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Local Manufacturers Talk Shop with Oak Harbor High School Students

BCS skilled trades day

On November 22, representatives from ARES, Inc. of Port Clinton, Century Tool & Die of Fremont, C Nelson Manufacturing of Oak Harbor, Materion-Brush, Inc. of Elmore, Whirlpool of Clyde and Terra State Community College Skilled Trades Dept. met with more than 100 students at Oak Harbor High School to talk about skilled trades careers in local manufacturing operations, and the ability for high school students to explore and take advantage of apprenticeship programs, co-ops and certificate programs at local technical schools.

Each of the companies noted a rise in the demand for skilled trade jobs, and the quality of life those jobs provide for area families.  Jim Lippert, with Materion-Brush spoke to students about the affordability of a 2-year degree, as compared to many 4-year degrees, and that Materion-Brush has started an electrical co-op program to provide on-the-job training and experience to students in a 2-year program.  Materion-Brush is also looking at implementing a scholarship program to help pay for an employee’s education at the facility.  

Tim Myers, of Century Tool & Die shared his story of how he began with the company sweeping floors, and now is the co-owner.  He, like the other business representatives, encouraged students to participate in job shadow experiences to see the types of products being produced and the work involved in the creation.

The Skilled Trades Day was a great way to introduce our students to career opportunities available to them after graduation,” said Kim Coffman, Guidance Counselor at Oak Harbor High School.  “We were overwhelmed by the willingness and support of our local businesses to share information with our students and we hope to continue exposing them to the many opportunities available in our community.”

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