Belle Chemical Hosts Manufacturing Day Event at Dupont Middle School

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MALDEN, WV (WOWK) — Over the next ten years, manufacturers will need to fill 4.6 million jobs.

Monday, October 10 was Manufacturing Day, and the Belle Chemical Company team took the opportunity to reach out to students in their community. They hope to plant a seed that will become a future employee.

Dupont Middle students not only had a great time learning science, they also thought about the future.

“We really hope the kids will be enlightened,” explained JoLena Broussard, senior corporate affairs and communications advisor for Belle Chemical Company. “We want to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering and math and let them know it’s something they can do.”

Students toured the various stations for activities that helped them learn more about manufacturing and the skills they would need for a career.

“Just being able to inspire these bright young minds is our future workforce,” Broussard said. “We want to make sure that we’re investing in them, educating them, just encouraging them to know that opportunities like jobs at Belle Chemical Company are available right here in their backyard.”

Kelly Martin, a sixth-grade teacher at Dupont Middle School, said hands-on activities help students see the big picture. With the students still several years away from graduation, their mentors hope they will dream big.

“One of the facts they said is that at the age of 45, the job they will have hasn’t even been invented yet,” Martin said. “So it makes them think not just about the future, but about the possibilities of what they dream of that they can actually achieve.”

Making Day began in 2012 and has since reached many students in schools across the country.

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