The impact of informing, connecting, and providing. 

Annual Family Career Awareness Day

Family Career Awareness Day provides students the opportunity to interact with local businesses and gain valuable information about diverse careers within those companies.  Students are introduced to the concept of networking and connecting in order to prepare them for their future. Businesses are given the opportunity to interact with students and parents from the community. This interaction allows them to inform participants about unknown careers or jobs within their company.  At Family Career Awareness Day our goal is to broaden the knowledge base of local careers so that students can make an informed decision about their career path when the time comes. 

2014 Impact - 42 vendors, 55 parents, 78 students

2015 Impact - 45 vendors, 55 parents, 103 students

2016 Impact - 52 vendors, 100 parents, 107 students

Comments from students:

“I will use what I learned today to…… think about my future, talk to people at colleges, and prepare to start my life.” Washington County Career Center, 12th grade

“I will use what I learned today to…… focus on ways to be more productive and reliable while I’m working in the workforce.” Washington County Career Center, 12th grade

“I will use what I learned today to……. choose a career path that is right for me.” Warren, 7th grade

“I will use what I learned today to……look for a job, network to work my way up in the business world.” Washington County Career Center, 12th grade

“I will use what I learned today to….find a job as an electrician.” Washington County Career Center, 12th grade

“I will use what I learned today to…..find myself a career and prepare for the future.” Marietta City School District, 7th grade

“I will use what I learned today to….pursue my career in international public relations manager. Americorp will help me build my resume in this career.” Marietta City School District, 10th grade

Comments from parents:

Why did you come to the Family Career Awareness Day?

  • “My daughter asked to attend.”, Parent of 5th grader
  • “Provide information to my son for future local job opportunities.” Parent of 8th grader
  • “To help prepare my kids for their futures.” Parent of 6th grader
  • “To help find a career for my daughter.” Parent of 10th grader

“I will use what I learned today to….help my child find his career.”  Parent of 6th grader

“I will use what I learned today to….help my son decide on the best career.”  Parent of 6th grader

“I will use what I learned today to….help children in career path.” Parent of 7th and 12 grader

“I will use what I learned today to….help my daughter research and decide on a career path.” Parent of 12th grader

Comments from businesses:

“It was interesting to see the reaction of students and adults when they learn the opportunities that may be available.

“Very positive experience-nice to be able to engage young students.”

“Placing the possible careers at the booth sparked questions, which helped the students look at other possibilities.”

According to survey results of businesses that participated during both years, businesses agree and strongly agree (5.4 and 5.5 out of 6.0) that this event was “an effective way to support the development of a healthy local workforce.”

Job Shadowing

2014 Job Shadowing Placements-100 placements

2015 Job Shadowing Placements-224 placements

2106 Job Shadowing Placements-235 placements

The BB2C Coordinator has expanded the job shadowing database to include over 100 active job shadowing sites. Included are businesses in Washington and Wood County, and others around the state. We have placements ranging from traditional careers such as teaching and the medical field to non-traditional careers like pilots, chefs, music producers and script writers. Students have even traveled as far as Columbus to shadow the nuclear engineering program at the Ohio State University. 

Career mentor project

Eighteen community volunteers trained during fall semester of 2015 to be Career Mentors, impacting 121 7th and 8th graders through group and individual mentoring. The Career Mentor project was expanded in 2016 and now serves Marietta Middle School and Warren Middle School with 26 trained mentors.  

Problem Scenario Project

Each summer teachers can take advantage of professional development provided by BB2C through the Problem Scenario Project. Nine teachers were partnered with a business representative during the summer of 2014. Twelve teachers and business partners participated in 2015, which had them implementing the problem scenario in classrooms during fall semester 2015. The summer of 2016 brought together eleven teacher/business partners. Throughout the three years of the Problem Scenario Project, over 700 students ranging from grades 3-12 have worked with local business representatives to solve problems. 

career pathway stories

To date, there are 9 career Pathway Stories available on the website. Career Pathway stories are used by Career Education teachers, Career Mentors, educational institutions, and many others as a means to spark conversation with students about the variety of ways to obtain a career.  

student ambassadors 

Student Ambassadors have been recruited from Marietta City Schools, Warren Local Schools, Frontier Local Schools, and Washington County Career Center. Students Ambassadors can now participate in the BB2C Internship program and receive high school credit for the role that they play in their high school. 

high school internship program

The BB2C High School Internship program is being piloted during the 2016-2017 school year. Students that participate are matched with businesses and other entities to provide a service and learn valuable soft skills. They can also received high school credit through the credit flex program, which is developed individually by each high school in Ohio. Each internship experience is tailored to the needs of the business and the availability of the student. 

Epicenter

The BB2C Epicenter resides in the Armory at 241 Front Street in Marietta, Ohio. There are two core concepts of the Epicenter that are overlapped to provide an advanced level of collaboration between students and local businesses: small business incubation and high school internship. Currently, three small businesses are entrepreneurs-in-residence at the Epicenter. Students will work directly with the businesses through the BB2C HS Internship program. BB2C is working in collaboration with Washington State Community College, Marietta College and the Washington County Career Center to further develop internship opportunities at the Epicenter.