Local Schools Host 2nd Annual Exploration Academy

Posted On: December 9, 2013

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The New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation, The Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce and the Minster, New Bremen and New Knoxville School districts recently partnered to organize and hold the 2nd annual Exploration Academy for all the 9th grade students in each school district.  On Tuesday December 3rd, more than 50 local professionals visited the event to discuss their careers with the students.

“We began the school year by asking the students to list the top three careers they are interested in,” said Scott Frey, Executive Director of the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce.  “Our committee (Angela Hamberg/NB CIC, Kim Seaver/Minster guidance counselor, Tricia Wendel/NB guidance counselor Jenny Heitkamp/NK guidance counselor and Christy Shell/Zeal Coaching) organized those careers into a schedule of 72 presentations of over 50 careers. More than 50 local professionals created and delivered presentations outlining the necessary education and training, salaries, duties and employment outlook for the careers.  The businesses were really great about giving their time and talents to make this event a huge success again this year.  We’re also grateful to the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville for hosting this important event.”

Christy Shell, owner of Zeal Coaching for Life and Career facilitated several large-group discussions and activities throughout the day.  Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer spoke with the students about careers in the government and public sectors.  Scott Frey discussed the new career resource www.hometownopportunity.com with the group, suggesting the students utilize the resource as a way to research real careers in the area.

Event sponsor Westaff provided materials for the students on how to properly fill out a job application, write a resume and prepare for interviews.  Other event sponsors who donated to the event include the New Bremen-New Knoxville Rotary Club, the Minster Service Club, the New Bremen Community Improvement Corporation and the Southwestern Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsorships funded the expenses for the event and helped to pay for each student to receive a USB drive containing further information about their careers of interest.

“On behalf of the students, the committee and the school districts, I’d like to thank our local employers who participated this year,” said Frey.  “They are always willing to help educate our young people on the many wonderful career opportunities here in Auglaize and Mercer Counties.  We’ve had a great deal of positive feedback from the students on how much they learned from the employers.  We’re fortunate to have local employers who understand the importance of connecting with our students.”

A complete list of partners, sponsors and presenting businesses can be found on the chamber website at www.auglaize.org.