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March 2024 Update – All Counties

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“…what we want for everybody in Ohio and every kid and every child no matter where they live, and that is for them to have a chance to live up to their full God-given potential. We want our young people to get excited about some career, some pathway. If you’re excited about something you’re going to do very, very well.”

Mike DeWine, Governor of Ohio

Assessments This School Year

Students take the Future Plans Career assessment which identifies their strengths, interests, personality, and work values, and then explore careers that are a fit for them. Each student meets one-on-one with a career coach to discuss their results and potential career paths, with the end goal of developing a career plan. Below is a list of schools in each county that have begun assessments or are planning assessments for the 2023-24 school year.

AdamsManchester, North Adams, Peebles, and West Union
AshtabulaAshtabula County Technical & Career Campus
AthensAlexander High School, Athens High School, Federal Hocking High School, Nelsonville High School, and Trimble High School
ClermontBethel-Tate Local, Felicity-Franklin Local, Goshen High School, and Grant Career Technical Center
CoshoctonCoshocton High School
GalliaGallipolis High School, River Valley High School, and South Gallia High School
HighlandBright Local (Whiteoak Jr./Sr. HS), Greenfield Exempted Village, Hillsboro City
HockingLogan High School
LawrenceChesapeake Union Exempted Village, Fairland Local, South Point Local, and Symmes Valley Local
MeigsEastern High School, Meigs High School, Southern High School
PikeEastern Local, Pike Christian School, Waverly City, and Western Local
RossAdena Local, Chillicothe City, Huntington Local, and Zane Trace Local
SciotoClay Local, Green Local, Minford, New Boston Local (Glenwood HS), Northwest, New Boston Local (Glenwood HS), Portsmouth West, Sciotoville Community, and Valley Local
VintonVinton County Local

County Highlights


  • GRIT’s Amy Queen attended the Manufacturing Summit in Columbus, and are collaborating with OSU Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Growth Advisor, Charissa Gardner and Adams County Economic Development Director, Paul Worley regarding future manufacturing camps for summer and fall.
  • Collaborative work between BB2C, OVSD, and GRIT for a freshman IT Intern through the district is in process, and pulled together by data suggesting the student’s career path is solid in the IT industry.


  • The Ashtabula County Technical & Career Campus has joined the GRIT Project and is rolling out programs. The Center is uniquely positioned to provide workforce training and support in that it hosts the program team for both youth and adults to gain access to Ohio Means Jobs services. By braiding the GRIT funds into their programming, A-Tech will be able to offer workforce education, internships and job placements to more individuals.
  • A-Tech will offer summer programming in collaboration with the GRIT Project for graduating seniors and rising seniors. These programs provide workforce training at no cost to the participant. Check out the offerings here. 


  • OU new President Mrs. Gonzalez has started holding Community Outreach meetings to get an idea of all county needs.
  • The 1st AOMC Manufacturer career fair which was held at the Athens Community Center February 7th. With 15 manufacturers presenting and over 100 area high schoolers and adults attending. A great collaborative effort betwwen AOMC, Ohim Means Jobs, Project Rise, BB2C, Ohio University, and Future Plans/The GRIT Project.


  • GRIT attended the Brown County Chambers annual breakfast on January 18th.
  • GRIT team members worked with the Brown County ESC at Eastern Middle school career event called Escape to your Future.
  • Ashlie from the GRIT team joined the board for The Counseling Center.
  • GRIT team members Ashlie Webster and Amy Queen hosted a career assessment refresher course for the Future Plans Career Assessment at the Workforce Development Center in Sardinia.


  • GRIT will be collaborating and supporting the ASCEND program at Goshen High School.


  • Coshocton High School has taken the first step in engaging in the GRIT Project by piloting the career assessment and coaching process with a group of juniors and seniors. The school is developing its approach to workforce training within the home high school and will continue to explore ways that GRIT resources can offer expanded options for students not attending the career and technical center.


  • Gallia High School and Future Plans are discussing placement of a Career Catalyst in the school to help students find a successful career match.


  • GRIT continues to collaborate with Highland County Workforce Leadership committee and the Business Advisory Council 
  • Future Plans has hired a new Community Outreach Partner for Highland County. Welcome Hilarie


  • The Logan Theater, which has been closed for over 30 years, is nearly renovated and will be open for business this 2024 season.


  • GRIT will have a booth at the Women in Leadership Social
    • Date: March 25, 2024
    • Time: 5:30-7:30
    • Location: Markay Cultural Arts Center
    • Cost: $20 per ticket
    • Professional Headshots, Blowouts and Makeup (Cost is separate from the event), Panel Discussion
    • Light Refreshments


  • The GRIT days of learning conference “Leap Forward with GRIT” was held at Ohio University Southern located in Ironton, OH on February 28th and 29th. The GRIT team is thankful to Ohio University for their hospitality and use of their facilities. With total attendance around 200 this was great opportunity for people to visit Ironton and see what it has to offer.
  • Community Outreach Partner, Sarah Redoutey, was able to present GRIT to the Lawrence County WHOLE Child Initiative meeting on January 16th.
  • Sarah Redoutey and Dee Hagans were invited by Ohio Means Jobs Lawrence County to visit the Lawrence Co. Juvenile Detention Center on Feb. 21st, 2024. They were able to speak with students about their career goals. This event is scheduled quarterly.


