Career & College Spotlight

Career & College Spotlight

College & Careers of the Week!

Week of May 4, 2020

Career of the Week: Occupational Health & Safety Specialist

Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.

Bachelor's degree typically required in Environmental Health, Occupational Health, or another science-related field

Average wage in Ohio: $72,810

College of the Week: Ohio Dominican University

A 4-year, private Catholic college located in the Columbus area.  Offers 16 NCAA Division II sports teams, and a 92% job and grad school placement rate.  Average incoming freshman has a 3.4 GPA and a 22 average on the ACT.

Popular majors: Business Administration, Biology, Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Yearly cost for Ohio residents: $31,080

Week of April 27, 2020

Career of the Week: EMT/Paramedic

Respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

Complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Average wage in Ohio: $34,320

College of the Week: Notre Dame College (OH)

 4-year, private college located about 25 minutes east of Cleveland.  Offers NCAA Division II athletics and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1.  Fun fact:  NDC offers an Academic Support Center that utilizes weekly progress monitoring and one-on-one career training.

Popular majors: Nursing, Business, Psychology

Tuition: Ohio residents: $30,160

Week of April 6, 2020

Career of the Week: Technical Support Specialist

Provide help and advice to computer/technology users and organizations.

Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 10 percent from now until 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

A bachelor’s degree in computer technology is required for some computer support specialist positions, but an associate’s degree or postsecondary classes may be enough for others.

Median wage: $50,980

College of the Week: Cleveland Institute of Art

Private college focused on art and design in downtown Cleveland.

Fun fact: This year, CIA debuted its remodeled Animation studio. Designed around industry best practices and proximate to their  screening room and green-screen capture studio, the new Animation studio will double the number of spaces available for Animation majors at CIA.

15 majors offered in art, design, craft, and digital media.

Tuition: Ohio residents: $35,980

Week of March 31, 2020

Career of the Week: Human Resources Manager

Human resources specialists recruit, screen, interview, and place workers. They also handle employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

College major: Human Resources, Business

Average yearly salary in Ohio: $117,990

College of the Week: Wright State University

Public university located about 2 hours and 45 minutes from LaGrange.  Enrollment is about 18,000 students. The main campus' state-of-the-art facilities are located in a beautiful 557-acre wooded setting 12 miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. More than 150 student clubs and organizations give vibrancy to campus life. About 3,000 students live in modern residence halls with another 4,300 in adjacent developments within walking distance of campus.

Popular majors:  Business, Management, Marketing, Education, Engineering

Yearly cost for Ohio residents:  $23,688

Week of March 23, 2020

Career of the Week:  Commercial Pilot

Handle unscheduled flight activities, such as aerial application, air ambulance, charter flights, and aerial/helicopter tours. Some, known as corporate pilots, transport company executives. They are also typically responsible for other non-flight duties such as scheduling flights, arranging for maintenance of the aircraft, and loading luggage.

Education: High school diploma and commercial pilot’s license required (obtained through a school that offers flight training).

Average wage in Ohio: $84,240

College of the Week: University of Dayton

Fun fact: The University of Dayton now offers a BSN degree in partnership with Sinclair Community College. The 1+2+1 model allows students to graduate with an associate degree in nursing from Sinclair, a bachelor of science in nursing from UD and a year of work experience as a registered nurse if they choose — all in four years. Students benefit from UD’s transparent tuition plan, which locks in net tuition for their senior year at the amount they pay at UD their first year. During years two and three, students pay Sinclair tuition costs, providing a high-quality, affordable path to a BSN degree.

Popular majors: Business, Marketing, Engineering, Communications

Cost: Ohio residents - $44,100

Week of March 9, 2020

Career of the Week:  Detective/Criminal Investigator

Collect evidence and gather facts for criminal cases.  Conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids and arrests. 

Education:   at least a high school diploma is required; some federal agencies and police departments require some college coursework or a 4-year degree

Average wage in Ohio: $72,500  

College of the Week:  Lorain County Community College

A public community college in Elyria, with learning centers in Wellington, North Ridgeville, and Lorain.  Fun fact: students can earn a 4-year bachelor’s and/or master’s degree through the University Partnership program.  Fun fact: new Lorain County high school graduates who earn a minimum 3.7 high school GPA or better at the end of the sixth semester high school grading period will be eligible for the Trustee Scholarship, which covers 60-72 credit hours of tuition over two consecutive years.  Graduates who earn between a 3.4 and 3.699 high school GPA will be eligible for the Presidential scholarship, which covers 40 credit hours of tuition over two consecutive years. 

