SNEAK A PEEK Career Development Events in Your Schools Career Development Department Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District Volume 3, Issue 2 January - June, 2010 HISTORICAL INTERPRETER MADE HISTORY REAL Inside this Issue: Central School students in Page 1 - Historical Interpreter Made Mrs. Wable‟s and Mrs. Toth‟s History Real; Fourth Graders Learned 4th grade social studies about Careers classes at Central School Page 2 - “Tools of the Trade” Day at enjoyed a visit from Doug Hilton Elementary School Kusak, Historical Interpreter, Page 3 - Career Day at the Middle from Cleveland Metroparks School Featured Parents; Memorial Day CanalWay Center. Celebration at Central School Mr. Kusak explained the his- Page 4 - What’s an EWOW?; “Facebook. tory of the canals in Ohio and Texting.Help!” Seminar; Seventh Graders how the trains eventually made Visited CVCC for “Exploration” them obsolete. He also shared his career journey. He has three part-time Page 5 - 2010 “Engineering For You” jobs with the Metroparks, the Great Lakes Science Center and as an actor. Expo at CVCC Page 6 - Student Job Fair at CVCC at- tended by more than 1200; Health Care FOURTH GRADERS Job Fair and Career Expo at CVCC LEARNED ABOUT CAREERS Page 7 - Job Fair Boot Camp; “College Survival Skills 101” Seminar On May 14th, parents of 4th graders in Central School visited with students Page 8 - Summer Career Camps to share information about their careers. Pictured below are speakers who Page 9 - Glass Ceiling Roundtable Year- participated in the career day event. End Brunch at CVCC Page 10 - 2010-11 Coming Events; Dr. Marko Farian Received Spirit of Success Award; Soup with the Supe Luncheons William Camperchioli Dr. Forrest Gearhart Electrical Test Engineer, NASA Dentist Jina Demeo Physical Therapist Cleveland Clinic & Manor Care Sneak a Peek newsletters are published in January and September Dr. Caroline Casserly to highlight Career Development and Physician/Cardiologist Lisa Bires Career Pathways activities in your Cleveland Clinic Dancer/Owner schools. Newsletters are edited and produced by Donna Hessel, Revolutions Dance Career Pathways Specialist. Academy Articles Continued on Page 2 CVCC Mission: Preparing youth and adults to enter, compete, and advance in an ever-changing work world Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 2 Career Day Speakers Lisa Bires, a (Left) David Pisanick Continued from Page 1 community COO/Computer member, Software was also a Food Service speaker. Solutions, Inc. Career Day arrangements (Rght) were made David Macy by Gretchen Home Inspector Weber, Home Safe Home CVCC Career Inspectors Specialist at Central Russ Kocher School. Geologist, Ohio EPA (Left) Shawn Smith Account Management Towers Watson (Right) Brian Root Engineer Rockwell Automation “TOOLS OF THE TRADE” DAY AT HILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL On May 21st, Kindergarten through second grade students got to try their hand with some “tools” used in careers. They experimented with socket wrenches, nuts and bolts, fingerprinting and a magnifying glass, stethoscope, walker, crutches and other equipment that a physical therapist uses. Each class was divided into three groups and each group spent 10 minutes at each station. Par- ents, two Brecksville police officers, men from the Brecksville-Broadview Heights city school mainte- nance department and Maria Konstas (sister of speech pathologist Effie Konstas) helped students at the stations. (Clockwise from Left) Students learned how to manage crutches with help from a physi- cal therapist; experimented with wrenches, nuts and bolts and recorded their fingerprints with the help of Michele West, CVCC Career Specialist Gretchen Weber, CVCC Career Specialist, works with teachers to schedule and facilitate career-related events and speakers at Brecksville-Broadview Heights elementary and middle schools. The much-anticipated annual “Community Walk” in which all grades visit multiple businesses in Brecksville (that requires a huge amount of preplanning) was rained out in 2010. Disappointed teachers, students, chaperones, specialists and businesses are hoping for a sunny day in 2011! Articles continued on Page 3 Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 3 CAREER DAY AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FEATURED PARENTS April 30th was Career Day for 6th graders at the middle school when parents shared their careers with students. Every student heard three parents. Each parent spoke to three classes for 30 minutes each. Then all students completed the Career Game, an interest inventory. A few weeks later, they all received a computer-generated printout of jobs that matched their interests. Mark Bender (Left) and Valerie Waugaman Parent presenters were Dawn Wesley- Ventura, Program Assistant, Federal Air Mar- shal; Jane