During the past school year (2016-17), Fayette County Economic Development along with ERA Martin & Associates, YUSA Corp., Ritten Industries, and Miami Trace School District were able to present an extension to our business expansion and retention programming.
The previous program was able to take local students on tours of local manufacturing facilities. This past year, it was able to provide one-to-one mentoring to local students.
Throughout the school year, local students interested in an engineering career path were able to work side-by-side with mentors on a particular project. These students were handed a practical problem and expected to solve the problem utilizing skills that would be pertinent in their career pathway. YUSA Corporation and Ritten Industries were happy to provide mentors and expose local students to the local careers available.
Two students, Clare Sollars and Nishil Shah, were awarded scholarships for their studies at Ohio State University and Miami University of Ohio. These students will be studying different fields of engineering starting fall semester 2017.
Additionally, the program has been awarded a Community Connector Grant from the State of Ohio to grow and continue this program for the 2017-18 school year. The goal for this year will be to reach 30 students from the districts in Fayette County.
The partnership for this program is with Community Action Commission, Fayette County Economic Development, YUSA Corp., Crossroads Christian Church, Southern State Community College, Miami Trace Local Schools and Washington City Schools. The program will seek mentors from a wide spectrum of career fields to again provide a one-to-one mentorship experience.
If you are a professional interested in volunteering for the program, please contact Erin Rickman at 740-851-9247 or firstname.lastname@example.org.