Logan County Career Expo

Logan County Career Expo
Posted on 04/29/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Logan County Career Expo
ExpoExpo ExpoExpo

Students from Indian Lake High School and around the county explored possible future endeavors during the Logan County Career Expo. 

ILHS juniors and seniors travelled to the event at the Logan County Fairgrounds, which featured nearly 90 area businesses and employers. 

Students were able to talk with representatives about the kind of jobs they have available and the kind of training or education it takes to get hired. 

Some students, like ILHS junior Dylan Carter, even participated in on-the-spot interviews.

“I want to at least get some ideas of what I’d like to do for the summer and the possibility of getting a job, hopefully soon and maybe even two.” Carter continues, “It at least gives me a good basis. I’m looking at aerospace engineering, so this could give me some good work experience.”  

Indeed, nearly all the employers at the Logan County Career Expo have positions to fill. 

Logan County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ben Vollrath says with under 4-percent unemployment in our area, just about every employer in the county is actively looking for workers. 

“It’s a job-seekers market. If somebody wants a job, they should have one within a very quick period of time.”

Vollrath says he hopes the students are able to learn about local career opportunities that maybe they didn’t know were available so close to home. 

“There’s so many amazing careers and companies here in Logan County that fly under the radar that students have no idea they exist. People don’t know that we manufacture parts that go on cross bows. They don’t know that we sharpen and repair medical equipment that goes 

around the country.”

Vollrath says he hopes that the event is able to connect students who are looking to go the employed route after graduation with local employers who desperately need workers. 

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce, local high schools, the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and area employers are highlighting the “What’s Your E?” campaign at the event. The hope is that by Graduation Day, every Logan County student has either Enrolled in higher education, Enlisted in the Armed Forces or has lined up Employment with a local business. 

The annual Logan County Career Expo is sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce and Logan County Job and Family Services. 


Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future. 

She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and even signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has any openings during the Third Annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School Friday. 

“I’m thinking about going into production right away, like Honda through Adecco, so I can make good money, rise up and go on and get my degree,” Johnson said.  

Johnson was just one of nearly a thousand local students who took part in the Expo, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem High Schools, along with Indian Lake, got the chance to meet with representatives from 55 local companies that are looking to hire. 

The Expo kicked off with a panel of experts on unmanned vehicles detailing jobs of the future in  the US 33 corridor. Then students were able to talk with workforce representatives in the main gym and auxiliary gym, plus interview for positions in another conference room. 

MRESC Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles says in the event’s third year, organizers made a few changes to help students and businesses more easily connect. 

“We categorized them this year where one was STEM, one had business and entrepreneurship, and the other was health and human services. We encouraged the students, even if they know the career they want to go into, to visit all the areas.”

Students were even able to try out equipment like the Bellefontaine Police Department’s impaired driving goggles and a table top injection molding machine at the World Class Plastics display. 

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Daily Operations Erin Henry says more than 700 jobs are available in Logan County right now. 

“They range anywhere from food service, to retail, to industry, to even college degreed positions. An event like this helps fill all those voids. It may not be immediate employment, but it builds relationships and connections and introduces students to everything we have here in Logan County.” 

Meantime, Johnson is eager to enter the world of work for one of these employers. 

“I could start in April. I hope I have options to choose from.”

 

Photo 1: Dave Weisniewski from World Class Plastics helps ILHS Senior Sam Roach work with the tabletop injection molding machine. 

Photo 2: ILHS Seniors Darrian Dorsey and Aubrey Johnson sign up for employment 

emails from Honda with help from Michelle Stout from the Honda East Liberty plant. 

Photo 3: The Third Annual Logan County Career Expo in the main gym at ILHS. 

Photo 4: ILHS Senior Aubrey Johnson interviews with a local business at the Logan County Career Expo. 

Indian Lake High School senior Aubrey Johnson is making inroads for her future. 

She applied for jobs, interviewed with potential employers and even signed up to receive emails when Honda of America Manufacturing has any openings during the Third Annual Logan County Career Expo held at Indian Lake High School Friday. 

“I’m thinking about going into production right away, like Honda through Adecco, so I can make good money, rise up and go on and get my degree,” Johnson said.  

Johnson was just one of nearly a thousand local students who took part in the Expo, sponsored by the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center and the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce. Juniors and seniors from Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside and West Liberty-Salem High Schools, along with Indian Lake, got the chance to meet with representatives from 55 local companies that are looking to hire. 

The Expo kicked off with a panel of experts on unmanned vehicles detailing jobs of the future in  the US 33 corridor. Then students were able to talk with workforce representatives in the main gym and auxiliary gym, plus interview for positions in another conference room. 

MRESC Youth Development Liaison Karen Sorreles says in the event’s third year, organizers made a few changes to help students and businesses more easily connect. 

“We categorized them this year where one was STEM, one had business and entrepreneurship, and the other was health and human services. We encouraged the students, even if they know the career they want to go into, to visit all the areas.”

Students were even able to try out equipment like the Bellefontaine Police Department’s impaired driving goggles and a table top injection molding machine at the World Class Plastics display. 

Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Daily Operations Erin Henry says more than 700 jobs are available in Logan County right now. 

“They range anywhere from food service, to retail, to industry, to even college degreed positions. An event like this helps fill all those voids. It may not be immediate employment, but it builds relationships and connections and introduces students to everything we have here in Logan County.” 

Meantime, Johnson is eager to enter the world of work for one of these employers. 

“I could start in April. I hope I have options to choose from.”

 

Photo 1: Dave Weisniewski from World Class Plastics helps ILHS Senior Sam Roach work with the tabletop injection molding machine. 

Photo 2: ILHS Seniors Darrian Dorsey and Aubrey Johnson sign up for employment 

emails from Honda with help from Michelle Stout from the Honda East Liberty plant. 

Photo 3: The Third Annual Logan County Career Expo in the main gym at ILHS. 

Photo 4: ILHS Senior Aubrey Johnson interviews with a local business at the Logan County Career Expo.