More than 70 students from area high schools enjoyed the weather on Feb. 22 while exploring careers during the Assemble ur Career tour coordinated by the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium.
The fourth annual tour was hosted by area businesses Bright Farms, Rochelle; Cresswood Shredding, Cortland; CST Storage, DeKalb; Custom Aluminum Products, Genoa; Dawn Equipment, Sycamore; Rochelle Community Hospital; and S-K Tools, Sycamore.
After the business tours, the students participated in a guided tour of the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Still Hall and Still Gym on the NIU campus. With information in hand, the students ate a pizza lunch provided by the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. at the DeKalb Public Library's Yusunas Room. While there, they heard information about NIU, university acceptance criteria and the employment opportunities awaiting them once they are ready to start their careers.
The business hosts provided information about their companies’ history, their products and services, the career paths available, as well as the practical and educational components required to gain and maintain employment. The businesses then gave extensive tours of their facilities, so the students could get a flavor of the culture and environment at each facility.
Bright Farms is one of the newest indoor ag producers in Rochelle; Cresswood Shredding manufactures internationally acclaimed recycling equipment; CST manufactures storage tanks coated with their proprietary surfaces; Custom Aluminum Products manufactures a variety of products and has a world-class internship program available to high school students; Dawn Equipment features Ag products designed and built in Sycamore for a world market; Rochelle Hospital provides quality health care; and S-K Tools is a manufacturer of quality tools in the world market. To be able to spend time with the leadership of these companies, see the operations during working hours and ask employees questions about career paths is a unique opportunity.
This tour is part of the ongoing effort to connect students to the employment possibilities in the greater DeKalb/Ogle county area. Along with “soft-skills,” mock interviews, application coaching, shadowing opportunities, internships and summer jobs, the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium seeks to expose students to career paths in the world of business; direct the students toward a post-high school certification and match up career desires with area employers.