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eMacomb - Featured Article, Spring 2017

Department seeks Manufacturing Day hosts and sponsors

One of the goals of the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development is to strengthen the county’s workforce by exposing the next generation to a wide range of in-demand career opportunities. Our efforts continue to grow and are demonstrated through a variety of different programs, one of which is Manufacturing Day.

National Manufacturing Day is an initiative that gives manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors to show the public how advanced the industry has become. Our department first participated in 2013 when Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel led the media on a tour of local plants that culminated with a roundtable discussion with area manufacturers.

It was at this event that we learned that one of the greatest concerns of manufacturers is the need for talent. We also learned that there was a concern about the number of young people who were exposed to the industry and the interesting and well-paying careers that it offers.

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Hearing this, department staff collaborated with the Macomb Intermediate School District to get students from every high school on buses and into local plants to see the industry in action. Since 2014, more than 5,500 students have participated.

Plans are underway for the next Manufacturing Day which will be held Friday, Oct. 6. The department seeks area manufacturers who are willing to host tours for students and sponsors to help cover event expenses. To learn more, visit www.MacombBusiness.com/MFGDay. 

To read more about career technical education, check out our blogs Roseville High School students learn valuable workforce skills, SME Education Foundation’s PRIME program fills skills gap and In Macomb County, MI Bright Future eases talent fears.

 

Related links:

02/22/17 - February is Career and Technical Education Month – C&G News

02/08/17 - Chippewa Valley Schools highlights career education courses – C&G News

10/07/16 - Education secretary in Warren encourages training - The Detroit News

10/07/16 - Success stories shared at Manufacturing Day in Macomb County - Macomb Daily