ICP Raises Awareness of Industrial Distribution Careers

Keith Nowak, MPT Drives, Inc., speaks with students at Carmen-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan.

Keith Nowak, MPT Drives, Inc., speaks with students at Carmen-Ainsworth High School in Flint, Michigan.

April 19, 2016—

Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) works with volunteers in their local communities to facilitate participation in career fairs and other activities to raise awareness of the incredibly rewarding careers available in the field of industrial distribution. The first of three February events took place at Carman-Ainsworth High School, Flint, Mich. Called ICP Ambassadors, volunteers Keith and Eric Nowak, a father son team from MPT Drives, Inc., Madison Heights, Mich., represented ICP to an estimated 1700 participating students. Keith said, “One of the faculty stopped by and was interested in what we did. I accepted his invitation to come back and address a group of seniors on real world opportunities.”

ICP Ambassadors have participated four times since 2013 at career fairs at The Williamson Free School for Mechanical Trades, Media, Pa., most recently on February 10. ICP Ambassadors Tom Tesoro, Jason Industrial Inc. A Megadyne Group Co., and Bill Moore, trustee with the PTDA Foundation Board, reported both current students and alumni were in attendance. Moore said, “There were about 125 companies present and many of the students stopped by to talk with us. I was impressed with the caliber of the students at the school. Industrial distributors would find these students to have all the positive work attributes needed to succeed."

ICP Ambassador David Drudge, Bishop Wisecarver Group, volunteered at a career fair at Hart County Comprehensive High School, Hartwell, Ga., where students demonstrated enthusiasm by returning two and three times with more questions on the field, he recounted. David, a first-time volunteer, said, “I think it went really well. The ICP booth was the busiest at the event. I brought some company literature as well as ICP handouts and had lots of interest. I am ready to do another event.” 

In addition to providing visibility about entry-level careers in industrial distribution, ICP develops and delivers useful programs, services and tools to help industrial distributors recruit, on-board, hire, manage, train and retain entry-level employees. There are many resources available to member companies of ICP Alliance Partner trade associations for no additional charge at the website below.

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