Nationally Recognized Speakers Bring Motivation and Manufacturing to Pryor
Pryor, Okla – April 16, 2015 - There is an exciting event being planned for this summer which will be held in Pryor and designed for young people ages 16-21. The Elevate NE Youth Summit, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June the 9th, is a daylong event designed to enlighten young people about careers in the manufacturing sector. The day will include keynote speaker, Jeremy Bout, from the Edge Factor show. Jeremy and the Edge Factor crew creates dynamic and engaging videos which highlight careers in manufacturing. “The Edge Factor product is amazing and is a great way to capture the attention and interest of young people” says Scott Fry. The shows highlight the success of individuals and their pathway to a manufacturing career, many times overcoming significant obstacles on the way. In addition, AcroDunk, from Americas Got Talent, will be on hand to perform their high flying basketball dunking routine and inspirational stories.
The primary focus of the event is going to be on the variety of careers available in manufacturing. There will be subject matter experts on hand which will provide insight into their specific field of expertise. These sessions will focus on the skill sets required, what a day in the life of is like, salary potential and the pathway to such a career. “Unfortunately, manufacturing is one of the most misunderstood industry sectors and there are most definitely some misconceptions about what it is all about” says Jeff Wargo, Human Resources Director at Orchids Paper Products. Manufacturing has a huge impact in the local economy with the MidAmerica Industrial Park and there are some great career opportunities available. In fact, manufacturing ranks number one in our nation when it comes to salary and benefits. “We want our young people to know that there is something for them right here in our backyard” says John Hawkins, Governors Council for Economic and Workforce Development. “If they are the type of person who is not interested in moving away to get education and employed, they can get educated and employed right here at the MidAmerica Industrial Park”. Manufacturing employers will also be on hand to discuss their businesses and the opportunities that they have available at their company. There are many products made in the MidAmerica Industrial Park and the companies will be on and to display and discuss the products which they produce. “This is a great opportunity for our young people to be exposed to the largest employment sector in the county and to determine if it is an option for them”, says Tonya Backward, Workforce Development Coordinator at MidAmerica. “We are pleased to be the Platinum Sponsor for this year’s event as we see it as a great way to attract future workers for the companies in the park.”
The event is open to young people ages 16 to 21 and is only $25 to attend. The $25 registration fee will get them access to all events during the day as well as an Elevate T-shirt, backpack, lunch and entry to the Acrodunk performance. For more information, or to register, please contact Sheila Walker at 918-825-2582. You can also go tohttps://www.facebook.com/ElevateYouthSummit or follow us on Twitter @ElevateYouth_NE to learn more.
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What is MFGDAY’s mission?MFG DAY address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is – and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Last year our area had one of the largest events in the State of Oklahoma and this year we plan for it to be even bigger. Last years events included proclamations, business/industry chili cook off, several open house events, industry tours, and great participation from local schools.
If you didn't get the opportunity to attend last year, we hope you will attend this year and see all the many opportunities that are in our area that you may have not been aware of, it's a great opportunity!!