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November 2022 Update – Gallia, Lawrence, and Scioto Counties


Stats & Figures

“It was a whole new experience that really taught me and it showed me that I felt like I was ready to face the real world.”

Kyle Glispie, IT Intern (GRIT participant in the 2022 Bear Tracks summer program at Shawnee State University)

Assessments This Quarter

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 snapshot of schools who completed this process and the number of students who received career guidance.

SciotoClay Local121
Green Local15
Northwest Local1
Portsmouth West41
Sciotoville Community29
Valley Local119

County Highlights


  • GRIT participated in the Gallia County Fair with exhibits during the week-long event.  Many contacts were made with schools and community partners, including Ohio Means Jobs. We hope to further develop partnerships in Gallia for both high school students and adults to utilize the free career assessment and coaching resources available.


  • The GRIT team has met with all Scioto county school superintendents and counselors.  Approximately 80% of the high schools in Scioto county are completing career assessments and coaching. Most schools embed GRIT into the state-required financial literacy class. Next GRIT will be offering paid work experiences to students based on their career interests. These opportunities focus on learning digital media and communication skills and are made possible by the collaboration with Ohio Means Jobs. 
  • The South-Central Ohio Educational Services Center completed a building renovation project at the SCOESC Business Center in collaboration with the GRIT Project. Now open in New Boston, the center offers space for remote workers while also providing the convenience of onsite childcare, a health center, and Bridgeworks.


  • Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is committed to bringing more jobs to the area.  One of their more recent projects is developing remote workspace in Chesapeake with the renovation of the community center currently housed in the former Chesapeake High School.
  • Children and Family Services (CFS) in Lawrence county are partnering with GRIT to career assess children in foster care.  Many children age out of foster care when they turn 18 and have little or no support.  Officials with CFS believe GRIT assessments and coaching will help these children obtain job readiness and develop career paths for better outcomes.
  • School Superintendents in Lawrence county have stated their support of the GRIT Project in the county high schools. Career assessment and coaching have begun at the cooperative classrooms at Collins Career and Technical Center. 
  • Symmes Valley Schools recently held a Family Engagement Event which included GRIT and several area businesses.  They will begin career assessing students following Thanksgiving break.

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