Area employers are in the market to attract quality workers, while local students are looking for job opportunities and beyond.
Both came together at the March 14 annual Logan County Career Expo at Indian Lake High School, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, the Logan County Collaborative and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Nearly 60 local businesses were set up in the main gym and auxiliary gym, grouped into categories such a manufacturing, STEM related, health and human services, law enforcement, food service and more. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine City Schools, Benjamin Logan, Calvary Christian, Indian Lake, Ohio Hi-Point, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem attended the event in shifts throughout the day.
Megan Cauley of the Logan County Department of Job and Family Services gave an opening presentation before students entered the expo. She says there’s a plethora of jobs available at this time.
“In every industry you can imagine, whether it’s medical or automotive manufacturing, even clerical, which is typically hard to come by, there’s many, many jobs throughout the area.”
Aubrey Griggs of Plasti-Pak in Jackson Center confirms it is an “employees market.” The team from Plasti-Pak brought a demo machine to attract students to their booth demonstrating how they make plastic packaging for detergent and more.
Griggssaid to students, “We pay very well for the area. We’re also a very stable industry.”
Students were able to talk with business representatives, fill out employment applications and even interview for available positions or summer employment.
Indian Lake senior Justin Collins interviewed for two different positions and is pleased with his prospects.
“My interviews both went very well. I’m hoping that scheduling works out with both places for wherever I go to college next year.”
Meantime, senior Dakota McKinnon was excited to talk with representatives from the Logan County Engineer’s Office.
“I’m going to the University of Akron next year to study mechanical engineering, so I’m hoping for solid opportunities and connections before I go.”
Cauley said feedback from local businesses indicates that young people should practice their interview skills to effectively talk about their abilities and interests.
This is the fourth year for the Logan County Career Expo at Indian Lake High School.
Photo 4: Indian Lake Junior Alexis Clem speaks with a representative from Mary Rutan Hospital.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.