Pictured from left are students Jadyn Niemeyer, Kole Koehler, and Joseph Schell.
Students from Winona Senior High School recently had the opportunity to tour and learn about Watlow Winona through the REACH program. REACH is a partnership between the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota State College Southeast and Winona Area Public Schools, made possible with the support of chamber business partners, Winona State University, and St. Mary’s University. During the visit, students were able to tour the facility, work on the production line, learn the history of Watlow and practice soldering skills.
Students were able to work one-on-one with an employee on the production line. This gave students the chance to see details up close and ask questions. In another hands-on activity students were able to participate in was soldering their own buttons. These real-life immersions and experiences help each student in the REACH program see if this career path is something they would like to do in the future. Getting the chance to interact with the community also better prepares them for after graduation.
The vision of REACH is to prepare Southeast Minnesota high school students for future careers and help provide an employment-ready, skilled workforce for Winona’s major industry sectors. The career fields offered at Winona Senior High School include manufacturing, health care, and human services, with a new program in professional building trades beginning fall 2019.