Buckeye Career Center kicked off Career Technical Education month by inviting local community and business leaders to be “Director for a Day”
Tuesday, February 6, 2018. 10 area business and community leaders throughout BCC’s three-county territory served as directors. Attendees included Michelle Campbell from Tank Services, Jeana Munson from Progressive Foam, Mike Goodwin from the New Philadelphia Police Department, Jim Parrish from the New Philadelphia Fire Department, Al Ledrick from Wood Electric, Inc., Kevin Johns from Material Handling Specialists, Joe Klink from Provia Door, Jim Schoch from the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance, Misty Burns from the Holmes County Human Resources Department, and Bill Morgan from WJER Radio.
The program allowed area leaders to view Buckeye Career Center for an entire day while classes were in session.
“The Director for a Day program provides a window for the community to see a full-service career center in action,” explained Buckeye Career Center Superintendent Bob Alsept. “We can have tours or open houses during the evening, but our greatest strength is the interaction between the students and their instructors. We wanted to create an event that would highlight the learning that takes place at Buckeye Career Center. It is an unscripted event that gives visitors an idea of the people and programs that make Buckeye Career Center so special.”
The event also gave the guests a chance to meet employable students and experience the education career center students are receiving. “I truly believe that a strong workforce is the most positive resource for maintaining current employers and attracting new ones. We want our business and community leaders to know that we have outstanding programs that give students the skills needed to be successful. We also spend a great deal of time emphasizing the soft skills that will determine longevity and upward mobility for our graduates.” added Alsept.
The directors began the day by receiving ID badges and lanyards. They then met BCC administration, toured the facility and each visited four of Buckeye’s 33 career technical programs. The 10 guests were served a meal prepared by Culinary Arts students in the Joe Carlisle Café, and received a complimentary gift.