Area’s top students to be paired with leading Stark County companies

CANTON, OH (December 18, 2008) - ystark!, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce's young professional organization, announces that five area businesses have signed on for the pilot Fellowship Program to begin in June of 2009. Participating companies include Aultman Hospital, Hilscher-Clarke, Miller Weldmaster, The Repository and Seifert Technologies.


"We're excited about the program - it's a chance to bring young, fresh blood to The Repository and to keep young people in our community. It's a win-win," said Kevin Kampman, publisher of The Repository. Kampman is seeking Fellow candidates with an eye toward new and emerging media - the perfect position for a "young mind."


Each of the five host companies will invest two years with the fellow, offering them meaningful and challenging work assignments and the opportunity to work on innovative projects. The host companies will also be required to support the fellow in community service projects, volunteer commitments and ystark! and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce events. Senior management is required to stay abreast of the Fellow's progress and provide progress evaluations. By hosting a fellow, the companies will have direct access to emerging talent, and a way to capture employees who have the most knowledge and skills of emerging technologies, practices and processes.


"The mission of the ystark! Fellowship program is to retain the county's best and brightest college graduates through an organized career program. We want to promote the leadership qualities of the participants and root them in the region," said Aimee Belden, director of ystark!


The program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students who are searching for their first salaried position post-graduation. The Fellowship Program is intended to offer an immersion experience for participants - a full-time, salaried, high-exposure work opportunity that offers the benefits of professional development, community service involvement and networking opportunities.


"It's exciting that such high-profile, leading companies in Stark County are supporting this program," said Belden. "It speaks to the need to attract and retain sharp, capable young professionals to this area."


ystark! is accepting applications from undergraduate students who will graduate in the Fall 2008 or Spring 2009 academic year. Applicants must be graduates of Kent State University Stark Campus, Malone University, Mount Union College, Stark State College or Walsh University, or they must be a Stark County high school graduate who will graduate from any college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is open to graduates in all undergraduate majors.


All applications must be received by Saturday, Jan. 31. For complete details on the ystark! Fellowship Program, visit