Career Day at Atwood Lake Park
On May 20, 2019 the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) hosted a Middle School Career Connections event at Atwood Lake Park. Fourteen middle school students from the Tusky Valley and Conotton Valley school districts attended the event. Through the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, students picked their “Ohio Means Jobs Backpack Assessment Career Cluster” of interest. The career cluster chosen by the students for this event was: “Agricultural and Environmental Systems”, with a focus on the Oil & Gas sector in Ohio. The goal of this program is to give middle school students throughout the district a chance to interact with the real-world workforce in the region.
MWCD Conservation staff presented an overview of the MWCD, along with numerous career opportunities within the organization. Students learned about careers in Administration, Information Technology, Engineering, Recreation, and Conservation. In addition, students learned about the local careers in the Oil & Gas industry, along with the environmental benefits, job benefits, and lifestyle benefits associated with this industry.
The students were separated into teams and presented with a “real-world” problem happening right in their backyard: “Illegal Dumping at an oil & gas well site on MWCD property”. Working together as teams, and utilizing maps and internet research, the well site was identified. The teams then worked through a worksheet to further identify information about the location of the well site, identify what natural resources could be harmed, and recommend solutions to the problem. The teams presented their solutions at the end of the day and came up with some great recommendations. Needless to say MWCD staff was very impressed!