Local guidance counselors got a close look at technical career opportunities for students in the Mid-Ohio Valley during West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s annual guidance counselor workshop. The event took place on Oct. 5 and included activities at the college and a site visit to the Washington Works facility.
In partnership with RESA V and the Workforce Development Board, Chemours hosted the half-day site visit. Activities included an industry panel, a plant tour and small group discussions. Through the Mid-Ohio Valley Manufacturing Sector Partnership, additional industry representatives from Allnex, Constellium, DuPont, Kraton and Momentive also participated.
Topics discussed included the current workforce needs of the manufacturing industry in the region, how to improve technical training and education, and ways to promote technical careers to middle and high school students.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Manufacturing Sector Partnership consists of manufacturing companies from West Virginia and Ohio. Representatives began meeting in October 2015 to address common issues related to their shared competitiveness.
“It is inspiring to see this collaboration happening in the valley,” said Jennifer Randolph, sector partnership coordinator for WVU Parkersburg. “Workforce, education and industry partners all came together to make this event possible. It’s great to see so many representatives of this economically critical industry, working together to seek solutions. We need to capture this momentum and continue to work together to promote these career opportunities to students.”