The chamber is working with member companies to create videos that describe the jobs available within their industries and the education needed to acquire them. The program – called Partners in Progress – began last year. Higley High School film and television students created a video in 2014 that featured a local veterinarian.
Williams Field students Nick Bugeja, Jamie Barentine and Aidan Adair spent several months in production with their instructor, Jason Karcher, for a piece about Orbital ATK. It featured Rick Kettner, senior director of engineering at Orbital.
“The focus is workforce development: how you go from high school to a career of interest and walking them through the whole process,” said Sarah Watts, the chamber’s communications and marketing director.
“Any school that wants can participate. We have several businesses willing to support it.”
“We were excited when the students selected Orbital ATK,” said Kathy Tilque, president and CEO of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce. “This video provides an opportunity for the future workforce to hear straight from the source the types of credentials and soft skills that lend themselves to working at Orbital ATK; a company that employs more than 250 people in Gilbert and 12,000 jobs globally.”