Teen Opportunity: Virtual Course for Mike Rowe Works Foundation – Work Ethic Certification

OHIO 4-H IS ONE OF THE FIRST. Ohio is one of the first 4-H programs to offer this opportunity to high school students in the nation! However, it didn’t start there. Since 2021, The Ohio State University ATI was among the first 20 colleges in the nation to offer the Work Ethic Certification, and the first in Ohio. For more information, visit: https://ohio4h.org/workforce-development/mrw-work-ethic-certification


In 2008, Mike Rowe created the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to launch a national PR campaign for skilled labor. When Mike started the foundation, he wanted to find a way to articulate the qualities he values most. He ended up writing the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, which stands for “Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge consists of 12 statements that outline the importance of four pillars—work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.


The MRW Work Ethic Certification focuses on the 12 statements of the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. Each statement has a story, and each story comes from Mike’s personal experience working with entrepreneurs and hardworking people across the country. Through this program, we break down the origin of each statement in 12 lessons and explore why we believe every student and worker can benefit from embracing this pledge, regardless of their job or skill set.


Open to all Ohio high school youth.

Dates: Every Monday and Wednesday from September 18 – October 4
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Must be able to attend all sessions. Registration is due September 8. Limited to 20 participants.

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MRW Work Ethic Plan

Farm Science Review Tickets available at our office!

The 2023 Farm Science Review is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 – Thursday, September 21, 2023,

We have 75 presale paper tickets available for purchase at our office….and once they’re gone, they’re gone!  We will not receive more.  Presale tickets are available in county offices and online at: https://www.showclix.com/event/fsr2023/tag/2023OSUE-Fairfield for $10 each until Friday, 9/15/2023.  Folks can pay for presale paper tickets here at our office by cash, check, or credit card.

Starting Saturday, 9/16/2023, tickets can be purchased for $15 each.

Children under 5 years old are FREE.

Parking is free.

Farm Science Review website: https://fsr.osu.edu/home

For handicap and accessibility information, folks can visit: https://fsr.osu.edu/visitors/handicap-accessibility

Career Opportunity: Ag Education Instructor Position Open at Fairfield Union

Best wishes to Christine Balint as she moves to her next career opportunity at Big Walnut – Delaware Area Career Center.

The agricultural education instructor position is currently open at Fairfield Union High School.

Fairfield Union High School

6675 Cincinnati-Zanesville Road NE, Lancaster, OH 43130

Agricultural Education Instructor – multi-teacher department

FFA District – 7

County – Fairfield

Deadline to apply – until filled

Interested applicants can click here to see the job posting and to apply.

College Youth Opportunity: Work at the Ohio State Fair (and get paid!)

Please share this information with your college age youth.  They are still looking for a couple more individuals to hire as 4-H Educational Assistants for the 2023 Ohio State Fair.

The 2023 Ohio State Fair is just 64 days away! In the past years, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gathered to make memories and enjoy their fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band or choir, or a run in the show ring. The 2023 Ohio State Fair will be back in full swing including state level 4-H project judging.

Ohio 4-H is currently accepting applications for Educational Assistants for the 2023 Ohio State Fair. This is a paid position. The first day of work would be around July 24 and ending on August 7.  Applicants must be available to work the entire run of the state fair.

All applications MUST also be completed on-line in Workday.

Non-OSU students: https://osu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/OSUCareers/job/Columbus-Campus/XMLNAME-4-H-Educational-Student-Assistant_R44517-1

OSU students: https://www.myworkday.com/osu/d/inst/15$392530/9925$154254.htmld


Please share this information with those that you think might have an interest. Thanks

Job Opening: Lancaster High School Ag Education Instructor – Animal Science

Job Opportunity! Animal Science Instructor – Career Tech
Lancaster High School is looking for an Animal Science Instructor for next school year 2023-2024. This position is in the Career Tech department. The right candidate does not have to possess a teaching license but would be willing to complete a Teacher Education program to obtain one. They are looking for the right person that has worked in the field and may possess a Vet Tech license. For more details about the job contact Caroline Davis at c_davis@lcsschools.net.

