Geauga Growth Partnership’s 2018 “Ignite Your Career” Inspired a lot of Interaction Between Geauga Businesses and the Emerging Workforce

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Geauga Growth Partnership hosted the second “Ignite Your Career” event, which served as the spark to ignite some inspiration for Geauga County’s emerging workforce.

This event piloted by Geauga Growth Partnership, “Ignite Your Career: Pathways to Success” for students in 7th grade through graduation, was held Monday, March 5th at Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center.

Students from 15 schools attended with family members for the purpose of hearing educational and inspirational presentations by guest speakers, as well as to network with representatives from 20 sponsoring businesses, who exposed the guests to a broad range of career opportunities. The evening opened with a complementary dinner provided by the Auburn Career Center Culinary class.

Guest speakers were Mr. John Steigerwald who spoke about the changing world of manufacturing and disruptive technology. Ms. LuAnn Coldwell from Kent State University Geauga, spoke about ways to discover your own career path.

The final guest speaker was Mr. Jesse Srpan, the 27-year-old owner and president of Raw Iron Choppers who has made a career and built a business around what he loves. He thanked his friend and mentor Ryan Eubank who encouraged him to pursue his passions. Jesse Srpan is active building custom motorcycles, and working as a welding instructor for Lakeland Community College. He looks for opportunities to “pay it forward” by encouraging other to pursue their passions.

“The most important thing you can do is to find what you love,” said Mr. Srpan. “And never say no to an opportunity. You never know where it will lead.”

After guest speaker presentations, families visited with the sponsoring companies to learn about a great variety of career options available in Geauga County. Participating businesses were pleased with the way families engaged.

“I truly enjoyed the opportunity to help educate students and their families about Great Lakes Cheese,” said Joe Lendrum, Talent Acquisition Manager. “I particularly enjoyed how many students took the initiative to engage in conversation with our team. They didn’t wait for their parents to initiate the discussion, they were proactively seeking information.”

“Connecting families with Geauga businesses is at the heart of our purpose for holding this event,” says GGP President Tracy Jemison. “We work to create ways to match Geauga businesses to their prospective workforce. And we want our Geauga County students to have access to every resource possible that will help them find their career paths.”

GGP would like to thank the following sponsoring businesses: Auburn Career Center, Engineered Endeavors, Exscape Designs, FirstEnergy, Geauga Mechanical, Geauga Park District, Great Lakes Cheese, Hexpol Compounding, IntelliPak Ltd., JFD Landscapes, Kent State University at Geauga, Kinetico Incorporated, L.E.A.F. (Lake Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation), Mercury Plastics, Metzenbaum Sheltered Industries, Raw Iron Choppers, Saint-Gobain, Tarkett USA, Inc., University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.

Geauga Growth Partnership is a 501(c)(3) business-led organization established in 2010 as a resource for Geauga County businesses and organizations. “Ignite Your Career” is just one component of GGP’s continually expanding Youth Workforce training program. One of GGP’s primary focus areas is to provide workforce educational opportunities for adults and youth. For more information about GGP’s Youth Workforce programs and other benefits visit Geauga Growth Partnership or call 440-564-1060.

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