Popular areas of study: Business & Entrepreneurship, Computer & Information Technologies, Culinary & Hospitality, Manufacturing

Tuition:  Lorain County residents: about $1800 a semester 

Career of the Week: Speech-Language Pathologist

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. Most states require that speech-language pathologists be licensed. Requirements vary by state.  

Average wage in Ohio: $77,510

College of the Week: University of Akron

Public university located about 1 hour from LaGrange.  Admission decisions are based on: grade point average (cumulative GPA, grade trends), standardized test scores (ACT or SAT), and strength of high school curriculum.

Fun fact:  Akron is the only public university in Ohio to have a science and engineering program ranked in the top five nationally.  As Ohio's most wired-for-wireless public university, students can study almost anywhere on campus – indoors or outdoors. 

Popular majors: Marketing, Engineering, Speech Communication & Rhetoric

Tuition for Ohio residents: $25,351 

Week of February 24, 2020

Career of the Week:  Solar Photovoltaic Installer

Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.

Most workers need a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training lasting up to 1 year. Other candidates take courses at a technical school or community college. Some PV installers learn to install panels as part of an apprenticeship.

One of the fastest-growing careers in the state!

Average salary in Ohio: $42,680

College of the Week:  Cedarville University

Fun fact: Cedarville University will add a Physician Assistant (PA) graduate program starting May 2022.  The PA program will complement Cedarville’s existing slate of healthcare undergraduate and graduate program options, including premed, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and athletic training.  

Popular majors: Health Professions, Business, Management, Marketing, Education, Visual & Performing Arts

Tuition for Ohio residents: $28,110

Week of 2/17/20

Career of the Week:  Home Health Aide

Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient. 

High school diploma required.  Those working in certified home health or hospice agencies must complete formal training and pass a standardized test.  

Average salary in Ohio: $24, 200

College of the Week: Shawnee State University

Shawnee State is Ohio’s newest public, 4 -year university.  Offers an open admission policy with an enrollment of about 3,800 students.  Fun fact: the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts is one of the acoustically-advanced theaters in the country. The university's Clark Planetarium is the first in the United State equipped with the digital MediaGlobe system, which offers three-dimensional tours through the cosmos. 

Popular majors: Nursing, Business, Psychology

In-State Tuition: $22,132 

Week of 2/10/20

Career of the Week: Wind Turbine Service Technician
  • Inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions. 
  •  4-year degree not required.  Most wind turbine service technicians, also known as windtechs, learn their trade by attending a technical school. They are also trained by their employer after hiring, usually for more than one year.  
  • Average yearly salary: $54,370  
College of the Week: Case Western Reserve University
  • Private college located in Cleveland.
  • Fun fact: The Case School of Engineering is fundamentally changing how first-year students are taught by replacing traditional lecture-based courses with a new, signature, two-semester course sequence focused on active learning.  
  • Popular majors: 

    Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering

    Mechanical Engineering

    Computer Science

    Registered Nursing

  • Yearly tuition for Ohio residents: $42,766

Week of Feb 3, 2020

Career of the Week: Brickmason & Blockmason
  • Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures. College degree not required--apprenticeship needed. Average wage in Ohio: $54,090/year
College of the Week: Ohio University
  • Public university located in the scenic Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio--about 3 hours from LaGrange.  17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, over 250 academic programs, and 16 NCAA Division I athletic teams. Average ACT score ranges between a 21 and 26; average high school GPA is a 3.54.
  • Popular majors: Registered Nursing, Business Administration/Management, Journalism
  • Tuition for Ohio residents: $26,494

WEEK of Jan 27, 2020

Career of the Week: Physical Therapist
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.  College majors: Physical Therapy or Kinesiotherapy (a Bachelor’s degree plus a Doctor of Physical Therapy -DPT-  degree is required). Average wage in Ohio: $86,110
College of the Week: Bluffton University
Private university located about 2 hours from LaGrange.  Student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Fun fact: incoming students will be part of  the Bluffton Blueprint—four foundational courses, one for each year of college, which create a "core of resiliency." Featuring both traditional classroom learning and experiential components, the Bluffton Blueprint starts with The Great Adventure, a fall break retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Popular majors: Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies, Public Administration & Social Service Professions. Tuition for Ohio residents: $44,860

WEEK of Jan 21, 2020

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






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.



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.




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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.



Biology/Biological Sciences


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.




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!


Social Work

Criminal Justice

Ohio residents:


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.





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


Health Professions


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



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.



Manufacturing Engineering

Water Resources Management

Ohio residents: $18, 590

CAREER of the Week




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.


Marketing Research


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


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.


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.


Social Science


Master’s degree required


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


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





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