NEW CASTLE —
EDGE FACTOR HOST
Bout, host and producer of the Edge Factor Show, spoke during morning and early afternoon sessions on “Why manufacturing is cool.”
Chris McIltrot, guidance counselor at New Castle High School, said the event can impact or even change a student’s mind about a choosing a career.
“Kids don’t know what to expect before they get here, but some do find things that interest them,” McIltrot said.
Two custom motorcycles were on display beside the Doodles V-Twin table, luring male and female students to speak with Mark and Fran Stachowiak, who own and operate the business. They told students what it would take to follow a similar path.
Mark said there are jobs for welders, painters and mechanical workers while Fran said there are also positions for people with mechanical, accounting and sales skills.
“You must be good at mathematics,” Mark said, noting building a motorcycle requires being able to understand measurements and decimals.
Fran said there were as many girls interested in motorcycles as boys. “They asked about the graphics, artwork and painting displayed on the bikes.”
Alex Shepherd and Madyson Boyce from New Castle High School were intrigued by the options. Shepherd said he wanted to be a veterinarian. Boyce was undecided.
Laurel High students Hailey Tammaro and Hannah Hunt are on career paths in the medical field. Tammaro aspires to be an optometrist and Hunt is looking for a career in nursing. But both admit to having changed their minds from time to time.
Rebecca Moder, coordinator of the Oh-Penn Pathways to Competitiveness, said students who attended yesterday’s event left with some valuable information.
“Even kids who have an idea about engineering don’t know what’s required and what their next step would be,” Moder said. “There are a lot of local options, but you’ve got to prepare yourself with skills that employers are looking for.”
Eric Karmecy, project manager for the Oh-Penn Pathways to Competitiveness initiative, hopes a recently obtained $6 million grant will expand similar career fairs into neighboring counties.