Vital Connections

Vital Connections, held originally in the mid-1990s, was revived and restructured by the Business and Education Partnership, a subcommittee of the Orrville Area Workforce Development Taskforce to raise awareness of the skills required to be successful in today's workforce.


Helping student understand what careers are available in Orrville and the surrounding areas, and the education required to attain them, is why the program is again being offered this summer.


Thirty-one educators from Wayne, Holmes and Ashland counties participated in Vital Connections this year.  Each Tuesday in June, participants visited one of the 14 businesses involved with the program to learn more about how businesses in the area operate.


The experience helped connect educators to area employers so they, in turn, can share that knowledge with their students.


Michelle Hedberg, an Adult Education instructor at the Wayne County Schools Career Centera, visited The J.M. Smucker Company, Aultman Orrville Hospital, GOJO, and LuK.  "I have already started sharing valuable knowledge from our workforce partners with my students and am continually looking for ways to develop updated and relevant curriculum," said Hedberg. "It is always good to have schools, organizations and businesses partnering toward the common goal of training tomorrow's workforce.  It's a win-win."


For more information about Vital Connections, or to participate in the future, please contact Jean Roberts, Tri-County Educational Services, ph: 330.345.6771 



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