The success of the Tri Star Career Based Intervention (CBI) program has caught the attention of local businesses and manufacturers, and that of Tess Elshoff, president of the Ohio School Board of Education. Elshoff recently attended the 20 Under 20 banquet where she was intrigued by the CBI students and wanted to learn more about the program and how it is serving local manufacturers and large and small businesses in Mercer and Auglaize counties.
Elshoff, along with Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director, AAP’s Stacey Pickens, Ferguson Enterprise’s John Huber, Reynolds and Reynolds’ Steve Kuhn, and Jared Ebbing, Mercer County Economic Director recently visited Tri Star Career Compact to learn more about the CBI program and its successes, and to tour the Tri Star 2.0 Building project.
The visitors learned that, over the years, the Career Based Intervention classes have changed and grown to be the largest program offered by Tri Star. Benefits of taking the popular elective class include scholarships, certifications, career education, and valuable business connections that students would otherwise not receive.
Speakers from local manufacturers and businesses visit the class weekly offering advice and lessons on a variety of important real-life topics. CBI introduces students to many career themes and topics, some of which include: financial security, money management, teamwork and leadership, interpersonal relationships at work, resume writing, interview skills, and workplace ethics.
CBI is not a career exploration program; it is a project-based learning (pbl) program in which companies and businesses evaluate the students’ performance with an employee rating scale. These students receive a grade from their employer as well as from the CBI classroom.
Many large and small local businesses and manufacturers, including Ferguson Enterprises, AAP, Crown, Reynolds & Reynolds, and Nidec Minster Machine, to name a few, have chosen to hire CBI students as permanent workers.