Nearly 300 high school students, teachers, and counselors from 4 area schools will participate in the 4th annual Manufacturing Day on Thursday, November 15th.
Students gather at Morrison Tech for a welcome and overview of their morning. Mr. Ken Ebesole from Astec Mobile Screens will speak to the crowd of sophomore students regarding the skills gap; the shortage of modern manufacturing employees. After a short presentation, students will hear from two other representatives of manufacturing, Eric Hinrichsen from Wal-Mart and Joel Lynam from Timken Drives. One of the main goals for the day is to introduce students to the opportunities available in modern manufacturing facilities. Representatives from Morrison Tech, Sauk Valley Community College, and the Whiteside Area Career Center will help students understand how to better prepare themselves for a manufacturing career. Throughout the day the students will be exposed to “modern” day manufacturing. Modern manufacturing includes all intermediate processes required in the production and integration of a product's components.
Eight local manufacturers will hold a presentation for the students as they tour their facility. Companies that will open their doors to the group are Timken/Drives, Fulton Corp, Frantz, Custom Pak, Wahl Clipper, P&P, Menk, and the Wal Mart DC
The origination and support of this day comes from local manufacturers. The companies want to make students aware of career opportunities associated with manufacturing. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the range of careers available; from entry-level to skilled positions in engineering technology, management, marketing, accounting, etc.
Schools participating in the event are Fulton, Erie, Prophetstown, and Morrison.