WAC President Shelly Jones said the meeting was focused on the next steps in building a pipeline of people into careers within the industry.
WAC plans to create a handout to distribute to middle school students, parents and educators during events, providing a list of companies and schools in the St. Louis area that offer tours.
The association hopes to “encourage them to see what it looks like to be a skilled technician, service writer, painter, estimator and more,” Jones said. “Our goal is to plant the seed well before final decisions are made on college or career.”
Jones said WAC understands how important it is to share the industry with educators as they are influencing young people based on their experience and knowledge.
"This tour handout will be a critical part of our message as we attend future events," Jones said. "It confirms that there is an industry need and jobs are waiting to be filled."
Companies interested in being included on WAC’s handout should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jones thanked Enterprise for being a corporate sponsor and providing the location and lunch for the meeting.
WAC’s next meeting is scheduled for noon April 8 at Ranken Technical College, Rodenheiser Building, Room 211, and will feature a special guest speaker from Wrenching For A Future and Rat Rod Magazine. Jones said high school students will be on campus working on the Rat Rod Build-Off.