  • Meigs High used the Future Plans/GRIT assessment for all their seniors to assist them on a career path for after graduation


  • The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC) held the AOP-20 council meeting, which over 30 people attended.  Discussion focused on developing the workforce at an early age and the effects it has on all aspects of our communities.


  • Northern Perry county is gearing up for the Intel growth anticipated for the area.


  • New Community Outreach Partner, Alison Shepherd, joined the team in mid-January. She is enthusiastic about getting started in her position.
  • VR Day for Manufacturing Jobs at Waverly High School is scheduled for Friday 2/23/24.
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceramony at Western High School on March 4th with Governor DeWine.
  • Next Pike County Quarterly GRIT Meeting is scheduled for May 2nd at the Pike CTC.
  • Alison Shepherd is reaching out to community partners and schools in Pike County to begin collaboration as she gets started. Email Alison at to schedule a conversation.


  • GRIT attended the Ross County Chamber’s 2024 State of the Community Event on March 8th to help celebrate all the positive momentum and continued progress in Ross County. We’re grateful to work with all of our wonderful partners in Ross County!
    • Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney gave the 2024 State of the City address
    • Superintendent Jonathan Davis, of Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center talked about how the CTC is meeting the demands of the future workforce.
    • Superintendent Chris Alford of the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park discussed what he has seen so far from the World Heritage designation and what lies ahead.
    • Chamber CEO Mike Throne provided an update on the Chamber Strategic Plan.


  • Jump Start Your Future (May 3rd at Shawnee State University) is a project by the Business Advisory Council for the SCOESC Member Districts.  This will be the 3rd year for this program that targets sophomores that have taken the Future Plans Career Assessment and have been coached.  Students are grouped with other students having the same career interests with the goal to expand the students’ knowledge of their career path.


Student Opportunities

Now is the time to contact us to get your students career assessed and to collaborate with GRIT to place your students into paid internships!

Introducing the Project REACH Team!

We are excited to share our Project REACH initiative here at Future Plans Inc. The project is funded under the Appalachian Regional Commission Inspire resource. This project is built to help three specific initiatives of reentry in Pike, Scioto, and Jackson counties. Our focus is to collaborate with the local treatment providers, workforce agencies and reentry staff to support individuals in successfully entering the workforce. 

Genna Scott- Project Manager

“I am excited to work with adults with barriers because I am passionate about helping individuals overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Also, I find fulfillment in making a positive impact on their lives and empowering them to reach their full potential.”

Brandi Hawthorne- Project Director

“I have enjoyed working with people no matter how life has impacted them, for five years. I have seen the successful lives others can find when supported by trained individuals capable of meeting them where they are no matter how desperate the situation. I know with confidence this project is needed and will inspire hope in each county for the overall communities.”

Brooke Davis- Holistic Care Coordinator

“I’m excited to work with individuals with barriers to show them that those barriers can be removed. Barriers don’t have to be the end of the line.”

Stacy Stalder- Jackson County Correctional Facility and Probation Career Mentor

“I am excited about working with adults with barriers because it offers an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in their lives and contribute to a more inclusive and diverse workforce. Adults with barriers often face significant challenges in finding employment and advancing their careers, and being able to support them in achieving their goals is both rewarding and important work.

Additionally, working with this population allows me to utilize and develop my skills in empathy, adaptability, and problem-solving, as well as stay current with the best practices in inclusive hiring and workplace accommodations. It is a fulfilling and enriching experience to be able to help adults with barriers overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.”

Kayla Rideout- Scioto County Star Correctional Facility Career Mentor

“I am ecstatic about working with individuals with barriers for many reasons! Adults who have barriers sometimes feel as if there is no hope for their Future. We give them the tools they need to begin knocking down these barriers one at a time. We show these individuals consistency with compassion. When someone shows up with the intent to do nothing other than help. I believe that’s when the hope begins to come back for these individuals. Helping build hope in these individuals will help build the drive to succeed for a better future. Just being a small part of this is so appreciable to me.”

Ashley Puckett- Pike County Probation and Drug Treatment Court Career Mentor

“I’m excited to work with clients facing barriers because this gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life. I also get the chance to help them overcome challenges, achieve their goals, and even just help them improve their everyday life. Overall, I am most excited for being able to be a part of someone’s story and simply making a difference.”

Community Outreach Partners

Southwest Ohio
Brady Carter – Southwest Regional Project Director –

Southeast Ohio
Michelle Carte – Southeast Regional Project Director –