A comment made at a recent Project BEST meeting prompted Bridgeport Schools Superintendent Zac Shutler to start thinking outside the academic box.
Shutler recalls that someone said there aren’t enough people in the workforce if the Belmont County ethane cracker comes to fruition.
He said he realizes that a four-year college degree isn’t the right fit for every high school graduate.
So he spoke with the CEO of Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal about the kinds of jobs they offer.
Shutler said he learned that Kalkreuth has entry level positions for high school graduates, plus college level jobs including drafting, technology management and engineering.
So they decided to bring someone from the company in to talk to the high school students about the range of options open to them, from apprenticeships to four-year degree programs.
They will then arrange a tour of Kalkreuth’s Triadelphia facility.
Shutler says this isn’t job placement.
He says the job of a good high school is to “be a good coach,” and put their students in the best position to succeed.
He says it may allow young people who want to stay in the Ohio Valley to see that those options exist here at home.
The first session has not yet been scheduled.