Bucyrus schools connecting students with career fields

BUCYRUS — Every school district in America works tirelessly to help students identify their plans after graduation. Through a partnership with Bucyrus Police Explorer Post 229, the Bucyrus Secondary School is making significant strides to achieve one of its main goals of connecting students with opportunities for career and college readiness.

The “Explorer” initiative is part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and Post 229 has partnered with the Marion office of the BSA. Police Explorers will receive training and mentorship from local police officials and educators.

“We strive to provide positive role models for our students as well as develop their senses of partnership, team and community service,” said Bucyrus Police Lieutenant Tom Walker. “I’ve been working on this project for nearly two years now, and we have secured the funding to provide all necessities and membership fees for our students.”

Students were identified for the program through a career survey given in late December, 2016. From this survey, a list of students who’d expressed an interest in law enforcement was provided to Explorer Post #229. These students were invited to attend the Explorer Post #229 Open House January 25.

“Lt. Walker approached me with this idea and I was completely in support of helping,” said Secondary School Principal Dr. Mark Burke. “Anytime we can provide students with access to programs that help them become college or career ready, we are going to work tirelessly to help those programs achieve their mission.”

Bucyrus Police Explorer Post #229 would like to thank St. Paul Lutheran Church (Ridgeton Rd.), Esco Mfg., Sons of American Legion #181, General Electric, IB Tech and all the individuals who have helped make this program possible.

“The Bucyrus Police Department is always seeking ways to connect with our community, especially our youth,” said Lt. Walker. “This program provides a platform for us to engage students in positive and constructive interaction, and it is about creating a positive future for our community.

Please contact Lt. Tom Walker at the Bucyrus City Police Department at 419-562-1006 for more information about the Bucyrus Police Explorer Post #229.