Last week, 33 students from the John R. Wooden Middle School Careers Class toured Mt. Olive Manufacturing, in Mooresville, for a behind-the-scenes look at local production jobs in our area.
The tour was arranged through a partnership between the Careers Class, led by teacher Terry Boesch, and the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, whose president, Jamie Taylor, joined the tour through Mt. Olive.
The tour included insights into operations, research, quality & testing, plus sales and inventory. Students were told that many local production jobs are available to those who develop a skill. Students asked many questions of their tour guides, including how to do research on new products, how to test quality, and how to work for the company after they graduate high school.
According to Ms. Taylor of the Chamber, “Mt. Olive officials were very impressed by the questions these students asked, and were totally (and pleasantly) surprised that the students were shaking hands and introducing themselves to the leadership.”
The tour was also chaperoned by Mr. Scott Craig, a Systems & Program Development Engineer at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, whose daughter, Shelby, is in the Careers Class and attended this tour. Mr. Craig shared with students his own work, helping to design aircraft engines for Rolls-Royce.
This tour is the second Factory Opportunity Tour organized this year by John R. Wooden Middle School and the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce. The first tour was to Overton Industries, also of Mooresville, held earlier this school year, with approximately 30 different students attending that tour.