Pearson, Special Agent, FBI Cleve- land Division; Dante Boccuzzi, Chef/Owner, Dante Restaurant; Deanna O‟Donnell, Judge, Parma Municipal Court; Robert Shick, Ph.D., Scientist and New Product Development President and COO, Promerus® LLC; Dr. Ara Kallibjian, Podiatrist, Advanced Ankle/Foot Care; Mark Bender, Firefighter/Paramedic, Brecksville; Stephen Jaramillo, Forensic Social Worker, North Coast Healthcare; Sue Dalesio, Family Nurse Practitioner, MetroHealth; Valerie Waugaman, Motivational Speaker, Professional (L-R) Dr. Ara Kallibjian, Stephen Jaramillo and Judge Deanna O‟Donnell Athlete and TV Personality; Bill Kubiak, Police Officer, Cleveland Police Department; David Horvath, Attorney; and Brian Rosander, Chef, International Culinary Arts & Sciences Institute. MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION AT CENTRAL SCHOOL (L-R) Sue Dalesio, David Horvath and Dawn Wesley-Ventura Pat Coleman-Bagpipes Scouts raised the flag The Memorial Day celebration at Central School has always been a special event, ever since Principal Nick Carpas initiated it. He still attends every year, even though he has retired. Dignitaries from Brecksville and Broadview Heights attended the This year, 22 family members of 4th and 5th Memorial Day celebration graders also attended and were honored for their service to our country. They represented the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, and served as long ago as the Korean War. Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 4 WHAT’S AN EWOW? Students in each of CVCC‟s eight districts in grades ranging from third to fifth complete an early career assessment known as an EWOW. EWOW stands for Exploring the World of Work. It‟s an easy and fun way for students to begin to understand how their skills and interests can lead to a rewarding career. Students are asked to mark career pictures either green (like), yellow (not sure) or red (do not like) based on their feelings. They are encouraged to think about the things they like to do and what they are good at when making their choices. Once they have marked their forms, students tally their colors and complete a simple pie graph that represents career clusters. Students can then easily see which “pie” has the most green, indicating the cluster they may be interested in exploring further. This activity precedes discussions about career choices, college requirements and non-traditional careers. The EWOW forms and A student colors career pictures to indicate things he likes or is good at in a career assessment crayons used to complete the activity are provided by CVCC. conducted at district elementary schools in Assessments are conducted by CVCC Career Specialists in third through fifth grades each school. “FACEBOOK.TEXTING.HELP!” SEMINAR ENLIGHTENED PARENTS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING Parents learned the basics of social networking on January 27th at a Parent Speaker Series evening seminar hosted by CVCC‟s Career Development Department. Sharon M. Styffe, Executive Director of Community & Continuing Education at Cuyahoga Community College, presented the key benefits and pitfalls of social media and shared tips for keeping children safe and tech savvy when participating in a social network. (Sharon Styffe discussed benefits and pitfalls of social media SEVENTH GRADERS VISITED CVCC FOR A DAY OF “EXPLORATION” “Tryvertising” — a lab setting in which students participate in six activi- ties that simulate skills used in various careers — is just one of the ad- ventures for district 1 school seventh graders when they visit CVCC for 2 3 a day of “Exploration.” Pictured above are five of the Tryvertising stations: 1 - Construction Tecnolo- gies-students follow a blueprint to frame a house; 2 - Hospitality & Tourism-students follow direc- tions for folding napkins into various figures; 3 - Human Services-Yes, the most famous hairdress- ers are men! 4 - Engineering & Science Tech- nologies-students complete a circuit to make a fan revolve; 5 - Health Science-students learn the proper positioning of organs in the human body. 4 5 Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 5 “Exploration” Continued from Page 4 Students in groups tour CVCC to view activities taking place in the classrooms. Posters list the potential careers associated with each program, and students note which careers they might want to pursue. Students are invited into classrooms for a closer look at what CVCC students are doing. The day also includes lunch in the cafeteria and an online interest and skill assessment survey that helps students match their interests with potential careers. CVCC Career Specialists, Gretchen Weber, Kathy Richards and Michele West, conduct a lesson at each associate school to introduce career and technical education prior to students visiting CVCC. Specialists also conduct a follow-up session in students‟ classrooms to answer questions. