Students with Career Options – Register Herald


A rewarding part of my current job is the opportunity to create experiences for Preble County students to explore career options that may be part of their future.

On September 28, many businesses in the region came together to help present and share hands-on experiences to more than 470 eighth grade students. All 16 national career poles were represented, from architecture and engineering to health sciences and even transport, distribution and logistics.

As the pictures accompanying this article show, students had different opportunities to explore careers. Over 50 businessmen and women have helped provide engaging experiences for our eighth grade students in Preble County who will soon go to high school and focus their studies to align with their career choices.

A huge thank you must be shared with the following companies and representatives for their amazing help as they engaged our Preble County youth: Co-Alliance Ag Services, BJ Price of PC Soil & Water District, Bane Welker Equipment, Shawn Conner of ODNR, Eric Gray of Dayton Ohio Area Electrical JATC, Nick Smiley of Ohio Valley Association of Builders & Contractors, Vince Irwin the Laborers State Apprenticeship Coordinator, Butler Rural Electric, Jane Wickham of Joy & Whimsy Depot, Lisa White Executive Director of PCHS and Rhonda Newsome from the PC Center for the Arts.

Also, Jim Simon from Simon Insurance Agent, Tiffany Moreland from Eaton Skyline, Amy Leedy MVCTC Adult Education, Shawn Hoff from PCESC, Lori Pheanis from LCNB, Lacey Aikman from Somerville Bank, Brad Collins and Leslie Collins – Town of Eaton, Chris Straszheim and the Kettering Medical Eaton Fire Department and EMS staff, Stephanie Garrett from the Convention / Visitors Bureau, Maria Morgan from the PCBDD, Amy Raynes from the PC Mental Health & Recovery and Shelley Ratliff from the Council on Aging.

As well as John Lay of Tech Force OnSite, Brian Pool – National Trail Technology Department, April Vanover – Fastlane, Chad Wilford and Jake Hoffman – Buckeye Ed Systems, RAMTECH Trailer – MVCTC, Kathy Clapp – Real Estate, David Kirsch – Marketing and Sales, Carly Smith – WDTN meteorologist, representatives of Parker Hannifin, Bruce Sexton of Pratt Industries and Andy Campbell – ABF Freight.

We also recently hosted an Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Day in Agricultural Science and Technology for over 450 third-grade students. Members of the five FFA sections of the county schools with support from the MVCTC helped provide materials and lessons under a grant from the Agricultural and Rural Communities Outreach Program (ARCOP) sponsored by the Ministry of Ohio Agriculture and the Ohio FFA Foundation.

At this event, grade three students learned about careers in animal and plant agriculture as well as agricultural engineering and natural resource conservation. Special thanks to Bane-Welker, Eaton’s Case-IH agricultural equipment dealer, and the Preble County Agricultural Society for their help and use of the Bullen Equestrian Center.

Both events were a great success as our community came together to help students envision their future.


450 eighth grade students participated in a career day on September 28.

450 eighth grade students participated in a career day on September 28.

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