Program to offer CTC grads life skills coaching

LISBON – Sometimes just getting an education and finding a job is not enough to keep it.

Project Hope, a grant-funded project available to assist some low income students in health care studies at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, is coaching students on some additional skills.

Diane Stahl, an adult student coach, is currently working with 49 students at the school. Stahl said employers tell them students from the CTC graduate with “great skills” in their field, but lack the “soft skills” employers are looking for to keep them.

Stahl told the board she is meeting with these students to talk about effective communications with employers and co-workers, time management and the issues of balancing work with family time. In poverty families, Stahl notes people often have several crises going on at once, which can interfere with work.

The program offers incentives for some low-income students, even those who do not end up assigned to a coach, just for taking the survey. To qualify students must have an income at or below 200 percent of the poverty level.

The program is in collaboration with the Eastern Gateway Community College, which is also implementing the program through the local Kent State campuses, the Choffin Career and Technical Center, Hannah Mullins School of Practical Nursing, Youngstown State, Trinity Health System and the Trumbull and Mahoning vocational schools.

In other matters Tuesday:

– The board will be looking to hire a part-time custodian to work from 8 p.m. to midnight. Superintendent Chuck Adkins said the position is becoming necessary with the school adding additional spaces, such as the restaurant, coffee shop and new science labs.

– The board will meet at 6 p.m., Jan. 15 in the new restaurant, which is scheduled to be open sometime after the first of the year.

– The board accepted a donation of the drilling of 55 fence posts for the veterinary science technology program, donated by HP Fence.

– The board approved the hiring of John Deiger, adult education instructor, for the current school year.

– Adult education students completing their programs ahead of schedule will soon graduate in the medical office position, patient care, welding and EMTs. Adult education director Kelly Darney said the welding and medical office students all have job placements at this time and as soon as final testing results are completed, jobs are waiting for the students in the other areas also.