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NewsWIB April 2019
Spotlight on Military Signing Day
Viking Proud: Princeton Celebrates Student Military Commitment Signings
Princeton students and their intended branch of service are shown in bold, row 1, left to right Dvonn’te Sonden, Navy ; Nikolas (Niko) Brooksbank, Marine Corps; Alicia Garcia, Ohio Army National Guard; Frederick (Fred) Cappel, Ohio Army National Guard ; Navy Logistics Specialist Petty Officer First Class Yamilka Rosario ; and Cameron Watkins, Navy. Row 2, left to right: Ohio National Guard Staff Sergeant Popham; Sean Fetick, Navy; USMC Staff Sergeant McCreaney ; David Renfro, Navy; Ohio Army National Guard enlistees Elijah Sullivan; Ben Leonhardt; Tyler Davenport; Christopher Foster, Army ROTC; U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Victor Angulo ; and Ohio National Guard Sergeant First Class Christopher David.
Princeton High School hosted its first-ever Military Signing Day on April 24 to celebrate the confirmation of 11 students’ post-high school choices. As Superintendent Tom Burton shared, “This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the career paths of these young adults.”

Some of the students selected “split enlistment” whereby students complete basic training during the summer following their Junior year, and then return to finish their Senior year of high school before going on to additional military training and then their ultimate career.
SWORWIB President & CEO Sherry Kelley Marshall has advocated for years that high schools not only do Academic Signings for top students getting scholarships and Athletic Signings for top athletes getting scholarships, but also that schools celebrate the Seniors who are walking into employment after graduation and those committing to military service to their country. Marshall gathered a group of local and state military personnel, Veterans, training representatives and other leaders to undertake a regional "military service signing day" for all inducting seniors. The timing was too tight for a 2019 Regional Recognition, but the group and others who have become interested are now planning a fall session to prepare for a spring opportunity to recognize all Seniors committing for induction in all arms of military service or expand the numbers of high schools that hold their own events.
Click here to watch WCPO-TV's story.
Special recognition goes to Superintendent Tom Burton and "Commander" Mark Riesenberg who served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Military Service Recognition Day, expressing "Viking Pride" as 11 students prepare to serve across the spectrum of Armed Services. The SWORWIB congratulates these awesome young people, their family and friends, and the Princeton leadership who filled the room in support of the Princeton High School Seniors and their military commitments. 
Spotlight on Labor Market Information
Spotlight on Company Apprenticeship
Patheon/Thermo Fisher is one of the companies that committed to the America Promise federal apprenticeship grant with SWORWIB. Patheon/Thermo Fisher apprentices celebrate the completion of the Math portion of their related technical instruction. They'll move on to their final technical instruction in Communications which will complete in mid-May 2019!

Pictured, Row 1:
Shandon Gilbert, Mayte Escajeda
Row 2: Idamarie Rios, Lauren Williams
Row 3: Run Pariyar, Purisimo Batin
Spotlight on Jobs for
Cincinnati Graduates
CYC JCG Hosts 37 th Annual Career
Development Conference

Cincinnati Youth Collaborative’s Jobs for Cincinnati’s Graduates Program, whose mission is to ensure academic and career success for the youth in the Greater Cincinnati area, held their 37 th Annual Career Development Conference on April 23. Held in conjunction with Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates, this year’s theme was: “JOG – Just the Beginning”, and for over 20 years, WKRC-TV Local 12 has hosted their annual competition kick-off at their studio.
First Place Winners: Public Speaking – Goldeci Peterson , North College Hill; Students for Service – Recold Moore & Cleveland Farmer , R. A. Taft Information Technology; Employment Interviewing – Elijiah Housely , R. A. Taft Information Technology; Decision Making – Greg Smith , Western Hills University; Application Techniques – DeShayla Thompson , Shroder Paideia; Employability Skills Testing – Tacoria Mitchell , Withrow University; Customer Service Telephone Techniques – Mikayla Howe , Shroder Paideia; Cover Design – Sebastian Rodriguez , Western Hills University; and Team Challenge – Dayiona Allen, Aaliyah Hill, Shamoni McGee, Allyson Reupert , Western Hills University. 
The student competitors from Aiken New Tech, North College Hill, Oyler, Shroder Paideia, Taft Information Technology, Western Hills University, Winton Woods, Withrow University and Woodward Career Technical High Schools competed in the areas of Public Speaking, Cover Design, Student’s for Service, Customer Service Telephone Techniques, Application Completion, Employability Skills Testing, Interviewing, Decision Making and Team Challenge. They were judged by business and community leaders including SWORWIB Board Members: Alicia Tidwell, DeJuan Gosset, Natasha Chestnut. Students participated in Beauty / Brains / Brawn team building workshops facilitated by JCG Specialists and community Career Coaches.
Jobs for Cincinnati’s Gradates is an accredited course which facilitates a School-to-Work Readiness Program focusing on competencies in Basic Skills, Career Development, Job Attainment, Job Survival, Basic Skills, Leadership and Self-Development, and Personal Skills. There is also a strong commitment to Service Learning/Community Service projects throughout the school year. This school year alone, JCG students collectively donated over 13,000 hours of service. Some of JCG’s annual partnerships include: The Bethany House, Hoxworth, Be the Match, Free Store Food Bank, Harvest Homes, Youth at the Booth, Pennies for Patients (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), Breast Cancer Awareness and American Cancer Society.
All First Place winners competed in Columbus at the Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates State Conference on April 29 along with First Place winners from: JOG Greater Canton, JOG East Central (Zanesville), JOG Summit/Medina, North Central JOG (Delaware), JOG Cleveland, and JOG Miami Valley. JCG brought home the metal, winning First Place for Public Speaking and Interviewing; Second Place for Customer Service Telephone Techniques and Third Place for Application Techniques and Cover Design in the statewide competition.
JCG 2019 Spirit Award Winners

The Spirit Award recognizes two JCG program students each year who best exemplify what the JCG program is all about. The Macy’s and P&G Spirit Awards are in recognition of JCG’s founding companies. The JCG Specialists and/or School Advisory Committee Members make the final decision at each school; then all nominations are judged by CYC Board of Directors. Each nomination includes a narrative describing “Spirit Award Qualities” including: how the student exemplifies JCG and the Career Association Goals: Leadership Development, Career Preparation, Civic Awareness, Social Awareness and Community Service/Service Learning; how the student has led others through regular participation in JCG training and Career Association activities; how the student inspires, encourages and models professional behavior in and out of class; how the student has overcome barriers and challenges in order to achieve success in school, in work, and in JCG Career Association activities.
Damondez Thompkins, Aiken New Tech High School (center)
Dayiona Allen
Western Hills University High School
This year’s winners were Damondez Thompkins , Aiken New Tech High School, who will be attending Gateway Community College for Welding and then plans to attend a 4-year college and Dayiona Allen , Western Hills University High School who will be attending Cincinnati State, majoring in Pre-Veterinarian Medicine. Both students and their JCG Career Specialists received a plaque and each student received a $1,000 check to help them reach their goals. Congratulations to Damondez and Dayiona!