The Auglaize Mercer Business Education (AMBE) Alliance in partnership with the Mercer County ESC, the Auglaize County ESC, and Hometown Opportunity hosted the 3rd annual Talent Connection Forum for high school juniors.
The popularity of the event continues to grow, and we had nearly 1100 students attend this year’s 1 ½ event. The Talent Connection Forum was held at Wright State University Lake Campus. All school districts from Auglaize and Mercer Counties participated.
AMBE business members presented on nearly 45 professions with more than 55 local companies participating. The individual presentations covered a wide range of industries like health, manufacturing, construction, skilled trades, agriculture, banking and financial services, digital marketing, information technology, computer networking, architecture, graphic design, education, as well as law enforcement.
In advance, the AMBE Executive Director Shelly Busse, worked with area guidance counselors to obtain a career interest survey for each junior. Those results were compiled to ensure each student would attend sessions in their career interest.
Local AMBE business members met with students in roundtable discussions to discuss future career opportunities, co-ops and internships available at their company. The format was designed to inform the students of the opportunities available at local companies. These presentations were intended to provide the student insight as to what the career profession was like on a day-to-day basis and the necessary skills and education required to be qualified. Receiving this type of information can assist the student in narrowing down their career interest as well as finding the appropriate post-secondary education (college, apprenticeships, certifications, etc.) necessary for the profession.
Each student was assigned to two career sessions based on their registration, followed by an open-choice session where students can choose which session to attend. This gives the student an opportunity to reach out to other industry representatives.
AMBE Board President, Jon Dingeldine stated, “The AMBE understands the key role of helping students understand careers. The conversation format helps students feel comfortable in learning more about the career and asking questions. The conversations help to shape a young person’s perspective on what makes for a rewarding career.”
For several months, the AMBE executive committee, executive director, County ESC Superintendents, ESC curriculum coordinators, as well as economic development professionals have been working diligently in the development of this program. This is a great event, and they are excited to be able to deliver this career event to the area juniors.