The initial phase of the $786,000 Together Assembling a Stronger Community (TASC) grant runs from January to May.
Participating businesses and organizations approved by Butler Tech will work with a team of high school juniors or seniors from a corresponding program at the career school, which offers more than two dozen career training programs ranging from auto collision to welding technology.
Students guided by a company-provided mentor will identify the business or organization’s challenge, the organization will then host a company tour and provide judges for a final student presentation on their project and proposed solution to the business or organization’s problem.
Megan Reed, career specialist for Butler Tech who will oversee the TASC program, said “ideally, we are looking for business challenges, such as a process improvement, that involve students from a variety of disciplines to resolve.”
“This has a potential to be a big win for the community in helping to make businesses more efficient and also to grow the local workforce by introducing students to careers that might not yet be on their radar,” said Reed.
Butler County businesses interested in participating in the new program are asked to contact Reed at 513-645-8261 or ReedM@ButlerTech.org.
Butler County high school sophomores and their families interested in the career school’s more than two dozen career training programs are invited to open houses at one of Butler Tech’s four high school campuses on Jan. 14. More information is available at ButlerTech.org.