Students learn about job opportunities in the skilled trades
Representatives from five local school districts, three joint vocational schools, and the North Point Educational Service Center last week joined with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (OCIC) and United Way in Ottawa County to tour four manufacturing companies throughout the county.
In a OCIC press release, a spokesperson stated the program was designed to give school leadership and guidance counselors a first-hand look at local manufacturing operations and provide a better understanding of career paths and opportunities in the skilled trades.
ARES, Inc. (Port Clinton), Custom Glass Solutions by Guardian (Millbury), Materion-Brush, Inc. (Elmore), and United States Gypsum Company (Gypsum) hosted 30 participants, provided plant tours and discussed employment needs and the expectations employers have when looking to hire individuals.
“Skilled trade jobs are on the rise in our region and finding individuals with the education and skill sets to fill these jobs is becoming increasingly difficult,” commented Shelly Lizyness, director of human resources at Materion-Brush, Inc. “The opportunity for Materion-Brush to meet with local educators to show what our company has to offer students is critical to our company and our future workforce.”
“There are jobs within the county and the region that are becoming more and more difficult to fill. Industrial electricians and qualified welders are just two areas in demand,” said Jamie Beier Grant, director of the OCIC.
The Council of Retail Merchants and the Golden Buckeye Program have joined the state’s new falls prevention initiative STEADY U Ohio to provide education and resources to retailers to make their businesses fall-free zones to better accommodate an aging population.
Retailers can visit steadyu.ohio.gov to learn how to identify issues with floors, stairs, lighting and housekeeping. Also tips are provided on how to provide seating for long lines and empower staff to offer assistance to customers who appear to be having trouble getting around .
The right thing
Samsen Furniture recently held its annual food drive holiday sale to encourage giving during the holiday season. Customers brought in cash and canned goods and received an extra sale discount. A total of $1307 was raised to benefit the following food panties--Oregon Christmas Food Basket Committee, Ottawa County Holiday Bureau and the Toledo NW Ohio Food Bank.
This holiday season, Fifth Third Bank will make a minimum one cent per transaction donation to Stand Up To Cancer for every qualifying purchase over $5 using a Fifth Third credit or debit card. The promotion goes until December 31.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will hold its monthly meeting Friday, Dec. 20, 7:15 a.m. at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital. For info, call 419-693-9999
The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized four members who symbolize the organization’s mission. They were: Linda Smith-Bronowski, 2013 Chamber Bright Star; Dave Grosjean, Outstanding Community Support (Group); Neil Ammons, homecoming committee chair, awarded Community Services Project of the Year and Ellen Bergman, Outstanding Community Support (Individual).