Stanly Community College (SCC) hosted dozens of high school students from the Stanly County School System during Manufacturing Awareness Week, April 12-18. Students were able to explore the newly renovated Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (AMIT) building, located on the Albemarle campus. Participants visited the AMIT classrooms, interacted with instructors and current students, and practiced the manufacturing disciplines on state-of-the-art simulators.
Students were able to experience simulated scenarios on the Heavy Equipment, Auto Body, and Welding simulators. In the programs that do not have simulators, such as CNC Machining, Heating, Air-Conditioning, & Ventilation (HVAC), and Electrical Lineman, the students were taught through live demonstration and video. Participants received an up-close and in-depth view of programs that many are not afforded.
After a busy day of program interaction, students were treated to a panel discussion with manufacturing industry leaders. The panel of professionals spoke with students on the current state of the industry, what it takes to be successful in their fields, and the importance of well-educated and trained employees. At the end of the day, the floor was opened for students to ask questions to the panel members to get more insight into areas of interest.
Students from Albemarle, North Stanly, South Stanly, and West Stanly High Schools, as well as Stanly County homeschoolers, were represented throughout the week.
All students, teachers, and parents in attendance were treated to lunch at the College and given an AMIT t-shirt, which was provided by Centralina Workforce Development Board.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, Facts About Manufacturing, the manufacturing sector has contributed nearly $2.08 trillion to the economy—12% of the U.S. gross domestic product. “For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.37 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect on any economic sector. Manufacturing also supports an estimated 17.6 million jobs in the United States.”
Misty Hughes, SCC Recruiting Coordinator, facilitated a panel discussion for area high school students that participated in Manufacturing Awareness Week at Stanly Community College.