Saint Marys Area School District

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Quala Die Visits SMAHS Metal Working Class

Quala Die Visits SMAHS Metal Working Class


The Community Education Center’s DISCOVER Partnership teamed up once again with Mrs. Chris Gavazzi, St. Marys High School Work Experience Coordinator, to organize a Guest Speaker Series this Fall to introduce students to local careers related to Tool and Die, Mechanical Maintenance, and Welding.  The sessions provide local companies the opportunity to introduce their company to the students, have key employees share personal career pathways, showcase jobs within the company, advertise part time positions that may be available for work release, and provide advice to encourage students to take an active role in planning their future.  The program also provides a networking opportunity for students to make connections with potential employers, mentors and peers.  


Quala-Die kicked off the series with Rick Schatz, JP Cummings and Taylor Wendel providing students with a company history and operations, sharing their career paths and providing advice.  Students were encouraged to think about their career path and steps they can take to get the job they want.  Rick shared information about the training and degree programs offered to employees with a career focus and said “opportunities in this field are limitless and it’s up to you to make it happen”. Taylor shared his career path with the company and how he started employment with them in high school.  Students were advised that “off shift is a great place to start in a company with an opportunity to grow your skills”.  Students then gave the guests a tour of their shop and equipment to share what skills and projects they are working on.  The class was invited to visit Quala-Die in the near future for a company tour.  


This event was coordinated by the Community Education Center's (CEC) DISCOVER Partnership.   Companies interested in being a guest speaker are encouraged to contact Amy Goode at (814) 781-3437 or amy@communityedcenter.com.