(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Nearly 1,300 area students from Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Holmes Counties embarked on Buckeye Career Center during the week of March 2-6, 2020 for BCC’s annual Career Carnival.
The students were given the opportunity to select five career clusters to visit, which are designated by the Ohio Department of Education. Each BCC program falls into one of those clusters. Once in the session, students were greeted by a speaker, who is a professional in his/her industry.
“Our speakers were fantastic this year. Each person gave insight into his/her career and how they got to this particular point in his/her career journey,” said BCC Public Relations Coordinator Shyanne Carroll. “We had over 70 speakers, all with unique stories and experiences to help the visiting students narrow down careers that they might be interested in. At this age, we just want to expose them to their various options and help prepare them for the future,” she said.
The visiting students enjoyed lunch at BCC and participated in hands-on activities with Buckeye students during their lunch period. They were also treated to hands-on experiences within the cluster visits, as well.
Notable speakers included ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Tom Corey, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell, Kent State Tuscarawas Dean Brad Beilski, Ohio Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Dr. John Richard, Perci Garner with ComDoc, Gail Houglan from Allied Machine & Engineering, and many others.
Schools who visited during the Career Carnival include Strasburg, Carrollton, STAR, and home-schooled students on Monday; New Philadelphia and Tusky Valley on Tuesday; Garaway, and Claymont on Wednesday; Indian Valley, Newcomerstown, and Tuscarawas Central Catholic on Thursday; and Dover, Conotton Valley and Hiland on Friday.