Hershey students stop at the bus for a photo.
Forty-three seniors from Hershey High School toured North Platte’s Wal-Mart Distribution Center Wednesday.K-12 guidance counselor Leona McConnell and American History teacher Eric Sokol arranged the tour.
McConnell said the tour is a great opportunity for students to explore career opportunities. Sokol said Wal-Mart has been supportive of the Hershey school.
"This tour lets students see different jobs available. It is especially good for some students who are not planning on going to college,” Sokol said. “They can see there are other possibilities for employment.”
Wal-Mart Area Manager Jeremy Prokop explained the operation.
Touring a large corporation warehouse facility gave the seniors a first-hand opportunity to observe the logistics of distributing products in a timely manner and see the laborers, fork lift operators, computers, shipping procedures involved, as well as maintenance and management opportunities.
Maintenance Operations Manager Gordon (Bear) Jorgensen told the students that they were a great goup and he enjoyed having them visit the center.
"I farmed in the Hershey area for 30 years before starting my career at the distribution center,” Jorgensen said. “I am thankful for the chance they gave me and how I was able to advance to management."
Following the tour, Wal-Mart supplied a pizza lunch.