Students Learn More About Local Career Options

Students Learn More About Local Career Options

More than 250 students from Dodge County high schools took a look at career options Thursday during the annual Manufacturing Day.

“We are learning about job opportunities in the area and working in the field of manufacturing,” Beaver Dam High School student Joel Riehbrandt said.

Students from Beaver Dam, Randolph, Mayville, Cambria-Friesland, Dodgeland, Columbus, Waupun, Horicon, Hustisford and Fall River high schools visited 10 area factories. Horicon, Hustisford and Mayville visited Signicast on Oct. 6. The remaining schools toured Karavan, Apache, Kirsh Foundry, Federal Mogul, Breuer Metals, EK Machine, Ameripak and Lyco Thursday.

Presentations and lunch for the students on Thursday were held at MEC-Beaver Dam and Savannah Oaks in Fall River.

MEC vice president of human resources Clifford Sanderson told the students that he began his career in manufacturing with no idea how much it would benefit him throughout the years. He received funding for college and his masters degree from his workplace.

“With manufacturing jobs, most do promote from within,” Sanderson said.

Manufacturing Days is an initiative of the Manufacturing Business Alliance of the Dodge County Region.

In the past four years, Manufacturing Business Alliance of the Dodge County Region has ramped up tours of area businesses for high school students. They also meet regularly with area schools, non-profit organizations and Moraine Park Technical College to talk about increasing the interest in manufacturing careers for high school students. The goal is to get more high school students to think about entering manufacturing as a career.

In Dodge County the average earnings in manufacturing is $52,848 and one of three jobs are in manufacturing industry.

Republished from an original article by Terri Pederson.  Read the original article here.