In a time when vocational and hands on training are seeing a decline in high schools through the country, communities are looking for different ways to retain and educate students to smaller communities. For the Hermann community, the Hermann Regional Economic Development Corporation (also labeled HRED) has presented students opportunities to develop themselves as leaders and workers, while also showing them careers that are available in Hermann.
¨We strive to build up the students in the Hermann School district. Anything we can do to help keep the school district stronger, in terms of helping teachers, is really what we want to do,” HRED Vice President and owner of the local candy shop, Tammy Bruckerhoff, said.
To help students, HRED organized the local job fair. Through the job fair, students signed up to travel to local businesses and see what they had to offer. Students could choose from visiting places like the Hermann Area District Hospital, First Bank, Tri-County Trucking and Excavating, Hermannhof Winery, and many other Hermann businesses.
¨Taking them out in the businesses that are here would not only bridge that job gap for not only short term jobs while students are in high school, but it would let them see what there is in Hermann for them to come back to,” Gasconade Co. R-1 Superintendent Dr. Tracy Hankins informed.
“There’s a lot of jobs around Hermann after high school,” Craig Schluss (12) said. “Tri County [Trucking and Excavating] was my favorite because they have stuff I’m interested in for the future."
Layne Fries (12) added, “I learned that you do not need to go to a big university to come back here and get a good job with good benefits.”