Great Oaks Career Campuses

Choices & Challenges Student Conference

OPPORTUNITY: This career exploration program brought 8th-10th grade students from across the Cincinnati Metropolitan Region onto a college campus to experience a series of hands-on sessions with college faculty—representing areas such as Business Technologies, Innovative Technologies, Health and Public Safety, Humanities, and Sciences.

RESULTS: Every year from 1999 to 2013, Fran Kick helped kick-off this unique collaborative event. Fran set the tone for the entire day and engaged the students with a developmentally appropriate networking activity. Messages included paying attention, responding appropriately to the opportunities available, as well as putting more into what you do and how you do it.

“It was very proactive. Messages were about having me be in control of my own actions and not let people make decisions for me. You were engaged in it. You're not just sitting there. It was funny and got everyone laughing!
Student Choices & Challenges
Student Participant
Choices & Challenges Conference
“He's probably the best engager out there especially of high school kids I've ever seen. Fran engages a group. He gets them involved and they don't even know it. Motivators are a dime a dozen. He's an involver!
Chuck Hatcher
Chuck Hatcher, Admissions Advisor
Cincinnati State
Every year I ask the kids is it worth our time and money to bring a group of kids down for this experience. And they always tell me YES! The year they tell me no, is the year I don't come. And so every year that I have brought them they've said it's worth while, and it's worth their time and energy, so they come. And it's really been good for them.”
Kim Homer
Kim Homer, Guidance Counselor
Madeira High School

Cincinnati State and Great Oaks

Cincinnati State Choices & Challenges Program

Fran Kick worked with Cincinnati State and all the Great Oaks Career Campuses over the course of 14 consecutive years to present this annual full-day student conference. Great Oaks is one of the largest career and technical education districts in the U.S. and provides career development, workforce development, and economic development services to individuals, business, industry, labor, communities, and organizations.

The best engager out there especially of high school kids I have ever seen.

Chuck Hatcher, Admissions Advisor, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College