Trainings & Events

Job Quest

JobQuest Expo

About The Event

Get ready for a career extravaganza! JobQuest Expo is the ultimate fusion of two power-packed events – the Van Wert County Student Career Fair and the Ohio Means Jobs Fair. We’ve brought them together to create a one-day showcase unveiling the incredible range of career opportunities right here in our local area!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 21, 2024, as the Van Wert County Fairground’s Jr. Fair Building transforms into the hub of career exploration + job prospects.


Here’s a sneak peek at our lineup:

  • 9 am – 11 am: Student Career Exploration 
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Lunch + Learn for Businesses (Lunch provided!)
  • 2 pm – 5 pm: Public Job Fair

Supported by Van Wert Works, Business Development Corporation of Van Wert, Van Wert Area Economic Development, and Ohio Means Jobs Van Wert County, this event is a golden opportunity to showcase your business, connect with local youth, and scout potential talent for your workforce. Don’t miss out!

Education on Location

Education on Location

“Education on Location has helped me reflect on my teaching practices and provided me with an increased awareness of how I can connect my students with the local business community and help better prepare them for productive careers.”
– A recent participant
About The Event

Education on Local is an annual weeklong program facilitated by VWAEDC with the Business Advisory Council for local (preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school) educators to acquire continuing education. This Ashland University-sanctioned course offers continuing education units required by the Ohio Department of Education + optional credit hours toward a degree.

The week’s goal was to enlighten teachers with local career opportunities for their students. By touring numerous Van Wert County businesses, the attendees gain insight into the products + services of local companies. More importantly, they earn an understanding of the vast number of local jobs for engineers, medical professionals, skilled trades, logistics, and lab scientists. The desired outcome is that teachers use this information to enlighten + prepare students as they journey toward a successful career.

Educators learn about the “soft skills” employers desire. Dependability, Customer Service, Communication, and Critical Thinking are among the top traits employers say they need for the success and longevity of their employees.

Required from the attendees was a write-up of takeaways + how educators will apply the information in the classroom.