Starke County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
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industry to instruct county 7th graders of required job skills

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation, in partnership with Oregon-Davis School Corporation, North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation, and Knox Community School Corporation, is holding their first Manufacturer’s Day celebration on Thursday, October 3, 2013.During the day, the Foundation will host approximately 350 7th grade students at the Knox Middle School.There, Starke County industries will have displays of what their company manufactures, the skills and training required for each job at the company, and will have a representative on hand.

Each student will be provided a scavenger hunt card of questions.As each student goes from company to company, they will hear what each company manufactures, who they sell their products to and for what use, what types of jobs are available in their company, and most importantly, what job skills are necessary for one to secure employment at their company.The students will then be able to answer the questions on their scavenger hunt card and when they present that card at the end of their tour, they will be given several additional items to take home with them.

The goal of this program is to make sure that students are aware of what is available in their home county, and what it will take for them to be able to work for one of these companies.The 7th grade was chosen as the best age to present this program to, as what they learn can be used the following year when they start preparing their high school schedule of classes.By carefully and with knowledge at what is at stake, it is hoped that students properly prepare for their future, whether it be college or a vocational program.

This event has undergone planning for the past couple of years as the Foundation sought to find a way to answer industry’s cries for help in finding workers with proper job skills, and at the same time, engage students in what opportunities their home community can provide if they have the skills employers need.According to Foundation Executive Director Charles W. Weaver, “We are excited to have this opportunity to showcase our local industry, and make what they do here more readily apparent to people in the county, and in this case, especially to the 7th graders who will someday be working for these companies.The cooperation of the three school corporations has been amazing and we hope the success of this first-time event will lead to an annual opportunity to repeat this program.”


The Starke County Economic Development Foundation is a not-for-profit local economic development organization (LEDO) providing economic development opportunities on behalf of Starke County, Indiana, the City of Knox, and the Towns of North Judson and Hamlet through the development of industrial parks, rail spurs, greenfield sites, shovel-ready sites, infrastructure, and workforce development.For more information regarding Starke County Economic Development Foundation, visit