On May 1, more than 50 local high school students visited KVH’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Middletown as part of the Newport County Mentor/Co-Op Group’s program to show teenagers potential careers available close to home. The group of students came from several schools: Rogers, Middletown and Tiverton high schools and the Paul W. Crowley East Bay Met School.
The students heard about KVH’s background and product line, and toured the manufacturing facility where they saw a satellite communications system being assembled. They also saw the engineering department and the network operations room. The students all share an interest in computers, technology, and engineering, and the Newport County Mentor/Co-Op Group program is organized to show them a variety of careers that utilize those skills and interests. The students have toured other companies in Newport County as well.
During the KVH tour, manufacturing engineer Joseph Nocon said he identified with the students because he was once a student at one of the local high schools, and found out about KVH through an internship. The high school coordinators for the Newport County Mentor/Co-Op Group said there is much more emphasis today on introducing students to career options even before they graduate from high school.