LIMA — There’s a surplus of jobs in Allen County and Ohio Means Jobs wants the next generation of workers to consider staying here. There are 1,500 jobs posted on Ohio Means Jobs for Allen County alone.
Wednesday night, at Lima Central Catholic, a representative from Ohio Means Jobs presented information on preparing students for those job opportunities.
“We are actually out in the public schools right now, getting them on Ohio Means Jobs, getting them career-ready for the future. Right now we’re trying to bring it to private schools and trying to expand where we are and help the youth here in Allen County and also help grow Allen County because those students that will get an education here will stay around,” said Rachael Reeder, a job developer/job coach with Ohio Means Jobs.
Getting students exposed to careers early is very important.
“Kids don’t know what’s out there. We can help guide them, even if it’s something they don’t need a college degree for. We can help grow their skills and get them an interview and get them up to speed on what these employers are looking for. That way our talent stays here because if these kids are going to jump out to Columbus, most likely they’ll do their internships in Columbus and they’re going to stay in Columbus, so if we can get them at Ohio Northern, Rhodes [State or] OSU-Lima, we can keep them here in Allen County, and that’s what we’re really focusing on,” said Reeder.
Unfortunately, the event was not well attended. No high school-age children attended and only four adults, besides the presenter, participated in the event.
“We actually have used Ohio Means Jobs in the classroom for the last two years. So I feel like the lack of people being here is due to them already knowing about it. So, we start with the freshmen, introducing them to Ohio Means Jobs, creating accounts and seeing what it’s all about. Then sophomore year, they dive into more of the career aspect and they’re able to find careers, answer questions and it kind of guides them towards a career where they are able to research a career fully and then write a paper about it. Junior year, we kind of focus on building a resume and getting that all in order because there’s a resume aspect on Ohio Means Jobs that our students utilize. Senior year, it kind of dives into career, college, what do you want to look at,” said Sue Janowski, school counselor.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.