Medina High School Partners With Medina County Economic Development Corporation to Explore Engineering
Engineering is expected to be a growth sector in the upcoming decade and is currently considered to be a top career choice. On Wednesday. November 13, the Medina High School media center was standing room only to students interested in engineering as a career along with their parents as the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with the high school and the University of Akron, presented the Explore Engineering Expo.
Dr. Julie Yuhua Zhao, Assistant Dean, Recruiting, Retention, and Marketing for the College of Engineering at the University of Akron opened the evening with a presentation showcasing Engineering and Engineering Technology programs available at the University of Akron. During her discussion, she tied in high school courses to take, as well as student organizations and internships available as students move through their secondary education. Attendees had the opportunity to visit with Medina High School mathematics, science, and industrial arts/technology departments to learn more about courses offered. The Medina County Career Center also provided information on their engineering and precision machining programs that are available to Medina High School junior and senior students.
Professional engineers from multiple different fields from approximately eight local corporations, including Medina county engineers, were available during the evening in a career expo setting to encourage students and their parents to ask questions, gather information, and become exposed to the various types of engineering that can be found throughout our county.
“The idea for the engineering expo came from the Medina County Manufacturing Council, a manufacturing sector partnership in Medina County. In our meeting with manufacturers and schools, it was suggested we bring engineers to meet with students who have an interest to help them identify what field within engineering would be appealing to them,” said Kathy Breitenbucher, economic developer, Medina County Economic Development Corporation. “We are so thrilled with the companies in Medina County stepping up the way they do. Their support for our students is just amazing,” Breitenbucher continued. The hope is to continue the engineering expo and add other career pathway opportunities for student and their parents to explore. “I believe our students walked away thinking about the numerous options available to them to continue living and working in Medina County. I (also) believe our parents walked away having learned about the numerous classes offered that they can encourage their child to engage in, ” said Carrie Schreck, Medina High School College and Career Counselor.