Northern Ohio teen aspires toward career in international business
Derrick Anderson likes to cook, which seemed like a good fit for a career in culinary arts. But during his high school junior year in that EHOVE Career Center program, he discovered he liked the business side of working with food the most. With the help of his teachers and other educators, he realized he not only liked business, but he was good at it.
Derrick graduated from Perkins High School and completed the Global Business Management program at EHOVE in the spring. He is now headed to Bowling Green State University where he will major in business management and minor in international business. Derrick will begin classes as a second-semester freshman because of the 18 credits for coursework he has already completed through EHOVE.
Diagnosed with Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD), Derrick openly admits that the method career-technical education is delivered – interactive learning vs. the more traditional “seat time” – helped him realize his potential and his true passion for employment. As an EHOVE Summer Jumpstart participant, he worked the cash register at the Cedar Point amusement park concessions for a few years, applying business skills from his classes.
Derrick also hopes to apply his business management skills to achieve future dreams. “Since sixth grade, I wanted to go to Africa,” Derrick said. “I thought it would be a visit, but now I see myself working there, maybe in Kenya, someday.”
NOTE: The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career-Technical Education selected 15 awardees – one for each career field – from among 140 nominations for Class of 2013 success stories. Honorees received a certificate, opportunity for further recognition during the 2013 Ohio State Fair and the distinction of being featured in various state-level messaging/presentations over the next year.