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Career Center selected to run pilot internship program

LISBON — The Columbiana County Career and Technical Center has been named one of 12 schools in the state to act as a pilot site for a paid internship program for students.

The program is through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and will create internships for students where some of the wages will be paid by the state of Ohio, with the goal of long-term employment once the internship ends. Students would be placed in internship roles that have similar demands to an entry-level technology based job.

The internships will focus on software, data, cloud and IT infrastructure.

Assistant superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said CCCTC is one of only two pilot programs in the northeast region. He said the program can potentially create 18 internships for current students as well as recent graduates.

In other business, the Career Center received a grant of $1,700 from Kent State Tech Prep Consortium which will be used for a rather unique addition to the vet tech program — a swine breeder birther machine.

“It answers the question of, ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’ because the swine breeder birther can be set up to demonstrate breeding and birthing, so whichever way Ms. Stacy sets it up first is what came first, the chicken or the egg,” Corbisello said.

In other matters, the board also approved:

— The student insurance program for next school year.

— Two-year certified employee contracts for James Beardsley, Richard DeSalvo, Christy Mays and Matt Peters and a one-year certified employee contract for Michael Boyle.

— The two-year classified contract for assistant treasurer Emma Schneider, effective July 1.

— A proposal from Strollo Architects professional services of a $12,000 fixed fee for the sanitary line replacement project.

— Donations of an X-ray light box and X-rays for teaching for the vet science program from Lisbon Vet Clinic, Wahl Pro Series cordless clippers for grooming for the vet science program from Salem Tractor Supply Company, tool boxes and tools for the auto technology program from Don Scott, various needles, catheters and other medical supplies from KLG Ambulance to the LPN and RN adult education programs.

lnickel@mojonews.com

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