U.S. Engineering teams recently took the time promote rewarding careers available at U.S. Engineering and in the industry. On Wednesday, June 9, several teammates joined about 70 educators for Show Me Careers via Zoom to share the variety of opportunities we have to offer and to change the perception of what it means to work in this industry. Tyler Nottberg followed that up on Friday, June 11 with a guest column in the Kansas City Business Journal entitled, “‘Externship’ programs help teachers add knowledge, real-world lessons.”
Show Me Careers is a program through the Missouri Chamber of Commerce that exposes local education professionals to the career opportunities in area businesses. During the program, we presented a deep dive into various career pathways and high-demand occupations that require either a high school degree or a four-year degree program. The intent was to share information about high-demand occupations and insight into our business.
Over the course of two hours, several teammates were able to join on the call and offer insights—and to thank educators for the work they do.
Brian Crouse, Vice President of Education for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry, shared his appreciation for the event.
“We strive to showcase leading-edge companies during the program to provide education professionals with where industry is headed,” Crouse said. “This helps to provide them with relevant, critical information on career pathways and occupational trends as they are occurring in the industry in real time. By having U.S. Engineering as an employer host this year, we successfully did this, outlining various skilled trades, manufacturing production and fabrication, as well as project management and estimation careers. Just as importantly, U.S. Engineering leadership and team members clearly demonstrated the value that the organization places upon team work, diversity in people and perspectives, continuous improvement and above all else, the safety and growth of its people.
“Hands down, the U.S. Engineering session was the best of the best for the week’s program,” Crouse said.
In a column with the Kansas City Business Journal, Nottberg highlighted the importance of programs like Show Me Careers and the Externship program that we have developed. He encouraged other businesses to pursue these types of investments in our community. The column only appeared in print, so a link isn’t available. Subscribers can view the PDF on the Kansas City Business Journal website.
“Externships can be life-changing experiences for teachers and students,” Nottberg writes. “With Show Me Careers Kansas City and Real World Learning, we are working together to open workforce doors to many more educators this year. With sustained effort, we’ll see their students walk through our doors, prepared to contribute in the not-so-distant future.”