Lawrence County career tech teachers toured three county industries during an event organized by the Industrial Development Board of Lawrence County on Thursday, July 25.
The 2019 Teachers on Tour event allowed Lawrence County teachers an opportunity to explore career development within the county and gave them an inside look at some of the available workspaces.
IDB President and CEO Tabitha Pace arranged tours with Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Jack Daniels Cooperage and Nucor Tubular Products.
“The purpose of this tour is to show our teachers how important they are for workforce development, and they can share their experience with their students,” Pace said.
During the event, teachers toured the facilities of each industry and were encouraged to ask questions and discuss the work force with company leaders. Topics included job qualifications, entry-level positions and the hiring/recruiting process, work ethic and potential co-ops or internship programs.
The tour began at Lockheed in Courtland where teachers were briefed on workplace safety and the history of the facilities before touring one of the workspaces. Teachers then traveled to the Jack Daniels Cooperage and toured the plant where whiskey barrels are made.
Their final stop was Nucor Tubular where they got an inside look at the plant and saw demonstrations of some of the products made onsite and various positions available for employees.
Tour participants included health science teachers Shannon Fike and Mellisa Fish; Cosmetology Instructor Whitney Bennett; Brian Tidwell, a welding instructor; Pam Crumpton who specializes in electronics and robotics; business teachers Sonia Burden, Chasity Carroll and Ryan Bowerman; Automotive Instructor Jerry Ellis; Career Coach Melissa Godsey; Callie Terry, a counselor; Agriscience teachers Jimmy Black and Adam Daniel; Family and Consumer Science Teacher Jill Woods; Career Tech Director Robby Vinzant; IDB Administrative Assistant Miranda Napier; Commissioner Jesse Byrd; and Teresa Woodruff, General Manager of The Moulton Advertiser.
Pace, who organized the tour and escorted participants, hopes to make the Teachers on Tour an annual event.