Ohio manufacturing group aims to rivet students with career opportunities

Students participate in an Micro Machine Works presentation during a past Manufacturing Week event sponsored by the Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers’ Coalition. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — The Appalachian Ohio Manufacturers’ Coalition has organized events for high school students in Washington, Noble, Monroe, Morgan, Meigs, Athens and Perry counties during Manufacturing Week in October.

Twenty high schools and eight manufacturers are participating.

Manufacturing Week touts modern manufacturing careers by encouraging companies and schools to open their doors for tours and programs and focused events empower communities and future generations.

“From auto manufacturing and food, to aerospace and biomedical, the depth and breadth of industries within manufacturing are immense,” coalition President Linn Yost said. “Parents and teachers are major influencers for students. Manufacturing Week aims to help educate these educators and influencers about expansive regional opportunities.”

The coalition also is conducting a survey of all regional high school students for their interest and understanding of manufacturing careers.

Of the October Manufacturing Week events:

* Marietta High School, Oct. 7: Micro Machine Works presentation to students.

* Noble Local Schools, Oct. 6: Pioneer Pipe tour.

* Swiss Hills Career Center, Oct. 7: Pioneer Pipe tour.

* Morgan Local Schools,Oct. 13: Miba Sinter USA plant tours and showcase event.

* Athens City, Trimble, Nelsonville-York, Federal Hocking, Alexander, Tri-County Career Center, Miller High School, Meigs High School, Eastern and Southern, Oct. 7: Milos Food, StewMac, Miba Bearings Zoom presentation with panelists and videos shared.

* New Lexington, Oct. 4-7: Perry County, Making Ohio video presentations for all high school students.

The coalition is a group of manufacturers, education, social services, and community leaders focused on aligning the learning system with the needs of the business community to support economic growth and a high quality of life in the Southeast Ohio region.


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