AACS and Ashtabula Works Collaborate to Host Business Expo


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Tim Volpone, President of Ziegler Heating addresses students about quality jobs in his company, the HVAC field and the many opportunities available in the trades.

Ashtabula Works is an organization of local business owners and organizations whose focus is to showcase employment opportunities for graduating students as well as striving to dispel the myth that there are little to no quality, high-paying and rewarding career opportunities in Ashtabula County.

In preparation for this event 11th and 12th grade students were given an opportunity to complete a survey. After graduation, 75.8% of the students that completed the survey plan to attend college or a trade school, 9.8% plan to enter the military, 16.3% plan to enter the workforce and 11.1% are still undecided. According to the survey 65.8% of the students believe there are good paying jobs with benefits in Ashtabula County with 35.5% believing after completing their education they will be able to find a job in Ashtabula County.

“We were able to bring in 12 business to talk with 230 juniors and seniors at LHS.  It was a good opportunity to expose these students to what type of jobs are available in Ashtabula County.  Thanks to all that were involved,” stated Rick Coblitz, Chair of Ashtabula Works.

Businesses in attendance were Ohio Means Jobs, ACMC, INEOS, Ducro Funeral Services, Ziegler Heating/Cooling, Grand River Rubber, Convention/Visitors Bureau, Grand Valley Insurance, MFG, Worthington Industries, Fenton Machine, and speakers from Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County and AACS.

Students were made aware of many different job opportunities in fields such as healthcare, HVAC, tool and die, social and human services and education.  “The intent of the job fair was well received, and the adaptability of the presenters was exceptional,” said LHS Senior, Eric Robinson. “WOW! What a great event, over 200 students from Lakeside interested in their futures was really awesome to see,” expressed Tim Volpone, President Ziegler Heating Co. “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it,” Volpone concluded.  

“We want all of our graduates to be prepared to attend college if they so choose,” said AACS Superintendent Dr. Mark Potts, “but we also know that many of our students do not choose to go that route so we want them to be informed of the many great job opportunities that are possible for high school graduates right here at home. We are grateful to Ashtabula Works and our many community partners that participated and made this informative event possible,” Potts concluded.

SM Business Expo Steve McClure from the Ashtabula County Department of Job and Family Services talks to students about opportunities through Ohio Means Jobs