Workforce is the number one issue in business today and companies are looking for every avenue to find workers – especially entry level, career-minded employees. At the same time, many young people do not understand their options for careers nor the breadth and depth of positions open in Medina County. A number of local efforts between business and education have helped move the needle, but more direct action must be taken.
The County Forward Fund is a Medina County-based non-profit set up to bring education resources together with business to strengthen both in Medina County. In reviewing the resources provided to students through their high school career, it is apparent students need more one-on-one time with someone who can advise them on how their strengths and interests align with careers.
The Career Coach is not an employee of the schools, but instead, works for the Medina County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC), a non-profit providing economic development services to the county. Charged with attracting, retaining, and expanding business in Medina County, MCEDC is familiar with both the new businesses coming into the county as well as those that have been here already. Meeting with over 200 companies a year means they have their fingers on the pulse of what companies need, what benefits they offer, and the different types of cultures. Being part of this organization would give the Career Coach the opportunity to meet one-on-one with companies to learn about the skills needed for recent graduates or high school students working in the facility. They would see firsthand the types of jobs available and take a highly informed approach to discussing careers with students.
Launched in July of 2022, the Career Coach has been welcomed with open arms by all seven school districts, Medina County Career Center, and the Windfall school to help students figure out their future. Meeting with both groups of students and one-on-one, the Career Coach has been successful in guiding students to career opportunities and keeping them in the county.
The County Forward Fund was able to fund the position for the first two years, starting in July of 2023. But to keep things going, we need your support! To donate, please send a check to County Forward Fund, 144 N. Broadway Suite 119, Medina, OH 44256.