Valentine students participate in career and industry tour
Thursday, 12 May 2016 08:01
A total of 130 students from Valentine High School participated in the first-ever Career and Industry Tour this week.
They spent Monday and Tuesday getting a first-hand look at businesses in the Valentine area that are associated with healthcare, manufacturing, mechanics, retail, banking, hospitality, animal care and government. Students were able to choose what areas they wanted to learn about.
The event was organized by the high school, Mid-Plains Community College and the Valentine/Cherry County Economic Development Board.
“The goal of the tour was to expose students to the variety of businesses that support the community,” said Mike Burge, Valentine/Cherry County Economic Development director. “The hope was that some might find a summer job, or develop an interest that would entice them to return to the community in the future to start a business of their own.”
Tuesday was also “Applied Tech Day.” Instructors from the Diesel, Welding, Automotive, Auto Body and Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) programs at MPCC set up a mobile education lab at the high school and talked to students about applied technology careers.
“Overall, we feel the event was a great success,” said Jennifer Nollette, MPCC Valentine Extended Campus coordinator. “We hope to make it an annual event with different businesses highlighted each year.”
Careeer and Industry Tours
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 10:21
The first two day Career and Industry tour for Valentine High School students was deemed as a great success by organizers from Mid Plains Community College, Valentine Economic Development and Valentine High School. It is hoped to continue this project on an annual basis. 130 Students were able to tour businesses associated with healthcare, manufacturing, mechanics, retail, banking, hospitality, animal care and government. Thank you to Little Outlaw and Brewers Canoers for helping with transportation, the host businesses and the schools for working together on this project. It is hoped to make this an annual event with different businesses highlighted each year.
The goal of the tour is to expose the students to the variety of businesses that support the community. Some may find a summer job or spark an interest in returning to the community in the future to start a business.
On the final day, Tuesday May 10th, the Mobile Education Lab from Mid Plains College along with several Advanced Tech departments were at Valentine High School to visit with students about careers in several areas including auto and diesel mechanics, HVAC and auto body repair.