MANUFACTURER CAREER SHOWCASE

brochure  2015

1st Annual Sandusky County Manufacturers’ Career Showcase for 9th Grade Students on October 2, 2015.


 

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SCEDC Hosts the 1st Annual Manufacturers’ Career Showcase Event for Local 9th Grade Students

Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC); a non-profit organization that focuses on business retention, business recruitment, green energy and developing technologies for Sandusky County, hosted a Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event on Friday, October 2nd for approximately 825 local ninth grade students from St. Joseph Central Catholic, Temple Christian, Fremont, Lakota, Clyde, Bellevue, and Gibsonburg School Districts.

Over three years ago, the SCEDC pulled together a team of local manufacturers, educators, and countywide service agencies to begin addressing the workforce needs for the manufacturing community of Sandusky County.  As the planning group began to organize, thirteen common skill-sets were identified as necessary for manufacturing today and into the future.  From there the SCEDC hosted two manufacturing bus tours, October 2013 and October 2014, for the eight Sandusky County High Schools’ guidance counselors, principals, and superintendents.  After the 2014 bus tour, our planning group heard back from the schools that we needed to start focusing on the 9th grade student population.

The planning committee for the Manufacturing Career Showcase event is a collaboration of local manufacturers, educators, economic development professionals, the workforce investment system, and community organizations that are coming together to address workforce shortages in the industry, while providing career exposure opportunities for youth.  The long-term goals of the Sandusky County Manufacturer Career Showcase is to raise awareness of opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing, to change perceptions about employment in today’s manufacturing environment, and to ensure a sufficient supply of talent for the future.

The Manufacturers’ Career Showcase event featured seven skill-sets that included teamwork/problem-solving, continuous improvement/Lean, employability, continuous learning, mechanical/electrical trades, machining trades/blue print reading, and robotics. Local representatives shared with students how basic workplace skills will help them succeed in an innovative, yet highly technical industry, and reacquaint youth with the process of designing and building products, through hands-on activities.  In addition, the event educated attendees about the varied career opportunities that are available to them in manufacturing.

The day was broken into two separate sessions with Fremont, Lakota and Temple Christian attending the morning session and Bellevue, Clyde, Gibsonburg and SJCC attending the afternoon session. All of the students were provided lunch from Ole Zims.  The manufacturers and businesses that attended the event include Mitsubishi, Revere Plastics, Style Crest, ABC Inoac, Whirlpool, Alkon, Ohio Means Jobs, Kelly Services, Time Staffing, WSOS, Crown Battery, Century Die, Freeman, Green Bay Packaging, Motion Controls and Terra State Community College.  There were approximately 70 volunteers from local businesses and organizations who helped throughout the day as well.  The Cuyahoga Group catered breakfast and lunch for all of the manufacturers, business representatives, volunteers, and school personnel that attended the event.

The event was held at Terra State Community College, and was funded through WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., Terra State Community College, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Crown Battery, The Bellevue Hospital, United Way of Sandusky County, U.S. Bank, AEP Ohio and Sandusky County Manufacturing Career Showcase Committee Members.  The Toledo Walleyes donated a family pass, of 4 tickets and a $20 food voucher, to 1 student from each participating school district and Crown Battery generously donated 1 laptop that will be raffled off to 1 lucky 9thGrade winner after the students have completed a follow up survey of the event.

Planning Underway For National Manufacturing Month

Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC); a non-profit organization that focuses on business retention, business recruitment, green energy and developing technologies for Sandusky County, will be holding a Manufacturing Career Showcase event on Friday, October 2nd for approximately 900 local ninth grade students from St. Joseph Central Catholic, Harvest, Fremont, Lakota, Clyde, Bellevue, and Gibsonburg School Districts.

The planning committee for this event is a collaboration of local manufacturers, educators, economic development professionals, the workforce investment system, and community organizations that are coming together to address workforce shortages in the industry, while providing career exposure opportunities for youth.

The long-term goals of the Sandusky County Manufacturing Career Showcase are to raise awareness of opportunities in the field of advanced manufacturing, to change perceptions about employment in today’s manufacturing environment, and to ensure a sufficient supply of talent for the future.

The Career Showcase event will feature work skill-sets that include teamwork/problem-solving, continuous improvement/Lean, employability, continuous learning, mechanical/electrical trades, machining trades/blue print reading, and robotics. Local representatives will share with students how basic workplace skills will help them succeed in an innovative, yet highly technical industry, and reacquaint youth with the process of designing and building products, through hands-on activities.  In addition, the event will educate attendees about the varied career opportunities that are available to them in manufacturing.

The event is being held at Terra State Community College, and is being funded through WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc., Terra State Community College, Fremont Federal Credit Union, Crown Battery, The Bellevue Hospital, United Way of Sandusky County, U.S. Bank and Sandusky County Manufacturing Career Showcase Committee Members.

Please contact Kay Reiter, Executive Director, SCEDC at (419) 332-2882 for more information.

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