In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, Jefferson State’s Manufacturing Center hosted 100 female high school juniors and seniors on October 16 for a special program to help change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment.
“We want to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide,” said Jefferson State’s Retired Manufacturing and Technology Director David Felton. “There is a tremendous demand for skilled professionals in the manufacturing who can design, program and operate technology.”
During the event, students:
- Heard from a panel of women with experience in manufacturing
- Received hands-on demonstrations of equipment used in manufacturing
- Met manufacturers seeking skilled workers
- Learned how to get started in manufacturing related classes
“The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced,” said Felton. “There are many opportunities for students and we want students to know how to take advantage of them.”
To learn more about Jefferson State’s Manufacturing Program, click here.