Thirty educators with Graves County and Mayfield Independent schools recently participated in a Professional Development Day to understand the workforce needs of local industry and better connect with local schools. The day, coordinated by Graves County Economic Development, featured tours of PRCO America and Progress Rail, as well as discussions on workforce needs and regional employment information.
PRCO America, located on Hickory Road, is in the process of beginning production of refractory bricks used in the steel industry. Officials shared with the group their planned process of creating the specialized bricks, as well as work skills needed for the company.
Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, is involved in locomotive maintenance and repair. Officials toured the facility and showed educators various steps in tearing down, repairing and testing engines from locomotives from around the world. Workers utilized skills from welding to machinists.
During lunch at the Graves County Extension Office, participants heard from ACE Compressor Owner/GM Johnnie Lee about his company's work and skills needed for their workforce. Afterwards, West Kentucky Workforce's Mary Anne Medlock shared statistical information on the region's workforce and its relation to Graves County.
Officials with PRCO America show participants the inside of their Hickory Road plant that will soon create specialized refractory bricks for the steel industry.
By ERIC WALKER Community Education Director for Graves County and Mayfield Schools