Duncan teachers get inside look at industry needs
Several dozen Duncan High School teachers toured local manufacturing facilities Monday and met with men and women who represent some of the area's most important employers to find out about what the companies do, how they do it and what schools might do to better prepare students for jobs.
A show of hands revealed that most of the teachers had never set foot inside the Halliburton Manufacturing Center, a mammoth building covering some 15 acres in southeast Duncan and employing some 1,300 people. Most had never toured Cameron Measurement Systems either, or the MIC Group, Wilco Machine and Fab or Southern Machine Works. The companies are all involved in manufacturing equipment vital to the oil-and-gas industry. Halliburton, the oldest and largest of the five, originated in Duncan in 1919 and has a global presence.
The tours were organized by the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation in partnership with the local companies, schools and the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition. Together, they're all involved in piloting a "Career Pathways" program with goals to improve job prospects for young Oklahomans as well as the state's economic future by ensuring industries always have access to capable, motivated employees.
At the Halliburton manufacturing facility, teachers were guided around by Nathan Miles, an industrial engineer, and Richard Scruggs, responsible for heavy equipment manufacturing.