Dreaming and DOING in Nebraska

By August 23, 2007Education and Training

Lots of go-to people in manufacturing in Nebraska, working with government and educators to promote careers in industry to young people through the Dream It! Do It! campaign. Governor Dave Heineman has just helped launch the Nebraska Dream Team, spotlighting young employees who are doing well in manufacturing. From the governor’s office, a news release:

“I’m pleased to help support Nebraska’s Dream It. Do It. campaign,” Gov. Heineman said. “Our young people need to know that manufacturing has evolved beyond the assembly line into a career that offers room for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. This campaign is an effort to appeal to today’s bright and motivated students and open their eyes to the many opportunities this field has to offer in our state.”

Chris Joneson, 21, of Papillion, has been selected as the first Career Dream Team member. Joneson is an associate drafter for Valmont Industries. The team will be made up of young adults, 26 and younger who have chosen a career in manufacturing and related-businesses. Members of the Career Dream Team will appear in interviews aired on the Husker Sports Network during home football games this fall.

Tony Raimondo, Chairman of Behlen Manufacturing Co. and Nebraska Advanced Manufacturing Coalition (NAMC) head, said, “This campaign is a way to reach out and help young adults, parents and educators understand the important role advanced manufacturing plays in the Nebraska’s continued competitiveness in the global marketplace. To attract some of our state’s finest talent to this industry, we must help younger generations know about the rewarding and challenging careers utilizing advanced technologies here in our state.”

Congratulations to Chris, who works for a great NAM member company, Valmont Industries, a manufacturer of lighting and traffic poles and irrigation equipment. And talk about a high-profile — being seen on TV broadcasts of Huskers football games? Great platform.

And kudos to Tony Raimondo, an NAM board member, who really drives Nebraska’s manufacturers to get active on addressing the skills gap.

KETV story here.

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