Alliance eyes link to business, education

The Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council hosted a meeting Thursday to promote the Auglaize/Mercer Business-Education (AMBE) Alliance, a new organization created to develop workforce connections between local companies and school districts.

The meeting took place at Marley’s Downtown and featured speakers with close ties to the organization.

Jack Buscher, owner of Buscher Electric in Minster, is a member of the non-profit AMBE Alliance and is helping lead the organization in Auglaize and Mercer Counties. He discussed the need for helping young job-seekers find employment after high school.

“We have to let our young people know what is available to them in Auglaize and Mercer Counties because a lot of them have no idea,” Buscher said. “The key is educating them and letting them know what’s here.”

Buscher said one way of accomplishing this is to hire outreach career coordinators who will work with local schools and businesses to meet labor market needs while providing greater career fulfillment for individuals.

For the full story, see the Friday, May 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.