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EXPLORED POTENTIAL ENGINEERING CAREERS AT “ENGINEERING FOR YOU” EXPO There was a lot to see and more to learn for 400+ high school students and their parents who attended the “Engineering For You” Expo at CVCC on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Some 67 engineers, representing 40 companies and professional societies, met students at individual booths for one-on-one conversations about their work. Students discovered that engineers are em- ployed in a vast number of disciplines other than those commonly associated with engineering. A 15-minute introductory power point, “Engineering Is…” was presented by two Cleveland Engineering Society (CES) members. Kathy Gargasz, a civil engineer and environmental coordinator from Lincoln Electric; and High school students visited with engineers representing a Linda Rae, with Keithley Instruments Inc., were the variety of disciplines at the 2010 Engineering Expo. presenters. Fourteen Ohio colleges that offer engineering degrees also had representatives present to help A pre-Expo session for middle school girls interested in students plan further education engineering careers was coordinated by members of Society for Women Engineers. They told the girls what they loved about their jobs and advised them to learn about all the disciplines available so they could focus on their passion and find a job they loved. Dr. Majid Rashidi from Cleveland State University conducted a breakout session on wind energy and told students how his invention installed on experimental turbines at CSU has successfully increased the velocity of wind entering the turbines to increase their efficiency. The Expo was sponsored by CVCC‟s Career Development Department in partnership with The (Left) In a special breakout session, representatives from Great Lakes Science Center and Cleveland Engineering Society of Women Engineers conducted a panel Society. Marie Elias, Career Development Community discussion and hands-on activities for girls interested in Liaison, chaired the event and every member of the a career in engineering department staff was involved either with arrangements (Right) Dr. Majid Rashidi from Cleveland State‟s Fenn or assisting during the day of the Expo. College of Engineering presented his research on wind energy and discussed his experimental turbines installed at CSU Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 6 STUDENT JOB FAIR IN MARCH ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 1200 Alex Meler, a junior at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, was one of the more than 1,200 students who came to the Student Job Fair. With resume in hand, he was prepared to interview with some of the 38 employers at the Fair. He didn‟t get beyond the first table, however. He was asked to fill out an application. After he returned it to the table, he was asked to come back in 20 minutes. When he returned and after a short interview, he was hired on the spot and began to work the next day. Others may not have been so lucky, but, as Alex said, “it‟s a The 2010 Student Job Fair in March attracted chance to put yourself out there and get feedback right there.” It‟s more than 1,200 students a quick and convenient way to meet multiple employers who are hiring part-time and seasonal employees, and increasing numbers of students appreciate the opportunity provided annually by CVCC‟s Career Development Department! Information on the Job Fair is provided to students by CVCC career specialists in their schools who help students prepare profiles and resumes and practice interviewing skills. The special- ists also instruct them in the proper conduct and what type of apparel will help them make a good first impression on employers. HEALTH CARE JOB FAIR AND CAREER EXPO PROVIDED VENUE FOR ADULTS IN JOB MARKET Forty-two employers conducted interviews at tables with color-coded balloons indicating the TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL FIELDS ages they were hiring To provide a venue for community members to learn about the many opportunities for a career in the health care field, CVCC hosted a Health Care Job Fair and Career Expo on May 5th from 3:30 to 6:00 at the school. In addition to nearly 20 health care employers hiring for allied health and nursing positions, there were several colleges with information about training programs and how to advance in a career. Northeast Ohio has established a reputation as a player in the bio- medical and health care fields, offering a wide variety of secure jobs, as well as great opportunities for continued professional growth. So in today‟s difficult eco- nomic times, careers in health care make a lot of sense. Students filled out employers‟ applications and returned them at