Twenty local businesses and organizations joined Canal Winchester Schools on Tuesday, October 25, for the 2022 Annual Business Luncheon, a networking event that fosters collaboration and partnership between the district and local businesses.
"The partnership of business leaders in our community is integral to providing our students with real-world experiences, opportunities, and knowledge to put their Portrait of a Graduate competencies into action,” said Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent Ms. Kiya Hunt. “Whether it's internships, apprentices, job shadowing, guest speakers, mentoring, or partnering with us in other ways, the support of local employers plays a critical role in our ability to prepare our students for the future.
The Business Luncheon is organized by Ms. Kristin Ankrom, Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Canal Winchester High School. In her role, Ms. Ankrom works tirelessly to bridge the gap between future employers, industry leaders, and students. She works with businesses to create internships, apprenticeships, and other career exploration opportunities that help connect students to their passion and authentic work experiences.
At the 2022 Business Luncheon held at Canal Winchester High School, the event focused on avenues to strengthen the district’s Business Advisory Council and a presentation from American Electric Power Company about their internship program.
Michelle Washington, Program Specialist in the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Graduate Success, shared strategies to build an exemplary Business Advisory Council with the group. She emphasized the importance of data-driven decision-making and shared examples from award-winning BACs across the state of Ohio.
“A council should continuously be building partnerships that fill the needs of the community,” said Ms. Washington, who is also a Canal Winchester Schools resident and parent. “It’s so important that our students are given the ability to not just learn competencies, but to perform them.”
Ms. Washington’s son, CWHS Senior Sean Washington, shared his experiences as a summer intern at AEP along with the power company’s Internship Coordinator, Dr. Barbara Dunlap. The AEP program is an eight-week paid internship that focuses on work experience and personal and professional development, requiring students to work with collegiate mentors, present lunch-and-learn sessions, meet with a financial planner, and learn about personal branding and resume building.
Sean Washington shared that he feels more career ready and has seen an improvement in his grades since participating in the AEP internship program.
“Businesses and schools, I feel, need to partner so other kids have opportunities just like I had,” he said.
Businesses and organizations that attended the luncheon include Edward Jones, Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce, Madison Township, Madison Township Police, AEP, Atlas Butler, Accurate Heating & Cooling, Dawson Careers, Kathy Binner Companies, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Diley Ridge Medical, O'Charley's, Strait and Lamp, Eastland Fairfield Career & Tech, ESC of Central Ohio, Heartland Bank, Parker Realty, City of Canal Winchester, Ohio Concrete, Wireman Electric, LLC, and Columbus City Schools.
If you represent a business or organization that is interested in partnering with Canal Winchester Schools, please contact Ms. Kristin Ankrom at [email protected]
or (614) 920-2628.