Shaping Young Minds

Stevie Darr shares her nuclear work experiences during a recent presentation to Oak Harbor Middle School fifth graders.‚Äč

November 15, 2018

It may seem premature to think the fifth graders at Oak Harbor Middle School might one day work at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, but you never know. The youngsters recently got an introduction to what a job at the plant might be like from guest lecturer Stevie Darr, Davis-Besse project manager. Davis-Besse is one of a handful of area businesses participating in the Ottawa County Business Association Advisory Council’s Project Reach. Stevie’s topic was “Exploring the World of Work.”

Stevie spent six years of her career as a corporate trainer before coming to the nuclear plant, so an audience of interested pre-teens was fun for her. “They were a very attentive group,” she said, noting that fifth graders are able to grasp the ideas being presented and they don’t appear as uninterested as high school-aged teenagers often can be.

Davis-Besse staff members will be leading seven additional 45-minute monthly sessions during the balance of the school year. While the program guide includes detailed lesson plans, presenters can personalize lessons based on their own work experiences. Upcoming topics include “Technology,” “Jobs That Match My Talents and Interests” and “Habits and Attitudes That Make Good Workers.” Davis-Besse’s participation in the program is being driven by the plant’s U.S. Women in Nuclear chapter.