VWMS College & Careers Week

Van Wert Middle School finished out 2018 with three days dedicated to preparing students for their future with College & Careers Week. Brad Johnston, Admissions Advisor from Lincoln College of Technology was the kickoff speaker on Monday, motivating and encouraging students to take control of their future. He impressed upon them that opportunities are limitless, they just need to find their passion. Tuesday, VWMS hosted recent Van Wert High School graduates who were willing to share their experiences since high school, whether in the work force or as they continued their education. Middle School students were encouraged to prepare questions such as how to plan for the stressors of college life like: class load, finances, balancing work and school, and participating in college activities.

 
Brad Johnston speaks to 8th graders about the skills gap in today’s work force.

Brad Johnston speaks to 8th graders about the skills gap in today’s work force.

 

Wednesday brought more than two dozen community members into the building for a “lunch and learn” session. Students were encouraged to dress for success and ask engaging questions that could help them begin to shape their future, such as how the adults chose their career, what struggles they may have encountered over the years, what education or experience was needed, and what they wish they would have known as middle schoolers themselves.

 
Michelle Gunter of Schrader Realty eats lunch and shares her work experience with a group of 7th grade girls.

Michelle Gunter of Schrader Realty eats lunch and shares her work experience with a group of 7th grade girls.

 

Van Wert Middle School would like to thank the following businesses for their dedication to our students’ futures, and for participating in the lunch and learn session: National Door & Trim, Cooper Farms, Edward Jones, Schrader Realty, Van Wert Manor, Guaranteed Auto, Central Insurance Companies, Van Wert Health, YWCA of Van Wert County, Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce, Purmort Brothers Insurance, Braun Industries, Federal Mogul, Vancrest Health Care, Statewide Ford Lincoln, Kennedy Manufacturing, OSU Extension Office, and Alexander & Bebout.

 
Left to Right: Front Row:    Stephanie Reinhart, Jacque Welch, Michelle Gunter, Kim Laudick, Rachel Hoverman, Kelly Houg     Second Row:    Kerry Koontz, Brad Greve, Michelle Mooney, Leah Treece, Paula Stabler, Mark Verville, Julie Coleman, Patty Rank, Kevin Cassidy, Sarah White     Back Row:    Sticky Rammel, Thaison Leaser, John Contrerez, Chad Dicke, Erika Wise, Scott White, Mitch Gearhart, Kevin Lochtfeld, Brandon Miller, Cory Michaud, Roy Salisbury     Not Pictured   : Amy Koontz

Left to Right:
Front Row:
Stephanie Reinhart, Jacque Welch, Michelle Gunter, Kim Laudick, Rachel Hoverman, Kelly Houg

Second Row: Kerry Koontz, Brad Greve, Michelle Mooney, Leah Treece, Paula Stabler, Mark Verville, Julie Coleman, Patty Rank, Kevin Cassidy, Sarah White

Back Row: Sticky Rammel, Thaison Leaser, John Contrerez, Chad Dicke, Erika Wise, Scott White, Mitch Gearhart, Kevin Lochtfeld, Brandon Miller, Cory Michaud, Roy Salisbury

Not Pictured: Amy Koontz