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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:

WCPS Sponsor Logo


Registration is now closed for this event.


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