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Inspire Concert Urges Seniors to Take Advantage of Their Journey

ROSSBURG – More than 1,000 high school seniors from four counties descended on Eldora Speedway for Wednesday’s Inspire Career Concert, hosted by Darke County Economic Development along with several similar organizations from Mercer, Auglaize and Shelby counties.

From the October 3, 2018 edition of The Early Bird

By Susan Hartley, Staff Reporter

ROSSBURG – More than 1,000 high school seniors from four counties descended on Eldora Speedway for Wednesday’s Inspire Career Concert, hosted by Darke County Economic Development along with several similar organizations from Mercer, Auglaize and Shelby counties.

More than 100 vendors representing business and industry within Darke, Mercer, Auglaize and Shelby counties participated in the job fair, offering information to students about part time, full time and seasonal job opportunities.

Organizer Mike Bowers, Darke County Economic Development Director, said he was very pleased with the turnout.

“We’re making the connection between our businesses and our students,” Bowers said.

The job fair included live music and two motivational speakers, who shared their own career histories along with giving tips to the soon-to-be high school graduates about following their dreams.

“There’s a huge opportunity here today for you,” said Jeremy Bout, president of Edge Factor.

Bout gave examples of a couple people he’d worked with over the years who took advantage of opportunities they had during their high school experience, which led to positive career choices.

Motivational tips for the young people included how to face fear, looking past negativity and overcoming discrimination that may exist in their lives.

“Look at your life and realize you’re on a journey,” Bout said, adding how companies participating in the career fair were “looking for a brain like yours if you’re willing to work hard. When you just want something to be handed to you, you miss the journey.”

Business leaders who participated in the career fair were eager to share information about their workforce needs with the teens......

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