In a twist to the conventional career path, Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center brings you the stories of three accomplished professionals who have decided to give back to their communities by transitioning from successful careers to the realm of education. These individuals are not only sharing information; they are giving their experience and expertise to the next generation of skilled workers.
Danna Mitchell – Esthetician Instructor
Danna Mitchell, a licensed esthetician with fifteen years of experience, decided she wanted to teach the upcoming field of estheticians. “I became an esthetician in 2009 and have multiple years of clinical experience at numerous agencies, as well as owning my own business in Oberlin. I heard of the opening to teach adult students and I thought with my extensive training, knowledge, and passion for the industry, I could help nurture the next generation looking to enter this career field.”
Doug Schwind – Automotive Services Technician Instructor
Doug Schwing spent twenty-eight years in the field as a technician and wanted to a way to stay in the field he enjoys. “I was a trainer for Firestone for many years, and I’ve always enjoyed teaching. Being able to work with the students has been very rewarding and I hope my students can find a job that can springboard them into a profitable and rewarding career. I also graduated from the Lorain County JVS Auto Technology program and enjoy being back where it all began.”
Kevin Kaswell – Welding/Fabrication Instructor
After spending forty-six years in the industry, Kevin Kaswell wanted to give back. “I was a stainless and aluminum pipe welder for over forty years, and I really enjoy this field and helping people succeed. It gives me satisfaction knowing that I am teaching and helping other people excel and move forward in their lives.”
These professionals turned teachers are not just changing careers; they are shaping the future. Their stories remind us that it's never too late to make a difference and that the journey from the salon, repair shop, or fabrication lab to the classroom is a transformative one, for both the educators and their students.