COVID restrictions could not prevent our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs from participating in October’s Manufacturing Month festivities.
Through partnerships with a variety of local manufacturing firms, middle and high school engineering and manufacturing students studied real-world engineering and I.T. careers through a virtual setting in a first-ever county-wide virtual field trip.
“This was so important for us because the students are exposed to a real-life setting,” said David Carrier, Armwoood High’s machining tech teacher. “It opens their eyes to the possibilities of future employment and career opportunities.”
Local manufacturers, such as Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT) and JBT Aerotech, participated in the virtual field trip which included videos made specifically for our students—allowing them to explore the manufacturing facilities and learn more about potential careers.
“If you have ever been to these local manufacturing facilities before, they are truly amazing,” said Jereme Monette, HCPS Supervisor of Career, Technical and Adult Education. “Some of them make parts for military equipment, passenger jets and even NASA!”
In addition to the virtual tours, students were able to participate in a series of six live Q and A sessions throughout the month. Through the Bay Area Manufacturing Platform, students connected with employees from companies such as Seal Dynamics and Mastercut Tool.
“Many of our students go on to very successful, high-paying careers in manufacturing after they leave our CTE programs,” said Monette. “This was great opportunity to explore hands-on engineering right in our own back yard.”