College fair helps students explore future opportunities

| October 24, 2019

COSHOCTON – Samantha Ostrander-Brown made a beeline for the Army National Guard table at the Coshocton Kiwanis Club/Coshocton CARES Career and College Fair Night.

“She’s known she wanted to go into the National Guard since she was a freshman in high school,” said her mom Dawn Deford.

The family moved here from Michigan where Ostrander-Brown did two years of ROTC. They moved here at the end of her sophomore year and she is now a junior at Coshocton High School.

“Our (ROTC) instructors served in the Army and we were trained the same way they were,” she said. “A lot of my family served in the military. I like the benefits.”

The National Guard’s table was just one of almost 60 that students could visit during the fair held Oct. 22, at the Coshocton County Career Center.

“They can visit so many different schools without having to leave the county,” said Brian Crilow, director of Coshocton C.A.R.E.S. “You can determine which ones you want to go see and then set up visits with them. This way you aren’t going to a school and then finding out they don’t offer the program you want.”

He said more than 60 colleges, universities, technical and trade schools plus military recruiters usually attend the event. Some even come from surrounding states. The career center’s culinary arts students provided dinner for the recruiters and the criminal justice students helped keep everyone safe.

Emmalee Goddard and her mom Carey Goddard made sure to take full advantage of the fair.

“We are gathering info so she can sit down and look it over and figure out the pros and cons so she has a better idea of where she wants to go,” Carey said.

Emmalee wants to be a vet tech and work toward becoming a veterinarian. She is currently a junior at the career center and is in the health tech program.

“This really helps you get out and see everyone,” Emmalee said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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