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STLCC Hosts National Manufacturing Day Event

October 07, 2013

Payton Robinson and David Thompson  
From Left: Payton Robinson and David Thompson from
Jennings High School

St. Louis Community College recently partnered with Boeing, GKN, Industrial Steel Fabricators, Precision Prototyping & Manufacturing and Sunnen to host National Manufacturing Day at the Center for Workforce Innovation.

Approximately 80 high school students and nine teachers from Ferguson/Florissant, Hazelwood Central, Jennings and Ritenour attended the event.

Marcia Pfeiffer, president of STLCC-Florissant Valley, said it was terrific to see students from Florissant Valley’s service area high schools participating in the celebration of National Manufacturing Day.

“Our visiting students were introduced to opportunities available to them with area employers if they pursue education and skill development in manufacturing and machining,” Pfeiffer said.

Local manufacturers and STLCC faculty and staff were present to discuss manufacturing careers and its value to our economy.

“I certainly do appreciate the work of our staff to put this program together and the presence of our industry partners,” Pfeiffer added.

Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, chat with manufacturers about processes and products, tour the advanced manufacturing lab at the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing and see an F-4 jet cockpit.

Hands-on activity  
Hands-on activity

“The event was great because I was thinking about being a welder,” said Payton Robinson, high school student at Jennings. “The hands-on activity they gave us was complex and it challenged our analytical skills.”

Students also had a chance to visit STLCC Career Coach where they learned about
career opportunities and industry trends.

“I think the event was outstanding. The students will now have a better understanding of manufacturing processes and all that is involved,” said Tim Rumpsa from Sunnen.

Rod Nunn, STLCC's vice chancellor for economic development and workforce solutions, said that while STLCC has a strong portfolio of work to help close the manufacturing skills gap cited by so many employers, today's event expanded the college’s work in addressing the perception gap.

“We know that high school students attending today's event now have a better grasp of the promising careers available in modern, high-tech manufacturing,” he said.