Business And Media Day

February 3, 2012

PASCO COUNTY STUDENTS TOUR WUSF-TV, INTERVIEW BUSINESS LEADERS On January 19, 2012, twenty students from Pasco County high schools participated in Business and Media Day, led by the Pasco Economic Development Council for Youth Leadership Pasco.  Students began their day at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes, then traveled to the University of South Florida (USF) and toured the WUSF TV and radio station. At USF, students had the chance to operate cameras, edit video and role play as on-air talent. Eric Keaton, Pasco County Communications Manager, gave students tips on how to interview and communicate on camera. Following the media tour, students visited the West Pasco Industrial Park where they split into four teams, each visiting a different business: Power Quality International (PQI), Dais Analytic, PharmaWorks, and Smart Sciences. They interviewed the company CEOs and business managers and toured their facilities. “It was a great experience for the students and for us,” said John Hagen, President/CEO of Pasco EDC. “We had several who came away inspired to go into a technical or engineering field.” Hagen is a strong supporter of education in his role as steering committee chair for Pasco County Schools Career Academies, a group of educators and business leaders working together to improve local career and technical education. The day wrapped up at Rasmussen College where students produced their own news casts, including a segment on the business they visited, and a set of commercials to promote Pasco County. Each group was judged by a local panel of judges including Eric Keaton (Pasco County Communications Manager), Robert Singerman (PQI Director of Marketing & Media), Maureen Moore (Saint Leo University Director of Communications), Glenn Hanff (Native Medical Trends), Krista Hakes (Pasco EDC Business Development Manager), and Summer Martin (Pasco EDC Marketing Coordinator). Pasco EDC, which was an integral part of starting the Leadership Pasco program for adults, is also a long-time supporter of Youth Leadership Pasco (YLP). YLP is a leadership development program for high school students that fosters an awareness of and responsibility for community involvement, develops community pride, and makes local connections that may further their career plans. “The Youth Leadership Pasco program exposes the students to so many different business opportunities and community and business leaders,” said Rob Aguis, Director of Career and Technical education for Pasco County Schools. “Each year the cohort formulates strong relationships for students--from Anclote High School, to Pasco High School and everything in between.” This program has already impacted the life of one student, Omar Mia, a junior at Fivay High School, who was excited to tour the businesses and make these connections. “Today I visited PharmaWorks,” he said.  “I got to learn about all of the things I want to do in the future, and I am thinking about doing an internship there.”  He added, “I want to become an aeronautical engineer or a manufacturing engineer.”

Jennifer Lachtara
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