BLOOMINGDALE — Carina Aulicino’s position as Jefferson County Joint Vocational School’s new Career Worker Specialist will help students set their future course.
After starting work on August 1, Aulicino is building relationships with community partners to pave the way for internships, apprenticeships and job opportunities after graduating from a school containing about 385 students. She said the experience they gained at JVS will give them a distinct advantage when it comes time to get a job.
“Being able to perform tasks that students can do on the job, from vehicle maintenance to operating heavy equipment, is very beneficial for students. If they do it here, the repetition will benefit their careers. “ she said. “I try to match the work with what they’re doing in the program.”
Some students have already gained experience working up to 600 hours during the summer and Aulicino has received positive feedback on their performance.
“I have heard nothing but good things about them. They are dependable, hard workers who know their duties.” she commented.
Aulicino also participates in career fairs, participates in organizations such as the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, and networks with local businesses so JVS can provide labor from among 16 programs, including auto crash, auto service, and more. We are active in sharing how we can help. Technology, Carpentry, Computer Networking, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Trading, Health Technology, Multimedia and Design, Dynamics, Small Animal Science, Transition to Work, Welding, Newly Implemented Heavy Equipment Operators and Construction technology course.
Although she has gained experience working with students and companies in recent years, she spent nearly 20 years as a radiologist at East Ohio Regional Hospital until 2018. Afterwards, Auricino served as a clinical instructor and taught radiology courses at her colleges in Eastern and Gateway communities. From there, she was inspired by her EGCC mentor, Annamarie Welshans, to study at the West.She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management from Liberty University, and this spring, she completed a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at WLU. is expected to be obtained. She became a clinical coordinator at her Belmont College in her 2020 as well as a substitute teacher and found joy in working at the middle and high school levels. She said she soon learned about her specialist post at JVS and that she jumped at the opportunity.
“I was lucky enough to be chosen.” She said her previous experience interacting with students and the community made her a perfect fit for the position.
Aulicino said he was warmly welcomed to JVS and eager to do his part to help students achieve their career goals.
“It was great and everyone was so helpful. It’s a great culture and environment.” she continued. “We want to build partnerships and create opportunities for students here at JVS in Jefferson County.”
Superintendent Todd Phillipson said Aulicino will provide valuable support to the school.
“Carina is off to a great start as a Career Development Specialist. She brings enthusiasm and a desire to learn to this position.” Phillipson said. “A lot is expected of her in working with employers, staff and students. We are called upon to bring students into the workforce.”
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