Lancaster High School

1312 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH 43130

Agricultural Education Instructor – Animal Science

FFA District – 7     County – Fairfield

Deadline to apply – until filled

Interested applicants please contact Caroline Davis at c_davis@lcsschools.net.

Virtual Career Night open to 4-H Members – hosted by Wyoming 4-H

Have you ever thought about being a zoo keeper, a chef, a police dog trainer, doing livestock embryo transfer, an electrician or even being a doctor? Then this event is for YOU! Join us to explore a variety of career options and get your questions answered about what degree do you need, should you do an internship, what you need to do in high school to get ready for a career and much more! We will have door prizes we are giving away and lots of fun to be had throughout the evening. Join us March 21 at 6pm (MST) for a fun evening of exploring careers.  For more information and to register for this free event go to: https://wyoming4h.org/virtual-career-night/

Farmers Equipment “Invest in our Future” Scholarship due 4/15/2023

Farmers Equipment “Invest in Our Future” Scholarship

Support local junior fair projects in counties with Farmers Equipment customers by offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors involved in their county fairs through 4-H or FFA.

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded in 18 counties that Farmers Equipment does business, to 4-H and/or FFA members who are graduating high school seniors.


  1. Must be a high school senior in the county in which you are applying.
  2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a four-year, two-year or a trade school for Fall Quarter/Semester of 2023.
  3. Applicant must be or have been involved in a junior fair program, such as 4-H or FFA.
  4. Applicant may not have been a previous winner of this scholarship.

All applications must be typed and received no later than April 15, 2023. Those applicants that are selected will be recognized at an event to be announced. They will be notified by email in advance of the event.

Click here to access the application.

Teen Opportunity: ExploreAg is back for 2023…. learn more about Ag Careers!

Providing students with opportunities to explore the variety of educational and career opportunities open to them is always a struggle. At the same time, our society is faced with the great challenge of feeding a growing world population while doing so sustainably. It is going to take this generation of students to get the job done.

That’s why the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering its signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, again in 2023.

ExploreAg offers FREE weeklong camps and one-day experiences for high school students. Students are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences, and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off-campus at the Ohio State University, University of Findlay, and Wilmington College. Students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields.

With ExploreAg, we hope to expose students to opportunities in the agriculture industry. ExploreAg is designed for students currently in traditional agriculture education programs and for students who might never have considered studying agriculture as a career.

Weeklong immersive sessions will be held:

  • The Ohio State University Columbus Campus – June 11-16
  • The Ohio State University  ATI Wooster Campus – June 18-23
  • University of Findlay- July 9-14

Mini-Camp immersive sessions will be held:

  • Wilmington College – June 4-7
  • Hocking College – July 31- Aug. 2

One-Day scheduled immersive sessions will be held:

  • COLT Electric Lineman Training – June 9
  • Rio Grande College – June 30
  • John Deere Training Facility – July 7

Note: More one-day sessions are being planned.

The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students and includes on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is April 10 and details can be found at exploreag.org. Applicants will be asked to submit the email of one reference along with a short application. Students selected will be notified in April of their selection.

Please share this information and the flyer with your students and their parents. This is a science camp they will not want to miss! If you have any further questions, contact me at exploreag@ofbf.org or jmussard@ofbf.org

Best Regards,

Jana Mussard
ExploreAg and Ag Literacy Specialist, Ohio Farm Bureau

Save the Date: 2023 Ohio 4-H Spark Expo (TEEN OPPORTUNITY)

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO! This year’s event will be June 14-17, 2023, on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus!

What is 4-H Spark Expo?

The 4-H Spark EXPO (Exploring Pathway Opportunities) is an exciting opportunity for youth who have completed the eighth grade at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 school year. There will be four days of fun and learning with activities to explore a variety of career and educational opportunities. Attendees will develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth; and they will get the chance to tour Ohio State’s campus. To learn more about the event or to pre-registration visit: go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo

NEW FOR 2023: We will be traveling to the OSU Wooster Campus on June 15, so our participants get to experience more of CFAES!

Who can attend?
Youth who have completed the eighth grade of the current academic year. Space is limited as we will only be able to accommodate up to 75 youth.

Are you interested? If so, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.