By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Greg Moon, executive director of the Wyandot County Office of Economic Development, on Monday told the Carey school board about a computer software program that would benefit both the schools and employers in Wyandot and Crawford counties.
The project, called “Community Opportunity,” will be a collaborative effort by the school districts in each county and business, industry and economic development. Through the program, high school students can develop profiles which can serve as resumes when they are seniors.
Employers will set up business profiles on the program, such as background, education and other requirements, while students will set up profiles in a separate portal, which can be viewed by employers seeking workers. It will increase awareness of area work opportunities such as internships and apprenticeships, which may result in jobs after high school or college.
The goal is to bring county residents back to the county.
Moon said he wants company profiles online this year and student information from schools in each county online during the first half of 2018.
The cost is about $15,000 and will be covered by American Electric Power Ohio, Wyandot County Young Professionals and United Way of Wyandot County, Moon said.
Carey High School Principal Peter Cole said a job fair could be held at the school with employers and employees attending to explain their needs and jobs to students and staff.
Cassie Carlson, executive director of the Carey Area Chamber of Commerce, said the program will help students learn their interests and what they need to study for certain jobs.
Elementary Principal Tammy Wagner said the effort would be geared toward next year’s juniors. She suggested including graduating seniors and eventually alumni in the effort, too.
Moon requested the school district appoint a member to the economic development board, and the $1,000 annual membership fee to be a voting member would be used for marketing the program.
The school board took no action on the request.
JM Smith Corp. of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has decided to occupy the second speculative building in Carey’s Arrowhead Commerce Park. The company has begun construction of a 30,000-square-foot addition to the building.
The company plans to invest more than $51 million and hire up to 50 individuals over three years. Both the school board and Carey Council have approved an enterprise zone agreement that provides the company a 100 percent tax abatement on improvements for 15 years.
Separately, the school board approved student Carley Coppler and adviser Donna Hohman to attend the national FFA convention in Indianapolis on Oct. 25-28. Coppler placed first in Ohio in the public speaking category. The board also approved $125 each for Coppler and Hohman to help defray expenses.
Separately, a donation of about $24,760 was accepted by the board from the Carey Athletic Booster Association. The funds will be designated for the recently-completed football field renovations.
The board held a closed executive session to discuss the sale of property, and staff contracts.
The village has made an offer to purchase the former Carey school property on East South Street for potential recreational use.
No action was taken by the school board.
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