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Appalachian Teaching Project

Center of Appalachian Studies & Services

Zane State College


Expanding Career Exploration for Seventh Graders

The Zane State College 2015 ATP class will work with the Appalachian Ohio P-20 Council to propose and implement activities necessary for seventh grade students to explore career opportunities in the Muskingum County area of Ohio in order to increase the likelihood of high school graduation, college enrollment, and/or employment. ATP students will research and explore various employment opportunities in Muskingum and surrounding areas to gain a better understanding of the local job market. They will recruit a wide variety of businesses that represent diverse opportunities for career and employment interests.

After students have recruited area businesses to participate in the project, all business names, primary service/industry classifications, and addresses will be compiled into a passport that will be given to area middle school students. Middle school students will be encouraged to visit any/all of the businesses to learn about the skills necessary to successfully be employed at the business, as well as, the specifics surrounding the services/needs of the community that each meet. By visiting area businesses, area middle school students will begin to better understand the career options available to them as they continue with their education both into high school and into post-secondary endeavors. Each business will have a unique stamp for the passports used to indicate that the student interacted with the business. Middle school students will be rewarded for collecting stamps for the passport by entering the stamped passport into a drawing for a prize. All aspects of this step will be organized and maintained by the Zane State College students enrolled in the Appalachian Impact Seminar course.

2015 ATP Proposal

Zane State Live Presentation in Washington, D.C.

2015 Final Report


Contact Information:

Susan Markel /Lindsay Carr
Instructor, Department of Sociology
Zane State College
1555 Newark Rd.
Zanesville, OH 43701
Telephone:  (740) 588-4120



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