North Platte | Career Readiness & Workforce Retention

 

North Platte, Neb. | Career Readiness & Workforce Retention

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students Sydni Lienemann and Trey Mogensen were based in North Platte this summer. Their project was designed to result in a career readiness and workforce retention plan for the city’s current and upcoming workforce. Working closely with North Platte Public Schools (NPPS), Trey and Sydney spent the first half of their serviceships conducting survey research and interviewing community leaders in education and career development.

Among those leaders are NPPS Curriculum Director Vikki Carlson, NPPS superintendent Dr. Ron Hanson and Serviceship host Leland Poppe. All were instrumental in identifying ways to ensure that entrepreneurship and vocational opportunities are integral parts of public education for North Platte high school students.

The second piece of their serviceship involved conveying their findings to education professionals in order to create and develop tools able to be used by both teachers and students.

Aside from their intensive career readiness and workforce retention project, Sydni and Trey became heavily involved with the local Rotary chapter, NebraskaLand Days, the NE150 traveling Children’s Museum and the local Young Professionals group. They were also able to work with a few local businesses on small projects, as well as assist the city in some marketing campaigns.

 

“Summer Interns Sydni & Trey kick off #Workforce Recruitment/Readiness project to the Chamber/DEVCO Board #GrowNP #workNP #RFIServiceship” - @NPChamber | June 16

Sydni provides a brief introduction to the team's progress report with North Platte Public Schools Curriculum Director Vikki Carlson.
Sydni listens while Trey shares a few of the team's thoughts on career readiness and entrepreneurship programs for high school students. 
“Team #NorthPlatte is making big strides for career readiness this week with the help of @nppsd admin & community leaders! #RFIServiceship” - @rural_futures | June 20, 2017
“Team #NorthPlatte is making big strides for career readiness this week with the help of @nppsd admin & community leaders! #RFIServiceship” - @rural_futures | June 20, 2017
Leland Poppe meets Sydni and Trey at Sip Coffee and Wine Bar for smoothies and a quick afternoon strategy session.

#RFIServiceship interns Trey & Sydni had a great time learning about aviation with @trego_dugan on Wednesday! - @rural_futures | June 23, 2017

#RFIServiceship interns Trey & Sydni had a great time learning about aviation with @trego_dugan on Wednesday! ” - @rural_futures | June 23, 2017
#NorthPlatteNE #RFIServiceship presented the results of their career education & retention study today! Well done, Sydni & Trey! ” - @rural_futures | August 2, 2017
“Thanks to #NorthPlatteNE for hosting Trey and Sydni as part of #RFIServiceship - your amazing host team made the experience!” - @kschnuelle | August 4, 2017

“Trey & Sydni spent summer building relationships & IDing ways to reveal opportunity, entrepreneurship to @nppsd students. #RFIServiceship” - @rural_futures | August 10, 2017

North Platte Serviceship in the News:

Omaha World-Herald | June 13, 2017

The North Platte Telegraph | June 28, 2017

Thank you to the North Platte host team!

Megan McGown, Vice President of Economic Development & Director of Communications Marketing, Commerce & Development Corporation

Vikki Carlson, Principal, Adams Middle School

James Ayres, Principal, North Platte Public Schools

Dr. Ron Hanson, Superintendent, North Platte Public Schools

Margo Hirschfeld, Host Team Member

Fiona Libsack, Vice President of Marketing & Education, Great Plains Health

Leland Poppe, Business Banker, Great Western Bank