PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College will host one of 600 Manufacturing Day events being held nationwide on Friday.
The event is an attempt to address common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving companies an opportunity to show, in a collaborative effort with area partners, what it is and isn’t.
Events are designed to address the skilled-labor shortage that U.S. manufacturers face by creating a forum for sharing their needs with students, parents and educators.
CITEC Business Solutions, one of 350 centers that work with small- and mid-sized manufacturers across the United States under the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, is one of the organizers of the three North Country events, set for Plattsburgh, Watertown and Potsdam.
CITEC Executive Director Bill Murray said it’s an ideal time to shift the perception of manufacturing and showcase the career opportunities available.
The events are especially designed for middle- and high-school educators, guidance counselors, technology teachers, students and their parents.
“This day gives us a chance to share with young people, their parents and educators, to get them excited about pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also provide a good-paying job,” Murray added.
The Plattsburgh event starts at 8:30 a.m. at CCC’s Stafford Center. It includes registration and a light breakfast, welcome and introductions, presentations on manufacturing’s importance to the economy, an overview of the STEM Learning Network, a manufacturing panel roundtable, one-on-one discussions with manufacturers, lunch, a tour of a leading local manufacturers and a wrap-up of the day’s events.
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and preregistration is required by Tuesday.
To learn more about Manufacturing Day and register for one of the events in this area, visit www.mfgday.com or contact CITEC at (315) 268-3778, Ext. 23.