Bucyrus City School District Board of Education presented special Ohio
School Board Association (OSBA) commendations to four local businesses
during the regular meeting at the Bucyrus Elementary School auditorium
May 21. Advanced Fiber Technology, Arctic Cat, Bucyrus Precision Tech
and IB-Tech were named to the 2015 OSBA Business Honor Roll program in
recognition for their leadership in the development of the Workforce
Awareness for Graduates and Educators (WAGE) program.
The four businesses, along with the Bucyrus City School District,
have spearheaded the initiation of the WAGE program in Bucyrus and
Crawford County. The Bucyrus Secondary School was the only school in
Crawford County to participate in the pilot program during the 2014-2015
"This is an exciting time for Bucyrus and the business community,"
Advanced Fiber Technology President Doug Leuthold said. "Thanks to the
community-minded vision of Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel and
leadership of his administrators, we have been able to start a program
that will expose students and educators to the manufacturing job
opportunities that exist for students in the Bucyrus and Crawford County
The WAGE pilot program involved two specific components. First, the
teachers from the Bucyrus Secondary School spent a day touring each of
the four businesses and meeting with business leadership to discuss a
variety of topics related to manufacturing jobs. The second component
involved eighth grade students from the Bucyrus Secondary School touring
facilities and meeting with business leaders in small group settings.
"Both groups involved in the WAGE pilot program presented interesting
perspectives for us as business leaders," Leuthold said. "Overall, this
was a terrific opportunity for us to interact with students and
teachers to help reinforce many of the soft skills students hear about
on a daily basis from their teachers."
The WAGE program is part of the Crawford: 20/20 Vision Business
Success and Job Availability goal team. This team is working to create a
prosperous county economy in which businesses thrive, good jobs are
available and county residents are positioned for success in today’s
"On behalf of the Bucyrus City School District and the Bucyrus Board
of Education, I would like to thank the leaders of Advanced Fiber
Technology, Arctic Cat, Bucyrus Precision Tech and IB-Tech for allowing
our students and staff to participate in the WAGE pilot program,"
Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. "We have a phenomenal opportunity to
make a positive impact on the entire community through the WAGE program,
and the Bucyrus City School District is proud to be the leader in
bringing new opportunities that will enhance the lives of our students