WELLINGTON – Teachers strive to prepare students for a career after graduation, so Wellington Schools Superintendent John Nolan decided that his teachers should get the opportunity to meet the local employers who do the hiring.
The teachers visited several manufacturing plants, including Forest City Technologies, T.A.P.E., Inc., Cleveland City Forge and Whirlaway Corp., during their Teacher-In-Service Day on Friday.
At Forest City Technologies, teachers toured the plant, learning how parts are made. They also asked the staff questions on their hiring practices and what the company looks for in an employee.
Forest City Technologies is a diversified manufacturer and service provider to the automotive, industrial transportation and machinery, aerospace, electrical and optical and consumer goods markets. The company specializes in value-added fastener coatings, a full suite of sealing solutions and application technologies and custom injection molding.
Nolan said, traditionally, Teacher-In-Service Day is used to improve the teaching methods of the staff, but Friday was different in that teachers got out of the classroom to interact with the employers.
“This is to be more aware of the needs of our employers,” he said. “At the end of the day, our goal is to make sure students are career and college ready.”
Tamara Jenkins, outreach services specialist and academic adviser at Lorain County Community College, also joined teachers on the tour. Jenkins also works with InnovatED of LCCC, which facilitates partnerships with adult career centers, businesses, nonprofits and other community colleges to help students transfer credits and receive equivalent coursework toward a credit-bearing credential.
Jenkins said she was eager to join the tour to meet local employers and bring back information that could further engage students.