For the second year, Lenawee County is participating in Manufacturing Day, a nationally observed effort to introduce students to career opportunities in the field. This year, the number of students participating is approximately 400, nearly double that of last year. A total of 23 area companies will be participating by way of tours and online engagement through MI Bright Future.
Each student participating in Manufacturing Day will tour and talk with two different local companies before enjoying a lunch with peers and industry representatives. The activity, which was designed to only take half a school day, will be supported by follow up discussions in the classroom as well as researching and using message boards to communicate with companies through MI Bright Future.
Participating companies include: Adrian Precision Machining, Adrian Steel, Aerospace Services & Products, Aget Manufacturing, Anderson Development, Axis Engineering, Ervin Industries, General Broach Company, Glycon Corp, HMI Hardwoods, Ididit Inc, Inteva Products, Kamco Industries, KIRCHHOFF Automotive, L&W Engineering, Martinrea International, Meridian Mechatronics, Plastic Omnium, Rare Tool Inc, Rima Manufacturing Company, Wacker Chemical Corporation, Venchurs, and W2Fuel.
Engagement in activities such as Manufacturing Day is an important part of local workforce development. It not only shows how high-tech and exciting manufacturing can be, but also the variety of careers available within Lenawee County. With local manufacturing booming, and many employees nearing retirement, local manufacturers are in need of reaching the high school audience. “This is a great opportunity for our local manufacturers to showcase their career opportunities to the next week to the next wave of skilled talent coming through Lenawee schools,” said Jack Townsley, Supervisor of Placement Services and Adult Learning Services for the LISD.
According to MfgDay.com, the website for the national initiative, the impact of Manufacturing Day on young people is substantial. After participation in 2016 activities, students reported:
- 88% of tours and activities were interesting and engaging
- 89% became more aware of manufacturing jobs in their community
- 84% were more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
- 64% became more motivated to pursue a career in manufacturing
Addison High School student Garrett Bernath, said the tours were eye-opening for him. “I learned there are plenty of different fields within the manufacturing world,” said Bernath. “It’s not just machining and building parts – it has engineering, safety, and other roles that all help each other.”
The events planned for Lenawee County were planned by the LISD TECH Center, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, Lenawee Now, MI Bright Future, and Michigan Works! Southeast.
The LISD TECH Center is a county-wide, collaborative initiative providing all Lenawee County students with opportunities to explore college and careers through 26 state-approved Career Technical Education programs.