Business Advisory Council


The Clark County Educational Service Center's Business Advisory Council has been meeting regularly throughout the 2023-2024 school year.  The Council has continued to support the Greater Springfield Partnership through the internship and 8th grade career fair programs.  The BAC has considered initiatives to strengthen partnerships to support and continues to be  involved in the Clark County Job and Job Readiness Task Force.  The BAC is exploring new apprenticeship programs and career tech pathways to help junior and senior students explore career options available to them in the Clark County community .  It is the goal this year to gain more access to school counselors and strengthen partnerships with Clark State Community College to identify student candidates and training opportunities to meet the needs of our local workforce.  

Purpose Statement:

In order to meet ORC 3313.821, the Clark County Educational Service Center (CCESC) Business Advisory Council (BAC) will advise local districts and the CCESC on changes in the economy and job market; advocate for the employment skills most critical to business and industry; and aid and support local districts and the CCESC by developing a working relationship among its members. 


The Clark County ESC BAC will be Co-chaired by Dan Bennett, Clark County ESC Superintendent and Marcia Nichols, Clark County ESC Director of Operations. The participating districts represented by the BAC are: Clark-Shawnee Local Schools, Greenon Local Schools, Northeastern Local Schools, Northwestern Local Schools, Southeastern Local Schools, and Tecumseh Local Schools. These positions can be filled upon release of guidance from the Department of Education.

The CCESC BAC will meet on a quarterly basis. 

The CCESC BAC members may serve on ad hoc work groups meeting at different times/dates, dependent on the plan set forth. Those ad hoc groups will be focused on specific projects/tasks as appropriate. Members will be asked to provide input and consultation on issues during and in between meetings, as needs arise. The CCESC BAC will adhere to all guidance set forth by the state superintendent and the governor’s executive workforce board.

Business Advisory Council Members

Mike Kirchens

John Detrick 

Neil Cordonnier

Horton Hobbs III

David Shea

Darrin Knapke

Daniel Bennett

Marcia Nichols 

Rosie Matthies 

Kaityln Tyler

Michelle Hemphill

Myra Starr 

Melissa Cutcher

The Clark County Business Advisory Council will build awareness among educators, families, students and the general community about the various pathways to success after high school graduation.