The Lancaster County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC) joined with the Lancaster County School District and other local industry partners this month to provide career-themed tours for 70 students from South Middle School and A.R. Rucker School.
The tour program was aimed at increasing student awareness of the various career paths available to them in Lancaster County and connecting the students with existing industries to prepare them for a post-secondary career. During the March 12-13 tour, the students stopped at Valmet Corp., Cardinal Health, Honeywell and Red Ventures to see the facilities and meet with the leadership teams.
“It was a great opportunity to introduce young people to the world of manufacturing by engaging them with real-life experiences,” Valment Corp. Plant Manager Jeffrey Scruggs said. “We were honored to participate in an event that is focused on building the future of Lancaster County as well as the future workforce.”
The students each expressed excitement about what they learned during the two-day tour, and were enlightened as to how local industry’s goods and services impact their community.
“At Red Ventures, we take every opportunity we have to get people excited about technology and careers in technology and it’s fulfilling to see students already engaged in this program at an early age,” Red Ventures Corporate Communication Coordinator Chelsea Harrell said. Red Ventures is an internet marketing company for large national brands.
Many students discussed how they were looking forward to taking classes at the Lancaster High Career Center when they get into high school so they can work to develop some of the skills they experienced on the tour.
“We feel these experiences are beneficial to the students, parents, teachers, administrators, our workforce partners and especially our existing industry in order to help retain and grow our existing industry,” LCEDC Director of Business Retention and Expansion Elaine McKinney said.
“Economic Development touches the lives of us all throughout the county and with our continued commitment to keeping all of these entities connected and working toward growing a stronger labor pool, we will continue to attract new businesses, expand our labor force and keep our existing industry supplied with local talent,” McKinney said.
The next student career tour is scheduled for the fall. Plans are to make the tour an annual event.
LCEDC will host the 2nd annual Workforce Development Tour with administration, teachers and counselors of the Lancaster County School District during the 2015 summer break. To learn more about this event, go to www.lancasterSCworks.com.