Manufacturing jobs are not what they used to be, so Missouri’s colleges are teaming up with the manufacturing industry to promote careers in this high-demand modern industry.
Through Manufacturing Day, manufacturers across the country are addressing common misperceptions about manufacturing by opening their doors and showing, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.
By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, Manufacturing Day is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
Below is a list of the Manufacturing Day events that our colleges will be participating in:
October 19 – Kicking off ShowMeCrowder – local schools explore Crowder College
October 24 – Local eighth graders explore tech education as a future career
October 27 – Public open house at Dell Reed Technical Education Center – Focus on Tech Ed & AMT/Manufacturing
October 7 – Jefferson College Manufacturing Day
13 area high schools have been invited to send students to Jefferson College, in addition to the students from our area technical school.
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Representatives from local manufacturers will be on hand in the Field House lobby to answer questions. Jefferson College faculty will host demonstrations and share information regarding careers in manufacturing.
11 a.m. – Noon County Executive, Ken Waller, will present a proclamation recognizing Manufacturing Day in Jefferson County in the Field House. We will have a panel of manufacturing professionals discuss the opportunities in the industry. We will also have some high-impact videos highlighting manufacturing.
Noon – 2 p.m. Students will be bussed to local manufacturers to see what actually happens in these shops.
Mineral Area College
October 7 – Mineral Area College Manufacturing Expo
Six area manufacturers will provide interactive exhibits for 180 eighth and ninth graders from 3 school districts. Students will also participate in exercises in MAC’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab as well as career exploration activities. The general public is invited that afternoon from 2 – 4 p.m. to visit with manufacturers about their companies and job opportunities.
Moberly Area Community College
October 6 – Mexico High School Manufacturing Day
Moberly Area Community College will be on hand starting at 9 a.m. at the Mexico High School Manufacturing Day event, where staff will share information about the new mobile lab and Certified Production Technician and Mechatronics programs.
North Central Missouri College
October 7 – NCMC Students tour Modine Manufacturing
Modine Manufacturing will host North Central’s manufacturing students for a presentation and tour of their facility from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Ozarks Technical Community College
OTC has invited a number of local manufacturers to come to its campus to tour morning and afternoon classes and present to students enrolled in Drafting and Design Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Technology and Welding Technology.
State Fair Community College
September 27 – SFCC Career Day
Over 1800 eighth-tenth grade students from SFCC’s 14-county service region will visit SFCC to experience career exploration and an exhibit by regional manufacturing companies.
September 16 – Coming Home Sedalia
To capitalize upon 4000+ visitors to Sedalia during the Smith-Cotton High School Homecoming Weekend, Economic Development – Sedalia will host “Coming Home Sedalia,” a manufacturer’s showcase to prospective job-seekers designed to bring people back to Sedalia who may have moved outside of the area.
October 20 – Manufacturer’s Milestone Banquet
Economic Development Sedalia Pettis County will host a dinner on October 20 to thank the 70+ manufacturers from the community for their continued investment. Companies observing 5, 10, 15, 20+ years of operation in Sedalia and Pettis County will be highlighted.
Ongoing – Building Pathways
Throughout FY16 and FY17, SFCC has and will continue to bring high-school educators, counselors and administrators to campus to learn more about occupations, skills and job demands from a panel of plant managers and human resource directors at local manufacturing facilities. These educators will then tour manufacturing facilities and be tasked with creating activity-based learning modules within their classrooms based upon their observations within the manufacturing sector.
St. Charles Community College
St. Charles Community College in partnership with St. Charles County Workforce Development, City of O’Fallon, O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and several local manufacturers is hosting a Manufacturing Day Celebration on Friday, October 7, 2016!
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Manufacturing Expo & Facility Tours for Middle-School & High-School Students
See hi-tech robotics equipment in action, talk with engineers and designers to hear what they love about their careers, win prizes and much MORE! Tour a local facility – sites include, but not limited: Seyer Industries, True Manufacturing, National Cart Company, SAK Construction, Craftsmen Industries & Component Bar Products. Student Tour reservations must be made in advance and limited space is available. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes to participate in a tour. Transportation assistance may be available. Please contact Tammie DeLosSantos at 636-922-8474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. – St. Charles County Makers Showcase
Open to the public – See first-hand what is made in St. Charles County and learn about modern manufacturing and career opportunities. For more information about attending or participating in the Makers Showcase, please contact Erin Williams at 636-240-1818 or email@example.com.
Three Rivers College
October 7 – Poplar Bluff Manufacturing Day
Three Rivers College is teaming up with local manufacturers for Manufacturing Day in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The college plans to set up their mobile lap at Briggs & Stratton’s west facility. They will have two small robots, along with a few other pieces of equipment on display.
For the official list of MFG DAY events in Missouri, click here.