The NFPA Student Career Connections Program – An Easy Way for Members to Connect with Students

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Price Engineering. 30 high school students. A tour. Fluid power classroom kits. Sharing. An internship. What does this all equal? The new NFPA Student Career Connections (SCC) program.

The first SCC event took place at NFPA member, Price Engineering in Hartland, Wisconsin on March 17. This is a quick overview of the program:

  • Students and teachers from local middle or high schools tour an NFPA member company
  • A member from that company speaks to students about careers, what a day in the life is like and how to get into the industry etc.
  • Members work with students to put together a basic fluid power classroom kit
  • Lunch is provided by member company if time allows
  • NFPA provides teachers with a fluid power curriculum that has been used in several Project Lead The Way (PLTW) schools before the group leaves

The schedule can be adjusted to fit whatever time and resources a company has. At Price Engineering, students from Arrowhead High School met in a conference room and got to see through video and a presentation what Price does and the different creative and innovative job opportunities available in the fluid power field. They broke into groups and got a tour of Price, talking to several employees along the way about what they do and seeing first hand how it gets done. After that, all the students and employees came back to the conference room and worked together to put together a fluid power classroom kit. While they were doing that, pizza was brought in and Price played videos of innovative and fun work being done in fluid power. A group of students even shared their video of a robot they created to compete in FIRST Robotics. Through this, one student got an internship at Price.

Everyone involved had a lot of fun and some great student/industry connections were definitely made. Thank you to everyone at Price Engineering that took time to make this a great day for the students.

For more information on how to host a Student Career Connections event at your company, contact Lynn Beyer, (414) 778-3364. (Lynn will work to find a school in your area to connect with).

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