The President’s Pen is a weekly blog written by Jonathan Smith, New Vision’s President and CEO about local economic development projects and initiatives. It also covers economic trends, workforce issues, business climate policies, and manufacturing news.
We are pleased to share two new STEM videos produced by our great student team at Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center. New Vision is working with Educational Service District (ESD) 105, Washington STEM, and other partners to produce these clips that highlight local companies, careers and skills needed for sucess.
Click here to watch the clips featuring Memorial Hospital and Tree Top. You can also see our other STEM in action videos on this page. If prompted, the password to watch these videos in STEM (all capitalized).
Our office purposely teamed up with the Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center's Video Production Department to produce videos. We wanted YV Tech students to produce these clips because our target audience for these clips is younger adults (see our blog on why this is important!). Our team has been thrilled with our student production team. Leah Shannon, Jacob Galbreath and Erick Richmond have done a fantastic job and are putting the final touches on two additional clips featuring Tri-Ply Construction and the Yakima Valley Farmworkers' Clinic.
We are also working on a regional STEM website with ESD 105 and building pages to feature these companies and the videos. This project has caught the attention of a statewide audience and is recognized as one of the more tangible STEM business education partnerships initiatives in Washington state. 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.
To the right is a mock up of the page we created for Shields 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.
Over the next year we also plan to produce six more virtual tour videos featuring other local businesses. Stay tuned for more updates from our office!