Manufacturers across the country are opening their doors on October 2nd, to welcome students, teachers, parents, and neighbors to provide a better understanding of the manufacturing that is thriving in their local communities. Visit the MFG Day website to find events in your area and post your own event.
Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) was created to improve the perception of manufacturing occupations while also highlighting the skilled labor shortage facing employers. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an integral part of addressing the skills gap with advanced manufacturing programs of study that prepare students with the technical skills needed to work in manufacturing, the academic skills to meet the increasing complexities of manufacturing environments, and the employability skills to be valuable members of the workforce.
Career Technical Student Organizations have also been getting involved in MFG Day. Some SkillsUSA chapters will be opening their doors to highlight the secondary and postsecondary manufacturing programs of study in local schools. In a recent press release, SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence said,“Today, SkillsUSA continues to work with our key partners to bolster awareness of the manufacturing industry as an excellent career choice.”
To help CTE programs meet the demand of employers in advanced manufacturing, OCTAE will launch the CTE Makeover Challenge in 2016 to inspire schools to transform existing spaces or create mobile maker spaces. OCTAE will organize and conduct the challenge which will include technical assistance and professional development opportunities, as well as prizes to the finalists and winners of the Challenge. Interested participants can go to EdPrizes.com and register for updates about the challenge in order to be notified when it launches.