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Amtech Video Focuses on STEM Skills & Careers

Amtech Video Focuses on STEM Skills & Careers

June 04, 2015

Our student production team at the Yakima Valley Skills Center finished the year by producing a STEM education video featuring local composites manufacturer Amtech.  The company is located in Wapato and manufactures a variety of composite parts for companies across the country.  New Vision helped Amtech expand to the Yakima Valley in 2001.  Since that time the company has grown from 20 employees to nearly 300.  A big THANKS goes to Amtech for showcasing their company, career opportunities and skills needed for success.

This new clip joins a library of ten other STEM videos focusing on jobs and skills needed at local companies.  Our office purposely teamed up with the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center's Digital Media Department to produce videos.  We wanted YV Tech students to produce these clips because our target audience for these clips is younger adults.  We are thrilled with the work of this year's team.  Mathew Feltrip, Angelino Martinez, and Bryan Palmer did a great job profiling local companies and the skills they need for success. 

Amtech's video allows younger adults to see what their company is all about and the careers they offer.  Not every business is able to offer plant tours, visit classrooms or provide job shadows so these these videos are a great way of showcasing local employers and the key skills they need from current and future employees. To learn more about this project click here.

As part of this initiative, New Vision is also working on a regional STEM website with ESD 105 and building pages to feature these companies and the videos. We will continue to expand on these pages in the future and will be slowly adding links to classroom projects and problems at the bottom of each employer page. This project has already caught the attention of a statewide audience and is recognized as one of the more tangible STEM business education partnerships initiatives in Washington state.

The videos allow companies to portray what they do and the key occupations, skills and attitudes needed for success within these businesses.  We are thrilled with these videos because they allow younger adults to see what local companies do and the careers they offer.  Not every business is able to offer plant tours, visit classrooms or provide job shadows so these videos are a great way of showcasing local employers and the key skills they need from current and future employees. 

As part of the overall initiative to advance STEM education New Vision is also building pages to feature these companies and videos on a regional STEM website. To the right is a mock up of the page we created for Memorial Hospital featuring the video clips.  As you can see we provide a fair amount of information about the company, its jobs, and the wages offered for particular positions.  We will continue to expand on these pages in the future and hope to add links to classroom projects and problems at the bottom of each employer page.

- See more at: http://www.ycda.com/blog/article.html?blogid=241#sthash.uONL2e1P.dpuf

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