Students from the Ottawa-area Middle School District got a hands-on look at local businesses this month as part of Discover Manufacturing Week, held virtually and in person.
The virtual week took place November 1-5, while in-person business visits took place November 8-12.
Over 1,000 OASID Careerline Tech Center students and 2,000 ISD students attended. The regional event is intended to introduce students to manufacturing organizations to meet the talent needs of Western Michigan businesses.
Businesses and students engage in interactive tours and employee engagement to begin or continue student exploration in manufacturing and dispel common misconceptions about the industry.
“Manufacturing Week gives students a real-world glimpse into the careers they’ve explored here at Tech,” said Dave Searles, director of the Careerline Tech Center. “We are grateful to our business and community partners who open their doors to our students to enhance their learning. “
During the virtual week, 30-minute virtual events were held, featuring manufacturers speaking to workers at their facilities. The students also had the chance to ask questions. These sessions have been recorded for future use and posted on the Discover Manufacturing YouTube channel.
Each of the CTC programs was able to participate in the in-person portion of the event.
Business visits included pastry and baking students visiting Request Foods and Mechatronics, a career learning center, plumbing and business management programs taking a trip to Fogg Filler.