Rounding up interest
Seems like lately I am trying to find a way to get youth involved in this industry. I suppose it goes back to when I was young and had mentors to teach me. It was a great opportunity for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I started an unstructured program here with highschool students and they seemed to enjoy it. We shut down for harvest and all but one didn't return. I hired the one that did return part time and forgot about the program. It seems sad that there is such little interest. I started dreaming about it again today, and have thoughts of a racing program. I feel that may generate more interest. I would need sponsorship of some sort for a program like that. This area is what I would consider well off, and the right people might find value in donating to a program of that nature. I would fund it myself 100% if I had the money.
I was looking for input or ideas on what any of you might do, if this was something you were considering?
Hi Bill, Having a race team and car sounds like a ton of fun. I am sure it would attract some attention. ISU Carbondale has a drag car. The upgrades and trailer all come from donations. I wonder if a race crew would give the wrong impression of what the day to day life is like for a technician. My observation is that finding youth with ambition is the key. I have a neighbor who was working fast
Thank you Mike, I should probably try and get ahold of key people at local highschools to pitch the idea. I think if we try and attract youth with the day to day we may ose the opportunity to build the passion young. My passion for this industry changes as I get older. Right now my passion is in keeping vehicles/people safe, and reliably on the road. When I was sixteen all I wanted to do was
Bill, I applaud your ambition to get younger folks interested in "the field"! I was a troubled youth without direction until Mr. Hank Kyle recognized my aptitude in industrial arts when I was in my 10th grade (Having flunked 9th, there was a great deal of gambling on his part). You could be that person who makes the remarkable difference in someone, just by following your passion! Mike's idea -
Great Job! In our area the school district has all but eliminated Industrial arts programs, A local shop owner of 40 years saw what was happening and built a school house at the shop, to offer a vacation program," Intro To Auto", to 13 - 18 year old students. We attempt to touch on all areas of Automotive, with the support Insurance agents, parts suppliers and others active in the industry, we
This sounds similar to what I would like to work towards Steven.
Allow me to offer any information that you may need to further your success. One suggestion would be a career path. Students get excited to see a map of achievable goals and rewards. I can send you ours for ideas, if you like.
Good insight. Thank you Steven. I never thought of it that way. Its more of a primer to raise interest. Using goals is a great idea. I should be able to apply that to my situation.
Here is a Career Path with goals and timeline, given to me by John Gustafson. John gave me permission to share this with you, He has some clever Ideas that are proven to work, Let me know if you would like an introduction. All the best, Steven E.
Steven, Thats awesome! Thanks for sharing. Thank you for the offer of an introduction, but I think I am going to be crawling on this for a while until I can get a feel for how to generate some real interest in my region.