The Nebraska Departments of Education, Economic Development and Labor today announced a series of videos that provide a virtual tour of some of Nebraska’s largest and most innovative employers. The videos are aimed at engaging youth while informing them of the skills and education needed to prosper in these careers in the Nebraska economy.
“When young people get excited about careers that are right here in Nebraska, they are inspired to work hard and complete the education and training necessary to succeed in the workplace,” said Governor Dave Heineman. “That’s a benefit both to our employers and workforce.”
Featured employers represent fields in Nebraska’s Career Education Industry Clusters model whose growth translates to employment opportunities for both the current and future workforce. The first three videos feature information technology (MACC, hudl and Yahoo!); manufacturing (BD, MetalQuest, Chief); and transportation, distribution and logistics (Werner Enterprises, Brown Transfer, Cash-Wa). The video tours include employees and managers discussing work environment, salary, education requirements and career advancement opportunities.
“These virtual industry tours provide a unique opportunity for students, parents and career counselors to experience Nebraska industries without leaving their homes or classrooms,” said Catherine D. Lang, Director of the Department of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor. “We are so appreciative of the employers who are partnering with the three agencies to highlight the career opportunities in our state.”
The videos are available online at www.NEcareertours.com and are being distributed to schools across the state. The Nebraska Department of Education is developing a curriculum surrounding each of the industries to help students connect what they learn in the classroom with future job prospects.
“The virtual industry tours are a great asset to help school counselors and teachers introduce Nebraska employers to students,” said Richard Katt, State Director of Nebraska Career Education. “These videos provide an accurate picture of today’s workplace, breaking down stereotypes while emphasizing the knowledge and skills required for success.”
The next series of videos will showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations; construction and architecture; health sciences; and agriculture, food and natural resources. A video message to
parents is also being developed.
NDOL press releases are accessible on the Internet at: dol.nebraska.gov.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Patty Wood, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
Richard Katt, Nebraska Department of Education