This week was Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs week, highlighting jobs that businesses are currently recruiting for heavily. Local schools were encouraged to show their students possible careers.
Kari Basson, a spokeswoman for Kettering schools, said the district plans to expand the district’s career exploration programming for elementary school kids next year. On Wednesday, fifth-grade students from Beavertown Elementary went to Kettering Fairmont High School to tour the career technology center and talk to students and teachers.
Several local high schools have in-house career tech centers. At others, students interested in career-specific programming travel to their countywide CTC school. But in all of those cases, getting kids familiar with what those programs offer makes them more likely to think about careers at an early age.
Springboro schools spokesman Scott Marshall said elementary kids in the district had videos from parents who talked about their jobs, discussions about possible careers and a “career day” on Friday, where kids could dress up as what they want to be when they grow up.
On Wednesday, about 800 students from Dayton Public Schools went to Welcome Stadium, where 24 trucks were parked outside of the stadium and kids could talk to the people in the trucks and learn about a new career.
Sherry Gale, director of College Credit Plus and scholarships for DPS, organized the event and said exposing kids to careers early is something the district superintendent, Elizabeth Lolli, is prioritizing.
“The idea is to help students start thinking at younger ages about all the possibilities of careers,” Gale said.
Groups of about 15 students walked around to the trucks. By the end of the event, Gale said the students would have been exposed to at least 12 careers.
“I think we all learn more and remember more when we involve more of our senses and actually are actively participating in our learning,” Gale said. “And so this gives them the opportunity for that.”