugh, of Sidney High School, who signed with Electro-Controls; Andrew Henderson, of Sidney High School and Upper Valley Career Center, who signed with Ferguson Construction Company; Christopher Fritz, of the Upper Valley Career Center, who signed with Ferguson Construction Company; Malaina Little, of Fairlawn High School, who signed with Wilson Health; Kyle Francis, of Jackson Center High School and Upper Valley Career Center, who signed with Lochard Inc.; Carson Roesser of Sidney High School, who signed with Cornerstone Building Brands; Jhyston Malveaux, of Sidney High School, who signed with Cornerstone Building Brands; Reis Macy, of Sidney High School and Upper Valley Career Center, who signed with Panel Control Inc.; Lysh Maurer, of Christian Academy, who signed with Wells Brothers Inc.; and Wesley Davidson of Sidney High School, who signed with Slagle Mechanical Contractors.
Fritz, who is studying construction technology at the Upper Valley Career Center and begins his career with Ferguson on June 6, learned more about the opportunities available to him through the Workforce Partnership.
“It helped me realize the steps I need to take to get to the career I wanted. They helped me meet the people I needed, helped me get an interview and a job offer,” Fritz said. “I had help going through foster care, and now I have help finding a job.”
For Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, the importance of programs like the Workforce Partnership is to prepare young people in Ohio for success and prepare them for the workforce.
“No matter what you choose in life, it’s important to choose wisely, and today we celebrate wise choices and great partnerships between employers, educators, families and students who have made wise choices when ‘they were in high school to learn the skills they need to lead, work and live their version of the American dream, debt-free,” Husted said. “Today we celebrate you, and Governor DeWine and I offer you our congratulations.”
Strengthening Ohio’s workforce has been a major focus for Husted, who is the director of the governor’s office of workforce transformation and has helped strengthen programs like as the TechCred program, Ohio to Work and OhioMeansJobs.com. In addition to this, the Office of Workforce Transformation is offering the Industry Sector Partnership Grant for Partnerships to help fund collaboration between businesses, education and training providers and organizations. other community leaders who are invested in improving their region’s workforce.
The Workforce Partnership of Shelby County received a $250,000 Industry Sector Partnership (ISP) ‘Accelerant’ grant in the first round of the ISP grant program to focus on building a labor pool operates in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and transportation sectors.
“This community is special because you have 45 industries that are getting students into the workforce and to succeed,” Husted said. “It’s as important as anything we do well with education and job skills, because it opens up the right opportunity. Governor DeWine and I are proud to support this effort and are proud to support students who are hopeful, self-efficacy, and can begin their version of the American dream.
Air Handling Inc. owner Kurt Barhorst, front left, shakes hands with Sidney High graduate Zane Cline. Cline committed to joining Air Handling Inc. after graduating from Sidney High School. Standing in the back row are, from left, Workforce Partnership Career Coach Kelly Edwards, Sidney High School Principal Greg Snyder, Jeff Pleiman, Air Handling Inc. and Lt. -Governor John Husted. Barhorst signed the pledge on Wednesday, May 25.
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