Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future.
She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has openings during the third annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School on March 16.
“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 one of nearly 1,000 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 driverless vehicles detailing jobs of the future in the U.S. 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 could 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.”
Submitted by he Indian Lake school district.