Career exploration allows EHOVE students to 'explore things on their own'

Cary Ashby • Nov 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

AVERY — Career exploration days through EHOVE Career Center worked out well for Western Reserve High School senior Ian Greszler.

After all, the son of Art and Kathy is a welder at Humanetics ATD Manufacturing, 900 Denton Drive, Huron.

Greszler, of Norwalk, is enthusiastic when talking about his job. 

“I test crash-dummies for a living, which is pretty cool; I can say that,” he said. “We do some cool stuff. I get to say I make people for a living, so I can’t argue with that one.”

Greszler’s father has worked at Humanetics for about 18 years. When the teenager showed interest in doing an internship, his father helped him get one in the machining department.

“I love machining … so my goal is to be multi-use as best as I can,” said Greszler, who is in the industrial tech program at EHOVE. “My shop supervisor said, ‘We’d love to take you on full time once you graduate (from) high school’; I don’t have to go to college or nothing.”

Over three days, students had several options in their experiences for career exploration, which included job shadowing, community service, volunteer opportunities and working at their current jobs. They also could do college tours at Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Lorain County Community College, Bowling Green State University, BGSU Firelands, North Central State College, the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University, Terra State Community College, Ashland University and The University of Toledo.

In addition, the EHOVE students toured the Ohio Army National Guard building in Norwalk. They learned what the engineering company does, saw what guns they might use and the trucks the soldiers use.

Becky Bernard, career services coordinator, is in her fourth year organizing the experiences.

“We encourage them to go out and do community service or volunteerism,” she said.

Bernard said she wants the students to explore options, “see what’s out there” and talk to people who are in working in various industries.

“Ask questions, make sure they’re settled and that’s what they really want to do,” she added.

Collins resident Hannah Cooley toured Ashland University.

“We got to visit some labs,” said the Western Reserve sophomore, who is in the explore STEM program at EHOVE.

Cooley is most interested in science, specifically being a nurse. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The daughter of Dan and Lauressa said her experience at Ashland helped her consider attending college in the future.

Monroeville High School junior Brad Kraft Jr. worked with his father, Bradley, the dining services supervisor for Sandusky City Schools.

“I actually helped my dad at the board of education in Sandusky. I had to file confidential papers and shred them for him,” said the son of Brad and Heather.

“I was more interested in helping him organize (things) rather than what he does,” added the younger Kraft, who is studying criminal justice at EHOVE.

The teenager hopes to become a patrol officer. He said interacting with people is the most appealing part of the job — something he learned during ride-alongs with the Monroeville Police Department.

“Pretty much not saying the wrong thing” has been Kraft’s biggest takeaway from those experiences.

During career exploration days, there are the times when students realize another field might be a better fit for them.

“Most of them already have their mind made up with what they think they want to do,” Bernard said.

“We do have those (who) decide right after they job-shadow with somebody that they want to change careers or explore a different career. We had one gentleman yesterday who was bound and determined he wasn’t going to college until he visited one of the college campuses. He went to North Central State and now he’s decided he wants to go to college, so he visited a second college today.”

Bernard said a career-exploration or job-shadowing experience is very different when a student sets it up as opposed to when EHOVE doe it.

“They get to choose their own sites and find out more of what they want to do, what they’re interested in,” she added. “I just think it’s a good experience for the students to get away from campus and see what’s out there. It opens up a lot of networking opportunities for them. It gives them a chance to explore things on their own.”

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