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Aces of Trades: Hanna Hashman helps young people find their career paths

By Drew Bracken,


She found a job she loves — in a way she couldn’t foresee.

“As a child I was always very social and loved helping others,” recalled Hanna Hashman. “I wanted to be a teacher at a very young age and routinely forced my parents and sisters to be my students. I always knew I wanted a career where I got to help others and thought teaching was the only way to do so. I had no idea my education degree would lead me to TRIO talent search.”

Today, Hashman is TRIO talent search advisor at Marion Technical College.

TRIO, by the way, is not an acronym. According to Wikipedia, it refers to the three original programs funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act — upward bound, educational talent search, and student support services.

“My role,” Hashman explained, “is to provide college and career advising to students grades 6-12 at Kenton City Schools, Cardington-Lincoln Schools and Mount Gilead Schools. We help create opportunities for students to gain career exploration and college campus visits. I also sit down with students in a one-on-one setting to help guide them on the path they want to take. My responsibility to the students is making sure they know all options available to them so they can make the best decision for their future.

“I honestly didn’t know programs like these existed,” she added. “TRIO has opened my eyes to the various ways I can help others and serve my community.”

Hashman grew up in Mt. Gilead, graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 2017, then Ohio State at Marion in 2021 with a degree in middle childhood education. She was also a peer leader while at OSU.

“After my experience working as a peer leader at OSU Marion, I found a love for higher education,” she said. “It was special getting to help students make real-life decisions that would impact their lives forever.

“The passion I developed for higher education led me to believe I would ultimately end up in the field one day,” she continued. “I started at Marion Technical College because they demonstrate values that are near and dear to my heart. Every employee works their hardest and with the best interest of the students in mind. When we work together, it feels as if there’s no mountain we cannot move.”

Hashman often coordinates her efforts with Amy Kohl, a school counselor at Kenton City High School.

“Hanna goes above and beyond,” assessed Kohl. “She works not just with students but also with families. She’s been an asset for Kenton City Schools, and we’re so lucky to have her help support our students toward their goals.”

“Not everyone gets to wake up and go to a job they truly love,” Hashman responded. “Lucky for me, I’ve found that passion within the world of TRIO. Waking up each morning, excited to see where the students' dreams take them, knowing I’m able to provide them support, is a feeling like no other.”

Marion Technical College is located at 1467 Mt. Vernon Ave. For more information, call 740-386-4208 or log on

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