Career & College Spotlight

Career & College Spotlight

College & Careers of the Week!

Career of the Week: Carpenter

Construct, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; build frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.  
College degree not required; carpenters typically learn on-the-job and/or through apprenticeships.
Average wage in Ohio: $47,140 a year

College of the Week: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

Community-based, public institution that provides interdisciplinary training of health professionals, offering both a doctor of medicine and a doctor of pharmacy degree.  The College offers a combined B.S. program with The University of Akron, Kent State University and Youngstown State University. In addition to these institutions, Cleveland State University makes up the educational consortium for the doctor of pharmacy program.
Doctoral degrees offered  
Yearly tuition for Ohio Residents: $9,954

Career of the Week: Mechanical Engineer
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems. College major: Mechanical Engineering; Average wage in Ohio: $79, 880
 
College of the Week: Ashland University
Private university located about 45 minutes from LaGrange.  Student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1; average ACT score is between a 20-25.  Fun fact: The Eagle Opportunity Program at Ashland University provides free tuition to fifty eligible students.  Ashland University will also offer new majors in Public Health, Software Design & Development, and Cyber-Security. Popular majors: Education, Health Professions & Related Programs, Biological Sciences. Tuition for Ohio residents: $32, 320

 

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College of the Week: Ashland University
 
Private university located about 45 minutes from LaGrange.  Student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1; average ACT score is between a 20-25.  Fun fact: The Eagle Opportunity Program at Ashland University provides free tuition to fifty eligible students.  Ashland University will also offer new majors in Public Health, Software Design & Development, and Cyber-Security. Popular majors: Education, Health Professions & Related Programs, Biological Sciences.

Tuition for Ohio residents: $32, 320

Bowling Green

Public 4-year university located 30 minutes south of Toledo in northwest Ohio.  Residential campus with park-like setting and 119 buildings.  18:1 student to faculty ratio, Average ACT for entering freshmen is 23; average high school GPA is 3.42.  Fun fact: The Falcon Internship Guarantee, for example, ensures all BGSU students have the opportunity to participate in an internship/co-op or other experiential learning activity.

Education

Business

Ohio residents: $19,524 for Ohio undergraduate student tuition, fees, room, meals

Marietta College

Private, 4-year college located about 2 hours 45 min. southeast of LaGrange.  9:1 student to faculty ratio. Average ACT is 24, average GPA is a 3.2 Fun fact:  Scholarships are awarded for outstanding achievement in academics, extracurricular activities, or community service.  Many private companies and foundations also provide scholarships for which applicants may be eligible.

Education

Communications

Psychology

Ohio residents:  $47, 760 for tuition, room and board, and required fees

Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

Public, 4-year university located in Oxford, Ohio. Ranked among the top 50 "Best Values in Public Colleges."  Located in SW Ohio, about 3 hrs. And 40 minutes from LaGrange.  Average ACT - 27, average GPA - 3.7. Fun fact: considered a “Public Ivy.”  What is a Public Ivy?  A public university that provides an exceptional return on your education investment, has rich history and tradition, and has a picture-perfect campus.

Business

Ohio residents:  $30,033 for tuition, room and board

Edinboro University

Private, 4-year college near Erie, PA. (2 hr. 15 min. From LaGrange.  Offers a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Average ACT - 20, average GPA - 3.51.  NCAA Division II school for varsity sports. Fun fact: now has a varsity eSports team for gamers.

Fine/Studio Arts

Business Administration and Management

Registered Nursing

Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Ohio residents: $15, 062

Kent State University

Public, 4-year college about 1 hr. 9 min. from LaGrange.  Fun fact: Was awarded the title of 2018 Safest Campus in the Country.  Average ACT - 23, average GPA - 3.4

Fashion Design & Merchandising

Nursing

Ohio residents: $10, 012

Oberlin College

Private, 4-year college about 15 min. from LaGrange.  Student to faculty ratio is 9:1. Average ACT score is a 29; average GPA is a 3.5.  Fun fact: average financial aid package is $37, 500, with more than $63 million awarded in grants.

Music

Political Science and Government

Biomedical Sciences

Ohio residents: $55, 976

University of Cincinnati 

Public, 4-year college about 3 ½ hours from LaGrange.  Urban campus in the heart of Cincinnati. Average ACT - 25; 75% of applicants are accepted.  16:1 student to faculty ratio. Fun fact: famous alumni include Astronaut Neil Armstrong, President and later Chief Justice William Howard Taft, Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine.

Business Management

Marketing

Visual & Performing Arts

Ohio residents: $11,600

Capital University

Private, 4-year college located in Columbus.  Student body of 3500, with 60 academic majors.  Average GPA - 3.1-3.8, average ACT - 21-27. Fun fact: Capital has a Student Success Office, which advocates for students and families on campus, works with students who may be having a difficult time transitioning to college, and who may be struggling with personal issues that could be hindering academic progress.

