Clinton County ‘School and Community Connections’ Resource Guide now online


By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com



In an effort to connect local employers with youth and adults in the community, the new Clinton County “School and Community Connections” Resource Guide lists many willing guest speakers from businesses.

The Clinton County Workforce Development initiative collected the information for the resource guide from local businesses, organizations, and schools to better connect them and residents around workforce development aims.

For example, local educators are able to go to the resource guide and see which local businesses offer “job shadowing,” plus who to contact to make it happen.

Likewise, local employers are able to find out which schools are interested in having its teachers/educators and students take part in on-site business tours. The resource guide also will ease workforce opportunities like internships and apprenticeships.

“This guide is a working document that will be updated regularly as contacts, interests, and availability change,” said Dessie Rogers, executive director of the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce.

You can access the Resource Guide by going to the chamber’s website and clicking on “Workforce Development Roundtable” at the top of the homepage.

Guest speakers from businesses would speak to students about the industry and career pathways available within a business during a classroom or Career Day event.

Job shadowing involves students spending time following a professional as she or he works. By observing the professional for anywhere from a few hours to several weeks, students can get a better understanding of the particular career.

The Clinton County Workforce Development initiative, launched in late June, is a joint effort of the Clinton County Port Authority, OhioMeansJobs | Clinton County, Southern Ohio Educational Service Center, and the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

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By Gary Huffenberger

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