Getting the buy-in from the schools is crucial to having a successful workforce development system. In 2013 school superintendents, principals, and guidance counselors were invited on a bus tour to area manufacturers to learn about available careers, sought skill sets, and earning potential. In 2019, the SCEDC brought back the bus tours for area superintendents, principals, guidance counselors and teachers/coaches of influence and included stops within the manufacturing, healthcare and agriculture industries. The SCEDC will continue to work with partners to offer bus tours when needed in future years.
THINK SANDUSKY COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
THINK SANDUSKY COUNTY BUS TOUR
THINK MANUFACTURING CAREER SHOWCASE
Since the first showcase in 2014, over 4,000 ninth-grade students participated in this hands-on event. Representatives from local businesses share with students how workplace skills will help them succeed in an innovative, yet highly technical industry, and reacquaint youth with the process of designing and building products, through hands-on activities. The event educates attendees about the varied career opportunities that are available to them in manufacturing and about the companies that call Sandusky County home.
THINK SANDUSKY COUNTY JUNIOR/SENIOR JOB FAIR
SCEDC and partners have held a job fair each spring since 2017 for graduating seniors and juniors. The goal of this initiative is to connect students with Sandusky County employers. It’s important for the students to attend the event, whether the students will be going directly into the workforce, simply looking for a summer job, job shadowing experience or internship or furthering their education.
BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
The SCEDC’s Sandusky County Business Advisory Council is a committee that was formed in 2018 and meets quarterly in the months of February, May, August, and November. The BAC is a great forum to communicate the workforce development programs that we have in Sandusky County with superintendents and companies from our top industry sectors. The companies in the Council help guide the schools in what workforce ready curriculum should be taught to students. The schools, in turn, are able to communicate what they are faced with from the Ohio Board of Education and how that trickles down to the local level.
THINK SANDUSKY COUNTY TEACHER MANUFACTURING BOOTCAMP
SCEDC along with North Point Educational Service Center, held the first THINK Sandusky County Teacher Manufacturing Bootcamp in June of 2019 for 24 educators from the Sandusky County School Districts. These educators gained first-hand experience about rewarding careers available in manufacturing in Sandusky County by touring 6 facilities and creating a presentation on how the information they learned would then be implemented into their curriculums in the classroom. In return, the educators received 3 graduate credit hours from Ashland University. The goal of the bootcamp is for educators to learn about good-paying jobs/careers available in these industries and the skills students will need to be successful in securing and retaining these positions and return share that message with their students.