Three Rivers Manufacturers’ Association (TRMA) and Joliet Junior College hosted their sixth annual MFG DAY event for 750 students from 14 area high schools at JJC’s Event Center on Oct. 8.
TRMA gathered more than 160 volunteers from the local manufacturing industry, the skilled trades and targeted post-secondary programs of study to staff four dozen displays highlighting manufacturing and the wide variety of careers.
Manufacturing executives also guided the students in a fun, fast-paced game of manufacturing “Jeopardy” to provide facts and information about manufacturing career areas, safety, the environment, jobs, educational requirements and the industry.
The purpose of the event was to inspire Will and Grundy county students to consider manufacturing as a future career option.
“As a superintendent, I continuously hear from representatives from the world of manufacturing that they are in need of employees of all kinds from welders to engineers, and working in schools, I continuously hear from parents and students, who are hungry to understand all of the options beyond high school,” said Robert McBride, Lockport Township High School superintendent. “MFG Day closes this gap. It gives students, schools, and employers the chance to open doors of opportunity that families might never have realized existed.”
Brian Bell, construction instructor at Joliet West High School, noted the event provides students with an opportunity to engage with representatives of the area’s leading manufacturers, industries and trades.
“Our students are presented with real world knowledge of just what it takes to obtain entry into the numerous careers available,” Bell said.
The TRMA-JJC MFG DAY was one of numerous such events taking part across the country.