Manufacturing Day events are being held across Virginia to illustrate the Commonwealth's leadership in preparing students for advanced technology, logistics, and manufacturing careers as well as developing a workforce with the "right" skills to meet industry needs.
The Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones attended this year's event in Williamsburg and shared the importance of a good education to earn middle class wages. Then he read a proclamation from Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia:
WHEREAS, it is critical to the growth of the manufacturing sector in the Commonwealth that today's students, the source of tomorrow's workforce, are exposed to the opportunities and benefits of a career in manufacturing through career and technical education and worksite experiences and learning that motivate students, and their parents, teachers, and counselors to learn more about manufacturing and the education, training and workforce credentials to access regionally available, good paying manufacturing jobs; and
Whereas, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), along with other organizations, have called for manufacturers to assist public schools in better informing students about careers in manufacturing through the Adopt-A-School on Manufacturing Day initiative that gives young people an opportunity to visit, and learn from, a local manufacturing company.
Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) School Division and the community held their third annual Manufacturing Day Celebration. WJCC was the first school division in North America to deploy AME's Adopt-A-School on Manufacturing Day initiative. Students, teachers and guidance counselors were given tours of the manufacturing plants at six local companies, including Anheuser-Busch, Ball Corp., Coresix Precision Glass, Owens-Illinois, Printpack Inc. and the Walmart Distribution Center.
On those tours students learned about the diversity of careers, as well the high-tech skills needed for advanced technology, logistics, and manufacturing careers. The students also learned about the various career paths available to prepare for these exciting and rewarding careers.
Students then shared what they learned from touring the local companies at Legacy Hall. First, they were surprised to see how advanced technology, logistics, and manufacturing techniques were integrated into the daily operations. Second, they learned about the exciting and rewarding manufacturing careers were with an opportunity to advance from an entry level job into management.
The year's event was sponsored by the WJCC School Division, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, James City County, Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, City of Williamsburg, Thomas Nelson Community College, College of William & Mary, and the community. The goal of this initiative is to graduate on time career-ready citizens with the right skills to join the workforce and or continue with post-secondary education or credentialing on a journey of lifelong learning.
Next year Williamsburg-James City County will hold its 4th annual National Manufacturing Day Celebration on the first Friday of October, 2016.
Glenn Marshall, Newport News Shipbuilding (retired), Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Recruiting a "Nation of Makers! Williamsburg, Virginia 23188, 757 585 1196
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