the Job Fair The health careers job fair was the capstone event to this year‟s CVCC Job Seekers Pro- gram, which provided monthly seminars and workshops as a free service to com- munity members in career transition. Both the Student Job Fair and Health Careers Job Fair events were chaired by Nanci Coleman, Thressa Brown and The Health Care Job Fair and Career Expo Patricia Coyne from CVCC‟s Career hosted nearly 20 health care employers hiring Development program. for allied health and nursing positions Cleveland Clinic presenter Elizabeth Gildone Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 7 JOB FAIR BOOT CAMP PREPARED JOB SEEKERS FOR NETWORKING WITH EMPLOYERS For those in career transition and looking for a job, attending a job fair can offer exciting prospects. But it can also be intimidating and discouraging. To make the most of attending a job fair, preparing strategies and plan- ning how to “work” the job fair to one‟s advantage is a necessity. CVCC Job Seekers program hosted a Job Fair Boot Camp on April 24th for people who had registered to attend the Health Care Job Fair. Career Transition Specialist Patricia Coyne provided strategies on how to research employers and job opportunities, prepare a 30-second “elevator speech” and make a positive first impression. Ms. Coyne demonstrated what to look for when researching employers using search engines, company web- sites and industry guides. She noted that a prospective job applicant should be prepared to talk about how s/he is a good fit with the corporate culture and organizational mission. She encouraged applicants to look for a mis- sion/vision statement, news/announcements, company initiatives, calendar of events, “about us” data, newslet- ters and organizational structure Boot Camp participants stated that they appreciated the hands-on focus of the workshop and felt much better prepared to network with employers at the upcoming job fair. “COLLEGE SURVIVAL SKILLS 101” HELPED STUDENTS (AND PARENTS) PREPARE FOR COLLEGE LIFE (Left) Sergeant Chad Cunningham, University of Akron Police Department, had the audience put their hands in the air, then behind their backs as if cuffed to illustrate the point that this is NOT the position college students want to find themselves in! He then talked about how this could happen Panelists at the parent seminar included Dr. Trina Dobberstein, Vice President for Student Affairs at Baldwin-Wallace College; David Pelland, CFP, Bear Pelland Associates; Sgt. Chad Cunningham, University of Akron Police Department and two B-W students CVCC‟s Career Development staff hosted a parent seminar on the evening of April 28th titled “College Survival Skills 101.” A panel of experts, including two college students from Baldwin-Wallace College, addressed issues critical for the college-bound student (and his/her parents). Topics included legal issues and campus safety, adjusting to college life and students‟ financial responsibility. Panelists provided tips on parent/student expectations and relationships, balancing campus life with academic responsibilities, legalities surrounding misconduct, substance use and pirated software. Managing credit cards, establishing bank accounts, budgeting and avoiding identity theft were also on the agenda. Attendees rated the seminar „excellent‟ and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to glean valuable advice and helpful resources from experienced professionals. In addition to several articles, each family received a checklist of “must-have” conversations before a student leaves for college. Patricia Coyne, Julie Regula and Darden Blake developed and implemented the seminar. Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 8 2010 SUMMER CAREER CAMPS ENTICED 7TH, 8TH AND 9TH GRADE STUDENTS TO CVCC TO TRY OUT POTENTIAL CAREERS CO2 Dragster Popular Beautiful You career camp was scheduled campers used CAD to both June 14th and June 21st camp weeks. Campers practiced design their hair styles on their mannequin heads, facial dragsters, then built and arm massages and pedicures on each other and decorated them. Parents were invited to a race on Friday Campers in CSI: that demonstrated Cuyahoga Valley which cars were most learned about finger- aerodynamic printing and blood spatters, as well as forensic techniques and how to diagram a crime scene In Digital Darkroom, campers practiced camera techniques and learned to enhance their photos using Photoshop software S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engi- neering, Math) camp provided a variety of physical and chemi- In Care 4 Kidz „n Petz, campers cal experiments that gleaned babysitting tips and became increased campers‟ CPR certified. A highlight of the week knowledge of these was a trip to a veterinary clinic where fields they were able to watch an operation For those who like Apple turnovers, pizza, playing