Logan County Career Expo

Logan County Career Expo
Posted on 03/24/2022
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Indian Lake High School students are hoping to connect with local employers for jobs this summer and beyond. 

Nearly a hundred local businesses and organizations took part in the 6th Annual Logan County Career Expo at Indian Lake High School recently. Students from several Logan and Hardin County schools visited booths set up in the ILHS Main Gym, the ILHS Auxiliary Gym and the hallways nearby. 

Indian Lake senior Cayden Whitman is exploring a career in police work. He says the Expo allowed him to talk with several departments about his future. 

“I’m just trying to better myself and find out if law enforcement is for me,” Whitman continued, “I talked with Deputy Boyd from the Sheriff’s Office and I talked with Officer Morgan from the Bellefontaine Police Department and I learned a lot about how I can get my foot in the door. I could go work at the jail and be a corrections officer to start and when I turn 20 I can go to the academy.”

Besides law enforcement, several different types of industries were represented at the event including construction, financial institutions, insurance companies, health care, the armed services, outdoor industries, retail stores, agriculture-related businesses, food service and of course, manufacturing. 

At the World Class Plastics of Russells Point booth, students could use molding equipment to make a small plastic part. Like many in light manufacturing, they are in need of workers on all three shifts. 

Logan County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ben Vollrath met with students before they entered the Expo. 

He says it is still a job-seekers market by far. “All the employers here are very eager to finding people to fill part-time and full-time jobs. We pulled some data recently and there are over three-thousand jobs available within twenty miles of Bellefontaine. When we have unemployment that is hovering around 4-percent, that means there are far more openings than we even have unemployed people right now.” 

Educators encouraged students to talk with as many employers as possible. Some even participated in scheduled and on-the-spot interviews for positions that are available now. 

Vollrath says the Chamber of Commerce is also working on a gap year program for local young people in hopes of helping them find a local career that interests them.
 
The Expo was also open to adults seeking work later in the day.

This Expo is an outcome of the Logan County Collaborative. It is coordinated by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center in partnership with Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Logan County Job and Family Services, local school administrators and committee members from local businesses.

Logan County Career Expo

March 24, 2022

8:00–3:00 pm Students
3:00-5:00 pm Open to Public

Indian Lake High School 


High school is not only a stepping stone to employment, enlistment, or enrollment, but a time when teens have the opportunity to explore what interests them. The “3 E” initiative strives to create opportunities for students to have a solid grasp when they graduate if they intend to be Employed, Enlisted or Enrolled.  Finding the “E” that fits their goals and passion is an important step. A successful future is fueled by Career exploration in high school. Area high school students have been invited to participate in the 6th Annual Logan County Career Expo on Thursday, March 24th, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. hosted by Indian Lake High School. This educational opportunity will be attended by many juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine City, Benjamin Logan Local, Indian Lake Local, Kenton City, Ridgemont Local, Riverside Local, & Upper Scioto Valley Schools. Representatives from approximately 90 local businesses, industries, & the military will be showcasing what opportunities they have to offer. The public is invited to attend the Career Expo from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. to explore job offerings. Each school will attend the Expo during a prearranged time block. During the Expo, students will have the opportunity to interact and interview with representatives with many different career opportunities available now and in the future. Onsite students interested in the military will be provided the opportunity to speak with recruiters. This Expo is an outcome of the Logan County Collaborative. It is coordinated by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center in partnership with Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Logan County Job and Family Services, local school administrators and committee members from local businesses. For more information, please contact Karen Sorreles at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, 599-5195 ext. 5506 or Lydia Hess at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce 937-599-5121.

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Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future. 

She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and even signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has any openings during the Third Annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School Friday. 

“I’m thinking about going into production right away, like Honda through Adecco, so I can make good money, rise up and go on and get my degree,” Johnson said.  

Johnson was just one of nearly a thousand local students who took part in the Expo, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem High Schools, along with Indian Lake, got the chance to meet with representatives from 55 local companies that are looking to hire. 

The Expo kicked off with a panel of experts on unmanned vehicles detailing jobs of the future in  the US 33 corridor. Then students were able to talk with workforce representatives in the main gym and auxiliary gym, plus interview for positions in another conference room. 

MRESC Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles says in the event’s third year, organizers made a few changes to help students and businesses more easily connect. 

“We categorized them this year where one was STEM, one had business and entrepreneurship, and the other was health and human services. We encouraged the students, even if they know the career they want to go into, to visit all the areas.”

Students were even able to try out equipment like the Bellefontaine Police Department’s impaired driving goggles and a table top injection molding machine at the World Class Plastics display. 

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Daily Operations Erin Henry says more than 700 jobs are available in Logan County right now. 

“They range anywhere from food service, to retail, to industry, to even college degreed positions. An event like this helps fill all those voids. It may not be immediate employment, but it builds relationships and connections and introduces students to everything we have here in Logan County.” 

Meantime, Johnson is eager to enter the world of work for one of these employers. 

“I could start in April. I hope I have options to choose from.”

 

Photo 1: Dave Weisniewski from World Class Plastics helps ILHS Senior Sam Roach work with the tabletop injection molding machine. 

Photo 2: ILHS Seniors Darrian Dorsey and Aubrey Johnson sign up for employment 

emails from Honda with help from Michelle Stout from the Honda East Liberty plant. 

Photo 3: The Third Annual Logan County Career Expo in the main gym at ILHS. 

Photo 4: ILHS Senior Aubrey Johnson interviews with a local business at the Logan County Career Expo. 

Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future. 

She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and even signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has any openings during the Third Annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School Friday. 

“I’m thinking about going into production right away, like Honda through Adecco, so I can make good money, rise up and go on and get my degree,” Johnson said.  

Johnson was just one of nearly a thousand local students who took part in the Expo, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem High Schools, along with Indian Lake, got the chance to meet with representatives from 55 local companies that are looking to hire. 

The Expo kicked off with a panel of experts on unmanned vehicles detailing jobs of the future in  the US 33 corridor. Then students were able to talk with workforce representatives in the main gym and auxiliary gym, plus interview for positions in another conference room. 

MRESC Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles says in the event’s third year, organizers made a few changes to help students and businesses more easily connect. 

“We categorized them this year where one was STEM, one had business and entrepreneurship, and the other was health and human services. We encouraged the students, even if they know the career they want to go into, to visit all the areas.”

Students were even able to try out equipment like the Bellefontaine Police Department’s impaired driving goggles and a table top injection molding machine at the World Class Plastics display. 

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Daily Operations Erin Henry says more than 700 jobs are available in Logan County right now. 

“They range anywhere from food service, to retail, to industry, to even college degreed positions. An event like this helps fill all those voids. It may not be immediate employment, but it builds relationships and connections and introduces students to everything we have here in Logan County.” 

Meantime, Johnson is eager to enter the world of work for one of these employers. 

“I could start in April. I hope I have options to choose from.”

 

Photo 1: Dave Weisniewski from World Class Plastics helps ILHS Senior Sam Roach work with the tabletop injection molding machine. 

Photo 2: ILHS Seniors Darrian Dorsey and Aubrey Johnson sign up for employment 

emails from Honda with help from Michelle Stout from the Honda East Liberty plant. 

Photo 3: The Third Annual Logan County Career Expo in the main gym at ILHS. 

Photo 4: ILHS Senior Aubrey Johnson interviews with a local business at the Logan County Career Expo.