Students from Lee and Des Moines County, as well as students from Warsaw and Clark County attended Southeastern Community College's Industrial Technology Day at the Keokuk Campus.
ConAgra, Sligan Containers, Griffin Wheel and Iowa Fertilizer spoke to current and future students about job expectations and how what they are learning at the SCC Keokuk campus applies to their facilities.
SCC instructor Jason Radel commented, "These students are getting good, high paying, job offers before they finish their training because the skills are in such high demand."
Current SCC Industrial Technology student Adam Connors talked to high school students about how he uses the troubleshooting techniques he's learning in SCC's IMT program while working maintenance at Griffin Wheel.
"We are seeing more traditional students coming into the programs, which is a big plus" said Radel. These traditional students are students currently in high school or recently graduated.
Several of Lee County EDG's 12 Plus graduates are continuing to take the Industrial Maintenance classes and showed off what they've been learning to other high school students interested in the program.
When asked if the 12 Plus employability class had been beneficial, graduate Romeo Maestro said, "12 Plus helped me with my speaking skills so I feel more comfortable presenting to others, like I had to do today."
12 Plus graduate Michael Mosena commented "12 Plus introduced us to some of these companies and we now know people at Pinnacle and Silgan but it was good to hear from companies we haven't seen before about opportunities too."
"It's important to let students know there's a lot to industrial maintenance," said Lee County EDG Economic Development Program Director Dana Millard. "The skills the students are learning apply to companies not only across the region but across the country and with the increase in automation are in very high demand."
High school students have to opportunity to take these courses, at no charge to them, during their junior and senior years. Parents and students interested in the Industrial Maitnance Technology program can contact Abby Herriman at [email protected] or their school guidance counselor.