Students are stepping out of the classroom and into workplaces that represent potential career opportunities.
It’s part of the Talent Tours program organized by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. In the past, the program has been geared toward students undecided about their career preferences. This year, there was an intentional effort to connect students with defined interests in fields with workplaces that might be a fit for them.
“We’re working with them to really solidify their connections to our business community,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. “We’re bringing them on-site to multiple businesses so they make that emotional connection.”
From law enforcement visits to tours of advanced manufacturers, the students are immersed in the workplaces during their Talent Tours.
“I’m impressed with how well they interact and how enthused they appear to be here,” said Todd Thompson, production manager at Daktronics. “I always tell them to find something they enjoy doing for a job. A job doesn’t have to be a burden. It should be something you enjoy doing.”
And these students are seeing that. Many said Talent Tours confirmed their career direction. For a closer look at the program, click below.