DUBOIS, Pa. — Nearly 200 students from area school districts turned out for Manufacturing Day at Penn State DuBois on Oct. 5. They learned about a significant need within areas of the manufacturing industry for skilled and well-educated workers.
All guests had the opportunity to take part in a product design exercise or other hands-on project related to engineering in manufacturing, and talk to industry representatives. They also learned more about engineering degree programs offered at Penn State DuBois that can prepare individuals to launch careers in the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing Day is a national event supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers. Events were held at more than 2,000 locations across the country, intended to addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers and educational institutions an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is about.
A total of 10 local manufacturing companies were represented at a Manufacturing Fair, as well. The students were able to learn more about those business and what they do, as well as what they’re looking for in employees.
“We do this to raise awareness of the great opportunities there are in manufacturing jobs in our area,” said Sueann Doran, from the campus Community and Continuing Education Department, which hosted the event. “This gives students the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the manufacturers in the area and the benefits of those careers.”
Students visiting for the day came from Brockway, Brookville, Jeff Tech, Moshannon Valley, Lenape Technical School, Punxsutawney, Clearfield, and home schools. Teachers say experiences like this help to bring education in to focus for their students.
“I think we all look for meaning and purpose for what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Brian Lytle, a technology teacher at Clearfield Area High School. “So, when you get into an environment like this and see what’s there, you can see where your day-to-day actions will lead you in the future.”