Business Advisory Council | Parent & Community Awareness


Education for today’s high school students looks different and work experiences are important to be ready for careers and college. District and school staff can help families and students explore options to understand:
  • There are multiple pathways that students can take to employment in high-demand jobs.
  • Real-world experiences in high school are vital for exploring further career and education opportunities.
  • Students can have a variety of experiences that will prepare them for the next steps after high school.
In response, the ESC's Business Advisory Council parent awareness workgroup has developed this webpage as a resource to support districts and schools as they work to introduce and explore these options with families and students.

Event Recordings

Educational Options Our Kids Can Leverage 
  • This program will introduce the idea that the high school years can include exploration into each student's individual interests. We will explore the many hands-on learning opportunities, ties to career experiences, ways to earn college credit, and more. We will share several examples of how the high school years can look because educational opportunities today are vast and exciting, and families need to plan ahead to take full advantage.

Preparing Our Kids for the Working World
  • This program will focus on life after formal schooling is over. We will discuss the skills (hard and soft) that employers look for. We will teach about career exploration, how to know what a good career for a student might be, and how to determine what kind of education, skills, and credentials are needed for a job.

Virtual Events with Columbus State Community College
  • Highlighting pathways and career opportunities in the IT, modern manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality sectors.

Resources for Schools

Career Exploration

Pathways to Your Future
  • Central Ohio employers discuss opportunities for employment in the IT sector.
Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
  • The answer is yes. What's the question?
Cardinal Health
  • For an integrated healthcare and logistics company with global scale, the answer to the question “Who is Cardinal Health?” is refreshingly simple: We are Essential to care™. Our dedicated team of nearly 50,000 employees helps physicians, pharmacists and providers navigate the complexities of healthcare by delivering healthcare products, streamlining clinical operations and customizing solutions to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, families and communities across the globe, from hospital to home.
Corna Kokosing
  • Corna Kokosing is known for their commitment to high quality and offers great opportunities to have a successful career in the construction industry.
  • Path to Hire: At Corna Kokosing, we care about the people we hire and work with. Our culture is different. Find out what our associates think about working at CK.
Honda of America
  • From raw steel to test drive, watch the processes, people, and pride that contribute to building the Accord in Marysville, Ohio.
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • I want to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse! Virtual Shadowing Experience
Ohio CAT
  • Think BIG is a CAT Dealer Service Technician program through Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. The program consists of 5 semesters, with time spent alternating between the classes at Owens Community College campus and working in an Ohio CAT service shop learning hands-on, earning a paycheck. You can even earn tuition reimbursement, up to 100%, based on GPA each semester. Upon graduation you will earn an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Applied Science, and a potential offer of employment at Ohio CAT.
  • Your Future in Construction Starts Here | I Build America: Ohio
    • The construction industry is one of the nation’s largest industries. And with the need for new schools, hospitals, housing, and other commercial buildings increasing, the industry is going to need more and more quality workers to get all of the work done.
  • See what it's like to work with the Digital Solutions team at OhioHealth and how we're transforming the face of health care.
  • Ohio Health and advanced technology to better improve patient care and home health care.
Worthington Industries

Graduation Seals

Explore the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal pathway to graduation for Ohio high schoolers. See how youth can be industry-ready for their career choice after high school.

Parent Conversations

Middle Years to Careers: Career Conversation Starters for Middle School Families | Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University
  • Our goal is to make talking about careers low-pressure and enjoyable! As a parent/caregiver to a middle schooler, you are the biggest influence on your child’s career development. Middle school is the best time for your child to explore their strengths and interests and to learn about how those can relate to careers. The series of conversation starters below were designed for you to use any time of day: in the car, at the dinner table, or any time that is convenient. By asking your child questions in these three areas of career development, you can help them begin to think about the future!
Future of Work Webinar (video) and Career Conversation Guide for Parents | Delaware Area Career Center
  • Parents can have a great influence over their children’s career choices. Essentially, it is parents who have the
    best knowledge of their child and his/her interests and abilities. This is a guide for parents to encourage conversations with their student(s) around career readiness.

Social Media Infographics

Click here to view infographics available for social media use. We'd love for you to share these with families in your community. Thank you!

Student Videos

Pre-Nursing Program | South-Western Career Academy
  • Student discusses his experience in the pre-nursing program
Worthington Industries Internship | Hilliard City Schools
  • A former Hilliard City Schools student discusses his experience in the Worthington Industries Internship program.
Information Technology Pathway | Academy for Urban Scholars
  • A student discusses his experience in an Information Technology Pathway program.
BT Live! | Butler Tech
  • Interactive video developed by students
  • Sarah Andon and Thomas Vinton talk about the internship program at Turner Construction Company and the areas where you can gain experience.
Tolles and Nissen Chemtec America | Tolles Career & Technical Center
  • Watch how Tolles and Nissen Chemitec America work together to prepare students for their futures.

Students with Special Needs

The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness offers video episodes as a connection to the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC), which includes foundational skills essential for people with disabilities. The sessions are free, but registration is required. Watch here.

  • The Transition from School to Adult Life is an ongoing journey. Youth with complex and unique needs often require teams to have access to a variety of tools, resources, and people to plan and prepare for the future. This series is designed to enhance the transition process and practices of County Board of Developmental Disabilities School transition staff as they plan The Journey with youth, families and agency partners.
  • The Family and Community Outreach Center equips and empowers families with knowledge, information, and resources. We believe that families are an important asset in the equation of ensuring people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. We strive to build families’ confidence and encourage a vision for the possibilities and opportunities for their whole family. To do this, we offer online tools, connect families to information and resources, and raise awareness and acceptance within the community.

Supporting Information

The Career Path Less Taken (video) | WOSU Public Media
  • This update to the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy” helps audiences understand how to ultimately secure a competitive advantage in the new economy. Students must simultaneously receive applied technical skills, industry-recognized certifications, and employability preparation combined with a rigorous general education.
Career Tech Talk (video) | Ohio Department of Education
  • Join State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria, as he hosts a panel discussion focusing on breaking the stigmas of career technical education; while diving deeper into some of the topics of the PBS documentary, The Career Path Less Taken.
  • Central Ohio high school students and employers discuss how to get good paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a four-year degree. Learn about internships with businesses including COTA and Nationwide Insurance, and then see how Honda and Turner Construction are preparing students for their workforces. Hire Thinking is part of WOSU’s American Graduate initiative.
  • Some people just don’t like school, and one of those people is Mac Connor. When Mac started high school, he knew the basics and didn’t see why he had to continue learning reading, writing and arithmetic, over and over again. Finding the motivation to finish high school was a challenge for Mac until he found Fort Hayes Career Center. The school’s automotive technology program fostered Mac’s love of cars and gave him a path towards graduation. Hear more on how Mac found a way to pursue his passion, graduate, and find a job thanks to a local internship
  • The path to a high school diploma isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. Many students follow the traditional routes—state testing, ACT & SAT—but are unaware of a third, lesser-known option. Take a step off the beaten path with us as we explore industry-recognized credentials and discover how they can earn you a high school diploma and more.
  • This update to the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy” helps audiences understand how to ultimately secure a competitive advantage in the new economy. Students must simultaneously receive applied technical skills, industry-recognized certifications, and employability preparation combined with a rigorous general education.
SuccessBound Students and Families | Ohio Department of Education
  • Education. Qualifications. Experience. Pursuing a career requires all three, and Ohio’s SuccessBound initiative is designed to make sure students have access to the right education, relevant skills and work experiences to pave the way to their dream jobs.

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