The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Alumna Helps Local Business Grow

NEWARK, OH, Feb. 8, 2018 — As Newark’s economic development matures, The Ohio State University at Newark graduates are using their degrees to contribute to the expansion of local businesses. Jessica Carrington, an August 2017 graduate, has been helping the NEWORK Space in downtown Newark grow its clientele. Her degree in English with a focus on professional writing is helping her help the local business that is still in its first few months of service to the community.

As an assistant community manager, Carrington gives tours, helps people choose a membership, reaches out to potential members, manages events and writes blog content.

“The education that I received at Ohio State Newark has helped me a lot with my work at NEWORK Space. I’ve used the skills I gained through the professional writing minor while composing written content for the blog and emails reaching out to current and potential members,” she said. Carrington also noted that her education taught her a number of soft skills such as professional communication and problem solving making her a more well-rounded employee and person.

“I chose Ohio State Newark for a lot of reasons, but most significantly because of the small class sizes and closeness to home,” said Carrington. “By the second semester of my sophomore year, I had found the right major for me and found a group of friends, too. Having friends in the same major and knowing the professors really made for a unique and more personal education experience that truly ensured my success.”

Her love for Ohio State Newark extended to the city of Newark as she spent her free time in the downtown area. She specifically takes advantage of the Midland Theater, Market District and River Road Coffeehouse.

“Downtown Newark is beautiful! There are so many unique shops and restaurants to enjoy,” she said. Carrington’s passion for the area has been her motivation to help the NEWORK Space succeed.

NEWORK Space is a co-working environment. It is a shared space where people can work, collaborate and network. It opened through a partnership between Teri Lowinger and her husband, Fred Lowinger, and Sara Wallace and her husband, John Wallace, DDS. Both are deeply rooted in Newark with long family histories of entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts.

“It’s a great place for entrepreneurs, small business owners, professional freelancers, students, people who work from home and anyone who needs a productive space to get work done,” said Carrington. Wi-Fi, printing, coffee and meeting rooms are all available for users of the space.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that is inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It is where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.

Photo caption: Jessica Carrington stands inside the newly opened NEWORK Space.