Local businesses recognized for supporting Bucyrus students and staff

Local businesses recognized for supporting Bucyrus students and staff
Posted on 05/26/2015

The 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 school year.

"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 area."

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 economy.

"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 and staff."