Did you know the IAA has a Workforce Development committee? The goal of this committee is to promote the arboriculture industry and encourage people in the workforce to pursue careers in it with our IAA members. We also put on the annual career fair at the IAA Annual Conference to help provide affordable opportunities for IAA members to get in front of career seekers and provide career opportunities in arboriculture. Through promotion of our industry and engagement with career seekers, we seek to further professionalize and increase the work force in arboriculture.
The Illinois Arborist Association Workforce Development committee has been busy over the early part of this year. The current situation with COVID-19 has recently limited our ability to attend more events, but up until now we were able to attend four different high school career exploration events. These were great opportunities for the IAA to be present and in front of soon to be high school graduates promoting the profession of arboriculture as they decide their career and educational path.
The events started this past January in Champaign, IL and then recently completed with a Zoom career expo put on by Fermilab and their annual STEM Career Expo. These events allowed us to promote our industry to graduating students and encourage careers in our field with IAA members. Multiple organizations volunteered staff to attend these events and thanks to all of those who attended and helped promote the profession of arboriculture.
The events that we attended in 2020 thus far, include:
Fermilab Press Release
Kane County Chronicle Article
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) High School Career Expo
Five STEM Panel Videos Online NOW!
High school students are invited to hear directly from scientists, engineers and technical professionals about their journey to their STEM career. Although the on-site STEM Career Expo was not held, we did not want to miss the chance to share the stories of twenty-five professionals covering several STEM pathways. See the program page to discover practical and useful STEM resources and links to the videos of the featured professionals. Submit a question by using the question form. The expo is a collaborative event organized by the Fermilab Office of Education and Public Outreach and educators and career specialists from area schools. Sponsors include Fermilab Friends for Science Education and DuPage, Kane, and Kendall County schools.
We look forward to identifying and attending more of these events in the future as well as continuing to host our own career fair at the IAA annual conference. If you know of events for us to attend or you are interested in helping our committee grow the workforce in arboriculture, contact Paul Filary at firstname.lastname@example.org