“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”- Henry Adams
Students in our area have numerous opportunities right in their own backyards within the petrochemical industry, and many of them do not know that they exist. The EHCMA Workforce Development Events and Resources Committee is looking for men and women to serve as speakers and event volunteers. As a speaker, you will share first-hand experiences and knowledge about the industry and help students understand what these opportunities mean and where they can lead them.
As an event volunteer, you will be hosting an event informational booth and show students a path to a future that provides them with a critical skill but does not include tens of thousands of dollars in student debt. You will impact a young person’s life by showing career paths and opportunities which will be readily available immediately after graduating high school or receiving a two-year technical degree. This information can open the doors to many jobs and careers in the Houston Ship Channel.
Training in the petrochemical industry is also expanding and improving! We are offering you the perfect forum to educate students, teachers, parents, and others about the training opportunities available to them.
Kelley Sexton (ExxonMobil) points out that we also have the chance to educate kids on background check procedures and thus remind them that any decisions that they make now can influence their potential opportunities in the future. Sexton stresses to students that they really need to think about the decisions they make because poor decision making now can haunt them and prevent them from taking advantage of financially lucrative opportunities in the future.
We would like you to think about the opportunity you have to influence the future workforce and really hit a cord with them. We have a need to grow our skilled workforce and what better way to do that than to speak to them directly?
Finally, if you’re worried about your inexperience as a speaker, there are individuals within our committees who will soon be ready to train others on speaking to students. We will have more about that in an upcoming newsletter, so stay tuned! To learn more about speaking and volunteer opportunities, contact Denise@allianceportregion.com.