RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – Before they make their summer plans, students at Stebbins High School are making their career plans.
Thursday, the high school partnered with OhioMeansJobs – Montgomery County to bring more than 50 employers to campus for a job fair. The fair was open to juniors and seniors, as well as community members.
Stebbins junior Connor Delili was hoping to connect to a construction company for a possible apprenticeship or career after graduation.
“It was a lot easier than I thought,” he said of the process. “It was pretty nice to get more information out of it.”
Another junior, Sandra Albertson, said she was indecisive about her career path and hoped the job fair would highlight potential opportunities. She wanted to get an early look at her options after high school.
“So I can get a head start on everything, so I can have good money for when I graduate, so I can go out on my own,” she explained.
Many of the industries at the job fair, such as manufacturing, construction and machine operating, are facing worker shortages. Employers there said it was advantageous to spark an early interest in the young potential workers.
“Meeting these young people and letting them know what the salary ranges are, the opportunities and the potential, is great for us because when they’re out, they’re going to work for me this summer,” said Angil Corey of Caliper Staffing.
Terry Reed added, “Even if it’s not towards their career path, it would give them the opportunity to get their foot in the door somewhere great.”
This was Stebbins’ third annual job fair. It’s an event the school hopes will set students up for success.
Jesse Maxfield, the career tech director at the high school said, “We want them to have successful and meaningful employment and set them up for a great life after they graduate Stebbins.”