Tour of Opportunity Helps High School Students Explore Local Job Opportunities

OCT 6, 2022 – JASPER, IN – Dubois Strong – in partnership with Vincennes University Jasper, Patoka Valley CTE, Hub 19, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, the four Dubois County school corporations, and local businesses – will be providing 530 high school freshmen with a firsthand exploration of job opportunities in Dubois County on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. 

Students from Forest Park, Southridge, Northeast Dubois, and Jasper will convene for the daylong Tour of Opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture, arts/communications, automotive/transportation, business/finance, marketing/human resources, construction/architecture, engineering/manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality/culinary arts, social services, information technology, public safety, and welding/precision machining. 

Ed Cole, Dubois Strong President, says, “There are a tremendous variety of jobs and careers available right here in our county. An important driver is the partnerships with the local businesses. Through business tours they connect the students with their chosen career paths.” 

Participating businesses include:

  • Fischer Farms
  • Sander Meat Market
  • Superior Ag Resources
  • DC Broadcasting/WBDC/WJTS 18
  • Thyen-Clark Cultural Center 
  • Jay Hamlin – Yourstory Photography 
  • Uebelhor & Sons
  • Sternberg International Truck
  • Bob Luegers Motors
  • German American Bank
  • Springs Valley Bank & Trust
  • Craig Hanneman, Edward D. Jones
  • OFS
  • Dubois County Builders Associations (Various Companies) 
  • Jasper Engines & Transmissions 
  • Indiana Furniture
  • Kimball Electronics
  • Kimball International 
  • Memorial Hospital & Healthcare
  • RiverCenter
  • Fairfield Inn
  • Visit Dubois County
  • Lifespring Health Systems
  • Southwestern Indiana Childcare Advocacy Center Coalition
  • Meyer Distributing 
  • Matrix Integration
  • Scott Vaal, Riverside Technologies, Inc. 
  • Dubois County Corrections
  • Dubois County Sheriff
  • Memorial Hospital Ambulance
  • Jasper City Police Department
  • Jasper Fire Department 
  • Versteel
  • Jasper Engines & Transmission 

For more information on the Tour of Opportunity, contact: 

Jacob Berg, Director
Vincennes University Jasper – Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing

Jarred Howard, Director
Patoka Valley Career and Technical Cooperative

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Dubois Strong is Dubois County, Indiana’s collaborative, public-private partnership that maximizes community resources and assets to foster economic growth. Dubois Strong works to grow new businesses and expand existing ones with marketing, networking, training seminars, access to capital, site selection assistance and intellectual properties. The Dubois Strong philosophy is to make a business startup, an expansion or a relocation as easy and as user friendly as possible. Dubois Strong is the county’s economic development source for innovative entrepreneurs and thriving businesses. 

Samantha Knies Gray