Ohio Means Jobs - Allen County is bringing job coaches to local schools

Ohio Means Jobs - Allen County is partnering with local schools to help prepare their students for life after graduation.

Through Ohio Means Jobs - Allen County, all ten high schools in Allen County plus Apollo Career Center will have a job coach available for four hours of the school week. It will be an opportunity for students to get some face time with people who can help them start or further their careers.

"This way it's one on one," says Ohio Means Jobs - Allen County Director Joe Patten. "Even if you're a high school senior who just wants a part time job, they'll be able to connect with that job coach. We work with over 500 employers now. We know what it takes to apply to Proctor and Gamble or to Husky. We can help drive them to the career path they want to go to.

The program spawned off of Link Lima's Home Field Advantage program. It is meant to be a good resource for students who are unable or unwilling to go to college, to show them there are other paths they can take.

"Those kids think they have to go to college but they can enter the workforce right away if they want to," says Scott Gephart, principal for Spencerville High School. "Joe [Patten] says there's a lot of jobs at the tank plant and other companies here in Allen County that kids don't know about. Having a job coach out there once a week will help kids with building resumes, preparing them for that next step in their lives and their careers."

Students will also have the opportunity to gain a good foundation for financial literacy through the program as well as other life skills.

Job coaches will be available in the schools starting the week of September 10, 2018.

STUDENTS WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR FINANCIAL LITERACY THROUGH THE PROGRAM, AS WELL AS OTHER LIFE SKILLS.