Bucyrus students to tour businesses through WAGE program


The education and business communities in Crawford County are coming together to raise awareness for, and get students interested in, careers available in the community. The program is called WAGE, Workforce Awareness for Graduates and Educators. Bucyrus Middle School students will tour local Bucyrus businesses April 29.

This step of the WAGE program, now in its second year, is to provide secondary level students with information about career opportunities and skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Bucyrus students will be divided into small groups and rotate between three businesses in the city. Businesses involved in the daylong activities include Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, Advanced Fiber Technology and General Electric.

“The first goal of this program is to provide direct communication to the educators to increase exposure and break down any barriers of misunderstanding between business and education,” Crawford County Education and Economic Development Director Gary Frankhouse said. “Our goal is to expose students to new opportunities and encourage more high school students in Bucyrus and Crawford County to pursue a career in their hometown community.”

During the student tours, each business will communicate specific themes to the groups. These themes could include soft skills, math, and critical thinking as several examples.

“We are excited to continue our participation in this program with our local business community,” Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “There are many jobs available in Bucyrus and Crawford County, and we need to educate our students about the opportunities available in the manufacturing industry.”

The WAGE program is a Crawford: 20/20 Vision Business Success and Job Availability project, and is funded by a grant from AEP. For more information about the program, visit www.crawford2020.com.

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