COLUMBUS — State Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield) visited seventh and eighth grade students and teachers at West Jefferson Middle School on last week to learn more about available logistics career pathways.
“Over 4,000 companies in Ohio are seeking new talent to fill high-paying, in-demand positions,” Widener stated in a release. “By connecting job creators with schools we are helping to prepare these students for future employment.”
This is the first year for the new partnership between West Jefferson Middle School and Tolles Career & Technical Center, which places logistics curricula in middle school classes. Education and workforce development partners are hopeful that the program offered at West Jefferson will serve as a model for other schools and communities across Ohio.
“It is important that we get the conversation started early, these students are curious and eager to learn,” said Widener. “By starting the conversation in middle school we are giving students the ability to be better prepared earlier on in their careers.”
Students in the West Jefferson logistics program can continue their coursework through their freshman and sophomore years of high school or choose an alternative pathway through the marketing and logistics programs offered at Tolles, which focus on supply chain, international business, and operations and logistics management.