Students in the HCSD Career Mentorship Program who have an interest in engineering, math and science, were introduced to local manufacturing industries in Hilliard. OhioSemitronics and Pharmaforce opened their doors to introduce our students to manufacturing. The first tour was at OhioSemitronics guided by John Redmyer, President & CEO and Kathy Roush, Director of Sales. Students enjoyed learning about the work they do for the military and were surprised to learn of the companies around the Nation that depend on OhioSemitronics for specialized products, including Disney World. Ian Timan shared “The company hand solders components to circuit boards, and uses CAD software and 3-D printers which is essentially the work I have done through my Engineering Program. It was a super cool experience to see that all the work I’ve done at Davidson will pay off in the long run.”
The second tour was with Pharmaforce guided by Derrick Bennett, Site Manager and Kellen Morrissey, HR Coordinator. After gearing up in lab coats, hair nets and shoe covers, students were guided through the facility to learn how the company manufactures, packages and ships the pharmaceuticals. Mychal Ellis commented, “This facility was neat because all of the areas had certain levels of sterility. Some places were super sterile and required gloves, hood, masks… the whole nine yards. If you’re claustrophobic, this career path is probably not for you. In fact, they warn people of that in their interviewing process.” Students’ eyes were opened to the many job opportunities available so close to home. They were even invited to participate in their internship program next year as they enter their freshman year at college, as several plan to attend OSU. Ellis went on to share, “It’s amazing that these things are done so close to home. It kind of makes you wonder what else is right down the street.”
A special thank you to Gary Walzer and John Watson of OH! Manufacturing for arranging the tour and joining us for the day.
Students in the Personal Success Network are working to raise money for D.A.S.H. animal rescue through a variety of fundraisers. The senior students in the PSN came up with the idea as a way to fulfill their senior capstone requirement and the initiative is now a collaborative effort with students throughout the program.
To date, over $300 has been raised and a room full of donations has come as a result of their efforts to contribute to the cause. A number of fundraising activities are planned in the upcoming weeks, please stay tuned to our twitter feed @hcsd_ilc for more information.
Students are playing a prominent role in shaping our vision both here at the ILC and throughout the district. Often, districts rely on professionals that have been in the education field who have been in the field 20+ years to design curriculum. Hilliard City Schools is turning to the folks that haven’t even begun to dream about their 20th birthday.
The Student Voice and Choice Committee is comprised of students from each of the three middle schools. This group most recently met with Mr. Wise, Mr. Morrison, and Secondary Director of Education Mike McDonough to talk about ways they would improve curriculum, instruction, building design, and many other aspects of their school experience. The Voice and Choice Committee will meet once a quarter to ensure that the district vision continues to align with the goals of our young people.
Students from Academy EDU were asked to sit on a panel during IGNITE. The panel discussed awareness surrounding social media and the use of social networks, apps, and cell phones during the school day. The experience was another example of how our students are helping to shape the experiences that we offer in Hilliard City Schools.