Workforce Development Initiatives
Speaking with companies and hosting roundtables revealed a common theme that resonates with all businesses: there is a need for a hardworking, dependable and adaptable workforce. Particularly important is instilling these qualities in our community's students. To begin to address this need, the SEDC partnered with local school districts, our local industry and our chamber of commerce to educate, inspire and provide opportunities to get involved in one of the many promising industries available in Seguin. The Seguin EDC is dedicated to serving local businesses by providing opportunities to attract and retain a strong local workforce. These opportunities include the following:
National Manufacturing Day Industry Tours
Manufacturing Day addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is - and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
The Seguin EDC coordinates a tour of 9 manufacturers, 3 school districts and 180 students in honor of Manufacturing Day. These students experience a first hand look at what manufacturing looks like in Seguin, Texas.
Seguin Career Day
Seguin Career Day is an interactive and dynamic experience that facilitates a connection between high school students and local Seguin businesses. During Seguin Career Day, employers from the Seguin community gather at one of our local high schools to showcase their company's operations, career pathways, and highlight the educational attainment and skill sets that are required for success in that company's industry. This event encourages students to explore their interests while providing them the opportunity to learn how they can apply those interests to future professional endeavors. Over 400 seniors from Seguin, Navarro and Marion high school participate in Seguin Career Day annually.
Seguin Job Shadow Program
The Seguin Job Shadow Program provides high school students with an opportunity to go to work with the pros, and explore a wide range of jobs, learn about various job skills, ask questions, pick up information and learn first-hand the responsibilities and rewards of employment in a variety of careers.
The Seguin Job Shadow Day is planned in conjunction with Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE, as well as the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. CTE directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers that cover many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, management and many more.
The Seguin Job Shadow Day is a collaborative effort between the Seguin Economic Development Corporation, Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, Seguin ISD, Navarro ISD and Marion ISD.
Seguin Job Fairs
The Seguin EDC in partnership with Workforce Solutions Alamo host two job fair's per year with over 20 participating companies in attendance and over 100 job seekers in attendance. Job fairs are a great way for employers to interact with potential hires all in one place and have on-the-spot interviews.
“Many employers have contacted us trying to find ways to attract a talented workforce, which is part of our job to help connect these and help businesses grow and in turn, helps to strengthen the economy and support a strong middle class,” said Josh Schneuker, Executive Director of the Seguin Economic Development Corporation.
Seguin Teacher Externship Program
COMING SOON in 2021!