Laurel Oaks dresses for success


On stage at the show are, from left, Jacob Dalton (Fairfield), Justin Rohrich (Blanchester), Nate Butler (East Clinton), Jared McKeever (Hillsboro), Kobe Ford (Wilmington) and master of ceremonies Kristen Hauer.

WILMINGTON — Students from the Laurel Oaks Career Campus were the models in a recent fashion show at the campus where they wore the latest fashions available from stores at Tanger Outlets in nearby Jeffersonville.

CareerX, a skills-focused program for special needs students designed to assist them in making career choices, hosted the show. Models were students enrolled in CareerX, cosmetology, aviation maintenance and sports medicine and rehabilitation.

Students also acted as stage hands and handled the sound and lighting for two different shows in front of students and faculty at the Laurel Oaks Career Campus. Students from the computer service technician and networking program made a DVD of the show.

CareerX teacher Kelly Keeton and job coach Lisa Hollingsworth along with Tanger Outlets general manager Kristen E. Hauer helped produce the shows which earned rousing applause, cheers and show-ending standing ovations. Hauer was also the master of ceremonies for the shows.

CareerX students learn skills that make them immediately employable and soft skills such as interpersonal communication, office etiquette and how to dress appropriately.

Student models were Emily Loch, Justin Rohrich, Mariss Eckley, Nathaniel Butler, Alex Whaley, Alexandria Reed, Jared McKeever, Deric Schryver, Ashley Nois, Kali Renner, Alizz Davis and Kobe Ford.

Other students who helped with the show were Donna Knaub, Teri Noble, Jacob Dalton, Adrianna Moore, Jake Lindsey, Cordell Meddock, Gavin Sturgill, Ashleigh Sell and Bryce Mingo.

Participating Tanger Outlets stores were Brooks Brothers, Casual Male XL, Christopher & Banks, Haggar, Kate Spade and Wilson’s Leather.

A copy of the DVD of the program can be obtained by contacting Keeton at keetonk@greatoaks.com.

Laurel Oaks is part of Great Oaks Career Campuses and draws junior and senior students primarily from Clinton, Highland and Fayette counties. For more information about Great Oaks programs for students with disabilities, contact Tom Wheeler, manager of disability education, at wheelert@greatoaks.com or at 513-612-3652.

Information for this article was provided by Great Oaks.