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Beyond the Career Fair
One way to help educate students is to participate
in career fairs, but Thorne recommends
that integrators should look beyond
those. " We need to get into the early stages
of industrial-art programs in high schools,
[for example], " he says. " We've got to get to
the guidance counselors in high schools to
talk to them about what we do. "
It doesn't have to be time consuming,
either, Thorne hastens to add. Going out to
a local high school once a quarter is all that
it takes to help get the message out there.
ECCO, working closely with manufacturers,
donated audiovisual equipment to its
local trade school's electronics program.
Students now have hands-on experience
learning about the same equipment that
the company uses every day. ECCO has
also found a way to make the equipment
a recruiting tool: It puts the company logo
and contact information right on it.
A New Approach to Inspiring Youth
Tony Volkman, who works for Maryland
Heights, Mo.-based integration firm Conference
Technologies, Inc. (CTI), teaches
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an introduction to AV/IT course at Webster
University. The course is designed to give
students a glimpse of what the integration
industry is like, as well as what they can do
by pursuing a career in AV.
Over the course of the present semester,
Volkman plans to take his class on a tour
of CTI's rack-build area, its commissioning
One way to help educate students is to
participate in career fairs. ECCO participates
in these, as the photos above and
below show. However, executive vice
president Matt Thorne emphasizes that
integrators should look beyond those.
Getting into early stages of industrial-art
programs in high schools is one example.
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