Northeast Indiana TechFest 2015 brought together approximately 460 northeast Indiana high school students to the McMillen Park Community Center on Friday, April 17, to promote career paths in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Organized by Allen County, the City of Fort Wayne and Atos, TechFest offered students a chance to hone their interviewing skills, compete against other schools in technical design competitions, and explore the various jobs available today and in the future, here in northeast Indiana.
VOSS Automotive employees were on hand to talk with students about their career paths, as well as the skills or training necessary to successfully complete job requirements.
“I was encouraged to hear many students, even freshmen, share their plans, post-high school,” said Randon Ripley, Development Engineer, VOSS. “Area high schools that offer engineering classes in which students learn software used in today’s workplace are giving these students a great opportunity to decide if engineering is their passion.”
Participating students were able to try their hand at operating VOSS components found on heavy duty trucks as well as gages used by industrial engineers to measure product accuracy.
“I encourage our team members to not only be passionate about their work but also the community,” said Eduardo Vultorius, CEO, VOSS. “We want to do our part to prepare the next generations for the workplace and hope to gain some of these young people as VOSS employees in the future. Our staff members also volunteer as FWCS Study Connection tutors, meeting one-on-one with elementary school students enrolled in the after school program.”
Vultorius believes opportunities like TechFest and Study Connection are contributing factors in creating a corporate culture that is fun and rewarding. VOSS was voted among the 100 best places to work in Indiana in 2015 by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
This article was originally published on the VOSS Automotive website on 4/22/2015.