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STEM Advice For Parents

September 25, 2022|

Dr. Meghan R. Federer, Assistant Director, The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art, and Technology

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine a scientist, an engineer, or even a technician. What do you see? Or perhaps more importantly, whom do you see? Who do your children see when asked this question?

We live in a rapidly evolving community with an increasing demand for candidates to fill Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) career pathways. A brief search brings up more than 4500 jobs in STEM fields currently posted within Licking County. Yet, only 28% of young children, on average, envision and draw female scientists, engineers, and technicians1. As Millers’ (2018) study notes, this is much improved from the average of 1% documented in the 1960s; however, current research still supports that the tendency to gender stereotype increases with age. Younger children are more likely to represent STEM careers as 50/50 male and female, but by the age of eight, they are more likely to represent the same careers as male.

So how do we, as parents, teachers, and role models, change the face of STEM in our community? How do we empower young women to pursue an interest in STEM? A simple recommendation? Exposure. A key step to imagining yourself in a role, be it a classical hero/heroine in an adventure story or scientist in a research lab (or both!), is to see yourself represented in those fields. In other words, we need to see it, to be it. Being intentional about representation in the books, posters, and other resources that your children explore allows them to see themselves in these roles. Take advantage of the free or low cost STEM activities available in our community through the library systems, park districts, and The Works. Explore online resources such as Girls Who Code and See It, Be It, STEM It to discover new role models and career stories.

As a community, we must work together to realize the full potential of all our children. That starts with providing a variety of experiences and opportunities right here in Licking County. Together, we can shift the perception of STEM careers and empower the next generation of STEM in our community.



1Miller, D.I., Nolla, K. M., Eagly, A. H., & Uttal, D.H. (2018). The development of Childrens Gender-Science Stereotypes: A Meta-analysis of 5 decades of U.S. Draw-A-Scientist Studies. Child Development, 89(6), 1943-1955.


Education Leaders Prepare For Intel Training Demands

September 18, 2022|

Central Ohio Technical College was represented. Student Affiong Ibokette Hawkins introduced Intel’s CEO.

by Chan Cochran, for Welcome Intel Task Force

We’re two years away, but by then there will be a huge demand by Intel for employees with the basic educational background necessary to learn and manage Intel’s complex and challenging chipmaking process.

On the supply side, one of the most commonly asked questions in the Licking County Community is, “How do I get my (son or daughter) ready to hold one of those good jobs?”

Leading educational institutions in the county are seizing the opportunity, beefing up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and college level technology courses in anticipation of the coming demand.

Here are some of those offerings:

Newark City Schools

Newark City Schools students have the opportunity to attend a free summer STEM Camp open to students in Grades 2-12. Students learn coding, robotics, and other skills.

Newark has also reworked its library spaces into “innovation” and “maker” spaces where students are encouraged to tinker and explore.

STEM-focused programs also are embedded into classes from pre-school through graduation. Programs included STEM kits, Ozobots,, 3D printing, JASON learning, Arduino and others, depending on grade level.

Students also have access to STEM-inspired courses beginning with robotics in fifth grade, extending through pre-engineering in middle school, and computer science. engineering, and entrepreneurship classes in high school.

Newark students are being challenged to experiment and solve problems in STEM almost daily from the first day of kindergarten through graduation.

Interested parents should consult with teachers to make sure their children are taking to most challenging courses available.


Central Ohio Technical College

Intel’s announced plan to hire 70 percent of its Ohio workforce at the associate degree level draws welcome attention to the importance of COTC’s two-year associate degrees.

For COTC students and graduates, there’s major good news. Intel representatives have reviewed COTC’s electrical engineering technology associate degree and found that COTC graduates will be well-positioned for technician jobs with Intel Ohio.

COTC’s Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology is a two-year degree offering skilled training to complement a wide variety of industries and employers, including Intel. Classes include circuits, digital electronics, AutoCAD, project management and more. The degree is internationally accredited by ABET.

In addition to electrical engineering, COTC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology and a six-course Industrial Electrician certificate. Engineering technology graduates gain real-world, transferable skills in multiple areas in each program.

COTC offers four convenient campuses in Pataskala, Knox, Newark and Coshocton, plus online and hybrid course formats.


