By 1808Delaware

In an era where the job market is rapidly evolving, Olentangy:BridgED is taking proactive steps to prepare students for the future by hosting a series of in-person panel discussions at each of the four Olentangy high schools.

The initiative aims to provide valuable insights into the state of the Central Ohio workforce. With participation from leading business partners, these discussions are set to be a treasure trove of information for both parents and students.

A Who’s Who of Central Ohio Employers

The panels are scheduled to take place from late September to early October, each featuring a different set of top employers in Central Ohio. Companies like Honda, OhioHealth, Intel, and JPMC will be represented, among others. The diversity of industries involved ensures a comprehensive look at the job market, from healthcare and technology to construction and finance.

The specific lineup is as follows:

Session 1: Olentangy High School – A Diverse Spectrum of Industries

Date: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: Olentangy High School Media Center
Panelists:

  • Elford (Construction)
  • Honda (Automotive)
  • OhioHealth (Healthcare)
  • JPMC (Finance)
  • Forge Biologics (Biotechnology)
  • Intel (Technology)
Session 2: Orange High School – A Focus on Technology and Healthcare

Date: Wednesday, September 27
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: Orange High School Media Center
Panelists:

  • Accenture (Consulting)
  • OSUMC (Healthcare)
  • JPMC (Finance)
  • Worthington Industries (Manufacturing)
  • Intel (Technology)
Session 3: Liberty High School – Bridging Homebuilding and Healthcare

Date: Monday, October 2
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: Liberty High School Media Center
Panelists:

  • Elford (Construction)
  • M/I Homes (Homebuilding)
  • Accenture (Consulting)
  • OhioHealth (Healthcare)
  • Honda (Automotive)
Session 4: Berlin High School – A Blend of Construction and Biotech

Date: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: Berlin High School Media Center
Panelists:

  • M/I Homes (Homebuilding)
  • Kokosing (Construction)
  • OSUMC (Healthcare)
  • Worthington Industries (Manufacturing)
  • Forge Biologics (Biotechnology)

Key Discussion Points

These aren’t your typical career fairs. The panels will delve into how the workforce is changing, emerging trends, and the skills necessary for the job market post-graduation. But it doesn’t stop there. The discussions will also highlight pathways to the jobs of today and tomorrow, potential opportunities specifically for Olentangy students, and how Olentangy Schools are preparing students to flourish in a changing economy.

BridgED: The Force Behind the Initiative

BridgED is more than just a series of panel discussions; it’s an activation team built to “bridge the gap” between K-12 education and the business community. Created by corporate engagement professionals in academia, BridgED aims to solve the fundamental challenges of helping companies and school districts work together. The impact extends beyond just workforce development; it also includes internships, hiring, philanthropic giving in the form of scholarships, and ultimately, student success and defining paths forward.

To learn more about workforce development and how it impacts your community, click here.

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