Linking Schools and Local Businesses
Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby and Darke Counties will be hosting the second annual, INSPIRE CAREER CONCERT for high school seniors. The event will be held on September 20 at Edison State Community College.
The goal is to actively link High School Seniors from a 4-county area to local businesses for future internships, summer, or full-time employment possibilities in the future. This is an inspirational event focused on helping students find their voice and career path. The event is a great opportunity to bring High School Seniors together with local employers in order to make a meaningful/personal connection before they graduate. The Senior event will include a career fair, a keynote speaker, and music to keep the students energized.
The keynote speaker/band will be Attaboy. Attaboy is a band with a positive message for students. The group functions as speakers for schools, but with music. By uniquely combining energetic and relevant music with a powerful spoken message, the band will impact students by sharing their personal experiences.
Business registration is currently underway. School registration will begin at the start of the 2019 school year. We continue to believe our best hope for talent acquisition is right here at home.
This event is a great example of collaboration in action. The event is being sponsored by Hometown Opportunity, Auglaize Mercer Business Education Alliance (AMBE), Partnering for Progress, Darke County Economic Development, Workforce Partnership of Shelby County, Mercer County ESC, Auglaize County ESC, Midwest Regional ESC, Darke County, Sidney Shelby Economic Partnership, Auglaize County, Mercer County, Shelby County, City of Sidney, The Jellison Group, and Edison Community College.
Here are what participants who attended last year had to say:
“Such a great opportunity for the students and for local companies to really get their name out there and show students the opportunities available to them.“
“It was great being able to talk to the students one-on-one and explain job opportunities and benefits. It was engaging for both parties. “
“Good interaction!! It is still surprising that many seniors had no ideas about what careers they are potentially interested in!“
“It was an awesome event! It was a great experience for the employers and students alike. It was great having all the local seniors at your fingertips to explain your job and future employment opportunities. The local students were very well receptive and it was great knowing we have such great future employees in our rural areas.”