One of the biggest challenges in the Manufacturing Industry is finding skilled and interested workers. The future of the industry is going to be heavily dependent on training people for the jobs that will keep companies competitive in the future. Rj Link Int., and other local manufacturers are partnering with the Rockford Public School District to create a sustainable talent pipeline.
Rockford’s Roosevelt High School holds a Pathway’s Day, which is a monthly event that involves bringing in speakers from different industries to discuss careers in specific pathways. Rj Link’s Quality/Engineering Manager, John Oller, has presented to groups of students interested in manufacturing and engineering. In John’s presentations he has discussed how a product starts and ends within a company, while discussing the types of jobs of all the people involved. These jobs included Sales, Design, Engineering, Project Management, Cost Estimating, Purchasing, Manufacturing Engineering, CNC Machinists, Inspection, Quality, Accounting, Finance, Receiving, Packaging, Shipping, etc. Events such as this one were made possible when the Rockford Public School District 205 Board of Education voted unanimously to implement a district-wide high school redesign, adopting the Academy model.
A pathway is a sequence of courses within a student’s chosen academy designed to help the student prepare for a specific career area and meet the mandatory requirements for high school graduation. Pathways provide students with a plan to connect coursework in high school with college and career opportunities after graduation. A pathway, such as accounting, law and public safety or engineering, will enable a student to transition to college or the workforce much easier.
Students chart their unique “pathway” during 8th and 9th grade, exploring career choices, and select one of the following academies to enter during their sophomore year:
Rj Link’s involvement with the Rockford Public School’s Academy Support Team provides a key role in exposing students to the pathways that are available in engineering, all phases of manufacturing and business.
Examples of Academy Support Team membership activities that Rj Link Participates In: