National Manufacturing Day is a celebration meant to inspire the next generation of the workforce. St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley partnered with a number of local manufacturers in recognition of National Manufacturing Day, held in early October.
Approximately 140 high school students and teachers from Lindbergh, Riverview Gardens, Maplewood Richmond Heights, North Technical, University City and Parkway Spark! Incubator attended the event.
Elizabeth Perkins, provost of STLCC-Florissant Valley, said it was terrific to see high school students participate in the celebration.
“Manufacturing Day allows area students to see how many opportunities are available in this vital middle-skills area,” she said. “Our local companies have so much to offer, and it is important for STLCC to provide these types of events to show future students how the work they do at the college can lead them to a good-paying, exciting career.”
Local manufacturers and STLCC faculty and staff discussed manufacturing careers and the value to the economy. Companies and organizations included Essex Industries, Modern Screw Products, Boeing, The Gund Company, Industrial Steel Fabricators, National Tooling & Machining Association, STLCC-Florissant Valley Engineering & Technology, and the college’s Workforce Solutions Group.
Students had the opportunity to speak with manufacturers about processes, products and opportunities within the organizations. Following the discussions, students boarded buses for on-site tours at Cambridge Engineering, The Gund Company, Sunnen, Weir Minerals and Amcor Rigid Plastics.
“By inviting high school juniors and seniors, we were able to provide them with information regarding many career opportunities in manufacturing,” said Jean Pollard, manager of the Emerson Center and Center for Workforce Innovation. “We also wanted to create ongoing relationships and connections for STLCC and the high schools with regional manufacturers.
Pollard added her thanks to the manufacturers who welcomed high school students into their facilities for a tour after the event, giving students a glimpse into modern manufacturing processes.
Perkins also gave credit to event organizers on her campus.
“I am very grateful to our faculty and staff who worked so hard to organize this impressive and significant event,” she said.