MAGNET helps students learn about manufacturing and engineering jobs
By Judith Crocker, Director of Education & Training
Judith Crocker, Director of Education & Training, MAGNET
Recently, a select group of students from Beaumont High School in Cleveland, Ohio had the opportunity to visit a couple local manufacturing companies to learn more about the field of advanced manufacturing and the role that science, engineering, and math play in manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.
“My female students got to hear from professional women about their experiences in engineering,” says Beaumont Schools teacher Lauren Brandon. “They gained invaluable insights into the challenges and rewards of an engineering career.”
Manufacturing and engineering careers are growing and in demand now more than ever. It is important for educators and students to learn what today’s manufacturing is really all about and the opportunities in fields such as engineering that are available in this growing industry. Many regional manufacturers are willing to open their doors to students to provide tours to students.
If students don’t have the opportunity to visit manufacturers, there are additional ways for them to learn. MAGNET, through the career awareness program, offered in partnership with WVIZ and the Northern Ohio Technology Association, reaches as many as 300 students each program. Programs are broadcast live from the studio in Cleveland and available to almost all high schools in Ohio. Each program highlights one manufacturing company in the area, their products and careers.
Manufacturers are also available for classroom visits to talk directly with students about their personal career paths and experiences working in manufacturing. They provide examples of ways that the academic content is used in the workplace.
Students and educators should be encouraged to seek out these opportunities and increase their knowledge and understanding of 21st Century advanced manufacturing.
Judith Crocker is Director of Workforce and Talent Development at MAGNET. Visit the E&T page on MAGNET’s web site for more information about workforce development initiatives at MAGNET.
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