You want to help your students learn about advanced manufacturing and logistics careers, but you’re not sure where to start. No worries. We hear that all the time – and we can help. To help educators and guidance counselors get the word out about these hands-on, high-tech, good-paying advanced manufacturing and logistics jobs, Conexus Indiana has gathered together a few examples of proven strategies. Whether you’re looking to get students to surf this site, or you simply want to make sure students understand the options at their own schools, we can hook you up.
Harness the power of treats.
At Shelbyville High School, the Dream it. Do it. champion linked ice cream to the Dream it. Do it. Indiana website. Students who sign up for an account at dreamitdoitindiana.com during designated lunch periods earn themselves a free ice cream. How’d they pay for it? Through their Conexus resource stipend.
Use resources at hand.
Think touring an advanced manufacturing and logistics facility is the way to go? You’re probably right. At Pike High School, the Dream it. Do it. champion created a set of ready contacts by having her students complete an employer family tree. With 1 out of every 5 Hoosier working in manufacturing, you’re bound to find the manufacturing contacts you need – within your own classroom.
The DIDI champion at the Hinds Career Center plans to hook us up (literally!) by linking her center’s course/learning management software to this website, giving students quick and easy access to info about advanced manufacturing and logistics when they need it. Consider adding a link from your school's course management software to this Dream it. Do it. website. With just a few minutes work, you get instant advertising – all at no cost to you.
Upgrade the lingo.
If your transportation systems class is really a project-based hands-on advanced manufacturing and logistics course, upgrade your course description. Want to market Project Lead the Way courses to a broader audience? Make it clear that the classes aren’t just for aspiring Ph.D.s. Follow Perry-Meridian’s lead and review your class descriptions. After all, helping students understand how a course is exciting, interesting and relevant to their lives and futures may go a long way to putting students in your seats.
Help us help you: Share your best practices
Have an advanced manufacturing and logistics activity that worked well in your classroom or school? We’d love to hear about it. Send us a brief summary of the activity (and the outcome), and we’ll share it with others right here, on this site.