CMP Assists with Ottawa County Racing Showcase

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – On Friday, October 7, the Civilian Aim Program (CMP) hosted the Ottawa County Career Showcase, an event that uncovers career opportunities throughout Ottawa County for high school freshmen planning their future races.

Marking its eighth year at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry, the Ottawa County Career Showcase welcomed all six school districts within Ottawa County. Overall, 500 freshmen toured the facility throughout the day, interacting with the interesting and informative business exhibits.

A total of 29 local businesses were represented at the event, including the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Catawba Island Club, Davis Besse, Erie-Ottawa International Airport, Genoa Bank, Jet Express, Magruder Hospital, Materion, Northern Manufacturing, Ottawa County Department of Job & Family Services and the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Students at the Exhibit had the opportunity to use CMP’s airguns and electronic targets.

“The Ottawa County Business Advisory Council (BAC) greatly appreciates the relationship we have with CMP,” said Jessica Grzechowiak, communications and programs manager for the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. “The location is perfect for hosting 500 students plus 80-100 business representatives and volunteers who help with the event. It is centrally located and works very well for our schools and businesses.”

To date, the event has hosted over 4,025 students and is held every year in conjunction with National Fabrication Day, which aims to show students, parents, and the public what fabrication is all about. modern.

The Showcase included interactive exhibits by area businesses, offering hands-on activities.

Ottawa County, home to CMP headquarters and the Gary Anderson CMP Competency Center in Ohio, is home to more than 40,000 residents. It is the heart of Vacationland, located along the western shore of Lake Erie. The county welcomes thousands of visitors each year while supporting locals through agriculture, education, manufacturing, and other industries.

“Over the years, we have invited non-manufacturing companies to showcase other in-demand jobs, such as healthcare, construction and hospitality, so students have the opportunity to see all that Ottawa County has to offer,” Grzechowiak said. “The BAC believes that 100 percent of Ottawa County students should graduate from high school with a plan for their future.”

The Gary Anderson CMP Center of Competence is open weekly for public use.

“While Ottawa County Schools graduation rates are above the state average, the BAC believes that all students should graduate from high school with a strong foundation and a plan for future career, college, military employment. and/or vocational,” he continued. “The BAC aims to educate and expose Ottawa County students to the skills and continuing education necessary to fill in-demand jobs in Ohio, with an emphasis in Ottawa County.”

Outside of the company’s scouting posts, students at Showcase were able to test CMP’s air rifles inside the indoor firing range attached to the Gary Anderson facility. Trained CMP employees assisted the students on the firing line as they fired shots at the range’s electronic targeting system, which is used regularly at local, state and national airgun events. The range is also open every week for public use.

CMP staff members assisted students with safe aiming at the shooting range.

Learn more about the Gary Anderson CMP Competence Center, including hours of operation, via the CMP website at Take a deeper look at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation and its initiatives at

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