The Workforce Development Coordinator position was created to help students explore careers within our area in the hopes of either encouraging them to return to our communities after receiving the necessary training for their field or to stay in our community after high school graduation if immediately entering the workforce. It is truly a grass roots approach to economic development.
The Workforce Coordinators deepen or create relationships with area businesses to give students the opportunity to better understand the vast opportunities that are available within our rural communities. Our Workforce Coordinators work within High Schools to engage with students and help them make connections with potential future careers and employers. This really helps get students excited about their future, see what options are available to them. Students even have opportunities to learn about opportunities that they may have never thought about or knew were options for them.
Our Coordinators set up tours to local businesses and helps share information with students on what training is needed for these types of jobs or if they can do them right out of high school. In addition, this is a great way for the cities/businesses to try to keep local people hired and staying local!
The Coordinators do this through a variety of different ways that include but aren’t limited to scheduling class presentations, scheduling field trips, scheduling class experiences with local businesses, scheduling and chaperoning small group career exploration tours, and planning and executing large career exploration events, such as career fairs