New Castle News

November 22, 2013

Event shows students local career options

Lauren Rearick
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — More than 700 area students were given a glimpse at careers that Lawrence County has to offer.

Area school districts gathered yesterday morning at the Scottish Rite Cathedral for the fifth annual Business Industry and Career Fair presented by Lawrence County School to Work and partners Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative, Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Needs You.

The objective of the annual event is to introduce students to the variety of occupations and education that exist in the community.

Beginning their morning with a presentation from keynote speaker Nicholas D’Antonio, program manager of the Manufacturing Institute, students were introduced to the variety of career offerings in the manufacturing field.

“In this day and age we’re facing a work force crisis, where we can’t find skilled workers,” D’Antonio said. “We’re here to promote (manufacturing) to the students and encourage a career in technology.”

D’Antonio represented the Dream It Do It program, a national network and campaign focused on local workforce initiatives and engaging, educating and employing today’s students in high-quality manufacturing jobs.

“Manufacturing is still the lifeblood of our economy,” Eric Karmecy, project manager of Oh-Penn Pathways to Competitiveness Project. “A lot of young people don’t understand manufacturing and we need young people to recognize the opportunities in all kinds of occupations that are in high demand.”

In addition to manufacturing offerings, students from districts including Laurel, Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, New Castle, Neshannock, Mohawk, Riverside, Shenango and Union also heard from other area business representatives.

Twenty-three local businesses and post-secondary schools were on hand in the exhibitors lobby to talk directly with interested students. Businesses represented included Daffin’s Candy, Jameson Health System, New Castle School of Trades, Liberty Mutual Insurance and more.

The booths staffed with varying occupations including engineers, human resource specialists and purchasing agents gave students an inside look at what occupations exist in specific companies and what training is required.

“It’s nice they offer it (career fair),” Taylor Heasley, New Castle said. “This helps students figure out their careers.

Fellow New Castle classmate Dominique Orelli agreed remarking that, “you can see what all the businesses around here are doing.”