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Ohio Means Jobs prepares Perry students for the working world

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Ohio Means Jobs hosted a group of Perry students to help shape them for the workforce. Ohio Means Jobs hosted a group of Perry students to help shape them for the workforce.
While the field trip might be over, students will meet with their job coaches once a week to help find part time work now and help start their careers when they’re ready. While the field trip might be over, students will meet with their job coaches once a week to help find part time work now and help start their careers when they’re ready.

Field trips usually give you insight to what a student may be learning in the classroom. For a few Perry High School students, they went on a field trip that prepares them for life outside the classroom.

Ohio Means Jobs hosted a group of Perry students to help shape them for the workforce

"We want to keep everyone on a good career pathway," said Joe Patton, director of Ohio Means Jobs. "Even if you’re going to college, the job you pick your senior year matters because if you’re going to be a nurse you may want to start out as an STNA and move up to an LPN or an RN. We work like that to work the career pathway."

The message to the students was letting them know opportunities are everywhere whether they are ready for work now, after high school or after college. Patton also wanted them to know right here in Lima employers want to keep local talent, local.

Students rotated between three stations. The first was branding, how it effects them and their future. The second was taking a survey to learn more how they are wired in terms of personality and what jobs would suit them. The third stop was a one on one meeting with a job coach to help build a resume.

"I feel like getting help for my personal resume to be able to go into college or go into the work force, the people here at Ohio Means Jobs, they are very good with helping you fill out the resume and getting it to the way you want to make you look professional enough for you to get that job," said Kara Hoelscher, a student at Perry High School.

Patton said this was a new experience because usually, Ohio Means Jobs speaks at a school rather than have the students come to them. He said given the time and availability he would love to continue to do this with other schools.

"It’s an exciting time when you’re a senior, you don’t know what you’re doing," Patton said. "I think if we can help guide some folks in a direction that they maybe didn’t know they could go, that excites me that we can keep them in our community."

While the field trip might be over, students will meet with their job coaches once a week to help find part time work now and help start their careers when they’re ready.

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