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While Others Dream, You’ll Do.
We believe that Students + Industry = Possibility.
For students who identify as having a strong interest in entering the workforce directly following high school, Next Work provides a connection to internships and training programs customized by employers who wish to start cultivating their workforce of tomorrow, today.
Mission: The Lake and Geauga Counties Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership’s mission is to provide quality job opportunities to its students by providing exposure, training, and life skills required to be successful in a manufacturing environment, while helping to sustain and expand manufacturing in Lake and Geauga Counties.
While Others Borrow,
Create a NextWork profile and begin discovering future career
If a 4-year degree is not your choice, consider creating a NextWork
profile, it’s a direct connection to companies who are seeking to
train and hire. Manufacturing companies are in need of skilled
labor and offer high wages, excellent benefits, job security, and
- Participate in embedded career exposure through the school year (Career Day, Professional Speaker Series)
- Build career backpack
- Career exposure through the school year – site visits, internships and job shadowing
- Develop a plan for their high school courses based on plan
- Meet with school cotunselor to review their plan
- Review college application process and requirements
- Spend two days in field (2 career days, 2 college visit days, or
- 1 career/college visit)
- 2.5 week senior project
Individual students participate in one-day job shadowing experiences.The goal is for a student to have a personal experience in the workplace, they go on four experiences in the 10th and 11th grade
A project-based experience in which the students work with a team to develop a “real” project. The internship is a several week experience.
Students hear from people from a variety of industries and careers. The speakers share their story and experiences with the students. The speakers reach all the way down to the elementary school.
Large groups of students visit work sites and learn directly from company employees about their roles and responsibilities. Students experience what goes on at each site.
A Sampling of Partnering Organizations:
- Swagelok Manufacturing
- Universal Metal Products,
- Lake Health Healthcare
- WVIZ Technology
- Lakeland Community College
- Fredon Corporation
- Lost Nation Airport
- Component Repair Technologies
38% of employers consider internships
when selecting candidates from a large
pool of business school graduates.
“Through this program you’re
able to learn valuable skills
while you’re in high school so
when you graduate, you’re in
a position for a great job.”
Wickliffe High School Student
Intern at Universal Metal
At this job, you’re going to learn a skill. You’re
going to be ahead of the game. My original plan
was to go to college directly after high school
and then try to find a mechanical engineering
job upon graduating, but through this program
you’re able to learn valuable skills while you’re
in high school so when you graduate, you’re in a
position for a great job. I’m also earning college
credits so I feel really far.
“I’m learning things that will
have a serious impact on my
future. I’m excited to begin
my career in manufacturing.”
Wickliffe High School Student
Intern at Fredon Corporation
This is a great program because there’s an
opportunity to learn about all aspects of manufac-
turing. There’s more that goes on than machinery.
That’s usually all you hear about but there’s other
important roles, so if you have other interests, it’s
still worth looking into. There’s nothing like this
program. It’s so hands on and I’m learning things
that will have a serious impact on my future. I’m
excited to begin my career in manufacturing.
“People who start here rise
through the ranks. This is
just a starting point.”
Corporate HR Manager
Universal Metal Products, Inc.
A lot of people think manufacturing is a dead end
job but they aren’t looking at the big picture. It can
be tough at first but once you get in and learn, you
can go anywhere in the industry. Our company wants
you to have a life career. We haven’t had a layoff in a
decade. People who start here rise through the ranks.
This is just a starting point. There are so many areas
in the company in which you can progress to.
“You can make a great
living without getting a
college degree. A career
in manufacturing can be
If every company in America did what we’re trying
to do, there would never be a workforce shortage.
We’re trying to convince students, parents, and
America that you can make a great living without
getting a degree. A career in manufacturing can
be very rewarding.
How to Get Involved
Talk to your School Counselor
Connecting with NextWork is easy. Talk with your
school counselor and they will help you get started.
Counselors will discuss options with you, help you
connect with companies and find opportunities.
Working with counselors is the first step to a
Register for the Online Portal
Create a Profile
and upload resume
And job, internship, and
There are thousands of job openings in hundreds of local companies. Find out where the jobs and careers are through NextWork, your school counselor, and other members of the NextWork community.