Plant employees made a strong career sales pitch to about 100 high school seniors last month during a tour of the Corning® Gorilla® Glass manufacturing process. The goal: educate students about the great opportunities available in a world-class company like Corning.
"We lose so many of our young people because they move away to find jobs, or go to college and never come back," said BJ, a plant organizer of the student visit and a human resources organizational specialist in Harrodsburg. "We want the seniors to understand that we offer a competitive salary and interesting and challenging careers."
More than 200 seniors from Mercer County High School and Burgin Independent School participated on Sept. 19 in Senior Industry Day, which was organized by the Harrodsburg/Mercer County Industrial Development Authority to show the students the range of career possibilities locally. Corning, three other manufacturing companies, a hospital, and a utility company participated. Each student toured two of the six facilities.
"The Senior Industry Day program started in 2016 and we hope it continues for years to come," said Plant Manager Amy Porter. "It is a terrific opportunity for Corning to educate students about how a high-tech manufacturing facility operates and the job opportunities available. Employees, students, and teachers seemed to benefit from the day, and there has been a lot of positive feedback. It is also a great example of local companies working together to support the communities we live in."