Our community identified that the age of which students are entering the workforce is one of the most critical times for local workforce development. It was also determined that retaining our homegrown talent from regional educators is vital to the economic and community growth of Wichita Falls, which it doesn’t hurt our population count either.
The Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with the McCoy School of Engineering at Midwestern State University during Engineering Week 2020 to showcase three local manufacturers to 14 engineering majors. Those employers were: Pratt & Whitney, Arconic and Kalco Machine and Manufacturing Co.
Our unique behind-the-scenes look at each facility helped make the connection for the students that we have high-quality employers and opportunities in Wichita Falls. The outmoded stigma of dark, dirty and dusty industry buildings was immediately replaced with immaculate, efficient facilities and supreme company culture, and we had a blast showing them off. This isn’t your great-grandfather’s factory job!
This program was unmatched in value, with each manufacturer talking about internship and post-graduation job opportunities at their facility directly to the students. Some even gave their resumes directly to management! Experiences like this promote student investment in our local businesses and community and may lead to employment opportunities in the future.
Let’s recap on all the benefits from this tour:
- Strengthened relationships between MSU, industry leaders and the community
- Potential population growth for Wichita Falls through post-graduation student retention
- Recruitment pipeline for employers
- Challenging the stigma of manufacturing jobs
- Internship opportunities for students
- Student investment into local business
Future tours in the business sector coming soon
It doesn’t stop there! The Wichita Falls Chamber is dedicated to moving our city and community forward through the creation of talent pipelines to bridge the gap between employers, educators, and students through a collective impact model. We are looking to expand this program to a bi-annual event that includes more MSU departments and Vernon College. To get started, we are discussing a future tour for business majors at Vernon College Century City Campus for later this year. Want to learn more about how to be involved in future tours? Email Taylor Davis.
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Strengthened relationships between MSU, industry leaders and the community
Potential population growth for Wichita Falls through post-graduation student retention
Recruitment pipeline for employers
Challenging the stigma of manufacturing jobs
Internship opportunities for students
Student investment into the local businesses