Ashtabula Works, a committee of local business leaders and government and school officials committed to improving awareness about job opportunities in Ashtabula County, recognized six students from the Ashtabula Area City Schools for their submissions to the committee’s logo contest. The students received their awards at the December 18th school board meeting.

“We were impressed with the talent of the students. They put a lot of time and effort into their drawings and were very creative,” said Rick Coblitz, chairman of the Ashtabula Works committee.

Members of the committee reviewed over 30 pieces of originally-designed artwork. In the end, the committee decided to combine two entries to come up with the final logo. One of the winning entries was created by two students working together.

STUDENTS RECOGNIZED

First Place — Alex D’Andrea

First Place — Brent Cook and Gaven Pae

Third Place — Suzanne Darling

Honorable Mention — Garrett Bacon

Honorable Mention — Modesto Lebron

First- and third-place winners were awarded with a check in addition to their certificate. Prize money for the winners was donated by A. Louis Supply, Ashtabula County Medical Center, Grand River Rubber and Plastics, and State Representative John Patterson.

The committee liked the way D’Andrea substituted the ‘o’ in the word ‘works’ with the outline of a person and the use of interconnecting sprockets. The committee also liked how Cook and Pae highlighted four key industries in Ashtabula County. Both designs conveyed the message the committee wanted, so the decision was made to bring them together into one final design.

“Jim Colvin, a professional graphic designer at Printing Concepts, merged the two designs together into what is now the Ashtabula Works logo,” said Tina Stasiewski, a member of the Ashtabula Works committee. “Jim and I have been friends for almost 20 years and he agreed to donate his time to do this for us.”

The new logo will now be used on all information and materials that is sent out on behalf of the Ashtabula Works committee.

Ashtabula Works began as a subcommittee of the Business Advisory Council of the Ashtabula Area City Schools. The committee’s goal is to help business and the education sectors better connect so students know what jobs are available here in Ashtabula County and what they need to do to qualify for those jobs.

“All too often we hear from students and parents that there are no jobs in Ashtabula County,” said Coblitz. “Yet, businesses in the county continue to struggle to find qualified individuals to fill open positions. There is a disconnect that we’re trying to overcome. We want everyone to know that you don’t have to leave Ashtabula County to find a good job. You can make a good living here.”

Since forming, the Ashtabula Works committee has also published an insert in the Star Beacon that highlighted four businesses and the types of jobs available at each business. A second insert is planned for early in 2014.

The committee also formed a Career Bank, a list of professionals who have offered to meet with students – either one-on-one or in small groups – to talk about their job and what a student needs to know if he or she is interested in that career. The career bank includes individuals with experience in accounting, marketing, HVAC, nursing, real estate, human resources, information technology, healthcare, banking, business, funeral services, electrical engineering, non-profit administration, law, construction and various other industries.

If you are interested in speaking with a student about your career and would like to be included in the career bank, contact Tina Stasiewski at tina.stasiewski@acmchealth.org.

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