Now more than ever, companies are looking to locate in areas that possess a skilled, educated workforce. In order to meet the region’s future workforce demands, Pelco partnered with Catalayah Elementary School through the Partners in Education (PIE) program to lay the foundation for future career pathways.
To celebrate Oklahoma’s first statewide Career Exposure Week, and the arrival of the West Bend Winterland tree, Pelco opened its doors to Catalayah students. During the visit, students were taken on a tour of Pelco’s facilities where they learned about the daily activities of an industrial manufacturer, and the various career opportunities in the manufacturing industry.
“Pelco’s partnership with Catalayah Elementary School is much more than a financial investment,” said Phil Albert, president of Pelco Structural, LLC, “it is an investment in the academic and personal growth of Claremore’s students, and our economic future. During our school tours, I am recruiting the next generation of Pelco employees and educating them on the endless opportunities available in the manufacturing sector.”
Pelco, in partnership with Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority, also sponsors each Catalayah fifth grade student at Junior Achievement’s BizTown. This interactive facility reinforces the value of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, while providing opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills.
“Initiatives, such as career awareness tours, JA Biztown and our Partners in Education program are vital to generating interest for in-demand occupations and showcasing our regional career opportunities,” said Meggie Froman-Knight, talent development manager for the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority. “Many local students are unaware of the job options available in their own backyard. By bringing students into our industrial facilities, we hope to change the negative perceptions surrounding manufacturing, and educate students on the endless opportunities available in this field.”
CIEDA is continually working to develop and foster the region’s workforce through connecting local business and educational partners. Any school or business interested in participating in the Partners in Education program, or in an industrial tour can contact Meggie Froman-Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918.283.8240.