Local students exposed to area industries through bus tours

Seguin, TX – Local manufacturing, health and education stakeholders joined forces to showcase real career options by offering bus tours to area eighth graders.  The tours were part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month which recognizes educational programs that prepare students to be college and career-ready.

Eighth grade students from Seguin ISD and Navarro ISD participated in either a manufacturing (Feb. 15) or healthcare (Feb. 1) bus tour, depending on their personal interest. On the manufacturing tour, students visited the Central Texas Technology Center, Minigrip, Cargill, Continental, Rave Gears, EPMP, CMC Steel Texas, Alamo Group and the City of Seguin Utilities Operations Center.

 “These tours are such a win-win.  The students get to be exposed to all the great manufacturing job opportunities that surround them, and we get the opportunity to let them know we want them to come and work for us. We also tell them how to make it happen!” said Mary Andrews, Manager of Customer General Services for Alamo Group Industrial.

On the healthcare tour, 180 students toured Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, Guadalupe Valley Nursing Center and Texas Lutheran Universities Nursing Program.

“Guadalupe Regional Medical Center always enjoys educating our community and showcasing the many clinical and non-clinical opportunities that come with a career in healthcare,” says Director of Marketing, Chelsea Grayson, “It is a pleasure to interact with the next generation of workforce professionals and be able to present what GRMC is all about: offering advanced medicine with a personal touch.”

“By partnering with the business community, CTE programs are investing in students and providing them with the latest technology and skills that will prepare them to become successful employees and future leaders,” said Josh Schneuker, Executive Director of the Seguin Economic Development Corporation.

CTE programs encompass 94% of high school students and 13 million postsecondary students in the United States. It includes comprehensive high schools, career technical centers, community and technical colleges, and four-year universities. CTE is a major part of the solution to myriad national economic and workforce problems, such as high school dropout rates, a weakened economy, and global competitiveness. At a time when opportunity for employment is so critical, CTE programs in every community are ensuring students are equipped with the skills to successfully enter the workforce.###