Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:12

Young Women Take Aim at EHOVE Vocational Career Center in Milan, OH

Written by Judith Linder-Ashakih, Norwalk Reflector
These seven girls are looking at non-traditional careers at EHOVE Career Center. These seven girls are looking at non-traditional careers at EHOVE Career Center. Photo courtesy of Kendra Ward


“The seniors are at a farm in Wakeman now. The kids build and supply labor,” Ward said.

Janotta & Herner officials advise EHOVE teams in electrical and construction tech. As many as a dozen teams work on comprehensive proposals for real projects. They price supplies, make a timeline, etc. in a competition judged by Janotta & Herner, which has hired many EHOVE alumni over the years, as it acts as the customer. The judging is based on the completeness of every aspect of a plan. 

Hannah Laney, a Monroeville High School senior, is in the firefighting/EMT program.

“My entire life, I wanted to be a canine cop, so [I] tried out the criminal justice program. Hated it. Then I went to firefighting. I've always loved helping people; it's a hands-on job. There are more and more women in this career field---around six in this class. Females are more compassionate. They get into a ‘mom’ stage. If you have a kid who is hurt, who is 6 years old, women relate better,” Laney said. 

“Don't let the boys scare you, [or] break you down. Stand your ground.

"You have to be really willing to study [and] put in the work if you want to pick this career for life. Even if you graduate, you take continuing ed. Half of the EMT class is anatomy and patho-physiology, where you learn the body upside down, each organ, etc. Certification tests as a junior will be for FEMA, OSHA, CPR and BLS (basic life support). Today we are covering six chapters on emergency management. We will have an advanced life support paramedic certificate from EHOVE when we graduate. I already have a job offer and can work the day I graduate.”

Students do ride-alongs with North Central EMS once a week for clinicals.

“We see real crashes, feel the long hours and the pressure. We wear a badge as an EMT. You don't want to be acting like a 17-year-old punk, because you are representing a company. You have someone's life in your hands. You definitely don't want to screw it up,” Laney said.


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