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Brain Gain: Skills for Life Weld Future Careers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There’s no quit in Vicki Young. She’s tireless. It’s not uncommon for the welding instructor at Eastern Gateway Community College to work 14 hours a day.  Even on her day off she runs an open lab so students can finish welding assignments or get extra practice. “She doesn’t get paid; she does […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There’s no quit in Vicki Young. She’s tireless. It’s not uncommon for the welding instructor at Eastern Gateway Community College to work 14 hours a day.  Even on her day off she runs an open lab so students can finish welding assignments or get extra practice. “She...

At Empowerment Conference, Sharing Stories of Success

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ronnell Elkins leaned forward in his chair, looked directly into the faces of the young students and declared they would never forget today. One speaker after another offered life stories and advice to 86 young black students Saturday at an empowerment conference sponsored by the Kool Boiz Foundation. Dozens of successful black […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ronnell Elkins leaned forward in his chair, looked directly into the faces of the young students and declared they would never forget today. One speaker after another offered life stories and advice to 86 young black students Saturday at an empowerment conference sponsored by the Kool Boiz...

Manufacturers Coalition Reviews Goals, Progress

YOUNGSTOWN – Facing a growing workforce shortage in manufacturing and skilled trades, industry leaders, educators and state agency officials discussed innovative initiatives to find employees at the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition quarterly meeting Friday. MVMC Executive Director Jessica Borza reviewed measurements of initiatives that are underway, identified lessons learned and outlined expansion efforts to more […]

YOUNGSTOWN - Facing a growing workforce shortage in manufacturing and skilled trades, industry leaders, educators and state agency officials discussed innovative initiatives to find employees at the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition quarterly meeting Friday. MVMC Executive Director Jessica Borza reviewed measurements of initiatives that are underway, identified lessons learned and...

Sharon Robotics Team Solves Problems, Explores Careers

By Jeremy LydicWEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – With the flick of a switch, the robot constructed with a Lego Mindstorms kit makes its way around the table-top obstacle course, completing tasks and following a predestined path seemingly of its own volition. The taskmasters – Katelyn Powell, fifth grade, and Jack Hynes,...

Career Event Gives Trumbull Students New Perspectives

By Jeremy LydicNILES, Ohio -- For Emily Holloway, her journey from high school to working for one of the world’s largest technology companies was anything but a straight path. After graduating from Niles McKinley High School in 2010, she found herself taking internships at a number of organizations, including Independence...

Manufacturing Summit Touts Trades to Columbiana Students

LISBON, Ohio – Columbiana County Career & Technical Center Director Jeremy Corbisello had a simple request of more than 60 high school students Friday morning – keep an open mind. Corbisello’s parting words to students were meant to help sophomores from eight Columbiana County high schools explore all of their...

Boomerangs Bring Home Environmental Skills

By Jeremy LydicYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- For Courtney and Josh Boyle, returning to northeastern Ohio after being gone more than a decade took some getting used to. The husband and wife team behind Environmental Collaborative moved to Boardman three years ago after living and working 10 years on the West Coast....

Girls Get Hands-On STEM Education at Institute

By Jeremy Lydic YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Watching Lucy Papini help her father, Ken, in his woodshop at their home in Boardman, it’s clear she’s a chip off the old wood block. Ken works at International Steel and Counterweights in Youngstown; woodworking is his hobby.  As he built the family’s dining-room...

Chaney Principal and Coach Score for the Kids

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Chaney High School principal Rob Kearns is committed to opening doors that lead his students to a successful future for their lives and careers. Football coach Chris Amill is committed to getting his athletes a college education or a certification in a skilled trade. The two are working...

Not Your Grandfather’s Shop

Not Your Grandfather's Shop

Kyle Kiraly, Controller at Kiraly Tool and Die, talks about the progress they've made working with organizations like the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition to educate parents and students on what manufacturing careers are really like.