Economic Development News
Jefferson City High School Counselor Tour Local Industries
Published: Monday, October 9, 2017
By: Missy Bonnot, Director, Economic Development
First thing on a bright Monday morning, right after the students were in their first block, a dozen Jefferson City High School counselors loaded up on the trolley and were ready for a full day of manufacturing firm tours.
The first stop was to one of our newest manufacturers, Morris Packaging. Morris, a plastics company that manufactures dog food bags, located to Jefferson City in 2013.
The next stop was Scholastic, and the counselors were able to see firsthand the close to a million square foot distribution center and how it operates with 1,500 employees. We were able to hear about the different aspects of the plant and meet many of the employees.
Modern Litho Print was stop number three and Chamber Board member Jeff Davidson, VP of Corporate Strategy, met with the counselors and discussed the Printing Industry and all the different type of job opportunities at the facility, from design work to printing publications. The group met several JC alumni that have built their career at MLP.
After a presentation at the Chamber regarding the business climate and the Jefferson City industry sectors, the group headed to Unilever.
Unilever provides personal care products and produces Suave shampoo and Dove body wash to name a few of their products. The facility is known for their innovation and their advanced manufacturing operation. Suited up in hairnets and steel toed shoes, Shiloh Harless, Human Resources Specialist, enlightened the group and highlighted the skilled labor the operation requires to run efficiently.
You might be wondering why take counselors to tour facilities? Many of our high school students in Jefferson City and the surrounding areas, will not go on to a 2 or 4 year higher education institution or to the Military and it is important to show them all the job possibilities in our community so they can convey those to the students.
Talk to any employer in our community and it is no secret that finding available and trained employees is a challenge. Not just in one industry but across all sectors. What can we do to prepare that 18 year old to go directly into starting their career?
The first step is to expose them to all the different career paths we have to offer in our community and the counselors will now have knowledge of what manufacturers have to offer.
On October 17, the Chamber along with Jefferson City Public Schools are hosting an Industry Career Fair at the Jefferson City High School. Businesses have an opportunity to meet with students from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm and students will learn about jobs in the local community such as manufacturing, health care, technology and more. This is not a hiring event but an opportunity to promote business and a potential career to students and parents.