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Behind the Scenes: The Unpaved Path to a Promising Career

Behind the Scenes - The Unpaved Path 10.17.2019


Thursday 10/17/2019, 10am – 4pm

Beginning at Washington County Technical High School (50 W Oak Ridge Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21740)


Join us for a glimpse of growing opportunities in Washington County and educational options that lead to promising careers without a four year college degree.  We will highlight the workforce needs in our area and opportunities to pursue such careers.  


Our day will begin with success stories from Basheer Azizi: CEO/Founder, OpSmart Inc. and Joanie Gerber: Director of Public Relations/Maryland Operations, Columbia Smithsburg (formerly Bikle Manufacturing).  Hear how they have both paved a path to a promising career and are helping others accomplish the same outcome.  We will then tour four programs at Washington County Technical High School: CISCO/IT/Networking Academy, Construction, Digital Communications and Electrical.  After graduation, high school students that have completed any one of these four programs can proceed into the Washington County workforce on a path to success.  

During lunch, we will hear from a panel of individuals that provide post-secondary education or assist their employees in on the job training or certificate training.  The panel includes: Amos McCoy: President & CEO - ABC Cumberland Valley Chapter/Barr Institute, Butch Adams: Campus Director, Hagerstown - Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and Jason Rappaport: President - Innovative, Inc.

The afternoon will take us on a tour of two thriving businesses in our community!  We will get a behind the scenes tour of Hub Labels and Columbia Smithsburg (formerly Bikle Manufacturing).  


Thank you to our event sponsors!!

Partner Sponsor:

Ellsworth Electric

Supporting Sponsor:

Columbia Machine Inc

12921 Bikle Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783; 301-824-2537


In-Kind Sponsor:

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Lunch will be provided by the culinary students and chef at Washington County Technical High School (included with registration). Please contact Christina ( with any dietary restrictions or special food requests.


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Behind the Scenes - The Unpaved Path 10.17.2019 Agenda