video games, salsa, cookies, cupcakes Video Game Design and more kept Chef for a camp is the next step Week campers busy. This popular camp was held both weeks Tool Time campers produced professional quality Adirondack chairs and benches in this popular camp that An amazing array of designs Movie Makers and Animation Studio, held weeks one was held both was produced by campers in and two respectively, gave budding filmmakers a chance weeks Digital Fashion Design camp to create their own productions Volume 3, Issue 2 Page 9 Summer Career Camps Continued In Underwater Robot, campers designed and built camera-controlled Campers in Blast Off! Rocketry learned how to design their robots, tested them in a rockets using a computer program, then built their designs. pool at CVCC and then The camp culminated on Friday with a rocket launch that competed in trials on was the ultimate proof of a good design Friday at the Macedonia Rec Center pool GLASS CEILING ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS PRACTICED PROFESSIONAL ETIQUETTE AT CVCC BRUNCH Thirteen girls from Garfield Heights, 16 from Nordonia Hills, six from Twinsburg, 12 from Independence and 14 from Cuyahoga Heights high schools, along with their counselors and CVCC career specialists, gathered for a year-end brunch at CVCC on April 20th. Preparing for success is what the Glass Ceiling Roundtable has been about since its inception in 2002. The program is sponsored by CVCC and offers high school girls who have demonstrated leadership potential an opportunity to meet monthly with accomplished women in the community, equipping and empowering them for future professional success. Good manners and professional etiquette, essential for success in the corporate world, were the focus of this year‟s brunch. Cassaundra Crawford from Burns Internal Institute of Protocol explained dining etiquette, from proper use of silverware to how to pass the salt. After brunch, the girls attended (Clockwise from Left) Twinsburg students three breakout sessions: Netiquette, Amanda Long and Luiza Ivan practiced Social Etiquette and Positive First handshakes that make a good first Impressions. impression. Cassaundra Crawford explained proper place settings to two “The program gave me confidence attendees. Angela Planisek, PhD, shared that I‟ll know what to do in an important tips on making a positive impression” business situation,” an enthusiastic participant commented. 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MARKO FARIAN IS 2010 SPIRIT College Night OF SUCCESS AWARD WINNER October 6, 6:00-7:00 PM Job Seekers - Saturdays 9:00-Noon “His presentation to my classes has September 25 - What HR Pros are expanded over the past seven years from Looking For once a month to three times at three schools, October 16 - Open Computer Labs plus three Scientist Days” said Tish O‟Dell. “In December 3 -11:30-1:00 - Lunch & addition, he donated and fitted mouth guards Learn: How to Penetrate the Job Market for the high school and participated in job January 22, 2011 - Strategies for Job shadowing. And he always brings Seekers Over 40 toothbrushes and toothpaste for the children.” Parent Seminars Dr. Farian thanked the group for the award and commented, “I love my November 10, 7:00-9:00 PM - College business. It‟s really rewarding.” & Career Planning January 26, 2011 - 7-8:30 PM - Career Dr. Farian, a general dentist with offices in Macedonia, was nominated Assessments: Identifying Your Children‟s for the award by Tish O‟Dell, CVCC Career Specialist at Nordonia Hills‟ Strengths Ledgeview, Rushwood and Northfield Elementary and Lee Eaton IT’s For Girls Intermediate School. The Spirit of Success award is presented to a December 10 - Middle School Students volunteer who has made over-and-above contributions to district at CVCC students in conjunction with programs developed by career specialists. Soup with the Supe - 12 Noon September 17 - Red Hat Society BBH STAFF AND AREA PARENTS TREATED November 5 - Area Realtors GO Show TO “SOUP WITH THE SUPE” October 23 - 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Brecksville-Broadview Heights teachers and SAVE THESE DATES staff enjoyed the luncheon at CVCC on January February 5, 2011 - STEM Expo 25th. Parents of seventh graders who participated March 10, 2011 - Student Job Fair in Exploration and/or Summer Career Camps May 4, 2011 - Health Career Fair were invited to CVCC on March 19th. Free Soup with the Supe luncheons are For more information on any of the above arranged by Bridget Murphy and Marie Elias, events and to opt in for monthly email Career Development Department Community Liaisons. Participants updates, please check the CVCC website: www.cvccworks.com enjoy soup and salad, an introduction to CVCC programs and activities by Roscoe Schlachter, Superintendent, and an optional tour of the school.