The Ohio State University at Newark

As part of The Ohio State University’s nationally ranked College of Engineering, the new Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology at Ohio State Newark will prepare graduates for careers in manufacturing leadership.

Only offered at Ohio State’s regional campuses, the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology includes hands-on lab experience and the opportunity to participate in undergraduate industry research. Coursework includes both mechanical and electrical engineering components, as well as a focus on leadership and the latest technology in automation and networking.

The first year of the engineering technology curriculum has been specially designed to prepare students for the engineering technology program or any other engineering major at Ohio State.

Salaries for engineering technology graduates average between $80,000 and $87,000 annually. The new program can be completed entirely at Ohio State Newark and will be available in autumn semester 2023.

COTC and Ohio State Newark offer more than $2 million in scholarships annually, making college an affordable option for a broad range of students. In Licking County, the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority STEM Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students at COTC and Ohio State Newark who are from Licking County and pursuing STEM degrees. It will also benefit individuals who work at any business located on the Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center campus and employees’ families.

Intel Groundbreaking Photos

September 9, 2022|


“Welcome, Ohio, to the Intel Family.”  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, and Pat’s mother June Gelsinger.

Intel Ohio VP Jim Evers remarks.


“Ohioans are the heart of the Silicon Heartland” – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine


Senator Sherrod Brown talks about burying the term Rust Belt forever.


“Ohio. . .you like to build stuff.” — Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger


“The Industrial Midwest is back!” — President Joe Biden


Collaborative Visioning – Shaping the Future of Licking County

August 28, 2022|

By Sarah R. Wallace

As an eighth generation Licking County resident, my family has deep, deep roots in Licking County.  In the last one hundred years, my father and grandfather, J. Gilbert and Everett D. Reese, made the work of improving our Licking County community their life’s work.  I was so fortunate to have the opportunity, in my adult life, to work and learn from them.  I too, love our community and have spent my life working to try to enhance the quality of life for our residents.  Growing up on Merchant Street in Newark we would ride our bikes throughout town visiting with neighbors and friends and buying penny candy from filling stations and neighborhood grocery stores.  Beginning with these early memories, I have always felt a strong sense of community.  After returning from college to work at First Federal in 1980, I had the opportunity to get to know the many communities throughout our county.  I have gained a great appreciation for all that makes each community unique but also feel the essence of what it means to be a Licking County resident.

When news broke of Intel’s selection of Licking County as the site for their new FABs there was tremendous excitement about what this means for our region and for our nation.  The announcement also generated many questions about what this means for Licking County.  This is an unprecedented opportunity but we need to work together to ensure our values are at the forefront of the growth and that we do it in a way that enhances where we call home.

The Thomas J. Evans Foundation saw the opportunity to serve as a neutral convener for communities who are likely to feel the most immediate impacts of development. In addition to the facilitation of the planning initiative we are partnering with business leadership from First Federal Savings, Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority, Licking Memorial Health Systems, Park National Bank, and Southgate Corporation to fund 65% of the planning costs.  We have confirmed participation from nearly half of the targeted jurisdictions and hope to confirm the rest over the next month as they seek approval from their respective communities.

We have already begun work with the Planning NEXT team led by Principal, Jamie Greene, AIA, FAICP getting their team up to speed as they prepare to lead our community through the creation of a county framework that can inform smart growth over the next few decades.  As Jamie recently shared, “We want to work at the speed of right.”  We all have a sense of urgency but at the same time we need to do this well so that we can all stand back in 5-10 years and be proud of the communities we are all living in.

Through their work, Planning NEXT will be stitching together the plans that are already underway.  The scope of their work will likely evolve as we learn more.  We will not duplicate work that is already being funded by the county, state or local jurisdictions.  Our effort will provide a framework for our county that will inform the decisions being made in the townships, villages, cities and the county going forward.

Video. Unveiled.

August 9, 2022|

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce unveiled a video as part of a partnership with Grow Licking County CIC and Explore Licking County.

The video is an introduction to Licking County for relocatees, a reminder of hometown for returners, and a reinforcement of home for current residents.  Enjoy.

The Welcome Intel Task Force billboard helped spread the word on the unveiling.

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