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McKinley CTE students network with local companies

Career-Tech juniors participated in “Passport to Your Future” on the Timken Career Campus, which allowed a day full of networking with local companies to help bridge the educational experience at McKinley High School with the real world of work.  Students rotated through sessions that included the impacts of social media accounts and personal choices made outside of the work environment, dressing for success, a working lunch with mentors, a job application session, a career fair with local employers, and mock interviews with our mentors. Brittney Wells, Program Manager with Junior Achievement, worked with Stephanie Pipero-Henderson, CTE Career & Job Coordinator, Courtney Svonavec, Career Connections Advisor, and Vanessa Booth, Career Tech Secretary, to put this event together.  

Goodwill made generous clothing donations for our students to look their best.  The companies that collaborated with the CTE department included Ancora, Canton Rotary, Citizens Bank, CPA Growth Guides, ZVN Properties, Danbury Senior Living, Diebold Nixdorf, Goodwill, Great Work Employment, HP Products, Junior Achievement, M.K. Morse, Miller Weldmaster, Ohio Gratings, Ohio Means Jobs, Powell, ReaCPA, SARTA, Shearer’s, and Taco Bell with over 45 volunteers from those companies.  Kimberly Davenport, Human Resources Generalist at Shearer’s Foods, led the discussion with CTE students on first impressions with a company and properly promoting yourself on social media for employment. Company volunteers from the local businesses nominated students that impressed them in each session and those names were collected and used for the prize giveaways.  Students finished their day with that prize giveaway in the Timken Career Campus Commons.