In conjunction with National Manufacturing Day, WNCC Workforce Development and the City of Scottsbluff are hosting the third annual Manufacturing Day today.
The event helps connect local manufacturers with a potential future workforce
High school students from around the panhandle were welcomed at the Harms Center at WNCC by interim college president Dr. John Harms and Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley.
Foley then joined students in attending a tour of CS Precision Manufacturing in Gering.
Foley told KNEB News that when people think of Nebraska, they tend to think of agriculture. But he says the conversation needs to shift beyond agriculture, because Nebraska is so much more than that. Foley said 100,000 Nebraskans went to work today in high tech manufacturing. One out of ten Nebraskans are working in manufacturing. Foley said it’s a critically important sector of our economy, so we want to expose our young people to all the different career paths that are available to them in manufacturing. He said we are building everything in Nebraska from lawn mowers to jet skis and subway cars, to every piece of agricultural equipment. And he says we are not just shipping it not only around Nebraska, but all around the world.
Students broke up into groups and then toured CS Precision, Aulick Industries, Murphy Tractor & Equipment and B & C Steel. The tours were followed by lunch and a job fair back at the Harms Center.
And following lunch, students were invited to this year’s spotlight manufacturer, Aulick Industries, for a facility tour and the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a product assembly competition.
Teams of three competed to assemble a grain gate using blueprints and hand tools. Winners received prizes.