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Olmsted Falls High School hosting job fair April 12 – cleveland.com

Olmsted Falls High School. (John Benson/cleveland.com)
OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The national labor shortage reaches into every community.
Doing its part is the Olmsted Falls City Schools, which is hosting a job fair open to both students and members of the local and surrounding community from 2:45 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (April 12) at Olmsted Falls High School.
“We decided to do this because the guidance department and other departments in the school will get calls from employers in the community offering summer, part-time or full-time opportunities for our soon-to-be graduates,” Olmsted Falls High School College and Career Counselor Aimee Caldrone said.
“We wanted a good way to get the word out to all of the kids. Then it sort of grew. We decided more the merrier and started inviting everyone in the community.”
So far nearly 50 businesses are participating in the open house. Also making a presence to promote their training programs will be post-secondary institutions Tri-C and Lorain JVS.
“The employers that registered with us are kind of split evenly between the groups of businesses that need summer help to run their programming like for lifeguards or for camps and things of that nature to a lot of larger companies looking for people to grow with them,” Caldrone said.
“They’re looking for our graduates or graduates in the greater community.”
Businesses and organizations confirmed to appear at the open house range from Achievement Centers for Children – Camp Cheerful, Cleveland Metroparks & Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Giant Eagle to Horizon Education Centers, Ironworkers local 17, Lake Erie Crushers, Olmsted Community Baseball and Softball Commission, Swings-N-Things Fun Park and Vitamix.
“This being our first time, we’d like to get as many students as we can,” Caldrone said. “We did reserve about a 45-minute block from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. for just Olmsted Falls High School students.
“We’re hoping to get a large number of our students there, even if it’s just to check it out and start practicing networking. We wanted to give them a chance to have a space to do this before the community comes in at 3:30 p.m.”
As far as how many students currently have after-school jobs, the counselor doesn’t have any hard data.
“I do think there’s a good number of students who have jobs because my office is near the main office where I do hear students come in regularly for their work permits,” Caldrone said.
“With the open house, this is really a great time to market those summer jobs. The kids may not know how to get them, so I think the timing is right.”
With attendance anticipation high regarding the upcoming open house, could the community affair become a spring tradition going forward?
“My hope is that it goes really well and we’re able to offer it again,” Caldrone said. “We’re hearing buzz from our school community, as well as also in the greater community, so we hope people are excited.”
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