Made in the Stateline: Manufacturing Day

Made in the Stateline

Rockford area students get a head start on their careers and learn how they can be a part of things “Made in the Stateline.”

More than 400 young adults took part in this year’s Manufacturing Day event in Rockford.  The day began with tours at roughly a dozen local companies.  For many of them, it was the first time they got a chance to not only see what industries local companies are involved in, but to explore a potential profession.  The business ranged from metal cutting, vehicle environmental controls, aerospace, to bio-medical engineering.

“We’re getting new into the manufacturing business,” said Jefferson Sophomore Isaiah Webster.  “It’s offering us new learning experiences and it’s pretty good because there’s lots of new jobs in the manufacturing business.”

The day ended with a panel discussion where students got to hear from three people working in local manufacturing and learn how those people’s career paths led them to successful careers.

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