Real-World Learning Through Partnerships

2:10 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 1

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM, Room 1

Explore emerging strategies for expanding access to work-based learning initiatives, including how to optimize innovations such as accessibility services, childcare, business attire assistance, emergency food assistance and others are making a difference.

For the last twelve years, Christine has been involved with workforce and career development. She served as Workforce Development Coordinator with the Central Ohio ESC and the Groveport Madison schools Cruiser Academy, a credit recovery high school for students 16-21 year olds. Eight years ago, Christine joined Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools as their Career Development Coordinator, focusing on grades K-8 with events and activities for career awareness and exploration. Three years ago, Christine became the district’s Business Partnership Coordinator, furthering her role and responsibility with central Ohio business partners and their engagement with the career tech ed programs at Eastland-Fairfield. In 2021, Christine earned her master’s in Educational Leadership at Ashland University.

Chad Bridgman is a passionate, effective relationship developer with an ability to communicate visionary ideas to help inspire action through creative and energetic leadership. With over 15 years of combined higher education and business experience, he helped launch Sinclair’s new Office of Work-based Learning during the summer of 2019 and currently serves as Director. Chad is motivated to help individuals link their talents and abilities to companies’ needs and wants through work-based learning experiences. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Dayton.

Dorsey Hager comes from a family with an extensive organized labor background. His mother retired from Navistar International where she was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. His father’s career spanned over 30 years as a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189.

Dorsey became an apprentice member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 50 on September 11, 1994. In May of 1998, he completed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman insulator.  In December of 2000, he was elected Financial Secretary of his local union. On December 13, 2003, he was elected Business Manager.  He served as Business Manager for 11 years until his election to his current position as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Columbus/Central Ohio Building & Construction Trades Council in March 2014.

Dorsey’s personal interests include traveling, movies, and sports. His favorite place to visit while traveling with his wife Michelle is the Florida Keys. He’s an avid Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.  He also enjoys spending his free time outdoors either hiking or swimming.

Dorsey resides with his wife of 21 years, Michelle in Marysville, Ohio.