Nursing

Music Media

Music Technology

Ohio Residents:  $48, 136

The Ohio State University

Public university located in Columbus.  Average ACT - 29. 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, enrollment of 66, 444.  OSU evaluates each applicant in terms of criteria that measure the merit of academic achievement as well as personal interests, talents, accomplishments and challenges.  Fun fact: Over 20 percent of OSU students start out as undecided majors; OSU offers a University Exploration pathway for freshman who are still figuring out their path.

Psychology

Finance

Biology/Biological Sciences

Marketing

Ohio residents: $10,862

Hiram College

Private, 4-year school located in Hiram--about 1 hour and 10 minutes from LaGrange.  NCAA Division 3 school, average GPA is 3.36. Fun fact: next year, Hiram will implement a 30% lower tuition price and two free courses.

Business

Management

Marketing

Social Sciences

Ohio residents: $46, 648

Youngstown State University

Public college located about 1.5 hours from LaGrange.  Average GPA is a 3.35, average ACT score is between 18-24.  Fun fact: the campus offers city living, with the security and community feel of a traditional college campus.  There are over 20 restaurants within walking distance!

Nursing

Social Work

Criminal Justice

Ohio residents:

$18,911

Wittenberg University

Private college located 2.5 hours from LaGrange.  A new Health, Wellness, & Athletics Complex offers state-of-the-art indoor practice facilities, classrooms and labs to support exercise science and sports management majors, and more.

Business

Management

Marketing

Education

Ohio residents: $50,844

The University of Toledo

Public college about 2 hours from LaGrange.  Average GPA is a 3.45, average ACT score is a 20-26. Fun fact - the school offers 100% online degrees and partnerships with Lorain County Community College.

Biological Sciences

Engineering

Health Professions

Business

Ohio residents: $22,984

Baldwin Wallace University

Private college about 35 minutes from LaGrange.  Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. Fun fact - BW has broken ground on a new $25 million STEM building that offers students hands-on learning experiences incorporating data science, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and more.

Performing Arts

Education

Business

Health Professions and Related Programs

Ohio residents: $45, 140

Central State University

Public university that actively promotes diversity in its student body, faculty and staff--located about 2 hours and 45 min. From LaGrange.  Fun fact: Central State is home to the nationally renowned Central State University Chorus, which has twice been nominated for a Grammy.

Education

Business

Manufacturing Engineering

Water Resources Management

Ohio residents: $18, 590

CAREER of the Week

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Career of the Week: Mechanical Engineer
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems. College major: Mechanical Engineering; Average wage in Ohio

$79, 880

Agricultural and Food Science Technician

Work with agricultural and food scientists in food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; and assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects. Includes technicians who assist food scientists or technologists in the research and development of production technology, quality control, packaging, processing, and use of foods.

Animal Sciences

Agronomy and Crop Science

Food Science

Crop Production

 

Ohio: $39,680

Market Research Analyst and Marketing Specialist

Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.

Business

Marketing Research

Economics

Ohio: $66,530

Chef/Head Cook

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Ohio: $38, 560

Architectural and Civil Drafters

Prepare detailed drawings of architectural and structural features of buildings or drawings and topographical relief maps used in civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and public works. Use knowledge of building materials, engineering practices, and mathematics to complete drawings.

Architectural Technology

Drafting and Design Technology

Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering

Ohio: $53,450

Desktop Publisher

Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material; collaborate with graphic artists, editors and writers to produce master copies according to design specifications.

College degree may not be required; however, students can pursue a degree in Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Ohio: $42,430

Machinist

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

College degree not required; however, students can pursue a degree in Machine Tool Technology

Ohio: $42, 950

Public Relations Specialist

Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Communications

Public Relations

Political Communication

Ohio:  $60,180

Genetic Counselor

Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decision making and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.

Biology

Social Science

Psychology

Master’s degree required

Ohio: $71,060

Automotive Service Technician

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.  Repair components such as brakes, suspensions, and radiators.

College degree not required; a vocational or other postsecondary education program in automotive service technology IS required (usually 6 months to a year).

Ohio: $40,000

Information Security Analyst

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Computer and Information Systems Security

Computer Programming

Ohio: $93, 190

Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Install and repair telecommunications cable and electrical power systems, including fiber optics.

College degree not required; however, technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training is required. Apprenticeships are common.

Ohio: $47, 940

Judge/Magistrate

Arbitrate, advise, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

Must have a law degree and experience as a lawyer (Bachelor’s degree + 3 years of law school)

Ohio: $80, 870

Veterinary Assistant

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or veterinarians.

College degree not required.  On-the-job training usually offered.

Ohio: $25, 480

Film & Video Editor

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media that entertain or inform an audience.  May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

Communications

Broadcasting

Photography

Photojournalism

Ohio: $50, 830

Flight Attendant

Provide personal services to ensure the safety, security, and comfort of airline passengers during flight. Greet passengers, verify tickets, explain use of safety equipment, and serve food or beverages.  Participate in preflight briefings with the pilots, to discuss cabin conditions and flight details.  Conduct preflight inspections of emergency equipment.

College degree not required.  On-the-job training usually offered.  Certification required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  

Ohio: $48,190