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The Career Counseling team serves thousands of students Eastern Ohio. Our team works directly with students, businesses, and organizations to increase career readiness skills, shaping the region's workforce of tomorrow. We support educators and administrators.



Virtual Career Exploration
Our Career Counselors provide tools and resources for students to explore a number of opportunities for their future. We provide access to assessments that produce individualized results of career pathways based on student interests. Students and classes can join discussions with individuals from a variety of professions, or browse our library of recorded conversations as they investigate options.


ESCEO-Supported Career Exploration Events

  • Virtual Career Exploration Series
  • Make it and Take It
  • Student Lunch and Learn
  • Career and Trade Day Events
  • Student Job Fairs
  • Career Tours 
  • Job Shadow Experience
  • Educator in the Workplace


Jeff Wilson, Alexandra Olliges, Ron Johnson

Jeff Wilson, Alexandra Olliges, and Ron Johnson, 8th grade teachers at Austintown Middle School, open their Social Studies classrooms weekly to Career counselor Doug Foster to teach integral lessons to their students on Career Exploration and soft skills.



Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Success in life after high school isn't limited to education and training. In addition to credentialing opportunities, our Career Counseling Team also offers support for practical skills and knowledge needed for a student to transition into an independent, self-sufficient adult.


ESCEO Skill-Building Opportunities


Career Counselors track high school students End of Course points, ACT scores and earned industry credentials to evaluate student pathway for graduation. Career Counselors work with school staff to flag students “at risk” that may need to choose an alternate pathway for graduation. Along with tracking data, Career Counselors track the school districts Prepared for Success component for the state report card.


The Mahoning Valley Business Advisory Council advises, supports and empowers educators in delivering the instruction and experiences students need to develop relevant, in-demand employment skills as part of their academic and technical preparation for college, careers and/or military service. Click here to see more about our Business Advisory Council. 

Connect with our Career Counseling Team

Sandy Furano
Director, Mahoning Valley Regional Council of Governments

Robert Eggleston
Coordinator - Career Counseling

Doug Foster
Career Counselor

Gina Saxton
Career Counselor

Michael Palm
Career Counselor

Whitney Mihalik
Career Counselor