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ICP Ambassadors reach out to high schools to promote careers in industrial distribution

Chicago, IL - Industrial Careers Pathway Ambassadors are a volunteer boots-on-the-ground force to help spread the word in communities throughout North America about the ‘incredibly rewarding’ careers in industrial distribution....


Chicago, IL – Industrial Careers Pathway Ambassadors are a volunteer boots-on-the-ground force to help spread the word in communities throughout North America about the ‘incredibly rewarding’ careers in industrial distribution. These volunteers have been hard at work appearing at job fairs, community meetings, high schools and community colleges.

An example is provided by the work of Ken Miko, director strategic accounts at industrial distributor BDI, and Bob Casazza, business manager, industrial aftermarket, at Koyo Corporation of USA. Miko and Casazza teamed up to develop, plan and deliver an Industrial Careers Pathway event to 52 students enrolled in ‘tech-forward’ classes at Bay Village High School, in Bay Village, OH, in order to provide a hands-on demo promoting the careers available to them in industrial distribution and manufacturing.

Using Koyo’s training vehicle as a mobile classroom proved to be a big hit with the students, according to those in attendance. The curriculum for the hour-long presentation included:

• an overview of the incredibly rewarding field of industrial distribution

• information about the resources available through the ICP website at www.idcareers.org so the students could chart their career steps in industrial distribution, and

• a presentation about and discussion of a day in the life of a mechanical engineer with a free-wheeling question and answer session with Zach Kurtz, application engineer, Koyo Corporation of USA.

Bay Village High School faculty members gave the event a big thumbs-up. Representatives from other high schools who also were invited to attend were eager to schedule their own events to help educate their own students about career possibilities.

“It was a very enriching experience for the students and for us as volunteers,” said Miko. “The questions they asked, the enthusiasm they showed, makes you realize the bright future ahead for the young people coming into their own and hopefully for our industry if they choose to join us.”

Casazza added, “Ken and I, and others like us, have enjoyed great careers in this industry. We trust by getting the word out to the next generation in settings like this, they too will be able to reap the rewards of careers in this great industry.”

Any person with a passion for spreading the word about the careers available to young people in industrial distribution or manufacturing can become an ICP Ambassador. ICP Ambassadors have access to numerous resources to assist them in making presentations and talking about the subject to a variety of audiences in their community.

Industrial Careers Pathway is a multifaceted North American workforce initiative supported by an alliance of industry associations that addresses the need for a skilled industrial distribution and manufacturing  sales and customer service workforce for today and tomorrow. ICP links students and job seekers to career paths in industrial distribution and manufacturing through partnerships with local educators and employers.

For more information about efforts being made by ICP to address the need for a skilled industrial distribution workforce, visit http://www.industrialcareerspathway.orgor contact ICP at info@industrialcareerspathway.org or 312-516-2100.