The National Machinery Foundation has awarded North Central Academy (NCA) a $10,000 Grant to be used to implement a county-wide career education program (REACH). REACH utilizes local business employees to teach monthly lessons about soft skills needed for employment, such as communication, technology, habits, talents and attitude. The grant will be used to work with 7 local school districts in Seneca County including: Fostoria, Hopewell-Loudon, Mohawk, New Riegel, North Central Academy, Old Fort and Seneca East.
“The REACH program is one of the initiatives of North Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s (NCOESC) Business Advisory Council (BAC),” said NCA Superintendent, Brenda Luhring. “We are very grateful to the National Machinery Foundation for realizing the importance of such a program for our community businesses and the close to 500 sixth grade students within our BAC member schools.”
REACH is currently seeking business partners for classroom volunteers. David Zak, President and CEO of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development (SIEDC) stated, “SIEDC is excited to be part of REACH and we encourage Seneca County businesses to consider one or two of their employees to volunteer. Workforce Development is a key focus and REACH is a part of the efforts to prepare the next generation of Seneca County employees.”
For more information on the SENECA COUNTY REACH program, or to volunteer, contact John Davoli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-447-2927.