Several businesses, community leaders, and schools worked together in Preble County to organize a Manufacturing Day for sophomore students in Preble County last week.
All Preble County sophomores visited several Preble County businesses and then had the opportunity to learn how MVCTC and Sinclair Community College can put them on the path to a bright future and a rewarding career right in the area.
Manufacturers across the county hosted open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events.
The event took place over two days, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22.
“It has been a great effort by many people that see the vision of us all working together to prepare the workforce of tomorrow and keep them in the Miami Valley,” said Kelly J. Herzog, Public Information Coordinator at MVCTC.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in December 2012, there were 224,000 manufacturing job openings, but only 155,000 hired due to a shortage of skilled workers.
The reality is, today’s manufacturing economy is the most sophisticated, forward-looking and innovative business function in the world today, according to Preble County Economic Development Director Shawnda Combs
While some manufacturing jobs are declining, high-tech manufacturing is hard at work creating products to solve many of today’s most challenging problems. Using robots and automation to do the repetitive manufacturing work, today’s manufacturing employees are talented people who understand technical information and can make complex decisions.
Several business leaders gathered at the courthouse Wednesday, Nov. 20 to be recognized.
“We hope this is the start of many good things in terms of getting kids excited about careers,” said Jayne Knoop of Silfex. “It’s been definitely a team effort and every single one of the people in this room have helped to make that happen.”
“You are the companies that make Preble County a great county,” Preble County Commission President David Wesler said.
Wesler said manufacturing is a critical component of county’s economy and the county recognizes the importance of a thriving manufacturing sector and works to fuel economic growth and build a promising future for its citizens.
“Manufacturing jobs significantly contribute to the county’s standard of living and economic vitality,” he said.
Manufacturing day was designed to expand knowledge about and to approve public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the county’s economy.
“Manufacturing Day will draw greater attention to the outstanding opportunities that manufacturing can provide and promote the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long term career that offers security and growth for qualified candidates,” Wesler said. “We’re pleased with what the economic development department has done here to promote manufacturing because it is an important component.”