GLADWIN COUNTY RECORD – November 22, 2017: October is recognized as Manufacturing Month and was specifically highlighted on Oct. 6, which was Manufacturing Day. Many employers in the manufacturing trade are having difficulty filling vacancies as retirement rates are rising, and individuals qualified to fill those positions are few and far between.
Several area employers partnered with Michigan Works! Region 7B Consortium to showcase the manufacturing career pathway and present it to local students. On Oct. 25, around 50 students from Gladwin High School, Beaverton High School, Mid Michigan Community College CTE, Gladwin Alternative School, and Gladwin Adult Education toured three local facilities to experience manufacturing first hand.
The first stop on the tour was at Saint-Gobain, where students were presented with information on the products the company manufactures. Staff at Saint-Gobain also presented information about potential employment opportunities and the importance of having an efficient resume and appropriate dress for an interview.
Students were then able to tour the DOW room at the Beaverton Activity Center. This stop showed students a future in plastics and presented the opportunities for work in a skilled trades field. The tour guide emphasized a ladder to success in gaining skillful and profitable employment after high school.
The last stop on the tour included spending time at Roll-Rite, where students were able to observe employees completing various tasks including fabricating, polishing, and welding. Employees from various departments at Roll-Rite including engineering, public relations, human resources, and advertising presented how important their job is towards the overall success of the company.
Along each stop of the tour, students were given the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of how each company runs. Having knowledge about the skills and education needed for employment in the manufacturing industry is an important factor in future career planning.
Natasha Allen, Chief Operating Officer for Michigan Works! Region 7B Consortium said, “Manufacturing today is so different than even 20 years ago, especially in the area of technology. There are great career opportunities in manufacturing using technology that is so innovative, specialized, and state of the art that much of it requires specialized training.”
Many students reporting having a new interest in a skilled trades profession after being a part of the talent tour.