Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Massillon, Ohio: On Monday, September 17th, Seifert Companies invited 16 McKinley High School students to their Massillon office to learn more about what it means to be an engineer and IT professional.  These juniors and seniors are enrolled in the Project Lead The Way pre-engineering program. Through the United Way Get Connected program, they were able to spend the afternoon experiencing some of the challenges and triumphs Seifert employees experience on a daily basis.

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Mechanical, Electrical and Network Engineers from Seifert shared stories about their careers and demonstrated the software, hardware and technical skills required to solve complex problems.  They also spent time learning about each student’s interests and goals, providing valuable advice on how to gain the knowledge, skills and work ethic to be successful.  One student commented, “My favorite thing about the Get Connected event was seeing what a real-world engineering company looks like in action and learning how it functions.

One of the newest members of Seifert’s mechanical engineering team, Marcellus Bertram, is a recent graduate of McKinley High School and visited Seifert Companies through the Get Connected program two years ago.  He has been a terrific addition to the company and has been eager to learn from the veteran engineers.  Seifert Companies President, Tim Seifert, said, “It’s very rewarding to see local technical students flourish in our hometown.  We’ve always placed an emphasis on hiring people from the Massillon, Canton area.  They are our greatest asset for long-term growth and development.”

Through the United Way of Greater Stark County Get Connected program, high school juniors and seniors enrolled in career tech programs visit local companies to learn about career paths and build relationships with local business leaders and members of the workforce.  “Thank you for the above and beyond mentoring from you and other leaders at Seifert.”  Terri Bate, Director of Philanthropy for the United Way of Greater Stark County said to Tim Seifert.  Terri added, “I was impressed with Marcellus and especially how he shared with me how much he appreciates all he has learned at Seifert and now feels that he has a community around him.”

The program offers ongoing mentorship opportunities for students and professionals in a one-on-one or group setting.  The program is funded in part by an Ohio Department of Education Community Connectors grant, which aims to develop more youth mentoring opportunities focused on five core principles: preparing for 21st century careers, building a strong sense of character, developing pathways to achievement, building a sense of resiliency, and believing in a positive future.  “Our mission is to help young adults develop the social skills, confidence, and character that will empower them to create the life they want for themselves.”, said Laurie Moline, Get Connected program director. “We are very grateful to Seifert Companies for their ongoing support of Get Connected and for the opportunity they provided to Marcellus.  We welcome any company who would like to partner with us to provide opportunities to the Career Tech students and school districts we serve.”  Companies who would like to get involved can email Laurie Moline at

Seifert Companies, which was founded in 1985 by Jim and Tim Seifert, has grown to now include approximately 75 employees located in Massillon, OH, and Nashville, TN.  As a family owned and operated business, Seifert Companies is proud to be a leader in mechanical and electrical engineering and IT services.

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