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2022 Industry Training Program for High School Graduates & Seniors

Are you graduating from high school and looking to develop workforce skills to obtain a job in a career of interest? Are you a rising senior who turns 18-years-old in the summer of 2022 and looking to get a jump start on skills for a job?

The Shawnee State University Bear Tracks program might offer the help you need to start your career post-high school. Check out the programs offered.

Starting Monday, June 6, attendees will move into a Shawnee State University dorm where they will live Monday – Friday. During the day, students will attend workforce training, career coaching and be connected with other resources to help launch into the world of work or onto the next step of education. Upon completing the program, students will test for industry certification and then be connected into an internship, job or the next step of training.

To be eligible for this program, you must live in the Ohio counties of Adams, Brown, Clermont, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, or Vinton.

Register Here – Select the program Bear Tracks.

Bear Tracks Offered

Healthcare – Electrocardiography (EKG) Technicians & Phlebotomist

Electrocardiography (EKG) technicians are vital members of any healthcare team. EKG Technicians are responsible for conducting various tests of a patient’s heart and lungs, though primarily they perform electrocardiograms (EKGs). They attach wires to a patient’s arms, chest, and legs, monitor EKG readings and report the test results.

Phlebotomists are medical professionals who work in medical labs, taking blood samples from patients and adequately labeling them with their information. They conduct a wide range of tests to identify underlying conditions to assist doctors with diagnosis and patient care.

If you want to join the booming healthcare industry as an EKG tech or phlebotomist, this in-depth course will train you for both and provide other important skills such as CPR, measuring basic vital signs, patient identification, safety, performing rapid response procedures, and identifying rhythms.

Business – Human Resource Specialist

The Human Resources (HR) course prepares you for a career in human resources. HR is the division of a business that is charged with finding, screening, recruiting, and training job applicants, as well as administering employee-benefit programs. HR plays a key role in helping companies deal with a fast-changing business environment and a greater demand for quality employees in the 21st century. This course explores the foundational aspects of HR, including human resource laws, hiring disciplines, and labor relations. By the time you finish the course, you will be equipped to start your career in this growing field.

Education – Child Development Associate / Home Day Care Owner

The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is the most widely recognized credential in early care and education and is the first and most important step you can take to advance your career. Candidates who earn the credential are well prepared to foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of young children. The credential leads to employment opportunities in Head Start, pre-K, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs.

Interested in starting your own childcare? Through a new program offered by COAD, resources are available to support your efforts to set up and operate a home child care center.

Technology – Data Security

With the continuous emergence of cybersecurity threats against companies and government institutions, organizations are more focused than ever on recruiting and retaining information security professionals who can protect corporate assets and prevent criminal activities.

Shawnee State University’s Security+ course aims to prepare Junior and graduating Senior students to enter the dynamic world of cybersecurity.  In this course, students will learn about:

  • Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities
  • Architecture and Design
  • Implementation of Security Controls
  • Operations and Incident Response
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance

These concepts and acquired skills will enable students to take and pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, which will help them to pursue professional careers in cybersecurity.

Sample Weekly Schedule

7:30-8:30 amCheck-in and  WelcomeBreakfastBreakfastBreakfastBreakfast
8:30 – 9 amMorning WelcomeMorning WelcomeMorning WelcomeMorning WelcomeMorning Welcome
9 am – 12 pmContent Area CourseContent Area CourseContent Area CourseContent Area CourseContent Area Course
12 – 1 pmLunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
1 – 4 pmContent Area CourseContent Area CourseContent Area CourseContent Area CourseContent Area Course
4 – 6 pmRecreationRecreationRecreationRecreationCheck-Out
6 – 7 pmDinnerDinnerDinnerDinner 
7 – 9:30 pmEvening Programming  Evening ProgrammingEvening ProgrammingEvening Programming
9:30 – 11 pmFree TimeFree TimeFree TimeFree Time
11 pmLights OutLights OutLights OutLights Out

Participant Fees

All students are eligible for full scholarships through the GRIT Project. For private pay families, the program cost is $2,000. 

Additional Questions

For further information contact 740-351-3188 or by email at


Register here by selecting the program Bear Tracks.

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