Career openings abound in the Owatonna area. Steele County has one of the highest concentrations of manufacturing jobs in Minnesota – more than double the state average. The county also outpaces the nation in the percentage of finance/insurance jobs – a mark of its skilled, diverse workforce. Owatonna boasts more than 40 industrial firms, several with international distribution. Additionally there are significant openings in the health care industry, retail and service sectors.
The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is committed to working with our member businesses and the school district to ensure there are opportunities for students to be career ready after graduation. Twenty-five percent (25%) of high school graduates do not have a plan for after graduation and the Chamber with its community partners have several initiatives to give students career experiences.
165 high school students experience firsthand the opportunities for not only a job, but a career during the school year through Made in Owatonna Day. Student interest in pursuing internships grew from 18.5% before the tours to 32% after the tours this year. The program focuses on career opportunities through out the community. Made in Owatonna Days are a Partnership with the Bosch Community Fund, United Way, Junior Achievement, Owatonna Public Schools, and the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Is your business interested in hosting a tour? Click here
Are you a business interested in giving students an opportunity to put their studies to use in real life? A new collaborative between the Chamber, United Way and the Owatonna Schools are placing seniors in apprenticeships, internships and job shadowing experiences. The Career & Workforce counselor at the high school is coordinating efforts to match kids with career opportunities. Interested in participating? Get Involved!
TPS Insurance in partnership with the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Ambassadors offers a $1000 scholarship in honor and memory of Ted Ringhofer, who died of cancer in 1997. Ted was active for many years in local civic affairs as President of the OACCT for 29 years and on the Owatonna City Council for 24 years. Ted was a graduate of Owatonna High School and was very involved in extra-curricular activities while in high school.
Students graduating this school year and planning to attend a technical, two or four year college with focus on a business or business related field might apply. To apply click here.
Our Chamber has approximately 530 members that invest their resources, employee volunteerism and confidence in the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and the business community.