In celebration of Manufacturing Day, Advance Turning & Manufacturing, along with 13 other Jackson area manufacturers, will open their doors to more than 650 students from Jackson High School, Hanover-Horton, and Concord Schools on October 5. As part of an effort to change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide, several Jackson-area education and manufacturing organizations have partnered with The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc. to coordinate the event, which is celebrated at hundreds of sites across the nation.
This is the second consecutive year Advance Turning has hosted students on Manufacturing Day.
“We are pleased to be partner with several area school districts in their various career prep programs”, said John Rappleye, President. “We appreciate the opportunity to showcase our facilities to area students in this annual event. We are always looking for ways to encourage middle and high school students to consider the vast array of opportunities available at Advance Turning.”
Planned activities include guided tours of manufacturing facilities as well as visits to Baker College or Jackson College to learn more about the post-secondary opportunities for students who may pursue manufacturing as a future career. Participating students will also receive a booklet of information that showcases the history and value of manufacturing in Jackson as well as where to go next to begin pursuing one of the many career options in the field.
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level and supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.
“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Tim Rogers, President and CEO of The Enterprise Group of Jackson. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”