Emily Torres is a rising senior at South Beloit High School.  She signed up to participate in a job shadow program with North American Tool and several other local businesses.  The students (including Emily) were exposed to various aspects of the companies they worked with over a two week period.

The shadowing program was organized and sponsored by South Beloit High School’s College & Career Center.  The program is funded by Hendricks CareerTek. “The goal moving forward is to allow participating youth to gain valuable experience in the trades” says Tina Salzman, Business & Education Director for Hendricks CareerTek.  With finding young people to consider manufacturing and the trades more difficult in today’s environment, the students who complete this program will earn a transcripted credit with Blackhawk Technical College along with a high school .5 credit.

One of the primary objectives of a program like this is to learn what you like and don’t like with future employment opportunities.  It can be just as valuable of a learning experience to find out you don’t like something and decide not to pursue that field of work.

Emily definitely arrived with a bias towards “hands-on” experience.  While she was exposed to some of the office activity at North American Tool, she was primarily interested in the factory floor.  “My favorite experience was being able to run the machines I was around every day”, reports Emily.  “I gained more knowledge of what I believe I want to do in the future career-wise.”

Emily was given accolades for her willingness to tackle new tasks and carry them out by the management team at North American Tool.  Emily told us “the knowledge she gained was learning how the machines are run and how different taps are designed.”  North American Tool manufactures special taps for custom application by their end users.

“NATC provided a lot of hands on experience” said Emily Torres.  North American Tool hopes they have a chance to work with Emily in the future on a longer term basis.

Pictured: Emily Torres with Jeff Sherman, Director of Manufacturing