Cool Jobs Tour returns for kids, parents and the public | Elk River Star News
Three Elk River makers to open their doors to students, their parents and the community for a behind-the-scenes look
As students and parents settle into a new school year, the conversation for parents and older children will soon turn to what the future holds and career options.
Local businesses, directors of economic development, the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce and officials of the Elk River Area School District and its vocational and technical training program know it, and they can’t wait. to resume their Cool Jobs in Manufacturing tour.
It is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12. This will be the third organized by the Workforce Development Committee. This year, information tours to Metal Craft, Distinctive Iron and Sportech will be offered to the public, including families, job seekers, schools and community groups.
“The Cool Jobs in Manufacturing tour is the perfect way for parents and students to explore high-demand, high-tech careers in their own communities,” said Amy Lord, CTE coordinator for the region’s school district. of Elk River. “Most people don’t know what it looks like in Metal Craft, Sportech or Distinctive Iron. They are often surprised to find high-tech equipment, well-lit and clean stores, and highly skilled employees, be they engineers, designers, programmers and machine operators, human resources, marketing, managers, etc.
“I hope we can educate our families and community members about all the possibilities available to us. It’s about finding your passion.
The District 728 CTE program offers tours, guest speakers, career events, and field trips to help students explore careers.
The annual Cool Jobs tour was launched in 2018 and took a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Three years ago, the goal was to ensure that manufacturing careers were not overlooked. It’s still a big factor, and maybe even more so now.
“As many have heard, employers are understaffed,” said Debbi Rydberg, director of the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce. “It started before the pandemic and will likely continue for some time. “
Rydberg attributes the shortage to the changing needs of the companies and the people they hire.
“The pandemic has certainly exacerbated the situation,” she said. “Bringing potential employees to the local manufacturer helps them tell their stories about what they do, the culture they have and the rewarding nature of the work they do. “
Local tours are part of the Minnesota Manufactured Statewide Tour of Manufacturing.
Lord said in a press release that today’s manufacturing is all about cutting-edge technology, cutting-edge facilities, and interesting and fast-paced work environments.
“Most importantly, manufacturing is about those people who enjoy seeing the product of a hard day’s work,” the statement said.
“One of the main reasons we are hosting this event is to make sure that students and their parents are provided with great information about possible careers,” said Rydberg. “We know that career choices are often influenced by parents who may not have the latest information on career options, especially those who don’t require a four-year degree. While some college training is required, there are often options that could be seen as non-traditional, such as employer-offered training and working part-time while taking courses, which make these careers perfect for students.
Participants who register for the Cool Jobs Tour will be able to see for themselves:
• Variety of career opportunities available at local businesses (salaries, job skills, responsibilities, benefits).
• Pathways and education to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for today’s jobs.
• Purpose and value of modern manufacturing businesses located in the community.
Lord says a special thank you to the Elk River House and employers for taking the time to share their businesses.
“I hope we have a great turnout as Dunwoody will talk about educational opportunities and Metal Craft will share success stories,” she said.
Rydberg said the Cool Jobs tour is made possible by the support not only of the three companies offered on the tour, but also of the ISD 728 CTE program, under Lord’s leadership.
“Without their support and connections, this type of programming would not be possible,” said Rydberg. “Our plan is to move forward with this program every year. “
Manufacturers in Minnesota make everything from snowmobiles, construction equipment, building structures, airplane parts, military technology, and life-saving medical devices to baseball bats and wooden toys, to do nothing. to name a few.
Manufacturing is the backbone of Minnesota’s economy, Lord said. According to the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the industry has an impact on more than 30% of jobs in Minnesota.
These tours are sponsored by ISD 728, Elk River Chamber, and local businesses as part of the Minnesota Manufactured Statewide Tour of Manufacturing, led by the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.
The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association, Central Minnesota Manufacturers ‘Association, Midwest Manufacturers’ Association, and Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence are platinum sponsors for this event.
To learn more about Minnesota Manufactured, visit mnmfg.org.
Visit cool jobs in manufacturing
When: 4 pm-7pm Tuesday October 12
Who: Distinctive Iron, 5970 Jarvis St NW, manufactures structural steel and aluminum and miscellaneous.
Metal Craft, 13760 Business Center Drive, is recognized among the leading suppliers in the manufacturing of medical devices and implants by providing customized machining solutions.
Sportech, 10752 168th Circle NW, is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of vehicle cabin speakers, windshields and related styling elements for powersports, golf, agriculture and more.
What: Visits at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Closing program at 6 p.m. Registrants will be able to choose between Distinctive Iron, Metal Craft or Sportech for Tour 1 and Tour 2. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., everyone is invited to come and eat at Metal Craft , awards and a presentation from Metal Craft and Dunwoody College of Technology.