Catawba Island Club and Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (Port Clinton), Jet Express (Port Clinton), Magruder Hospital (Port Clinton), The Boardwalk (Put-in-Bay), and the Stoiber Family Businesses (Put-in-Bay) hosted the group of 26 participants.
Businesses talked about the importance of math and blueprint reading when maneuvering and launching boats, the expected shortages of particular healthcare occupations, and the expectations employers have when looking to hire individuals. Lance Woodworth, General Manager and Captain at The Jet Express, specifically noted, “With the new generation of electronic diesel engines, mechanics must possess a skill set that utilizes old school mechanical knowledge along with a sound understanding of the new technology. Mechanics must know how to apply each in diagnosing problems and completing repairs.” Mr. Woodworth went on to note, “When hiring, we look for a solid foundation of mechanical knowledge and will train the right individual on our systems.”
Nicole DeFreitas spoke about the educational opportunities in hospitality management available within the Northwest Ohio region.
“The business tours have created a tremendous opportunity for collaboration between both the education and business communities. The opportunity to effectively merge these two will undoubtedly have a significantly positive impact on our schools, our businesses and our entire community,” commented Port Clinton Middle School Principal, Carrie Sanchez. Similarly, Chris Galvin, Area Director of United Way in Ottawa County, reflected on the tour and noted, “The dialogue among businesses, the schools and community representatives underpin the goals of the United Way to be sure that every child in Ottawa County graduates from school with the skills and a plan for a successful life.”
The group was also joined by Ottawa County Commissioners, members of the OCIC Executive Board and board members of the United Way in Ottawa County.