Geauga Growth Partnership (GGP) welcomes Bonnie Troyer as Workforce Development Director. She will work part-time with our Education Task Force chaired by John Wilhelm.
Bonnie’s focus will be the rapidly-expanding Career Day program, a GGP initiative that helps provide Geauga County businesses with workforce-ready high school graduates. The program teaches teens resume-writing, professional attire, interviewing techniques, and other interpersonal skills. Bonnie will keep the curriculum relevant to today’s work environment and oversee its administration.
The Career Day program started with 90 sophomores at Berkshire High School in 2013 and mentored 250 sophomores and juniors at Berkshire, Newbury, and Ledgemont in 2014. Cardinal High School sophomores are joining the program in the upcoming school year. By 2015-2016 GGP will be mentoring over 750 high schoolers annually, and the hope is to expand the program to all Geauga high schools.
The GGP career programs give students hands on training on a variety of topics such as resume writing and interviewing. Of the 250 students surveyed 87% cited that they now understand what to do in an interview or how to build a resume. 89% of the 90 juniors surveyed cited awareness of how companies use social media sites and what companies are doing in regards to drug testing and background checks. More programs with targeted topics are expected.
Before joining GGP, Bonnie Troyer served in various Human Resource roles at Swagelok during her 18 years of employment. There she provided HR leadership and support to the professional, technical, and operations departments. Bonnie led many initiatives involving acquisitions, employee relations, recruiting, compliance and strategic planning.
Says GGP president Tracy Jemison, “Bonnie brings invaluable professional perspectives to the Career Day program. Her knowledge and leadership will ensure that this important initiative positively impacts the future of every Geauga County high school student.”
Bonnie received a master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State; a bachelor’s degree in Business from Kent State; and holds a 270 Coaching Certification. She is a lifelong resident of Geauga County.