Students in “What’s Next Program” visit Elkhart businesses

Dometic Corp. served as one of the top tier sponsors for the March 2-3 “What’s Next Program,” bringing 50 college sophomores, juniors, and seniors from colleges in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky to the Elkhart, Ind., area to visit with representatives from local companies.

According to a press release, the event began by transporting students to Goshen for the city’s “First Fridays” festivities, giving students the opportunity to experience a fun event in the area that many locals look forward to each month.


On Saturday, the students began with a breakfast held in the Crystal Ballroom at the Lerner Theatre where several companies gave presentations.

A job fair was also part of the event on Saturday as students were encouraged to network with the recruiters from the attending companies. Dometic received tremendous feedback and made connections with many students interested in engineering and business.

After the job fair, students toured the buildings of several of the sponsors, including Dometic’s Industrial Parkway location. This further sparked an interest in many of the students on the engineering path.

“The ‘What’s Next Program’ was a fantastic way for Dometic to partner with the Elkhart community and showcase what we have to offer to the next generation of developing talent. We’re excited to continue to partner with the chamber, community, and students in future programs and endeavors,” said Dometic Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist Katrina Kovalski.

At the conclusion of the weekend, a survey was sent out and asked the students their opinion of Elkhart before visiting and after visiting, on a scale of 1-10. The average of opinions before experiencing some of the great things Elkhart has to offer was a six and after was an eight. The “What’s Next” event was “a great way for students to create new friendships, discover a booming area, and learn what types of careers interest them and work for their skill sets,” the release stated.