Pittsburg State University is working to bring awareness to the wood tech industry.
The university is hosting its 11th annual Wood Tech Company Day. The 2 day event brings together wood tech company representatives from across the country.
Pitt State University is hoping to provide opportunities for their Wood Tech Industry Department. Charlie Phillips, professor in the department, says they only have about 60 students in their program.
“One of the challenges we face is having enough students to meet the demand of the industry and so some of the perceptions within the wood industry people don’t necessarily understand what the career options are what are the opportunities,” says Charlie Phillips.
Phillips adds the event offers a great networking opportunity for students in the program to connect with 32 companies to receive internships and full time employment.
“What makes it special is it shows the opportunities there are for these students it shows the demand this students have or the demand their looking for the students and there’s lots of opportunities out there,” says Charlie Phillips.
He adds many of the companies in attendance have representatives that are PSU graduates. Aaron Journot is a 2009 graduate of the Wood Tech Industry Program and now represents Rulon International. Journot says he as well as many of the alumni enjoy giving back to their university through coming back to this event annually.
“Honestly it’s a one of a kind program there are furniture manufacturing companies, there are programs throughout the United States, but no one does it I feel like Pitt does,” says Aaron Journot.
On Friday, the university will be hosting high school students at the event. Professor Charlie Phillips says he hopes this event will inspire them to consider pursuing a profession in the wood tech industry.