Area manufacturers host career discovery tours for parents and their students

What happens within the walls of a manufacturing facility?  What jobs are available?  Why would my son or daughter be interested in working in this industry after graduating from school?

Parents have a lot of questions when it comes to their child’s professional future.  We all want what’s best for our kids, and we have a desire to see them succeed. But what does that success look like, and how far must one go to find it?  The truth is, many parents are unaware of the career opportunities available in their own backyard.

In an effort to highlight the strength of the Quad City manufacturing industry and promote the high-skill, high-wage jobs that are in demand, Talent Link, the State Work-Based Learning Intermediary Network, has teamed up with local employers to offer parents the opportunity to bring their high school-aged student on a tour of our region’s manufacturing facilities on February 25, 26, 27 and March 4, 5 and 6.

The curtain will be pulled back as parents learn more about John Deere Harvester Works, John Deere Davenport Works, M.A. Ford, Sears Seating, the Rock Island Arsenal and Arconic.  Parents and students will hear presentations offered by company representatives explaining their products, processes, future job opportunities and education/training pathways.

Work-site tours are an important first step in the career exploration process.  As a result, interested students can engage further with a company through a job shadow experience, take concurrent enrollment courses in high school, apply for a part-time or seasonal job, internship, or apprenticeship.

With over $1.5 trillion in national student loan debt shouldered by more than 44 borrowers, parents will be excited to learn that many of the jobs available in the manufacturing industry do not require a four-year college degree.  In fact, most if not all the training following high school can be accessed through a community college or regional career center.

More information regarding the specific tour dates, parent registration, and meeting locations was distributed through the schools to the parents of students in grades 9-12.  

The manufacturing jobs of today do not resemble those of 30 years ago.  Advancements in technology have changed the way many manufacturers to business.  So before we steer our future leaders towards what we perceive to be ‘greener pastures,’ let’s take some time to recognize the opportunities that exist right underneath our noses.

If you would like more information, please contact Christine Caves at 563-441-4373 or

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