In May of 2017, a Manufacturing Consortium was formed in Cooke County with a commitment to affect the community’s perception of manufacturing, inspire students to pursue manufacturing careers, and strengthen the future growth of manufacturing by avoiding a talent shortage.
Today’s manufacturing jobs are highly skilled and a career in manufacturing is interesting and rewarding. 22% of the local workforce is in manufacturing today. To help continue to have a strong talent pipeline, the Consortium has three main initiatives.
01. Strong partnership between Manufacturers, North Central Texas College and our Cooke County High Schools.
- Dual Credit and Technical Certifications to provide local high school students opportunities to enter the workforce with good paying jobs. Strong curriculums that support the talent needs of local manufacturers.
- Promote scholarship and apprenticeship opportunities
- Promote additional opportunities when Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree is achieved.
02. Annual Manufacturing Day
- Create personal relationships between students and manufacturers.
- Expose students to the career opportunities in manufacturing.
- Educate students about the advanced technologies, state of the art facilities, fast-paced work environments and dispel the image of what manufacturing used to be.
- Provide student’s concise information about careers in manufacturing that they can share with their parents.
03. Manufacturing Matters Spotlights
- Spotlight a different Manufacturer each month.
- Create a “Wall of Fame” in the technical corridor in our high schools, college and GEDC hall promoting each Manufacturer.
- Host a Power Lunch at the High School each month with the Spotlight Manufacturer. Coordinate personal facility tours for interested students.
- Spotlight Manufacturer Billboard campaign
- Mayor Proclamation for Manufacturer Spotlight
- Manufacturing Spotlight corner in local paper with articles on Manufacturing
- Manufacturing Matters website linked to GEDC website and local manufacturer site.